Channel 5 News on Executive Pay for Women

Labour Party

This is the video of my recent appearance on Channel 5 News on how we can secure Equal Pay for women in executive positions. I particularly address the lack of action on maternity leave. It was a pleasure to meet Saira Khan.


Honeyball’s Weekly Round-Up

Labour Party

Two interviews struck me in the papers last week. The first came in the form of an interview with Caroline Thomson who left the BBC after she failed to get the ‘top job’. She was interviewed by the former channel 5 boss Dawn Airey. The pair discussed whether a woman will ever get the top job, and has the BBC missed a golden opportunity?

Thomson agreed it was a fair process and the BBC picked the right person and she also said it marked a transition in that for the first time there were two senior women who were candidates “that’s something to celebrate” she said.

She also said “In my early career, because it was unusual to be a woman when I started, I spent a lot of time arguing that women were exactly the same as men. But now I think women bring something different in their approach. And I think teams with a good balance of men and women are more effective.”

This is a really important point, and people are beginning to realise that a healthy mix in a company makes good business sense. Women and men bring different things to the table.

This was a really interesting interview, two senior women who have worked hard, certainly as hard as their male counterparts, and some might say they’ve overcome even more hurdles to reach the positions they have- speaking frankly about the position of women in top positions both now and in the future . You can read the full interview here.

The other interview was with Dale Murray, an entrepenuer who said in an interview last week with the financial website This is Money, that “female entrepreneurs often find it harder than their male counterparts to attract investment, whether through a lack of confidence or the attitudes of investors.”

Entrepreneur Dale Murray is an interesting character; she’s an angel investor who has backed several female-led businesses, including three this summer. Recognising the potential women have is not something everybody has yet noticed, or if they have they certainly haven’t acted upon it. But Murray says she looks for specific qualities, which include absolute determination and self-belief. Yet she agrees it can be harder for women to find funding. You can read more of her interview here.




Sign the Petition for Equal Representation of Women in TV drama

Labour Party

Following on from the recent event in the European Parliament on the representation of women in TV and film, the Vice-President of Equity UK, Jean Rogers, has sent me an online petition which I would urge all of you to sign.  You will be in good company as it has already been signed by Julie Walters, Phil Davis, David Soul, and Helen Mirren, amongst others, and  has around 7,000 signatories in total. 

The petition is addressed to the major UK television channels, including the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, and calls on them to take measures to redress the gender imbalance on UK screens.  Currently, although half the TV-watching public is female, only 36.5% of characters in TV drama are female.  What’s more, while men over the age of 45 are frequently seen in leading roles, women of a similar age often seem to disappear off the screen.

Please would you follow the link here and let the TV companies know that very many of us want  equal representation of women on TV.