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.

Taking a tip from Anglicans? Cameron reshuffles 1/3 of cabinet to make way for women

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Upon hearing the news that the Anglican Church would allow female bishops for the first time in history, practising Christian, Prime Minister David Cameron, described the news as a “great day for the Church and for equality”. Clearly Cameron was feeling a bit of ‘divine inspiration’ as this week his own reshuffle led to the stepping down of Conservative stalwarts such as William Hague and Ken Clarke to make room for a round of female MP’s. This reshuffle is being seen by many as an attempt to sway female voters, […] Read more »

Turning ‘aggressive’ into tenacious and other ways to banter with your boss

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Much of our work includes one to one sessions with senior men on the benefits they’d personally gain if they played a more active role in improving gender balance at the top.  Recently I spent time with ‘Gary’, a C-suite executive in a multinational company. Gary insisted he had no issues promoting women but that ‘Roberta’, ‘the only woman on his team ready for the next step – was a bit too aggressive.’ Language often hides bias. I looked at him wide-eyed and innocently asked: ‘what, has she hit someone […] Read more »

How Sweet it is: Working Mums Grew ‘Green and Blacks’

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Many of Female Breadwinner’s clients, despite working to improve their gender diversity, find maternity leave to be a big challenge. Interestingly, the progressive men, often those whose wives work as well, notice that working mothers are some of the most conscientious employees. They don’t have time to waste and are incredibly efficient. A coaching client recently explained: ‘I was considered high-potential before I had children, but I’m actually more productive since I’ve had my second son. I just don’t have the hours to be anything else. The irony is that […] Read more »

I Do: Removing Wedding Rings as a Career Aid?


Even in this day and age; ambitious women sometimes ask me: “I just got married. Do you think this will reduce my chances of securing a new promotion?” I empathise with the question; when I became engaged 10 years ago, I didn’t wear my ring except at the weekends. My employer knew my boyfriend was in the UK and it would have forced questions as to where we were planning to live that I wasn’t ready to answer. Many working women feel that being married changes the way their employers […] Read more »

Why the Most Successful Women Started as Failures


Meeting with a group of colleagues in Edinburgh last night, where I talked about a dismal meeting I’d recently had, I was reminded that failure is something all ambitious people share. The goal should always be to ‘fail fast, fail cheap’ when you’re experimenting with a new idea. Even so, setbacks are as demoralising as they are inevitable. Interestingly, a number of the world’s richest women achieved their success only after a series of set backs. In Britain, we are all familiar with JK Rowling’s plight as a struggling single […] Read more »

Newly expecting? What messages should you send your boss


Employers are often unsure if and how to fill temporary vacant positions, uncertain if female employees will return to work. On the other hand, many dedicated new parents find their positions threatened by inflexible company policies. There are steps you can take to ensure your boss knows how committed you are to your career. So how can you send the right messages to your employer before you take parental leave? 1. As with most challenges, communication is key – before, during and after an employee’s return. If you as an expectant […] Read more »