by Roger Trapp
Originally published: February 26, 2017
This has been - as they say - a week of contrasts for women in the workplace. On the one hand, Cressida Dick emerged from a shortlist of four that included another woman to become the first female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, the biggest force in the U.K.. The appointment was announced by another woman, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, meaning that - since the Prime Minister is also female - a trio of women will for the first time be at the heart of the decision-making on counter-terrorism, cyber crime and related matters. This should not be remarkable. We are, after all, living in the 21st century.
But, then, this is politics, where things can be expected to move slowly. And Ms Dick's bosses are representatives of the Conservative Party, which - as its name suggests - tends not to be in the vanguard of social change (even if it has so far produced the country's only two female prime ministers). Only the development looks downright revolutionary when compared with what is happening in the world of technology.