Work Like a Woman: A Manifesto For Change

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Work Like a Woman: A Manifesto For Change

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When she first began working in television, no one knew she was living with a woman, and her then business partner, a gay man, advised her to keep quiet. She has had a fascinating life and career where she had to work incredibly hard to get where she is now. Of the few ideas she did propose, such as enhanced maternity pay, flexible working, no blame culture and not putting profit at the heart of everything, I found them unoriginal and also (can I be the only one?

Mary Portas: ‘It was a question of how do I want to work as a

In her book, she refers several times to her Catholic working-class roots – her mother was so devout she once genuflected in the aisle of a cinema by mistake – but she isn’t one of those people who likes to insist that, no, she has not really changed at all.Why I chose it: I’ve been working from home since moving to the UK for my partner’s job, but just started a new office gig this week. Referencing her own experiences of work in an alpha-male world, Mary challenges the typical workplace and how ‘working like a woman’ and bringing equality into both the workplace and the home can have benefits for both women and men. Read this as part of a work book group - somebody said she thought Mary was a bit of a Janet Street Porter figure before she read the book - and if honest that’s what I thought.

Work Like a Woman: A Manifesto for Change Book - Oliver Bonas

My marriage [to Graham Portas, with whom she has two children, Verity and Mylo] had broken up on mutual terms.

Portas takes inspiration from her own experiences as she acknowledges the struggles faced by many women to climb the career ladder in a world ruled by men. The other day, she went to the funeral of a friend of her father’s, someone she knew as Uncle Harry; long ago, the two men had come to England together from Ireland to work on the buses. Loved her honesty in admitting that she played the game early on in her career, and how she changed her leadership style to be more in tune with her core beliefs. Some of her ideas in particular relating to childcare and equitable partnerships are excellent and I wish more of them were being trialled in the UK.

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