Discreet shipping icon   Discreet shipping warranty icon   1 year warranty Secure payment icon   Secure payment

International Women’s Day



It’s International Women’s Day and we. are. PUMPED! To celebrate, we’re interviewing Julia Margo, Cofounder and COO of Hot Octopuss, the leading brand in sex tech. Julia shares her wisdom about the process of becoming empowered as a woman in the workplace.

What does empowerment mean to you, especially as a woman in the workplace?

To me, it means feeling able to be yourself and own that in the workplace. I have worked in a lot of masculine environments, where I was the only woman in the room, the only woman at the senior table, or the youngest woman there. Possibly because this was the case from extremely early in my career (I worked as a political aide to several politicians and then landed a job as a junior reporter at the Sunday Times when I was only 21), this has never made me feel ‘less than’. Rather I always believed that I was bringing different and no less valuable insight and skills to the table. The key? Not allowing yourself to be sucked into the dominant culture.

Taking On Greater Responsibility

I remember a particular occasion at The Sunday Times, when my section editor got sick with the flu and the deputy editor was on vacation. As the number three on the desk, I got to edit my section on my own for two weeks. It was an amazing opportunity and I received great support from the then editor of the paper and others. At the back end of the second week, an older woman editor pulled me aside. She gestured to my clothes and told me I’d never get taken seriously if I wore crop tops to the office. I just wanted to laugh. As a 23-year-old I had just edited the comment and analysis section of a major national newspaper. I felt like I was being taken seriously enough! I never really changed the way I dressed – it’s part of my identity.

Mentoring Younger Women

I have since mentored a lot of younger women and I always remind them that their real power comes when they stop trying to act up to be like everyone else and focus on the unique things they can bring. I know that I work in a certain way and there are some things I am simply not good at. Instead, I focus on where I know I add value and never apologise for the things I can’t do.

Was there a specific moment or chapter in your life where you felt that you grew into a position of power within your work role?

When I was 29, I was working at a political think tank as the head of research. Unexpectedly, another prominent UK think tank approached me about joining as their deputy CEO. I went to meet the Chair and CEO, quite nervous, as I was by then 7 months pregnant with my first child! We met at the Arts Club in London and when they saw me their mouths dropped open. However, it was clear that we would be a good match and amazingly they offered me the role with only six weeks to go till my due date. That was an extremely validating moment for me, and the organisation impressed me with how progressive it was. I worked there for three years, eventually as the acting CEO.

Any advice for working moms?

It can feel to balance working and parenting, but it is important not to apologise for it. If you need to move meetings because of childcare responsibilities or there are certain things you can’t do, that is the same for all working mums. The more we apologise for this stuff and feel awkward about it, the more everyone else perceives these events as inconveniences that can be avoided. No apologies!

Any advice for women in leadership positions?

Remember the younger women beneath you – do what you can while in the role to ease their passage. Make the organisational changes yourself.

Related products


Kurve G Spot Vibrator Front On
KURVE

The mystery of the G-spot is solved! KURVE features our patented dual-motor Treble and Bass technology™, offering the ultimate in user customisation. Boasting a soft gel tip that provides a...


AMO Bullet Vibrator Side on with a targeted tip and broad side - rechargeable and waterproof
AMO - Bullet Vibrator

It’s hard to believe that such a petite bullet vibrator can pack such a powerful punch. Enclosed in AMO’s premium-grade silicone casing lies a large and powerful motor that produces seriousl...


Vibrating Butt Plug - PleX with flex shown with remote control
PleX with flex

Double motors for double the pleasure, putting you in control of endless combinations of intense Treble and rumbly Bass vibrations. Thanks to its unique flexible base, PleX with flex is erg...


DiGiT Finger Vibrator Front on
DiGiT

Undeniably delightful, DiGiT is our most beautiful and ergonomic sex toy yet. This versatile finger vibrator will enhance the way you masturbate and take sex and foreplay to new levels. With...


Sign up for emails

10's of thousands of subscribers can't be wrong, get access to exclusive content, special offers, and news. By subscribing you agree to our privacy policy. We will not share or sell your personal information.