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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Fascinating, 11 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat (Kindle Edition)
A book about the rise of the female diplomat may not sound the kind of book you would want to read or relax with but believe me, this witty and engaging book will keep you happily reading for some time.

Women nowadays automatically assume they will take exams, go to University, get the jobs they want and no hassle. And this is as it should be though there are still plenty of male bastions around who are not too keen on a female intake and it is clear from Women of the World that the Foreign Office was and still is, to a certain extent, such a place.

The author has intereviewed many ex-diplomats and civil servants, female, and tells their story with with and humour. Considering the restrictions imposed upon them and the lack of support for their careers most of them sound pretty philosophical about it all and seem to have had a varied and interesting careet.

I just have to write about the following response from a woman fighting for equality in the Diplomatic Service, when it was posited that women were unsuited for the less salubrious aspects of consular work.

It was felt that they could not deal with 'inebriated sailors' and their physical fraility would put them at a disadvantage.

Back came a response from Alex Kilroy, who had joined the Home Service in 1925:

'I have a very definite view' she replied 'which is supported by a good many of my friends, that women have a rather special technique for managing drunken men, which they have acquired by long years of experience at home'......

Bet that shut them up. It is also worth mentioning that the marriage bar, ie if you married you had to leave the service, was not scrapped until the earlier 70s. Imagine what would happen now if you had to give up your job when you got married!
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