PODCAST: A Woman’s Place episode two. ‘Dodi, Funda, and tech’s glaring gender gap’.

What do you do when you keep banging your head against the glass ceiling?

PODCAST: A Woman's Place episode two. 'Dodi, Funda, and tech's glaring gender gap'.
Host Samanda Ekman (left) is joined by Dodi Axelsson (centre) and Funda Sezgi (right)

“Sometimes the glass ceiling is so embedded in a culture that it's time to leave and go somewhere it's non-existent,” says Funda Sezgi, a Turkish national who is now Chief House Officer at Stockholm-based impact tech hub, Norrsken House.

Host Samanda Ekman is joined by Funda and her fellow guest, Ericsson veteran and voice of Snow Software, Dodi Axelson, to discuss tech's glaring gender gap, what it's like to be women in a male-dominated industry, and why it's empowering to live somewhere you're taken seriously whether you're suited up or dressed down.

Find out more about everything Funda and Dodi mentioned in the podcast by clicking on the links below:

The wonderful music at the start and end of the podcast is called Lions and was composed by the all-female Stockholm-based band REIGN. Check them out on Instagram.

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This podcast was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Invest Stockholm.


ABBA’s first album in 40 years shoots to the top of the UK charts

ABBA's first studio album in nearly 40 years has made it to the top of the UK charts, becoming the fastest seller of the year so far, the Official Charts Company said on Friday.

ABBA's first album in 40 years shoots to the top of the UK charts
ABBA's new album, 'Voyage' for sale in Stockholm at the start of this month. Photo: Jonatan Nackstrand/AFP

“Voyage” by the Swedish quartet of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid racked up 204,000 chart sales in the seven days since it was launched last Friday.

Sales gave the supergroup the biggest opening week on the UK album chart in four years since Ed Sheeran’s “Divide”, and fastest-selling album by a group in eight years.

The last fastest-seller was One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” in November 2013.

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ABBA, propelled to global fame by their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with “Waterloo”, split in 1982, a year after their last album, “The Visitors”.

“Voyage” is their 10th number one album in the UK: only seven other acts — The Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie — have had more.

The group said in a statement: “We are so happy that our fans seem to have enjoyed our new album as much as we enjoyed making it.

“We are absolutely over the moon to have an album at the top of the charts again.”

The 204,000 sales comprise 90 percent physical copies, including 29,900 on vinyl, making it the fastest-selling vinyl release of the 21st century.

The previous record holder was the Arctic Monkeys’ “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”, which sold 24,500 vinyl copies in 2018.