Why is it we women can be so fearful of speaking up and expressing an opinion, or even harder, expressing disapproval? Forbes Woman recently published an article about this problem – Katie Phillips, the author, explained how she put up with a rude and drunk fellow passenger on a plane journey rather than just tell him she would prefer to travel in peace. Women in business are often subjected to work place bullying which can be anything from gossip to full blown harassment – I wrote about this earlier in the year, and the case of a woman in banking being subjected to the frequent comment ‘nice tits’ from one of her co-workers – and many will just put up with it rather than face the discomfort of confrontation. However, as Katie Phillips says ‘having a voice and using it effectively is astonishingly powerful. When people tell the truth, other people listen.’ In the workplace a woman who stands her corner can be labelled as ‘hard-nosed’ or worse, but if handled calmly and with good manners, she will gain a level of respect that often stops the poor treatment immediately.