This week we look into women in talkback radio, a surprising new ‘weapon’, and some great business advice for women who want to make it in their industry.
If you have dreams of working in broadcast and happen to be living in the UK, you may have to reassess your chances. A recent study revealed the only 20% of UK radio shows hosted by a solo presenter have female broadcasters. Statistics showed an even larger gender disparity in shows with more than one host. How do Australian statistics compare? I could count only two women hosting solo presented talkback shows. For more info check out this article, and for all the broadcasting broads out there, roll up your sleeves and get ready for some tough work cracking into that male dominated industry. We’re right behind you, cheering you on!
Chances are, it’s you. So says Sue Biggs, the Royal Horticulture Society’s first female Director. Despite having doubts about her ability to even be considered for the role Biggs applied and succeeded proving that having the self-confidence to just give it a shot can take your career to new heights. Read up on Biggs and how she has established a strong foothold in a male dominated industry here.
I don’t mean your guns ladies… I mean your tampons. During the debate for the highly publicised and controversial abortion bill passed in Texas mid this month female spectators in the senate had their pads and tampons confiscated. However, spectators entering with a gun were able to go right on in with the weapon, provided they had the appropriate licensing. Apparently, someone throwing a tampon in the gallery would be worse than someone setting off a firearm. Read more about this ridiculousness here.
You don’t have to tell me that women have leadership and business management skills equal to their male counterparts. I see it in my every day life, from the successful female dominated work places I work in, to my own family life. However, ask the broad community what they think and the results are rather disappointing. A global study completed by Dell ranked the conditions for successful female entrepreneurs in 17 developed and developing countries and, amongst many other interesting facts they found that the majority of people don’t believe women are as good in business as men. Ridiculous? I think so! Read up on the study here, and if you feel as strongly as I do about this misconception, try open a conversation in your home or work place about the topic to initiate change.
While we’re on the subject of women in business and leadership, Sharon Hadary’s book How Women Lead: 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know was released earlier this year and deserves a mention for anyone with business aspirations. Harady’s book offers some great tips, while explaining how women’s personal strengths can be harnessed in the work place. Check out this great write up.