It was with much anticipation that I attended the MWF Spring 2013 conference, which this year took place in the historical city of Oxford.
The event kicked off on the Thursday evening with a, somewhat wet, but much enjoyed guided tour of the famous landmarks of Oxford's city centre, where members were treated to glimpses inside the beautiful colleges and entertained with interesting facts about Tolkien, Lewis Caroll and much more. This was followed by a delicious dinner at a city centre restaurant.
My blog in March featured inspirational women, but little did I know that April's headlines would be bursting with slogans about powerful women, dominated by tributes to Margaret Thatcher. I have been intrigued by the descriptions of her as a woman, from The Iron Lady, a feminist icon, unsisterly, a surrogate man, to "sacrificed her family life to get the job done", "exuded a combination of femininity and power" and "Some of us were making it long before women's lib was ever thought of" . Whatever we think of her politics, we tend to forget that just by doing her job, she made it easier for other women to occupy the most senior roles.
Fabby and I were keen to celebrate International Women's Day in a way that both celebrated the work done by incredible role models but also to highlight the needs that are still present.
You may have noticed that the MWF website and Medical Woman magazine have been a bit quiet over the last few months; this is because we at MWF central office along with our editor Dr Sara khan have been busy beavering away.
Our newly redesigned magazine has gone to print today and will be landing on your doormats shortly, if it has not done so already. For students we will be sending Medical Woman in an electronic form via email. Take a sneak peak at the ezine here, free for the fisrt isue only! Our annual review and accounts will also be sent to all members via email.
Here are some teasers of what you can expect from the new magazine: