7 December 2023

Media: Found - November 23

A regular digest of what we’ve been watching/ listening to, articles we’ve read and other items on our radar:

Photo courtesy of BBC News
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Tessa Laws

Chief Executive Officer

Techtastic

Techtastic

Tech is in its heyday – and there’s something for everyone.
Name your favourite tech. Mine are: Femtech, Sextech and Agetech. As a quasi-mathematician in another life, I enjoy the fact that they also form a neat Venn diagram – they all overlap on paper and in life itself.

So, what’s the attraction for me of these three techs, apart from the fact that they will probably apply to us all one way and t’other, in the hope we live long enough?

Femtech

…focused on all our ‘bits’ – an altruistic business opportunity, clearly, and again one that has been hidden forever. The best things in life are free and all, and easing the access is surely a necessity and one worth promoting and investigating 😊.

Agetech

I like this most of all as it legitimises us – whoever we are wherever we are. I have always detested the patronising approach often adopted to people of a certain age (the closer I get to that age the more I detest it obviously). Given the workforce is now welcoming people over 55 again and given we are living longer, agetech is most definitely top of my agenda.

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Grace Tucker

Account Director

It’s November, so that means one thing – we reach Equal Pay Day.

It’s November, so that means one thing – we reach Equal Pay Day.

Now, it’s not as positive as it sounds – I can’t help but consider it a bit of a misnomer. Sadly, we haven’t closed the gender pay gap. Equal Pay Day marks the day every year where women overall in the UK stop being paid compared to their male counterparts.

Now, it’s not as positive as it sounds – I can’t help but consider it a bit of a misnomer. Sadly, we haven’t closed the gender pay gap. Equal Pay Day marks the day every year where women overall in the UK stop being paid compared to their male counterparts.

On average, as the Fawcett Society’s report details, women take home £574 less than men monthly, which adds up to an eye-watering £6,888 per year. Now, I’m no mathematician, but that’s not pocket change. And there has been very little coverage of this story in the media, save for an article in The Guardian.

With suffragettes in my not-too-distant bloodline, I’m stunned that we are still facing these age-old problems, five years since we marked the centenary of our right to vote. So why aren’t we taking heed of our suffragette predecessors and demanding the equality we deserve? Has taking any political action become synonymous with the ‘bra burning’ feminist myth, and so been consigned to the murky depths of ‘women’s problems’, not to be taken seriously?

We have much more work ahead of us. I urge everyone (regardless of gender) to read the report, and take a leaf out of the books of Pankhurst, Fawcett and all of the other pioneers of the women’s equality movement.

One day, hopefully soon, we can make Equal Pay Day a celebration, and not a commiserate reminder that in over a hundred years, we are still fighting for something as fundamental as equality.

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Braden-MacDonald

Braden MacDonald

Senior Account Executive

As winter wraps its chilly embrace around Britain…

As winter wraps its chilly embrace around Britain…

As winter wraps its chilly embrace around Britain, cosy evenings have become the norm, and I find myself naturally drawn to the allure of binge-watching as much television as I can.

Finally, the much-anticipated first part of Netflix’s sixth season of The Crown finally dropped this month, bringing a fresh wave of regal drama to our screen. And let me tell you, I was itching for my fix of The Crown.

As winter wraps its chilly embrace around Britain, cosy evenings have become the norm, and I find myself naturally drawn to the allure of binge-watching as much television as I can.

Finally, the much-anticipated first part of Netflix’s sixth season of The Crown finally dropped this month, bringing a fresh wave of regal drama to our screen. And let me tell you, I was itching for my fix of The Crown.

Despite devastatingly bad reviews all-round, I couldn’t help but find myself fascinated with this Princess Diana-centric era of the show, where she navigates life and ascends to become one of the most prominent global figures in her own right. Elizabeth Debicki’s portrayal of Diana is so hauntingly precise, it’s easy to forget this iteration of Diana isn’t the late Princess herself. Debicki captures Diana’s mannerisms, tone of voice and playful charm perfectly, offering an artistic interpretation that not only showcases her own talent but also beautifully encapsulates the essence of Diana – a poignant reminder of why so many fell in love with the princess in the first place.

With much debate surrounding the sensitivity and accuracy of The Royal Family in The Crown, I’m glad the show delved into Diana’s hardship within The Royal Family, up to her harrowing last days. Despite the inevitable complaints, The Crown, regardless of intentions, did a fantastic job of showcasing a figure many people put on a pedestal in a brutally honest and open way. It served as a reminder that even those we admire, who seem ethereal and perfect, undergo hardships and struggles like the rest of us. And for that reason, I enjoyed it.

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