The Great Debate UK

Innovation key to workplace progress for women

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image-Dimitra Manis is senior vice president of talent at Thomson Reuters. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters is hosting a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.-

As part of this International Women’s Day celebration, we have been asked to look back over the last ten years and identify what has really changed.

From a personal perspective, the last ten years have been both challenging but fulfilling, with a growing family (two gorgeous daughters), and then changes in my professional life involving moving from Australia to France and then moving to the United States.

I consider myself blessed to have been able to build a life that worked for me both professionally and personally, with real flexibility required both at home and at work.   It is clear that the dialogue over the last ten years has shifted from a notion of “work-life balance” which is fleeting, and always challenging to achieve, to one of ‘work-life integration’, meaning ways to blend your work and life and to create a meaningful experience with both.

Courageous Stephani Victor pays tribute to women’s day

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DSC_0039- Barbara Scarpella-Reed is editor of Fiduciary Services at Lipper (a Thomson Reuters company) and a freelance journalist. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters is hosting a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.

Stephani Victor’s life is a portrait of one woman’s will to survive and recreate her story despite great adversity. On December 19, 1995, Victor was standing on the sidewalk in Hermosa Beach, California, when an out-of-control vehicle jumped the curb and crushed her into another car. In order to save her life, doctors had to amputate both legs above the knee. Her will and life force enabled her to reach deep down within herself, defying the odds.

Japan lags behind in gender equality

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-Atsuko Kitayama is a a Reuters translator and correspondent based in TorontoReuters is hosting a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.-

Japan has quite a way to go to narrow its gender gap and come closer to matching the disparities found between the sexes in other G7 countries, statistics show.

Women’s sport sidelined by news media

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MMD pictures 668- Liz King is director of the triathlon website www.TriSpiritEvents.com, and a triathlete with 25 years’ experience, who has raced six Ironman triathlons so far. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters is hosting a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. -

Wow, Wellington! You may think I am referring to the city on New Zealand’s north island, about which most people have heard. But no, I am referring to Chrissie Wellington, three times world Ironman triathlon champion. And guess what? She is British.

Battle over wages: the male-female wage gap

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Ali Steed- Alison Steed is the editor of the personal finance website for women and families MyMoneyDiva.com. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. -

Women have often been given a bad deal when it comes to work, whether we like it or not.

When our biggest challenge is ourselves

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Carol  Hall-Carol Hall is a partner and new Head of Walkers’ Investment Funds Group in Hong Kong where she specializes in hedge funds and private equity funds and advises on general corporate matters. The opinions expressed are her own.The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–-

Seeing women succeed in management positions is uplifting and empowering. But I think it is fair to say that the challenges women face in the workplace depend very much on the profession. There are certainly some professions that view women and men as equals at all levels, but some professions present more of an obstacle to women. As a general rule, women are still underrepresented in the senior management level of most professions, particularly related to finance.

Women: the “Secret Weapon” against Hunger and Poverty

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jenniferparmalee- Jennifer Parmalee is senior public affairs officer and spokesperson on global issues with the United Nations World Food Programme. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters is hosting a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–-

A few years ago, I traveled to northern Bangladesh – a hardscrabble region forever whipsawed between drought and flood – to interview teenage girls and mothers at a maternal and child health center supported with nutritional food by the UN World Food Programme.

Chipping away at old stereotypes about women firefighters

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DanyCotton- Dany Cotton lives in Orpington, Kent. During her 22 years with London Fire Brigade she has risen through the ranks to become a Deputy Assistant Commissioner, and is the highest ranking operational women in the UK fire and rescue service. She was also the first woman firefighter in the UK to be awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal. www.london-fire.gov.uk The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–

As a woman in the fire service, I sometimes feel that part of my role is about myth busting. I’ve recently been helping the organisers of a national campaign aiming to promote firefighting careers to school aged girls, and this involved some live radio interviews.

IWD sets stage for perennial debate over feminism

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sandradickson- Sandra Dickson is a feminist working to prevent sexual violence in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  She helped establish the counter-trafficking Poppy Project and wrote “Sex in the City, Mapping Commercial Sex across London,” the first attempt to map the commercial sex industry.  Sandra has also been involved in the Women’s Refuge movement in both the UK and New Zealand, and has written a number of research papers about women’s experiences of intimate partner violence. She blogs as Luddite Journo. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–

International Women’s Day number 99, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Stage set for the perennial argument – is feminism still necessary?  Or merely an academic subject for historians, with IWD covered in a lecture?

Women make better investors, if only more of them had a go

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Claer Barrett- Claer Barrett is associate editor of the Investors Chronicle. The opinions expressed are her own.Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–

“I’m sorry to tell you that my husband has died, so I want a full refund on his Investors Chronicle subscription.”

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