At Female BreadWinners we concentrate on two areas:

  1. Helping professional women develop political savvy, heightened visibility, stronger sense of career direction and increased overall confidence.
  2. Helping organisations to develop and retain the female employees who will lead them into a rapidly evolving marketplace.

Female is for women who earn a significant if not majority amount of the household earnings.  And the Big Secret? This is actually a large group of women and growing all the time! More women than men are graduating university,  women make up to 80% of all consumer decisions and companies now realise women in senior leadership positions bring better profitability and corporate governance as well as reflect their consumer base.

These changes will affect how professional women manage their careers,  the dynamics of their personal relationships and how the workplace retains and develops this growing number of female talent. It is our job at Female Breadwinners to help both women and employers negotiate these fast-paced changes for everyone’s benefit.

Ban Julien “rape evangelist” Blanc from UK – Sign the Petition

Julien Blanc misogynist

As the 21st November draws near, we are watching carefully to see if the UK will follow the good examples of Australia and Brazil to take a stand against the sexist, misogynistic and racist Julien Blanc. The ‘Pick-Up Artist’ is due on our shores this week. He hosts ‘dating advice’ events where men pay up to £1,250 to learn how to emotionally, and in many cases, physically manipulate women into having sex with them. Teaching harassment is not a skill the UK needs. It’s bad enough that one in five […] Read more »

Are all the misogynists working in technology?


Our sister company, The InclusIQ Institute’s inbox was inundated with comments about a technology site ‘’ that aims to reward novice coders with page 3 style photos for every piece of new code they learn. No prizes then for guessing that sexism is a major problem in the technology industry. Headlining the website are hyper-sexualised women who remove a piece of clothing on the successful completion of a test like, ’Where to stick your CSS’. It’s actually advertised as ‘educational’ with a byline of being ‘awesome for Learning to code & […] Read more »

Soft-Porn Construction Hoardings: Just who does Malmaison think it will attract with it’s “Dressed to Drill’ imagery?

The picture on the hoarding of the Malmaison hotel, Manchester.

Jeanette Winterson, author of the hugely successful ‘Oranges are Not the Only Fruit’ who’s been awarded a role of Professor of New Writing at Manchester University, is well-placed to comment on the building hoardings she sees outside her former hotel of choice; the Malmaison. In The Guardian: she asks: ‘How pretty do you have to be to work on a building site?’. The hotel is currently fronted by construction hoardings with soft-porn version of ‘women at work’ a blonde, skinny model donning a strapless dress, full make-up, hard hat and […] Read more »

Egg Freezing Debate: Fantastic Perk or ‘Hard-Boiled’ Corporate Greed?

working mother

As you can imagine, Facebook and Google’s announcement they’d pay for the freezing of eggs of female staff (and the partners of male staff) has drawn both advocates and critics. Some see it as a valuable perk and an extension of reproductive rights for an expensive process. We at Female Breadwinners see this as ‘corporate creep’. As Harriet Minter succinctly put it in The Guardian: ‘Rather than saying, “have your children in your own time and we’ll support you with well-paid parental leave and subsidised childcare”, they’re saying, “work really hard […] Read more »

Are women only coding bootcamps our future?

women in tech

When our sister company The InclusIQ Institute moved to their office at CodeBase, a tech hub in Edinburgh, they noticed a paucity of women in the halls. According to a recent article ‘Technology’s Man Problem’ in the New York Times there’s been a drop of 35% since 1985 in the number of women graduates in computer science. Women hold only one quarter of all tech jobs in the UK – a worrying statistic in an industry poised for explosive growth. We are curious: How can the tech culture change to be more female-friendly? Some advocate […] Read more »

Are Daughters the Secret Weapon in Creating Inclusive Leaders?

Father and daughter diversity

A few months ago, I spoke with three male panelists at an event hosted by a major bank, on gender diversity in the City. After our panel, one of the fellow speakers came up to me and said with an almost furtive look: “I know what you mean about women changing the workplace. My daughter Sasha is doing her A-levels and she is amazing. She is such a hard worker. If anything, it’s actually my son, Scott who I’m worried about! Scott rarely comes out of his room and grunts […] Read more »