Fawcett Society

We Must Use The Millicent Fawcett Statue To Transform Women's Lives

Sam Smethers | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Sam Smethers

Millicent's approach was to use peaceful methods to campaign. She gathered petition signatures, wrote endless letters, spoke at hundreds of public meetings, brought the regional organisations together into what became the National Union for Women's Suffrage Societies and eventually led a movement of 100,000 people. She had been doing this since the age of 19 in 1866 when she collected signatures on a petition she was too young to sign herself. She had over 30 years of campaigning under her belt before Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).

Parliament Square To Get Its First Ever Female Statue In Historic Move

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK

The first ever statue of a woman to stand in London’s historic Parliament Square will be unveiled next year after a monument of suffragist Millicent...

Caroline Lucas: Let MPs Job-Share And Work Part-Time

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Politics

MPs should be allowed to job-share to open the role up to people from more diverse backgrounds, according to Greens co-leader Caroline Lucas. Her part...

Does Local Government Work For Women?

Sam Smethers | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Smethers

Despite the fact that 78% of council employees are women and they are also the majority of services users, just 33% of councillors are women, statistics that have barely shifted in decades. But in addition to that we found that one in three women councillors have experienced sexism from council colleagues, one in 10 have been sexually harassed. 46% of women vs 35% of men had experienced harassment or abuse from the electorate.

Women's Rights Groups Send Open Letter To PM Over Fears For DUP Coalition

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK

Representatives of a number of women’s groups and medical organisations have written an open letter to Theresa May to urge her not to allow issues s...

We Have More Women In Westminster Than Ever - But Progress Is Still Far Too Slow

Sam Smethers | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Smethers

So we have made some modest progress up from 30% to 32% women MPs and have broken through the 200 barrier, which at first glance, feels significant. But hang on a minute: at current rates of progress it will take another 45 years to achieve 50:50 representation. I don't know about you, but I feel a bit like a broken record with this issue, repeatedly saying we need to speed up the pace of change.

Tory Plan To Fight Gender And Race Pay Gap Isn't Enough, Campaigners Say

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK

The Tories’ policy pledge to fight the “injustice” of the gender and race pay gap doesn’t go far enough, campaigners have said. The party will...

Our Political System Remains Pale, Male And Definitely Stale

Sam Smethers | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Smethers

This is a time when we are driving more spending and decision making down to local level. Yet the evidence we have uncovered reveals an outdated culture which is holding local government back. It is ripe for change. In the summer our commission's final report will make recommendations to the political parties, councils, and central government so that we can begin to change the face of local politics.

Parliament Square Is Finally Getting A Statue Of A Woman

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK

The first statue of a woman is finally to be erected in London’s Parliament Square. A sculpture of suffragist Millicent Fawcett will be put up outsi...

How Women In Post-Brexit Britain Could Lose Out Even More

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK

As uncertainty looms over what post-Brexit Britain will look like after Article 50 is triggered, campaigners are eager to assess the potential ramific...

Pay Gap 'Will Take 62 Years To Erase' After Government Dismisses Action Plan

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK

The Government will fail to erase the gender pay gap without implementing an action plan it has just dismissed, MPs have said. Ministers were accused ...

Women 'Left Embarrassed And In Pain By Companies Forcing Them To Wear Heels'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK

Businesses are still unlawfully forcing female employees to abide by dress codes - including the mandatory wearing of high heels - that leave them in ...

8 Things You Can Do For Women's Rights In 2017

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

With International Women’s Day in full swing, what better time to start taking actionable steps towards gender equality? Earlier this year, hundreds...

Hostility, Complacency And Blame Culture Against Women

Sam Smethers | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK
Sam Smethers

The figure of Trump looms large over all of us as we prepare to March on London on Saturday. But new data revealed by the Fawcett Society today shows just how hostile our own society is towards women. It seems we have a few Trumps of our own.

Women's Representation Will Go Backwards In 2020 Unless Political Parties Take Action

Sam Smethers | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Smethers

The fact is that cultural and systemic barriers remain for women in our politics. Unless we address those barriers our politicians will not be representative of the people they serve and our politics will be all the worse for it.

What Does Trump Mean For Women? Don't Despair – Organise

Sam Smethers | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Smethers

The palpable feeling today as we digest the result is that we have crossed a line. The world still looks to America as "the Leader of the Free World" and that leader just sent a clear message that misogyny is OK.

If President Trump Makes You Feel Powerless And Angry Take Action

Angela Terry | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Angela Terry

Women are also the main educators, in schools, colleges and homes so children can learn that equality not only matters but it is to be expected as the norm from today. Now more than ever is the time to educate and then to organise so we are not just agitated.

This Graph Reveals One Crucial Reason Why Gender Pay Equality Is Still So Far Away

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK

Women suffer a “motherhood wage penalty” that sees their pay fall, relative to men, for more than a decade after having children, new research rev...

Misogyny And Wolf Whistling Will Now Be Classed As A Hate Crime By This Police Force

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK

A police force will record misogyny against women, including wolf whistling and other unwanted approaches in the street, as a hate crime in a national...

There Is Something Rotten In... The State of Our Politics

Sam Smethers | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Smethers

In all the feeding frenzy that characterises our political media and reporting I think we also have to take a moment to reflect on what the recent campaigns tell us about the state of our politics and in particular the way we still treat our female politicians.

50:50 Parliament Following in the Footsteps of Fawcett

Frances Scott | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Frances Scott

Women have been knocking on the door at Westminster forever. 50:50 knows of women of all political persuasions who have repeatedly applied to be candidates and been turned down, one more than 15 times in spite of her years of political campaigning experience. She is not alone in her persistent quest for political participation. Why are experienced women not selected as candidates and why are women candidates not given winnable seats? The Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 affirmed "the equal rights of men and women"; however, UK politics is still far from being fully representative.

Motherhood Penalty Now Writ Large

Sam Smethers | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Sam Smethers

The bigger return for employers and for the UK economy is clear with £600 billion being added to the value of the economy if we close the gender pay gap. We have the best educated, best qualified female labour force we have ever had. And yet we are wasting that talent and investment as a result of poor, shortsighted (and sometimes illegal) practice. Definitely time for a game-changer. Let's hope the Government rises to the challenge.

The Sexist Surcharge: Why Boots Should Lead the Way on Reviewing Pricing

Stevie Wise | Posted 29.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Stevie Wise

Boots - please review your sexist pricing and make this right. Make it right with your customers, and be the company who is the first to accept that there is no place for sexism on our high streets. This research has shone a very bright light on the extent of this problem - this isn't just about one industry. It's endemic, and we can change it.

Have Women Really Graduated From the University of Gender Inequality?

Sam Smethers | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Smethers

Good news is always welcome, so let's start there. New IFS research shows that the graduate 'premium' is more significant for women. They are likely to earn three times as much as employed women who do not have a degree. For male graduates the ratio is twice that of those working without the benefit of higher education...

This Is Not What Feminism Looks Like

Tilly Grove | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tilly Grove

So, what does a feminist look like? I'm afraid it doesn't look like Cumberbatch, and it doesn't look like anyone who believes that forcing sex workers out of employment because they need 'saving' is the best way forward. Feminism must address the needs of all women and include the voices of all women..