Today it was rather nice to see two remarkable women given rather a high profile by the mainstream media. Interestingly, it was via the same newspaper – The Times.
They weren’t politicians or pop stars, but two talented women who are very good at what they do.
The first was one of my personal heroines, Martha Lane Fox. She is featured in a great article in which she spoke about how not only how the internet had made her a millionaire, but had also saved her life both literally and metaphorically. Literally, because the money made from her internet business meant she could be air lifted out when caught in a terrible accident. Metaphorically, because she could make her life easier and stay in touch while recovering from her very serious injuries.
It’s worth also pointing out that article was written by a woman, Janice Turner. It can be read here. (£)
I’ve also just got back from seeing Caitlin Moran do an event, in which she was interviewed by David Aaronovitch, also put on by The Times. It was wonderful, with Moran hysterically funny and deadly serious all in the same breath. She spoke about feminism, left-wing politics, getting into the media, Twitter, celebs – all the stuff we usually associate with her.
Having to point out media coverage of talented women is thoroughly dispiriting, but highlighting these successes is important.
With that done, I’m off to practice making my hair really big.