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Tony Blair’s wife advises support for women in Oklahoma City

BY JULIE BISBEE Modified: September 23, 2009 at 4:32 am •  Published: September 23, 2009
Women and men must work together to improve economic and social conditions for women across the world, said Cherie Blair, a human rights lawyer and the wife of the United Kingdom’s former prime minister, Tony Blair.

Cherie Blair was the keynote speaker Tuesday at the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Women in Law Conference. She is the founder of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which seeks to help women become entrepreneurs in countries where they don’t have equal rights. The foundation helps women with seed funding for businesses, teaches them about business planning and gives them a forum for networking.

"It’s important that women across the world reach out to help each other,” she said. "But we can make the world a much better place when men and women come together and work together.”

Blair said she was proud of policies put into place while her husband was prime minister that allowed workers to request more flexible working schedules.

Blair said when employers work with employees’ schedules they find that employees are more loyal and use fewer sick days than they would with a traditional schedule.