She is unquestionably one of the most powerful women in the world — strong, authoritative; wonderful mother, supportive wife, world-class lawyer and dedicated campaigner. Even before she was First Lady, Michelle Obama was probably all of those things. The idea that her glamorous international life could bear any resemblance to mine seemed doubtful — or that’s what I thought, before I read last week that she too was a woman who has experienced the agony of a miscarriage. It’s amazing, really, that it is still so surprising to hear someone in the public eye talking about losing a child like this. It’s something so many women experience, and yet even in 2018, a woman who suffers a miscarriage often won’t know that two of her dearest friends have been through that same trauma.
Are men now under threat in the workplace? If you were to listen this week to a group of advertising executives at J Walter Thompson, you might believe so. The men claim they were made redundant for being “white, male, straight, and British”, and are said to have approached lawyers about the possibility of bringing a discrimination case against the company.
No-one likes to think of their parents having sex. Every generation prefers to imagine they invented it themselves, although according to the poet Philip Larkin the precise year of its inception was 1963. So if your mother came of age before then, it might give you cause for concern. Why? Because researchers have found that children follow their mother’s example when it comes to the number of romantic relationships they have.
Commemoration ceremonies took place up and down the country on Sunday as the UK poignantly marked the centenary of the Armistice. Tens of thousands came out in force to remember the selfless men and women who gave their lives, 100 years ago. Veterans and relatives of fallen soldiers marched past the Cenotaph in London, church services were held, and 1,000 beacons of light were lit up in the nation-wide ‘Battle’s Over’ tribute marking the end to the darkness of the Great War.
Women’s contribution to extraordinary moments in history are often downplayed and written out, but we would do well to recognise the war effort of women this Remembrance Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Royals are meant to feel ‘other’. That’s the point. But there are moments when they become relatable. Like Prince Charles and his plants. Because we talk to everything, too. Charles, it turns out, doesn’t merely chat to his plants, he ‘instructs’ them.
The 2018 midterms have made history. On Wednesday, in a night of many firsts, we saw the election of candidates who look set to break barriers across America, and have already begun to change the face of the House.
The US political landscape was transformed in yesterday’s midterm elections, not only by Democrats seizing the House but the crucial role that women played in that victory. As the final results are tallied, the power of #MeToo couldn’t be clearer.
I honestly couldn’t tell you where I was for the 2014 midterm elections if my life depended on it. And not just because I’m a disenfranchised British expat with no voting rights here in America. I’d wager that barely any of my home-grown American friends could tell you where they were either. Because, until this year, nobody really paid that much attention.
If you thought Hillary’s celebrity love-fest back in the 2016 presidential election race was quite something, then the A-list reactions to the midterm results won’t particularly surprise you. In both the run up to and the results aftermath, celebs were galvanising voters, speaking out against Donald Trump and sharing their “I Voted” stickers on the 'gram.
It was such a nice idea. The makers of Red Dead Redemption 2, the most anticipated video game of the year, decided to do their bit for women's rights by putting a suffragette character in the cowboy-themed adventure, which was released last month. The game is set in the American frontier in 1899, the thinking went, just as women were campaigning across the United States (as well as Britain) for the ability to vote.
Last week, while speaking on a panel on how to negotiate your worth at the Telegraph’sWomen Mean Business Live event, confirmed something intriguing I have seen in recent years: that female workers in the UK seem to approach the question of career or family as black and white. Either you work full time, with all the joys of long hours, overtime and commuting that come with it, or you become a stay-at-home mum. There’s no in-between.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first royal tour was always going to be a big deal. Their wedding five months ago was a veritable Who’s Who of global A-listers and while their job abroad was to practice a little soft diplomacy and serve as a projection of British culture and heritage, it was never going to be totally immune from Hollywood sparkle either. Thousands lined the streets; the young screaming at the smallest glimpse of the newly wed couple while grandmothers, who had witnessed countless royal tours, waited patiently to shake the latest pair of Windsor hands, curious to know what they would discover about the latest glossy addition to the family.
There are two types of people in the world, according to Stormy Daniels. ‘There’s the people who own their choices, and there’s the people who try to blame someone else.’ She elucidates with a scenario. ‘You got really drunk, went home with somebody from a bar. You wake up the next morning, realise you cheated on your boyfriend and you’re ashamed. So you’re like, “He must have slipped something in my drink.”’ Then, she says, ‘There’s the other set, that are, like, “Oh f—. I did too many dollar shots and woke up with an ugly dude. My bad. Now, can I get out of here without waking him up?”’
To celebrate 100 years since British women were given the right to vote, The Telegraph – alongside the Mayor of London’s#BehindEveryGreatCityCampaign – is running a weekly series.
This week Penny Mordaunt MP, International Development Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, addressed the very pressing issues facing female entrepreneurs at our Women Mean Business live event.
Life is dizzying as it whizzes past our ears and punches us in the guts, and whirls around before our eyes and over our heads. It’s never just one thing at a time now, is it? So how to group these clusters of wonder and horror and angst and awe? Like this, maybe…
Hardly a day passes without some new, heinous account of women’s rights being undermined. Today, hundreds of Google employees walked away from their to-do lists and laptops, leaving their offices behind to take a stand against the company’s poor handling of sexual harassment.
Each week, Telegraph Women will be profiling a 'power part-timer': someone who has ditched the nine to five and works flexibly.
The former boss of Topshop has lifted the lid on working for the “bully” Sir Philip Green, claiming she spent years protecting her team from him.
When I moved to Mumbai from the U.S. for my first job in journalism over a decade ago, there were almost no visible signs of pornography in the country. I never saw adult movies in the piles of pirated DVDs I sifted through, or sex toys sold in stalls or online. I never heard anyone discuss it. Bollywood movies, for that matter, barely even featured a kiss. The most pornographic images were the ancient carvings of Hindu gods entwined in wild sexual positions, sometimes contorted to pleasure three or more partners at once. They were remnants of a more imaginative time. Centuries later, desire in India is far more regulated by societal norms, politics and religion.
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