Assertive, aggressive or all of the above?

She HulkThis month at the annual Women Work Conference, we took part in a very insightful workshop on assertiveness.

Being assertive can often be confused with being aggressive no matter who you are, but something that was said during our workshop really struck a chord with me. It was suggested that more often than not, it is women who get accused of being aggressive when really, they are simply being assertive.

Sadly I think that might be true. Continue reading


Thatcher: What She Did for Women

The many shades of Margaret ThatcherShe changed us all. We went from being a people who saw ourselves as eternally on the downward slide to a nation that was proud to be British again. On the world stage too, she made Britain count once more. She was a startling presence who brought a strong and controversial style to our diplomacy after years of Foreign Office blandness.

Charles Powell, Key Foreign Policy Advisor to Margaret Thatcher (1983 – 1990)

Margaret Thatcher is a tricky subject to write about, as is any point or person in history, because it can never be reduced to a singular statement of opinion. Was she good or bad; a feminist icon or the antichrist? Everyone has a different view. Continue reading

Dress for Success

Dress for Success

Germaine Greer was once known to denounce women who cared about fashion and style, accusing them of being poor feminists. Apparently this meant that they had been duped by the status quo and were contributing only to their own oppression.

As I avidly read the pages of the Female Eunuch, I both understood but felt unsettled by her assertions. I love dressing up for work, did that I mean I deserved it the next time I was under-estimated or over-looked? Continue reading

Women Work


A warm welcome to the Women Work UK and Ireland Official Blog! This is our very first post but you can expect weekly updates from us about what we are working on, topics of interest and anything else that you want to see on this (hopefully) interactive platform.

We are now in our third year and are delighted to say we have over 750 members, but for anyone who doesn’t know much about us yet, we are a networking group within Sodexo UK and Ireland with strong goals surrounding women’s professional and personal growth. Continue reading