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The women were, on average, far better than they realised. Diligent, careful, and very (perhaps too) open to advice and criticism. Photograph: iStock

If you don’t suffer with impostor syndrome, a pervading and frightening sense of inadequacy, failure, incompetence and being a fraud despite evidence (...)

Behind the camera: Haifaa al-Mansour made Saudi Arabia’s first feature film

This is an interesting time to be Haifaa al-Mansour. As she prepares for the release of Mary Shelley, her second feature film, the Saudi director jugg(...)

Millicent Fawcett speaking at the Suffragette Pilgrimage in Hyde Park, London. Photograph: PA Wire

A statue of 19th century British feminist leader Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in London’s Parliament Square on Tuesday, the first monument honourin(...)

Eva Illouz: ‘When you look at the women he (Trump) has been with, including a porn star, it is really about the crude exchange of money for sex and beauty.’ Photograph: Thomas Haley

The US-educated, Franco-Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz has established a reputation as the sociologist of love, sex and power. Her book, Cold Intimaci(...)

Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

Backseat builders: they’ve never done any renovation work themselves but have a family friend/ex-wife/third cousin who has. Photograph: iStock/Getty

When you embark on a building project you aren’t just taking on the stress of renovating a house. You’re also risking exposure to endless advice and o(...)

With the Winter Olympics under way, many of us are receiving our quadrennial reminder of the existence of a sport called “curling”

In two different Marks & Spencer stores this week, I saw product-recall notices with contrasting uses of English: one acceptable, the other an abo(...)

Hey little girl, is your daddy home Did he go away and leave you all alone I got a bad desire, I’m on fire I once believed there was something timele(...)

41 Niall Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

41 Niall Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 Status: Launched in October seeking €345,000; went sale agreed “well in excess” of asking price. Agent: (...)

 Sally Rooney has won the 2017 ‘Sunday Times’/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Irish author Sally Rooney has won the 2017 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for her first novel, Conversations With Friends (Faber &am(...)

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