The trick is, it seems, is to simply ask. Have you tried asking? See how well that went for little Oliver Twist. Please sir, can I have some more? No, that's not the way we are told. You don't ask, you see it, want it, take it. Smash and grab. Rude.
Even if it seems a majority of women have issues with simply asking or taking, maybe even talking, it doesn't explain a pay gap of 14 percent. Surely. Speaking on Woman' s Hour to promote her new book Be Awesome Hadley Freeman commented that Britain's women were the worst (or the best? Not sure) for self deprecation. We don't just fail to put ourselves forward we put ourselves down.
I have to say I'm with Newman on this one, Yvette Cooper and Harriet Harman spring to mind immediately and after that it's a brow furrowing struggle to think up any more of Milly's Fillies or whatever it is we are supposed to call them. It's not the tabloid's failure to group them under a catchy name like Blair's Babes (though I fear that'll never be topped) that unfairly Stella Creasy who is rather active on Twitter doesn't pop up in my memory.
Perhaps it isn't even the women on the Miliband team's fault, Creasy cited the broadcasters who like to bag a "big hitter" who will happily try and outshout their interviewer. Creasy also recalled the Lib Dem minister Jeremy Browne saying she was "emotional." Browne if I could elect a robot to power I probably would, until then I expect MPs to be human and emotional.
It's therefore clear that in order to help themselves women need to be helped by a culture change. It seems no male broadcaster is going to invite a woman MP to debate anything so the women may have to barge their way through means other than waiting around or doing a good job.
It's not the tabloid's failure to group them under a catchy name like Blair's Babes
However once they get into the real world of the workplace where no-one puts up their hands waiting to be called upon to give the right answer, they need to learn how to draw attention to themselves. Headteacher Hannah Hanbury said of the lessons: "Within the world of work, women do find it hard to self-promote because they have this view that there will be a backlash; that being seen as too confident or vain will actually make people dislike them."
The classes will also involve celebrating peers' achievements, Ms. Hanbury hasn't commented on this but perhaps it is to counteract the stereotype of the sniping bitchy teen girl. Maybe they should give these classes to all newly elected woman MPs, although rest assured, the girls are encouraged -- but not too encouraged. "But Ms Hanbury was keen to make sure the girls did not exaggerate their success, and come across like self-obsessed participants on reality TV shows."