Can Women Have It All?

    We’re all so busy trying to ‘have it all’, but do we really question whether this is a feasible or realistic expectation, or what the alternatives may be? Is having it all an irresponsible myth or the great challenge of equality? Does egg freezing help us take control over this balancing act, or does it divert attention from the kind of wider systemic changes that might make for a more equitable society?  


    Join us for the final of the Timeless Talks series of intimate events held in our pop-up in Old Street Station.

    This discussion will explore how women navigate the difficult and often conflicting pressures they face in relation to work and relationships against a backdrop of declining fertility and choices around motherhood. Our panellists include:


    • Melanie Howard, Founder and Chair of global consumer trends agency Future Foundation and Trustee of Women in Sport. Since co-authoring 'Tomorrow’s Women' with Demos in 1997, which identified how growing inequality between British women is to the disadvantage to us all, Melanie has continued to study, publish and speak publicly about the continuing challenge gender inequality poses for a fairer society. She is currently standing to represent the Women’s Equality Party in the London Assembly election. 


    • Kylie Baldwin, Medical Sociologist with the Reproduction Research Group at De Montfort University where she also lectures on the Health Studies and Sociology degree programmes. Her research expertise is in the field of reproductive timing, ageing, and reproductive technologies and she has recently completed a research project examining women’s experiences of egg freezing for social reasons. She is also a convenor of the British Sociological Associations Human Reproduction Study Group.


    • Sophie Humphreys, Chief Executive of Pause, which works to address the needs of women who have, or are at risk of, multiple children being removed from their care. An independent advisor on child protection and safeguarding, providing expertise to central government and local authorities across the country, Sophie was head of safeguarding and child protection in Hackney till 2013. Before a career change Sophie ran her own film production company. 


    • Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of CREATE Fertility, and a Senior Consultant Gynaecologist and Lead Consultant for Reproductive Medicine services at St George’s Hospital, London. Professor Nargund has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers including abstracts and also several book chapters in the field of reproductive medicine. She is a pioneer in the field of Natural and Mild IVF and Advanced Ultrasound Technology in Reproductive Medicine.