women

  • What next for Laura Kuenssberg - one of the most vilified women on TV

    Laura Kuenssberg, the first woman to be BBC Political Editor, has apparently had enough. The BBC is awash with talk that the tough-talking blonde wants out of her controversial gig and fancies a (relatively) relaxed life as a presenter on the Today programme. It is a measure of how hectic her job must have been over the past six years that Today – with its 3am starts – is said to appeal as a more restful sinecure.

  • Joanna Lumley: ‘I like to think that I’m quite tough – but I burnt out’

    There’s a bit in Joanna Lumley’s new book about the Queen where the actress quotes Ban Ki-Moon, in a speech he gave when Her Majesty addressed the United Nations in 2010. “In a changing and churning world, you are an anchor for our age,” the then UN Secretary General began. “Your reign spans the decades… from the Beatles to Beckham, from television to Twitter… You have become a living symbol of grace, constancy and dignity.”

  • Why Nicky Haslam’s tea towel is the only society guide you need

    There aren’t many calendar dates enshrined this century that are really worth looking forward to. Black Friday? The real winner is Jeff Bezos. Cyber Monday? I still have no idea what it is. Ed Balls Day? With respect, Ed, it’s been a while since I hosted a party for it.

  • I know what can happen to a woman after she’s spiked on a night out

    “Nothing happened.” Those were the first words I heard when I woke up in a strange bed, with nine hours of memory missing. The last thing I had known, a colleague and I were out for a drink. It was 8pm, still light out, and I remember thinking how great it was that it was early enough to make it to my friend’s house for dinner.

  • Is Gwynnie right about teen sex advice?

    I was 10 when my mother explained to me what an orgasm was.

  • The secrets of women leaders - from Julia Gillard and Kate Bingham

    They’re two of the world’s most successful female leaders: one was the first and only female prime minister in Australian history, responsible for various major policy initiatives, while the other is the venture capitalist behind the UK’s vaccine success. Julia Gillard and Dame Kate Bingham have much in common – and both have had to navigate the unique challenges of being women in positions of power.

  • Anya Hindmarch: ‘How I overcame self doubt in the workplace’

    Fashion designer, entrepreneur and author Anya Hindmarch has been vocal about the self-doubt and anxiety she’s experienced throughout her career. Despite having built up a global fashion and luxury brand – and five shops in Chelsea, including a cafe – Hindmarch, now a CBE, has described being overwhelmed with feelings of inadequacy.

  • NatWest CEO Alison Rose: ‘Running a bank in lockdown was much easier than home schooling’

    In The Telegraph’s Women Mean Business online event, the NatWest CEO Alison Rose opened up to Telegraph Women’s Editor Claire Cohen about the “lockdown burden” of balancing work with increased domestic and care responsibilities faced by many women, including herself. “It was challenging… running a bank was much easier than managing home schooling,” she admitted. For Rose, who has two children, it helped to have a “great husband” who shared the responsibility of childcare. “I was very lucky that

  • Is 'injection spiking' the latest threat to women's safety?

    Worrying new reports have emerged this week - so how worried should we be?

  • Women Mean Business: Telegraph readers share their secrets to having a successful business

    As part of this year’s Women Mean Business event, we asked our female readers to share their entrepreneurial success stories from before and during the pandemic. From the challenges they faced to the things they learned in the process, women came forward with inspiring small business stories. We share five of these stories below.

  • Meg Mathews: Why I’m grateful for the menopause

    When I started the menopause, I thought it was the beginning of the end. I worried I would feel terrible all the time, and I couldn’t get my head around all the changes happening to my body and mental health. It was a challenging time to say the least, but I paid my dues and now I’m reaping the benefits.

  • Five Succession work scenes that every woman will recognise

    Succession returned to our television screens this week and it’s been an unalloyed joy to find that all its exquisite components remain very much intact in series three: the acerbic wit, the monochrome luke interiors, the loathsome-yet-compelling dramatis personae and their irredeemably self-interested machinations. Episode one brought us the Roy family doing what they do best: coolly trying, like circling sharks, to tear one another limb from limb, each a player in a game that’s also a grotesqu

  • ‘I thought my university course would open doors for me, but all it gave me was mountains of debt’

    It was my first time back at university in over a decade but the changing leaves and crisp September air made it feel as though I’d never left. I was 34 when I enrolled in a two-year, full-time master’s programme for creative writing at a London university. I excitedly anticipated the prospect of advancing my skills as a writer and meeting new people who would, hopefully, broaden my horizons.

