1. In your various Saudi posts you’ve touched on some really important issues about identity in general, and on images of women. The whole issue of “the veil” is very complex, and it is not just about the physical veil worn in some cultures. The issue you have raised here about gender imbalance is part of a larger “veil” worn by woman as a gender, and globally, rather than that worn by individual female Arab Muslims.

    As you’ve discovered (I think, reading your posts), these woman you’ve encountered are not unusual…they are beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful and many other things beside. The western media has at least as much to answer for in regards to “opression” as does male/Arab/Muslim society/culture.

    I’m sure you’ve well and truly done the job that you went there to do. But, there are many messages to bring back, and I’m sure you will help get some of those messages out there.

    Have a safe trip home, and a great birthday.


  2. Its definitley no secret concerning the trials women have faced when entering upon a male dominated field of business no matter what their ethnicity is. It’s so amazing how far women have come in the world of business. The web has been a huge effort in the growth and availablilty for women to start their own businesses. It’s really exciting to be apart of the business developments that technology has supported throughout the past 2 decades, especially throughout internet development. My favorite new business manager that I can’t talk up enough is Microsoft’s Office Live Small Business, which gathers all necessary resources entrepreneurs need for web presence and business management. It’s so simple and easy to use; you will be amazed how your business will grow with their web application. It would be a mistake not to check out http://smallbusiness.officelive.com for further info.I work with Microsoft so i’m always here to spread helpful info, so don’t hesitate to ask!

  3. @tanya middleton
    That’s a really bad piece of P.R. and you bring Microsoft into disrepute. In fact, IMHO, you are probably not working with Microsoft at all, but engaging in some crap anti-MS anti-marketing campaign. If so, take it elsewhere!

    If you are genuinely a Microsoft employee, your poor grasp of both the incredibly important issues facing women with social media and the challenges the world will face in the future if women don’t get to the top of certain types of organisations (e.g. diminishing workforce) is only compounded by your appalling understanding of how to engage with consumers in blogs. Time to rethink your strategies, hon.

  4. Women have come so far. Today’s world requires women business. Women today are playing an important role in the economy and in politics. I’m not saying that we don’t still have quite a way to go; there is definitely still inequality. But slowly, it’s getting better. We have come a long way in the last hundred years and I’m excited to see how much more progress is made just in my lifetime.

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