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Karren Brady is immaculate – navy dress, navy tights, navy shoes and Chanel belt, her hair perfectly coiffed, exuding warmth and confidence. She directs me to her equally immaculate office at West Ham United, the football club where she is the vice-chairman. Brady sits behind the desk, a Warholesque print of West Ham legend Bobby Moore above her, a laptop in front, Sonny Jurgensen Jersey and a huge Duke Ihenacho Womens Jersey flatscreen TV with rolling news on the wall. Her world seems perfectly composed. You would never guess Brady’s football club is in meltdown and fans are calling for her head. At 48, and a quarter of a century after becoming Birmingham City’s CEO, she is still known as “the first lady of football”. But, of course, there is much more to Brady than football – numerous business interests (last July, she became chair of Philip Green’s Taveta retail empire); her position as a Tory peer in the House of Lords; an outspoken column for the Sun; aide to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice; mother of two grown children; and champion of women in the workplace. It is in this last capacity that we meet. Brady has just made a timely TV programme about the gender pay gap. She examines the nature http://www.officialmlbrangershop.com/authentic-29-adrian-beltre-jersey.html of unconscious bias (how primary schoolchildren distinguish between women’s jobs and men’s jobs, and how employers tend to choose men over women even when they have the same CVs), why women are often paid less for work of equal value, why women can’t ask for more money but men can, and, perhaps most importantly, how working mothers are discriminated against. Before we start, Brady reaches for her iPhone. “Can I send my daughter a text? She wants me to give her a call. I think she’s had a promotion at work.” She taps away at supersonic speed, then looks up. “Right. So. Have you seen the programme? What did you think of it?” She reminds me of Max Clifford, another supreme self-brander. Clifford would always start interviews by “receiving” phone calls from, say, Simon Cowell or Beyoncé, thanking him for everything he had done for them. Brady’s narrative is different – this is the woman who has everything: brilliant businesswoman, TV star and supermum. She glances at her huge gold watch. I sense the timer is running. It’s no surprise she has made this programme. After all, on The Apprentice she often pulls up contestants for throwaway sexist remarks, or signals her disapproval with a killer arched eyebrow. What makes her career so fascinating is that, at the same time as championing women’s rights, she has been associated most closely with some of industry’s great unreconstructed dinosaurs – Sugar, Green and the former pornographer David Sullivan, owner of Birmingham City and now West Ham. The programme is a powerful exploration of gender inequality at work, and makes me wonder how she challenges some of the male attitudes she comes across in the boardroom. One of her missions in the documentary is to teach women how to ask for a pay rise – she tells viewers she only agreed to appear on The Apprentice so long as nobody was paid more than her. It’s amazing you get paid as much as Sugar, I say, seeing as it’s basically his show. She looks embarrassed. “No, no. I think that came across completely wrong. I did point that out http://www.sabresteamprostore.com/Tyler_Ennis_Jersey to the makers, actually. Alan is obviously the main person on the show. I meant the roles that are equal to mine – I wouldn’t accept being paid less.” There’s similar public confusion over her personal wealth, which has been estimated at £85m. “That’s complete rubbish, I’m not worth anything like that,” she says. “That’s Wikipedia. There’s not much I can do about that.” But the beauty of Wikipedia is that you can ask for information to be corrected. cheap jerseyswholesale jerseyscheap jerseys chinawholesale nfl jerseys
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