  • Four ways to embrace your inner ‘intrapreneur’ and boost your career

    You might have heard the word ‘intrapreneur’ being bandied about in recent times. It’s the new business buzzword for an innovative and passionate self-starter; someone who embraces an entrepreneurial mindset within the context of a job, and with an organisation’s resources at their fingertips. An employee who finds a way to streamline processes, expand market reach or establish a company as an industry leader.

  • Do you have a menopause question? We want to hear from you

    It was World Menopause Day on Monday 18 October and its aim, like every year, was to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing.

  • After years of digital dating, I've finally met someone special the old-fashioned way

    Yonks ago (2013), an editor called asking me to try this crazy new way of dating: via apps. I was so lo-tech I had to borrow an iPhone to try this novel method which, I rather cheesily wrote, allowed you to ‘find love from the palm of your hand’.

  • Revealed: How women started their own businesses during the pandemic – and found happiness

    For many entrepreneurs, doing business in the time of coronavirus has been undeniably tough. Unless your line of work happened to be selling face masks or inventing Zoom, the challenges have been significant.

  • Not On The High Street founder Holly Tucker: I've made peace with my imposter syndrome

    Entrepreneur and small business champion, Holly Tucker is on a mission to rebrand imposter syndrome. The founder of retail website Not On The High Street and the latest guest on The Telegraph’s podcast, Imposters, tells host, Claire Cohen, why she believes the term is overly negative. “It’s someone just making sure you’re going to be at your best because it knows you’re potentially awesome,” she tells the podcast, which you can listen to using the audio player above. “It's there to protect us, I

  • ‘When my child came out as trans, I went through a mourning process’

    My youngest child, born male, sent me a long email when she was 15. To my utter shock, in it she told me she was “trans”. Included were a number of websites to educate me about young transgender people, including, as I remember, lists of what parents should understand and some dos and don’ts. I bristled at these, but mostly felt bewildered and alarmed.

  • 'After leaving my abuser, I’d assumed that the worst was behind me – I was wrong’

    When I met my ex, we had an instant connection. On our first date, we spent hours talking about our shared interests and plans for the future. After that, the relationship progressed quickly.

  • Five ways to re-evaluate your life – and make that big change

    For much of the past 18 months, we’ve been living our lives in an enforced sense of stasis. Looking for a new job, finding a new partner or moving house – most of these changes have been made impossible, thanks to the Covid restrictions and repeated lockdowns.

  • Sadie Frost: 'Maybe it sounds selfish, but I’m on a mission for me'

    In summer 2004, I rang the bell of one of the most-photographed addresses in London. Paparazzi were permanently parked outside, hoping to get a glimpse of its owner, actor, fashion designer and mother of four Sadie Frost.

  • The rules of ‘returnment’: how to get back to work after a break

    Returning to the workforce in midlife can be daunting. Regardless of whether your career break was voluntary or not, the biggest anxiety facing many older returners is a lack of confidence. After time away from work, perhaps after a period of furlough or unemployment, returners often ask questions like: “Why would they hire me? Am I good enough? Can I keep up? Will I still be able to get home to my children? Are my skills good enough for today's fast-paced world?”

  • 'Don't be that guy': New anti-sexual violence campaign makes men responsible for women's safety

    Women are praising the new campaign from Police Scotland

  • What I learned about midlife redundancy – and five ways to survive it

    Earlier this year I wrote about the agony of being made redundant. That terrible moment when you walk into an office and realise it is THAT meeting – the tissues are on the table, the head of HR is wearing a sympathetic face, there’s a heaviness in the air that wards off small-talk. Yes, you are being whacked. The article generated a huge amount of response, partly because the over-50s have been hit hard by the pandemic, with unemployment up 50 per cent among this cohort.

  • I can't believe my naivety about the countryside when I first left London

    Although it’s funny living among the hipster community of Frome’s industrial estate, when someone offers to let me pitch my caravan on their farm I jump at it – relocating from concrete to an orchard, beside sheep, where I hang bunting from damson trees like I’m glamping or doing a Temperley photo shoot. My new spot is so idyllic I am loathe to leave, but I’ve planned a week in Ireland with my friend Martin.