February 4, 2014: Cheryl Gillan MP

Cheryl Gillan

Cheryl Gillan

First published in News

THERE'S been more debate recently about gender equality and women in the workplace.

There are now more women in work than ever before, so women make a significant contribution to the economy, but we do have to encourage women and girls so they can achieve their full potential. Last year, the Women’s Business Council reported on ways of encouraging women to get involved in business and to support them at four important stages during their careers. The Government published an Action Plan last November which builds on this.

Starting out focuses on supporting girls and women in education so that they optimise their career options. This includes encouraging STEM ambassadors – that’s mentors from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Getting on looks at ways of supporting women during the middle phase of their working lives. That involves things like looking at ways women can achieve their highest potential, through access to childcare or flexible working.

Staying on ensures that women continue to develop in senior roles throughout business and industry, by examining the balance between work and caring responsibilities and looking at ways of re-skilling. Enterprise is designed to encourage women to consider the possibility of starting up and running their own business. There is enormous potential for this and it could benefit our economy hugely.

One of the key areas in the report, Women and the Economy, by the Government Equalities Office, is the need for culture change within business and society as a whole so that we do not waste the undoubted talents that are there to help create a vibrant economy.

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10:06pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

It's a relief that you got rid of those horrible nasty comments.
It's a relief that you got rid of those horrible nasty comments. Undercover Euro Yob
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10:09pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

I think that Ms Gillan is doing a tremendous job - and for the right sort of gel or girl too I suspect.

No 'aspirations' for the lower classes.
I think that Ms Gillan is doing a tremendous job - and for the right sort of gel or girl too I suspect. No 'aspirations' for the lower classes. Undercover Euro Yob
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10:27pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
I think that Ms Gillan is doing a tremendous job - and for the right sort of gel or girl too I suspect.

No 'aspirations' for the lower classes.
*No 'optimisation' for the lower classes*
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: I think that Ms Gillan is doing a tremendous job - and for the right sort of gel or girl too I suspect. No 'aspirations' for the lower classes.[/p][/quote]*No 'optimisation' for the lower classes* Undercover Euro Yob
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10:39pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Is there any point in putting up a box where people can post comments if adverse comments are going to be removed and the box left empty?
Is there any point in putting up a box where people can post comments if adverse comments are going to be removed and the box left empty? Undercover Euro Yob
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10:40pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Starting out focuses on supporting girls and women in education so that they optimise their career options

I asked yesterday if that included girls in the county’s abysmal secondary modern schools and suggested that if Ms Gillan did not understand what that meant that she should have a chat with David Laws, the schools minister who, before Christmas made a report that named Bucks County Council individually as ‘disgraceful’ for the standard of education it provided to the 70% of local children who fail the 11+. (see: https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/news/david
-laws-discusses-the-
impact-of-the-pupil-
premium-in-well-off-
and-deprived-areas)


For some reason Ms Gillan has not responded and my comment and the other comment - by (I think) ‘Motco’ - on poor women who work for other, more well-off, women in return for the minimum wage - has also disappeared.


Somewhere or other Orwell comments on the fact that that the brotherhood of labour fails between workers of different colour. The comment by ‘Motco’ (if it was ‘Motco’) commented on where ‘sisterliness’ fails between women who are better-off and women of the lower classes.

(My comment is intended to show that the Conservative Party when it refers to 'children' means the Tory Party’s favourite children - not all British human beings who have not reached adolescence. )
[italic] Starting out focuses on supporting girls and women in education so that they optimise their career options [/italic] I asked yesterday if that included girls in the county’s abysmal secondary modern schools and suggested that if Ms Gillan did not understand what that meant that she should have a chat with David Laws, the schools minister who, before Christmas made a report that named Bucks County Council individually as ‘disgraceful’ for the standard of education it provided to the 70% of local children who fail the 11+. (see: https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/news/david -laws-discusses-the- impact-of-the-pupil- premium-in-well-off- and-deprived-areas) For some reason Ms Gillan has not responded and my comment and the other comment - by (I think) ‘Motco’ - on poor women who work for other, more well-off, women in return for the minimum wage - has also disappeared. Somewhere or other Orwell comments on the fact that that the brotherhood of labour fails between workers of different colour. The comment by ‘Motco’ (if it was ‘Motco’) commented on where ‘sisterliness’ fails between women who are better-off and women of the lower classes. ([italic]My[/italic] comment is intended to show that the Conservative Party when it refers to 'children' means the Tory Party’s favourite children - not all British human beings who have not reached adolescence. ) Undercover Euro Yob
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