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Rachael Gibbons discusses class, social mobility and Imposter Syndrome.
Rachael Gibbons discusses class, social mobility and Imposter Syndrome.

In a talk recorded at the Green Man Festival in mid-Wales, Rachael discusses her experiences as a working-class woman. She asks what social mobility means when you find it difficult to fit in at grammar school or university, while at home your friends do different things and you're no longer part of their circle. She tells stories about her imposter syndrome, and how she overcame it. But at the heart of her talk is another syndrome - the so-called 'Jonah Complex', where you're afraid of your own success. Rachael recognises this not just in herself, but in many of her working class friends, she reveals: a fear that success will alienate you from what and who you know and love.

Producer: Giles Edwards

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The TUC's annual congress is being held in Brighton from Sunday to Wednesday.

Kate Bell, is the head of economics for the trade union body. She told Radio 5 Live's Wake Up to Money: "We're calling on the goverment to take no deal Brexit off the table".

The TUC has published research showing that the "odds are stacked against you" if you are from a working class background, citing its new research asking for legal measures to tackle discrimination based on class at work.

She says that it could be sensible to look at combining gender pay reporting with this new idea for reporting on class.

The BBC story on that is here.

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