My lockdown strengths (in no particular order) I can be an introvert without feeling second-class. Sitting in virtual meetings without the need for small talk over coffee is quite releasing. There is zero correlation between being a talker and having good ideas! (but tell that to an extrovert) The new zoom etiquette of being muted, … Continue reading Strengths in lockdown
It has been noted that nations handling the Covid19 pandemic the most effectively are often led by women eg New Zealand, Germany, Norway, Taiwan and Denmark. And lots of my friends have gleefully reported this fact on facebook posts to signal that here is proof that women are better than men! Is the link between … Continue reading Why we need women decision makers
What real messages of hope can we give at this time of global crisis, while recognising the pressures and fears facing women in particular?
Men have wrecked the world - wouldn't it be better if women ruled, wouldn't we all be better off? Well, if women follow the same competitive rules as leaders now, the answer is No. We don’t just need to change the gender of leaders, to have more women CEOs or scientists, MPs or bishops, we … Continue reading If women ruled the world
In a year dominated politically by uncertainty, rancour and lies, I want to end the year with joy. Joy is promised by the angels in Bethlehem to the shepherds. You may be a bit surprised by my joy list – it’s not exactly toe-tapping happiness. But it hints at the deep abiding hope and … Continue reading What does Joy look like this Christmas
To have babies or not have babies…. to have them at any time I choose…. to have them with or without a life partner… or freeze my eggs now so I can decide later. A plethora of choices now has legitimacy in western countries where marriage or relationship commitment is coming later and single women … Continue reading Confused.com
We are bombarded with so much that is weird, dangerous or fake, I thought we might need some quiet and positive stories of women and girls who are getting on with life in all its wonder and mess (back to the bad and dangerous next month). It’s the time of year for exam results in … Continue reading Good news week
Sixty women leaders from 18 nations gathered in Amsterdam in June to celebrate the gifting, service and leadership of women in the Church across the globe. They mourned the injustices women suffer and called on Christians to take steps to honour women’s leadership in family, church and community.
Lily, a pastor’s wife from Indonesia was sobbing quietly. She and her husband with their two young children have moved to an isolated part of Java to plant a new church. It is an exciting time for her husband, but she feels left out – she has to spend all her time establishing their new … Continue reading Can you hear the voices of these women?
My mum, Lenore Claire, coming up to her 92nd birthday, had a mini stroke 10 weeks ago that set in motion a spiral (ever downwards) of changes in her life – from overworked but determined provider and homemaker for my 94 year old dad, to a ‘client’ in a nursing home. Mum has cared full-time … Continue reading Legacy of quiet service