Well, that’s International Women’s Day over for 2012. I’m not a big fan of this particular “day” because I think that on 9 March, after all the fine words and the gifts of mimosa (in Italy, at any rate), everything just goes back to normal.
I also think that girls and women in the (still relatively) affluent world can sometimes – just sometimes – be their own worst enemies. So here’s a track by Pink that Janice Forsyth posted on Twitter this morning. It’s a track that girls of all ages can listen to, and hopefully learn from, 365(6) days of the year.
Stupid Girls, by Pink
By the way, BBC Radio Scotland is axing Janice’s show this summer so that they can provide more sports (and news) coverage. Once the Olympics are out of the way, “sport” will no doubt revert to its official meaning of football. And we already have wall-to-wall football on the main Scottish radio channels on Saturday afternoons. So, come on BBC Scotland: prove your women-friendly credentials and give us more Janice, less football. Sign the petition if you’d like Janice’s programme to be retained. Thank you.
By Marian Dougan
Published by Marian Dougan
Marian is a translator and editor (specialising in web content) currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Marian previously lived in Italy for over 20 years, working as a language teacher, translator and policy analyst with the British Embassy in Rome. A qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and its Italian-language and ITI Scotnet networks, she is currently Scotnet's Convenor and Deputy Webmaster.
From 2003 to 2006 Marian taught translation skills at the Italian Department of Glasgow University and now gives Master Classes as part of the new Masters in Translation Studies course. She also conducts web-writing and usability workshops to help people improve their websites and communicate more effectively with their readers, users and customers. In September 2014 Marian obtained User Experience Certification, with specialisation in Web Design, from the Nielsen Norman Group.
She loves language, especially English, and is convinced that learning languages opens up people’s minds and horizons (and increases their brainpower!). To share her enthusiasm, she advises schools and educational authorities on language skills and enterprise. She gives talks to pupils on how to combine language studies with other subjects and so enhance their potential and increase their career options.
Marian is an active member of organisations such as: Scottish Council Development and Industry (SCDI); Association of Scottish Businesswomen; Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Scotland.
She also loves architecture, design, fashion (British Vogue!), cities and chocolate. She’s a great fan of Twitter and you can also find her on Linkedin.
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