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Workplace Culture Must Change if Women Are to Reach the Top of Our Biggest Companies

(6) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:00 PM

On Wednesday, I was at Barclays UK headquarters in London where I was speaking at the annual launch of Lord Davies' and Cranfield's Women on Boards progress reports.

It's great news that we are on track to meet our target of 25% of female appointments...

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The Changing Role of Women

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 6:00 PM

This weekend we mark the 103rd International Women's Day. It's an opportunity to celebrate women's social, economic and political achievements and, just as importantly, to highlight the barriers to full equality that still exist, more than a century on.

But this year is also the centenary of...

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Making a Real Difference

(9) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 9:36 AM

As I visit both the East and West Coasts of the United States, where marriage of same sex couples has been a part of life for the last few years, it's a good moment to reflect on the past year. It's been a time where equal marriage has been in...

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Women Must Be at the Heart of Our Efforts to Create Employment and Grow Our Economy

(55) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Last week, Francis Maude and I hosted a networking event in Whitehall to encourage more senior women to take up roles on public boards, following a report published by the Cabinet Office. The report revealed that 37% of new public appointments made by Whitehall departments in 2012 to 2013 were...

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Equal Marriage Will Preserve the Institution of Marriage

(288) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 8:01 AM

Our legislation to equalise marriage reaches an important stage tonight, when it comes back before the full House of Commons.

There has been a lot of debate on our proposed changes, and about what is the nature of marriage. Over the centuries our society has changed enormously. But marriage -...

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Testing Times: Fighting Culture's Corner in an Age of Austerity

(5) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 9:23 AM

This country has an incredible and vibrant arts sector - one that is intrinsic to our cultural identity, to our achievements as a nation and to our future ambitions. In many senses our arts and culture underpin what it means to be British - how we see ourselves, and how...

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A Day to Celebrate Women in All Walks of Life

(20) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Friday is International Women's Day. And it is an opportunity for us to celebrate women in all walks of life. It is a chance to look at where we are now, how far we have come, and what needs still to be done. It is also a time to reflect...

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Why We Need the Quadruple Lock on Gay Marriage

(53) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 8:57 AM

Marriage is an institution that binds people together, underpins our society and has, throughout the centuries, allowed a public declaration of love and commitment. It is an institution of enormous value. Four hundred years ago Pascal said that "the heart has its reasons" and for many, marriage and 'walking down...

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The Airy Fairy Generalisations of Women in the Workplace

(6) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 6:00 PM

There's an awful lot of nonsense spoken and written about women and employment. Airy generalisations slug it out with specious stereotyping and the simple reality gets lost in the clatter. Because the truth is, that women are at the heart of this country's economic growth strategy. And if we're serious...

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