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Episode 14: Women: Is Equality an Illusion?


Are women really still fighting for equality?

I’m only just realising how unequal women really are.

I did a degree in construction back in the 80’s. I was one of 6 women in the UK doing my job when I graduated, I worked on building sites for 5 years and I can hand on heart say that I RARELY experienced any sex discrimination in that time.

In fact, I experienced sex discrimination a grand total of three times over that time. I remember each time clearly and I also remember that the man involved didn’t come out of the encounter… intact.

My experience was, more than anything, that I had an advantage. Being a rare female in a male-dominated industry had huge advantages for me and I had a great time.

But over the last few years, I’ve been getting more and more uncomfortable with things.

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I have this growing, gnawing suspicion that women are growing less and less equal in many ways, it’s just that the inequality is becoming more and more subtle.

I think that women absolutely have the right to be as sexy as they choose, but I also think that in reality (the current reality), it’s still all about objectification.

That’s all I’m going to say here. Listen to the podcast, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

It’s still there, it’s just pretending to be “freedom” and “self expression” and – I’m probably going to get a lot of flack for saying this – “strong, sexy woman”.

About Karen O’Connor

Blogger, Author, Entrepreneur

Changing the dialogue around menopause and midlife.

As a Podcaster I create a safe space and community for the stuff of Midlife. I provide more than a hub of information I am changing the dialogue around menopause and midlife for women with fun, love and laughter.

After (hopefully, successfully!) raising four kids, being married for 30 years, going from regular month-to-month pay cheque jobs to creating a multi-million dollar property development business (and a number of other businesses with varying degrees of success and failure), to going broke and starting again…

…there’s a heap of experiences and life lessons just waiting to be shared.

Life is about learning from our mistakes and the heartaches we might encounter, but it’s also about having fun and making sure we’re surrounded by laughter…

Which is what you’ll find here in the podcasts & blogs: the highs and lows, successes and failures, sprinkled with fun, love and laughter, because it makes life just so much brighter.

This is all about sharing those things rather than keeping them to ourselves, listening to “ordinary” women’s stories and relating to them, finding common ground and inspiration.

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