My staff didn’t think they had issues with women


With International Women’s Day this month, it is relevant to reflect on the role gender inequality and issues with women played in the un-winnable problems my business had.

Now, we all know about little girls being taught that their value lies in beauty, youth and sexuality rather than in their potential as leaders, while the boys are taught success is in dominance, power, and aggression. And it is still the way of the the world out there on the street, however much legislation has been passed.

But I was never a feminist. I simply did not think about social divisions on race, sex, creed. A single female with a posh voice and such naïve opinions attempting to run a manufacturing company in a town such as I had inadvertently set up shop, was always going to be in for trouble.     Read more

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