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Cherie's visit to the Dialogue Society

Cherie's visit to the Dialogue Society

With members of the Dialogue Society

Cherie discussed equality in partnerships and the need for flexibility for both men and women in the workplace.

Cherie was invited by the Dialogue Society, which was founded to encourage communication between communities, to take part in one of their Success School's evening events in Holloway Road, Islington, an area where Cherie's children had attended school and which she knows well.

It took the form of "an in conversation event" with Ilknur Kahraman, Co-Director of the Society, followed by a Question and Answer session and was attended by about 50 people. Cherie discussed her early life; her reason for wanting to succeed being her mother and her grandmother both of whom had had to leave school early to work and who had never had the opportunity to attend university. She described how she had admired Rose Heilbron from Liverpool, the first woman Recorder and the first woman judge to sit at the Old Bailey, and how she decided to enter law not knowing what she wanted to do when she left school.

She mentioned she had never considered failure (despite encountering difficulties on arrival in London) and encouraged students to stand up for themselves in all walks of life - including asking for pay rises - an area where women are far more diffident than men. Cherie also discussed equality in partnerships and the need for flexibility for both men and women in the workplace.

Following her talk she was presented with a momento of her visit and had the chance to speak to guests at the event.

Dialogue Society event coverage in the Telegraph

Cristina Odone's article in the Telegraph

Daily Mail article