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The Era of Women: The Drive to Achieving Balance

  • Knowledge Centre, British Library 96 Euston Road London, England, NW1 2DB United Kingdom (map)

Join us for a fascinating panel discussion to also mark 100 Years from the Suffragette Movement.

Back in 1918: what would the English women queuing to cast their first vote have thought of the gender-pay rows storming through the BBC’s corridors 100 years later? Do parents of young girls around the world today really accept that it will at least take two more centuries until their daughter’s intellectual and economic worth is deemed equal to their sons? And can any of us endorse that females today –from toddlers in nurseries to seasoned professionals in boardrooms – will have their ambitions stymied by a society that has missed the point?

As best said by former-US President Barack Obama: “Empowering women is not just the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do.” It is the necessary thing to do.

And yet, signs that we are going backwards are emerging. For the first time since records began in 2006, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report finds the parity gap across health, education, politics and the workplace widening.

  • How far are we from the ‘Women’s Era’?
  • What are the most significant barriers to female leadership and how can we overcome them?
  • How can women operate in male dominated senior networks?
  • How can we move beyond narrow categorisations of women?
  • What is Athena40 and what does it symbolise?
  • Why is it important to promote forward thinking women?
  • Are women better in effecting positive social impact?
  • What are we missing out on by not maximizing the talents of both genders?
  • Where is the conversation today in regards with women’s advancement?
  • What is the role of culture and stereotypes in gender equality?


The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC - Commonwealth Secretary-General

Sarah Hall - President, CIPR
Christina Lamb - Correspondent, The Sunday Times
Justine Lutterodt FRSA - Director & Leadership Consultant, Centre for Synchronous Leadershi
Prof. Saskia Sassen - Columbia University
Elif Şafak / Elif Shafak - Author, Columnist, Speaker & Academic
Dr. Yvonne Thompson CBE - Managing Director, ASAP
Elizabeth Filippouli - Founder & CEO, Global Thinkers, Global Thinkers Forum & Global Thinkers Mentors

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