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.

Why assumptions that women ‘Fall in Love’ at work hinders senior male sponsorship


Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt has quite rightly come in for criticism for his comments about his ‘problem with girls in the lab’. But it does unearth a vain assumption about the helplessness of women falling under the spell of their male colleagues. But the bigger problem is that these kinds of assumptions, held by many senior men and women as well, hold women back from networking closely with men or benefiting from their sponsorship. While Hunt is in the firing line, these assumptions are not limited to science. As the […] Read more »

‘Queen Bee’ myth quashed

Mean boss

One of the most commonly asked questions I receive is ‘why are female bosses mean to junior women?’ They’re not – in fact, they are no ‘meaner’ than male bosses. It’s more likely we have higher expectations of ‘nurturing’ behaviour in women than we do of male bosses. In fact, the latest research bears out that women actually do better when they work for companies with a female CEO. Columbia University looked at top 1500 management teams over a 20 year period and found that when female CEOs were appointed […] Read more »

Equitable pay: Women & the curse of low expectations

Equal pay

Unfortunately it appears pay equity is still a distant dream. European PWN-Paris found in their survey ’Women & Money’  that 75% of professional women are not satisfied with their remuneration, but remain passive on the issue. This means they accept being paid less than they are worth. Despite 2/3 preparing for year end appraisals (65%), women expected pay rises to coincide with a boss noticing their efforts (44%) and 2/3 didn’t ask for pay raises at all (66%). This is no junior sample either, the average respondent had several degrees, […] Read more »

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: Women in ‘geographically clustered’ jobs more likely to divorce

Moving house

So families are more willing to move for his job, but not hers. A few months ago we highlighted this trend based on evidence that men are more likely to pick jobs that are ‘geographically clustered’ – that is there are fewer places where they can work; a common issue for engineers and oil and gas professionals. But what happens to families who move for her job? Well it seems it’s a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Alan Benson’s research in the journal Industrial […] Read more »

D & I- Deadly Sin: Failing to use the women’s network as a resource

Women's Network

D & I – Deadly Sin:  Failing to use the women’s network as a resource. In too many organisations, the women’s network is viewed primarily as needing help or for whom things need to be done for; putting on events and training for example. Instead they should be viewed as a resource for the company. The truth is there is no group better engaged with the topic of women’s progression, your internal culture and the barriers that arise as a result. Plus, they know your product better than anyone else […] Read more »

An end to working mother’s guilt?

Working mother

Having a working mother benefits children, particularly daughters, in the long run, according to a new Harvard University study, lead by Professor Kathleen McGinn. A global study of 50,000 adults in 25 developed countries found daughters of working mothers tended to complete more years of education, to be more likely to find employment in superior roles and to earn higher incomes than those of stay-at-home mothers. In fact, as adults those daughters earned 23% more than the daughters of non-working mothers, equating to an average annual income of $35,474 compared […] Read more »