Many people think of a career science as being all about long hours in the lab, but there's a brilliant flexibility. The opportunities to present your research, to interact at conferences and to carry out collaborations across the world are tremendously exciting.
Time does a strange thing offshore. Sometimes time flies by--where there are not enough hours in the day - and other days creep by. Some days repeat themselves so much that you could swear you are the living rendition of the blockbuster film, Groundhog Day. It feels as if we have had one week to go until Newport, RI USA for at least two weeks.
The reason why I believe this is simple; feminism has managed to achieve a lot for women but the last final push to full equity between the sexes requires greater engagement from men and feminism is utterly unequipped to do this.
There is a strange separation happening on board Team SCA at the moment, and it's about how well we are doing. There are two camps: inshore/match racers and the offshore racers...
Every day I walk around (very quickly) trying to make sense of the world around me. I play with my kids, am wowed by their imaginations and have a good laugh (and cry) in the world of parenthood. I help artists share their ideas with different people and am wowed by their imaginations and have a good laugh (and cry) in the world of arts producing.
It all started with a glib remark by a male comedy promoter 15 years ago who replied to my question about why he never booked any women by stating that 'women aren't funny' and furthermore that 'there aren't any funny women on the circuit'.
The mother daughter relationship is a complex one but like any other, when the chemistry is right, it can make for a great partnership. We might be divided by the Atlantic Ocean (I'm in LA and Kate is in London) but we have some clear rules of engagement that make for a powerful dynamic.
One of the biggest misconceptions about feminism is how it only benefits women. People's favourite stereotype of a feminist is a lesbian or man-hating woman when really all we want is for everybody to be treated the same way.
Behind every man is a great woman, but behind every great women is a stay-at-home dad. If you cast an eye across many of the role models held up as s...
People have thought of absolutely every reason they can to render our "protest" pointless. I've been called fat, jealous and insecure so my opinion doesn't matter. I've also been called normal sized rendering the whole thing pointless and have been accused of being too sensitive - thus proving that women can never win.
While it was great that women wanted to show the world their photos, those of us with a thigh gap were left feeling excluded like the new kid in school. Surely we shouldn't be made to feel like there's something wrong with our bodies just because we happen to have a gap between our thighs?
If Miley and Beyoncé independently choose to strip down to their smalls and shake their bottoms in the air, then good luck to them. And similarly, if a girl chooses to cover herself from top-to-toe or inject her face with chemicals, I have no issue with that either.
A true and lasting turning point it certainly is a year in which more women continue to embark a seat in Parliament, including a more ethnically diverse pool of candidates than we have seen before. In all, more progress and new challenges and why The Women's Equality Party is so badly needed in modern society.
Stick two people together who have different inclinations along this vast and complicated scale and tensions will naturally arise. Person A can become frustrated with what they may perceive to be a Person B's impulsive behavior. Likewise, B may see the A as cold, unsympathetic or difficult to excite.
There is a contagious buzz at the moment on board Team SCA--and I don't think it's because of the food. On second thoughts, part of it may be related to food, but I think this is mainly down to the fact we have less than 10 days to go until we get to eat pancakes in America!
So apparently there's a new fascination with 'porn for women.'... Knowing my own preferences and those of my friends, we don't need this 'for women' rubbish which, yeah, is a nice thought, but really, we just need to do a bit of digging.