Reflections on feminism and working in male-dominated industries #IWD21

I’ve found myself saying recently that the older I get, the more feminist I am. But I don’t think that’s quite accurate.

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The older I get the less tolerant I am of gender inequality.

I’ve worked in male-dominated industries most of my life. Given the stories I’ve heard of the challenges some friends, colleagues and peers have had in the workplace, I feel like I’ve had a fairly lucky ride.

Luck shouldn’t come into it, but that’s the thing, that’s what we need to challenge until we don’t need to any more.

There was that time when, during my annual appraisal, my male boss asked me if my ambition was to have babies.

I did call him out on it. And again, when he asked the same question about the women in my team.

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How switching off makes you work better

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Rose Padfield wrote a really interesting piece about how switching off can stimulate creativity and working less is actually smarter as you tend to be more productive than working longer.

Presenteeism, she says, has become the badge of the busy and important.

Recently, a fellow freelancer told me that she went for walks to generate ideas.

And I must admit that it is during the quieter moments when I’m not attached to a phone or laptop that gems pop into to my head.

Who doesn’t have a brainwave when they are in the shower or just before falling asleep?

Four-day week experiment

Perpetual Guardian in New Zealand trialled a four-day working week while still paying a five day a week salary to see if a better work-life balance would be beneficial to the business.

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