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Book Extract: Backwards in High Heels: The Impossible Art of Being Female
This is particularly acute in the early stages, pregnancy and the pre-school years. This was once described by one sleep-deprived father as the great parental conspiracy of silence. It goes like this:. Your friend announces she is pregnant. You are, of course, delighted. You meet, for coffee yours is a double espresso, since the children have been up all night , to talk about it.
The list of self-help books for women is endless. The Rules. The Goddess Guide. How to Walk in High Heels. On and on it goes. But not many of these quote Yeats, Byron, Disraeli and Plato.
It explores the different ways in which the media portray women and male leaders, how that shapes our thinking about leadership and the barriers that causes for women politicians. With specific and well-considered recommendations, the book stresses, however, that there is hope for the future, and sets out the pathway towards equality. Ultimately, she called for changes to the current status quo with recommendations ranging from increased awareness among the media to the involvement of political parties in gender-inclusive policymaking. Among other issues, the participants noted additional barriers for women from poor background or ethnic minorities, and those working at the local level. Recommendations to remove these barriers, and indeed all additional obstacles to women in politics, included a new approach to education, starting from an early age; and a variety of programmes aiming to raise awareness both in Sweden, where the high level of gender equality risks breeding complacency on the matter, and across the world.