Saturday, 19 August 2017

Local philanthropist causes feminist stir

HENLEY philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley has claimed women have it “dead easy” in the workplace today.

The retired businesswoman said this generation of working women was “lucky” compared with those before them.

Speaking at a Telegraph literary festival in Devon, she said: “Today’s young women, I don’t know what they’re complaining about. You have got it lucky. Relatively speaking, you’ve got it dead easy.”

Dame Stephanie, 80, founded a computer software company in 1962 and has been hailed for her work to improve the rights of female employees.

She prefers to be known as Steve after receiving a better response in business letters and emails when signing off with a man’s name. After retiring at 60 to devote her time to philanthropy, she has given away more than £67 million of her personal wealth, much of which funds research into autism. Her late son Giles was autistic.

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