Soroptomists debate on Radio Verulum asking: Is it still a man’s world?


On Tuesday 7th March, in aid of International Women’s Day, the Maltings Arts Theatre hosted a lively, informative and entertaining debate held by representatives from Soroptimist International St Albans and District. The group, which prides itself as ‘women serving the St Albans community since 1957’ asked the question: Is it still a man’s world?


The debate was broadcast live on Radio Verulum and guests included former mayor of St Albans, Annie Brewster, St Albans High School for Girls head teacher Jenny Brown, commonwealth medalist Amy Whitehead, Royal Navy commander Catherine Jordan and business expert and academic Roma Bhowmick, who chaired the event.

Issues covered included how it is not always financially viable for some women to work; the importance of following your dreams; that women today are pioneers who are lucky to be living at this time and how inspiring action, transforming lives – the Soroptimists’ mission – is what politicians should aim to do.

Spokeswoman Jane Slatter explained: “The overall conclusion was ‘Yes but…’ There’s still a long way to go before the world is equal, but the panelists gave testimony to the improvements they have seen in their lifetimes and they all agreed that men need to be more involved in the conversation to address our unequal society and power imbalance.”



Soroptimist president Denise Powell said: “We had the most fantastic successful women on the panel, dream chairing by Roma and an audience that asked thought-provoking questions and listened with respect to the answers.”