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WE ARE WOMEN | THE PODCAST
Friendship

Hosted by Viv Groskop 

Author- Viv Groskop

We’re pleased to introduce the new We Are Women Podcast celebrating all things friendship – the ups, downs, joys and challenges. Presenter Viv Groskop catches up with friends Alice Levine and Laura Jackson, Gemma Cairney, Julia Hobsbawm and Linda Blair to find out what makes their friendships tick.

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5 things we learned from this podcast:

  1. Gemma Cairney has a real life sequin mermaid dress
  2. Julia Hobsbawm joined the ‘Stiletto Gang’ after her mum said she couldn’t be a punk.
  3. Laura Jackson is the Yes Man to Alice Levine’s No Man.
  4. Linda Blair says that when it comes to finding the perfect partner pheromones come first and friendship follows
  5. Alice Levine is always late

 

WE ASKED THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT BEING A WOMAN. SEE WHAT THEY SAID…

Gemma Cairney

Gemma Cairney

Multi award winning writer producer and author.

What would you define as your biggest achievement to date?

There’s been a lot. I’ve definitely achieved more than I ever thought I would, looking back over the last 10 years. Not just career related; having friends that I marvel at for being so wondrous, having travelled the world

Describe a time when you’ve felt empowered?

I feel empowered quite a lot – mostly through good conversation actually.

“The right outfit makes for the essence of a good time the essence of strength and joy. I do see clothes as kind of a political thing in the sense that they are a true expression of ourselves.”

A woman is….

A beautiful mixture: just so many amazing things.

What item in your wardrobe couldn’t you live without?

A dress, by designer Ashish, who makes sequin dreams a reality. A floor-length green, swishy, mermaid dress which blows my mind every time I look at it.

What outfit makes you feel most confident?

This changes a lot but at the moment a pair of enormous dungarees. They’re enormous and I have to roll them up – I find it freeing to wear baggy garments and they’re the perfect ‘relax’ outfit.

Julia Hobsbawm

Julia Hobsbawm               

Professor of networking, entrepreneur and author

What would you define as your biggest achievement to date?

I’m not so good on this question. We’re all just trying to get by, and be what the child psychiatrist Winnicott called ‘good enough’. Life is always just a work in process.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Have you read this novel by ‘Iris Murdoch’ (The Sea, The Sea).

I love clothes – I feel they are a great friend to me. I’m somebody that has had to acquire confidence as I get older and clothes make me feel confident.”

Describe a time when you’ve felt empowered?

The moment I held my daughter in my hands.

A woman is….

A many varied person, just like a man

What item in your wardrobe couldn’t you live without?

A good pair of jeans

Linda Blair

Linda Blair

Clinical psychologist, Daily Telegraph columnist and author

 What would you define as your biggest achievement to date?

Raising three wonderful adopted children after seven miscarriages—and part of the time, doing so on my own.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Listen to what others have to say, but always trust your own instincts most of all.

In evolution, women needed each other because children were raised by groups of women.”

Describe a time when you’ve felt empowered?

Whenever I finish writing a book. I feel so proud and amazed that I’ve managed to organise my ideas into one whole!

A woman is….

Someone who marries grace with power.

What item in your wardrobe couldn’t you live without?

My sports gear—swimsuit and yoga clothes

What outfit makes you feel most confident?

The outfit I wear when I give talks: designer jeans, Jigsaw fitted top, grey jacket, simple flats, and the silver necklace my sister, a designer, made for me.

 

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