Trowelblazers, an exhibition of women scientists, currently on show at the Geographical Society is such a great idea, and the idea that women can do anything is exactly what my school taught us. That it’s even an issue now, still baffles/angers me. I’m calling now for similar lights to be shone on women in finance, law, economics, anthropology, medicine, academia and politics.


If this has inspired you, then:

1. listen to this interview between the conductors Marin Alsop and Silvia Caduff (“women cannot conduct, but you must conduct”, Karajan declared when Caduff picked up the baton for the first time before him),


2. read this set of obituaries (the title comes from a matron who was heard saying “chin up girls, I’m proud of you all” to her nurses as they marched into the sea as Japanese prisoners of war, knowing they would be shot), and


3. pick up a copy of this survey of women diplomats


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