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Let’s Talk About The F Word

We use this word a lot lately, but do we really understand the meaning behind it? Here is what Wikipedia defines it as: Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. Here is Beyonce’s definition of it: There is event a Ted Talk on it: So why...
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Celebrating Northern Power Women: 2015 Conference

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the first ever Northern Power Women conference. The event took place at the Hilton in Liverpool and was organised by the lovely Simone Roche to encourage women from across the North to celebrate and champion equality. The conference welcomed speakers from the heads of large corporate giants, to local MPs, to passionate youngsters who were making a real difference in their own communities. The day was themed around the idea of “making...
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Women, We Need to Harness our Collective Energies

Women hold up half the sky, and the Northern Power Women conference in Liverpool this month showed it. Post Office Learning and Development Manager Gabriella Driver shares her experience of the launch event. “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women” – Madeleine Albright On Thursday 12 March 2015 I had the huge honour of hosting a table of nine fellow Post Office ladies attending the Northern Power Women conference in Liverpool. We...
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Northern Power Women Prepare To ‘Dress It Forward’ by Steph Wright

Local business leaders across the north are joining forces this week and donating their unwanted work clothes for the Dress It Forward initiative. The scheme, which aims to provide female ex-offenders with appropriate work wear, is to be launched by Cllr Erica Kemp at the Northern Power Women Conference on 12th March. After working closely with the ISIS Centre Merseyside and Tomorrow’s Women Wirral Stephanie Wright, Director of Sefton & Liverpool Women in Business, decided that more needed to be...
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Shared Parental Leave, More than a Policy! By Charlotte Sweeney

The Government launched the much anticipated Shared Parental Leave (SPL) Regulations on the 1st December 2014 which apply to employees who expect to become parents on or after 5th April 2015, including adoptive parents. These new regulations give parents flexibility to share caring responsibilities between themselves, enabling them to choose how they would like to arrange the care for their child. There are numerous articles available giving effective overviews of what this means for employers, what they should now be...
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Harnessing the Power of Diversity, What Next? By Charlotte Sweeney

One of the ‘firsts’ was the Harnessing the Power of Diversity Conference on the 10th June 2014 at The Mansion House in the centre of the City of London. On that day over 150 managers from all levels came together to share their perspectives of Diversity and Inclusion within their companies, how progress was being made and what the continued focus should be over the coming years. Harnessing the Power of Diversity conference approached the Diversity and Inclusion agenda differently,...
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Women Inspiring The Economy by Emily Karatay

Emily Karatay attended our recent conference in Liverpool, which focused on ‘Women Inspiring the Economy’ – here are her thoughts from the day! This blog originally appeared here. To find out more about World Merit, visit www.worldmerit.org. I had the pleasure to join an event last week as part of the International Festival of Business in Liverpool. ‘Women Inspiring the Economy’ was brought to life by Women 1st an initiative aimed at supporting women into leadership roles. The ‘Women Inspiring...
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Taking One For The Team by Stephanie Hamilton, MD, ISS Food & Hospitality

With equality between men and women at board level still a long way off, are quotas a necessary evil? Stephanie Hamilton shares her views. I am not a ‘sit on the fence’ kind of person. My opinions are always one way or the other. White wine and never red. ‘Team Cheese,’ rather than ‘Team Dessert’. I love raw celery, but hate it cooked. Women in business quotas? I am ‘no’ on quotas. At least, I was… I have worked in...
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