Maggie Steel

About Maggie Steel

Diagnosed recently with late onset feminism. Teacher who thinks the world could do better. Trying to make a difference at the margins. When all else fails I eat cake.

At a tea junction?

At a tea junction?

Are you at a tea junction? Go right. Do you remember Blue Nun? In the 1970s, it was the must-drink white wine, which my grandmother craved with Sunday lunch. By the 1980s, we’d turned our backs on that “dreadful sweet stuff,” and were jumping on the Piat D’Or bandwagon. So smooth … so sophisticated… We […]

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Women’s Equality Party

Women’s Equality Party

The Women’s Equality Party wants your support… Equality for women isn’t a women’s issue. When women fulfill their potential, everyone benefits. Equality means better politics, a more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the talents of the whole population and a society at ease with itself. The Women’s Equality Party (WE) is a new non-partisan […]

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Appearing as a Witness in Court

Appearing as a Witness in Court

Appearing as a witness was an expensive and frustrating experience. I had never been to court before. It was one of those things I’d been meaning to do… go and watch our much vaunted justice system in action. I would probably never have got round to it, but when I witnessed a minor car crash […]

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Cure the NHS: a game changer?

Cure the NHS: a game changer?

Cure the NHS: Just the start of the healing process. A series about Julie Bailey, CBE The Francis Inquiry into the regulatory system within the NHS took place after a long  campaign by Julie Bailey and her dedicated team at CureTheNHS. The inquiry acknowledged the “appalling suffering” of patients at Stafford Hospital and made 290 recommendations […]

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Festival philosophy or catfight?

Festival philosophy or catfight?

What do you get when you cross a politician, a banker and a Darwinian philosopher? It feels like I witnessed a bit of a catfight yesterday. I’m feeling slightly uncomfortable, slightly embarrassed even, but very alive. Some things are worth fighting over, and the question of the role of women in this world is certainly one […]

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Boob size: enough is enough

Boob size: enough is enough

No wonder some are feeling inadequate about their boob size. Ladies, ladies, ladies! Please stop helping men belittle bodies that don’t match their fantasies. We women do it all the time where breasts are concerned. And as a smaller-chested female I’m sick of the obsession with boob size and the ubiquitous large breast bias, from […]

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Tri-dosha massage oil

Tri-dosha massage oil

Tri-dosha massage oil turns out to be a treat for the whole family. I have a bottle of rather lovely Tridosha massage oil. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I’m having to share it. Not just with my husband, but also with my teenage girls and even my friend Nina who happens […]

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Malala’s best friend: shot in the heart

Malala’s best friend: shot in the heart

A short story reflecting on the hidden impact of the shooting of Malala. Malala Yousafzai…everyone knows her name. Everyone knows her story. I’m trying not to think about her, trying not to hear her name. Fingers in my ears. We were best friends. I called her Lala. Fingers in my ears again, but I still […]

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Spa review: an affordable treat

Spa review: an affordable treat

The selfish side of me is telling me to keep my new favourite place to stay a secret I don’t want to find that there is suddenly no availability the next time I try to book. But as a gesture of solidarity to my fellow women in need of an affordable treat, here goes… Despite […]

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