The White House and Congress would have one believe that the recent 'fiscal cliff' bill increasing taxes was meant solely to reduce the deficit. How many Americans know that it was filled with expenditure for favoured interest groups?
Over the past four years, our system of capitalism has come in for merciless berating from politicians, opinion formers and most tellingly, the general public. Whether it is bankers' bonuses, business practices, or concerns about rising levels of inequality, it has been 'open season' on the 'greedy capitalists' looking to dominate the 99% in the interests of the 1%.
As I join my colleagues to celebrate International Women's Day at this year's WIE Symposium in London, I laud the advancement of women over the past few decades, but know that we have much to do in order to achieve gender equality in our societies in the UK and the US.