A step by step guide to speaking maths

Posted on May 11th, 2015 in Maths: Women: Money | no comments »
Shirley Conran

For over ten years I have talked to many mathematicians, and – speaking as a professional interviewer – sometimes I have found that very difficult. Recently, I blurted this out to a revered mathematician and – to my surprise – Read more…


If I Were Prime Minister

Posted on May 8th, 2015 in Maths: Women: Money | no comments »

The national debt and the budget overspend Thank Heaven it’s over. After the most boring election within living memory, life can now begin again. The Guardian recently asked me what I would do if I were Prime Minister for the Read more…


The national debt and the budget overspend

Posted on April 24th, 2015 in Maths: Women: Money | no comments »
Shirley Conran

Political smokescreen-speak may well confuse two items that are vital to this election, the national debt and the budget overspend.

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Girls’ poor performance in maths and science is down to sexism

Posted on February 27th, 2015 in Maths: Women: Money | no comments »
The Sunday Times article on girls and maths

The Sunday Times reports that girls are performing poorly in maths and science and that the gender gap with boys is one of the biggest in the world.

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What Do Prince Harry, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tinie Tempah Have in Common?

Posted on November 5th, 2014 in Maths: Women: Money | no comments »
Prince Harry He For She Campaign

Why do I feel that this time it’s going to be different? That the Fourth Wave of Feminism will actually achieve equality? Because the men are different…

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How Julia Broke Big

Posted on October 28th, 2014 in Maths: Women: Money | no comments »
Julia Hobsbawm

My friend Julia failed academically at school and didn’t go to university. So how did she become a professor?…

“Networking is social navigation – it’s as much about what to look for as who to know,” says Julia Hobsbawm…

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Goodbye Lynda

Posted on October 21st, 2014 in Maths: Women: Money | no comments »
Lynda & her husband Michael

Lynda Bellingham was the most popular person I’ve ever met. TV presenter Kaye Adams said it best, “You were always pleased to see her and always felt she was pleased to see you… She always left you feeling better about life.” Lynda was just as popular with TV viewers who felt they knew the Oxo mum…

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Sex for One, Please

Posted on October 15th, 2014 in Maths: Women: Money | no comments »
Vagenda book

Following Lucy Cosslett’s excellent article on the female orgasm in Standard Issue, the following notes are based on my experience and understanding.
1. Both vaginal and clitoral orgasms are powered from the clitoris, which is not a teeny weeny penis: it does not enter anything…

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Six Money Survival Tips

Posted on October 14th, 2014 in Maths: Women: Money | no comments »
Jane Austin and money - on the face of the £10 note

From now on, take ALL responsibility for your financial future. Don’t let anyone talk you out of it, especially someone you love. This is simple, but it takes time…

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Sexism and Maths

Posted on October 9th, 2014 in Maths: Women: Money | no comments »
Carol Vorderman and her daughter Katie

Carol Vorderman (seen above with her daughter Katie) is the popular face of maths in Britain. Carol recently wrote about the myth that men are better at maths than women (not true) and the myth that maths is an unsuitable subject for girls (not true)..

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