Women in the Workplace

I'm A Female Engineer, And I'm Sick Of Being Told I'm Doing A Man's Job

Zara Parkin | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Zara Parkin

I'm an apprentice welder and fabricator. I love my job, but I get negative comments from people when I tell them what I do and it needs to stop. Because I'm a female in a male-dominated environment, people say things to me like 'get back in the kitchen' or 'aren't you scared you might break a nail?'

Should You Remove Your Engagement Ring For A Job Interview?

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Style

Whether to wear an engagement ring to a job interview has become a topic of heated discussion. And yes, it is still 2016. This is all thanks to recrui...

If I May Say So...

Jennifer Evans | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Evans

As a lesbian living in today's society freedom of speech is a tool I hold dear to my heart. In the UK the LGBTQ community, by law, has the luxury of freedom of speech; some of us are able to embrace it and use it for all its worth. Some of us are not so able to.

What International Women's Day Means to Me

Janvi Patel | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Janvi Patel

Today is International Women's Day. From the bespoke Google Doodle and its inspiring film of women around the world setting out their ambitions for 'One day...' to the news and opinion pieces across almost every major media outlet - it's pretty hard to miss.

Is Parity for Women in the City a Pipe Dream?

Sophia Morrell | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Sophia Morrell

Will we ever have gender equality in financial services? Genuine equality - parity of earnings, representation on boards and recognition of women's talent, merit and contribution, in exactly the same way men have enjoyed since the City began?

Feminist Actors Redress Gender Inequality in Theatre

Sophie Hemery | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Hemery

I discussed gender inequality in theatre with actors Jenny Wilford and Charlotte Couture over tea in a draughty south London pub. In spite of our shivering, the conversation was heated. Wilford and Couture could talk for days about sexism and feminism in the acting world.

Tackling the Taboo of Flexible Working

Janvi Patel | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK
Janvi Patel

I think flexible working is the new way forward and for us and our market, it is the only way forward. Now is the time for employers to be brave, to seize the opportunity and embrace the future model of working. Flexible working is not just about a better work/life balance, but about making us all - employees and businesses alike - more effective.

Can We Help Boardrooms Find an Untapped Reservoir of Talented Women?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK
Debbie Bannigan

I'm an old-school feminist. I joined the workforce a week after my 16th birthday, less than two years after the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act hit the statute books. Although we had an Act of Parliament to say that we couldn't be discriminated against, I'm not sure that everyone believed it. Certainly my dad didn't.

We Are Thrashing The US On Employment Rates - Thanks To Women

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK

Britain's employment rate is trumping that of the US for the first time in years, and it's all thanks to getting more women into work after they have ...

Break the Cycle: Talk About Period Pain

Ria Chatterjee | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ria Chatterjee

When was the last time you heard someone at work complain about period pain? Not in gruesome detail, just "My stomach is hurting. It's period pain. Anyone got some painkillers?". If the answer is never, then it's time to question why not.

Female Welder Proves Why We Still Need Feminism In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If issues such as the gender pay gap, FGM, poor parliamentary representation and violence against women hadn't already convinced you that we still nee...

Drumroll Please... American Apparel Plans To 'Empower Women'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Under controversial former CEO Dov Charney, American Apparel seemed to roll out one sexist advert after another. First an ad for the clothing compa...

How Common Is Sexual Harassment In The Military?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A Reddit user asked the internet how common sexual harassment is in the military - the replies she has received are truly shocking. The woman (user...

Dealing With Gaffes at Work

Corinne Mills | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Corinne Mills

Have you succumbed to the dreaded "foot in mouth" disease? There seems to be a lot of it about at the moment particularly affecting politicians, CEOs and sports personalities. It can be very incapacitating in the workplace so if you've already gone down with it or feel the symptoms coming on, I have some tips to help.

Are Women Less Competitive Than Men, and What Should We Teach Our Children?

Andrea Mara | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

I see gender differences in attitudes to competitiveness in my own family. My kids running down the stairs, shouting "last one down is a rotten egg" and the would-be rotten egg usually cries. So I discourage the competing, in a bid to avoid the tears. My husband on the other hand actively encourages competition - though usually as a means to an end.

On First Name Terms - Why Calling Women Anything Other Than Their First Name at Work Is Almost Always Sexist

Christina Franks | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

Don't call me babe. Don't call me feisty. In fact, in professional situations, can we just stick to my name?

Why a Universal Four Day Week Shouldn't Be Such a Tough Pill for Companies to Swallow

Christina Franks | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

With half of us working too much and half of us too little, a mandatory four day week, prescribed this week by leading doctor Professor John Ashton, may be the spoonful of sugar the nation needs to swallow to regain a semblance of economic- and mental- health.

Gender Bias in the Workplace: The Invisible Line

Lindsay Pattison | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Lindsay Pattison

As I have what I hope is a pretty good degree of self awareness I am generally not surprised by feedback. It's always helpful to understand how others see me. But at what point does 'feedback' become gender biased?..

The Mummy Track - A Man-Made Trap

Soozi Baggs | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

This is the Mummy Track. A subtle quirk of the workplace which somehow manages to circumvent equal employment legislation and allows pregnant women and mothers to be shamefully discriminated against.

Why Is Workplace Sexism So Prevalent?

Rosie Tallant | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Tallant

This blatant discrepancy between how we think people should be treated at work and how many women are actually treated at work makes workplace sexism one of the easiest forms to spot.

'Impressive' Rise In Number Of Women Directors On Boards

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

Women now account for just over a fifth of directors on boards of top companies after a "culture change" in British business over the past three years...

Role Model Rebels: The Women Rewriting the Rules of Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Sometimes it can feel as if women take two step forwards and one step on the path to leadership. But there's a groundshift taking place. I see it in the groups I work with, in the young women I coach. They want to change things...

Firm Explains Why Its Four Male Managers Hired 27 Young Women

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK

Cellular Solutions, the telecoms firm which came under fire on Wednesday over its gender-divided office, has mounted a robust defence of its hiring pr...

Developing Women Into Leadership Positions

Penny de Valk | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Penny de Valk

According to recent research from Astbury Marsden, the proportion of women reaching top-level management positions in the City has doubled in the past year.

Acting Alpha: The Journey Towards True Diversity Still Has a Way to Go

Ann Pickering | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ann Pickering

Having a truly diverse workforce isn't just about what's proper and fair, it also makes complete business sense. All business need to do more to show employees that it is their individuality that is valued, not their ability to mirror the behaviour of someone else.