Gender Equality

Political Parties Have A Responsibility On Gender Representation

Charlotte Snelling | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Politics
Charlotte Snelling

If we are to improve this picture, we need to tackle the pipeline into local government. To reach a 50:50 gender balance in local councillors across the country, we will need to inspire and support the election of over 3,000 new women councillors, while also ensuring local government is an environment in which our current women councillors want to stand for re-election.

Brains Over Bums: Brands Need Smarter Tactics Than Flaunting Women

Sophie Deal | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Deal

I admit, it's hard not to bop along to California Girls and Surf City. But do we want to remain frozen in a 1970s narrative, where there's 'two girls for every boy' and women are little other than eye candy for beach boys to ogle at?

Why Aren't Classrooms Gender Neutral?

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

Of course, at the other end of school, there are other, huge challenges. Working practices with relation to flexible hours, job sharing, the stigma of shared parenting, childcare, sexism in the workplace, all of these things are needed so that when these children do leave school, they are entering a world where their understanding of equality is matched by the world they find themselves in. With any luck, we can get on with creating that world for them, while they are discovering the limitless possibilities of themselves.

Sport Rules, OK?

Rebecca Emerson | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Sport
Rebecca Emerson

It's been a good summer for sport. I've enjoyed watching and following our national teams. England beat India (and Australia!) to win the World Cup in...

Bad Opinions Need To Be Heard To Be Challenged

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Unless we acknowledge unconscious bias in the boardroom we cannot address it. One way to acknowledge it is to be stimulated into action by provocative arguments, which it must also be recognised, can take some courage to advance, however aggravating to many. Apart from anything, its forces an issue up the decision making agenda: Shock therapy, if you like.

Yes, Google Had Every Right To Fire The Guy Who Wrote That Anti-Diversity Manifesto

Quora | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Quora

Was Google right or wrong in firing James Damore for his controversial diversity memo? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share know...

Preventing A Diversity Backslide: Re-examining Initiatives To Keep Women Moving Forwards

Professor Binna Kandola | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Professor Binna Kandola

According to the news headlines of late, the working world has not been great for women. It seems that issues around unconscious bias are still rife - and they have certainly captured the attention of the media. Currently Google is facing a class action lawsuit from roughly sixty women, all of whom are involved in the same row around issues of sexism at the tech giant.

We Should All Share Sir James Munby's Outrage: We Are Failing Our Most Vulnerable Girls

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

This girl, and the many thousands like her across the country, deserve better. They should be not be left in situations where their lives are at serious risk, but instead should be able to expect care and treatment to deal with the underlying trauma they've faced, to get well and to build a future for themselves.

High Heels: Beauty Is Pain, Apparently

Lisa Honan | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Style
Lisa Honan

High heels, love them, hate them - but I'm sure we can all agree they're not the most comfortable of shoes to wear. A quick Google search shows that w...

How To Solve The Gender Pay Gap

Jenny Bede | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Comedy
Jenny Bede

It's not as though women aren't putting the hours in. It's 2017. We've got female world leaders in Michelle Bachelet, Angela Merkel, Beyonce... A recent study by The Institute for Women's Policy predicts that equal pay probably won't be achieved until the 23rd century. So until then, what can we all do? Here's what I suggest.

Five Ways You Can End The 'Hidden Crisis' Of Period Poverty

Laura Coryton | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Laura Coryton

Period poverty has existed for generations across the United Kingdom. Yep, that's right. Women and girls everywhere have been without sanitary products because they cannot afford them or do not have adequate access to them. What that means is that girls have been missing school to deal with their period within the confines of their own homes, and women have been using alternative materials, including "newspapers" and "socks", which pose a serious threat to their health. Yes, it is shocking. Here's what you can do about it.

Why Aren't We Embracing Female Talent?

Professor Binna Kandola | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK
Professor Binna Kandola

As of April this year, the number of FTSE 350 companies with no women on their executive committees in 2017 has risen from 52 to a total of 60. To add...

It Takes A Broader Culture To Attract The Right Mix Of Talent

Zaid Al-Zaidy | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Zaid Al-Zaidy

The advertising industry has spent the past three years tying itself in knots about diversity and equality. Yet figures suggest that this has been to ...

Girls Can Pee Outside Too, And 13 Other Things I Want My Daughters To Know

Nicole Roder | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Parents
Nicole Roder

Despite what you've seen on TV, it is not normal for teenagers to be caught in a love triangle. The Vampire Diaries, iCarly, Gossip Girl. If you believe everything you see on TV, then teenagers have seriously dramatic love lives. Reality is a lot more boring. I promise.

Euro 2017 Puts Growth Of Women's Football In The Spotlight

Olivia Hill | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Sport
Olivia Hill

Euro 2017 continues until Sunday August 6. The tournament so far has been exciting, and a chance for women footballers to get the spotlight. Hopefully it will lead to more growth of football for women, and the potential to one day be as popular worldwide as the men's game.

BBC Shocking Pay Revelations Heralds Golden Opportunity For The Broadcaster

Dr Valerie Stead | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Dr Valerie Stead

While putting a face to discrimination makes unfairness personal and provides a clear point of connection, if we are to push forward real change it is important to look beyond individuals. We need instead to address a legacy of pay systems built on informal often invisible networks and hidden negotiations that reproduce and sustain inequality.

Gender Pay - Encouraging Signs For Some Businesses, Embarassment For Others

Olivia Hill | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Hill

Ultimately, companies that are transparent about pay, and consider the root causes of why they may have a gender pay gap in the first place, are most likely to find the solutions necessary to tackle the issue once and for all. In doing so, they can be more proud of their business position which will more accurately reflect current society.

The BBC 96: The Pay Dispute And Its Ramifications

David Spencer | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
David Spencer

As the licence fee is compulsory, I think it is right we know where the money is spent and whom it is spent on. But we need to have full disclosure, not this halfway house. I think the BBC is amazing value for money but it is not without serious flaws. The debate around pay may help it address some of those issues.

'Shall I Get You One Of Those In Blue?' How We Limit Our Children When We Label Their Gender

James Millar | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Parents
James Millar

No parent would knowingly sign up to put barriers in the way of their children's ambition or outlook. And yet we all (ourselves included) do it every day. Whether it's the assumption that girls will want to go to ballet class and boys will like football.

BBC Women 'Revolting' Over Gender Pay Gap

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK

Some of the BBC’s most high-profile female personalities have demanded the corporation tackle its gender pay gap immediately, after this week’s re...

Faith, Gender And Sexuality: Where's The Common Thread?

Dr Louise Theodosiou | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK
Dr Louise Theodosiou

Faith is a complex, deeply personal and equally polarising force, it has the power to damage or enhance one's mental health. The complexities of gender are increasingly acknowledged, both physically and emotionally. If faith leaders can communicate acceptance and provide a welcome, then communities will have the opportunity to support some of the most vulnerable individuals in their societies.

How Do You Change A Girl's Life?

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Stephen Carrick-Davies

The London Family Planning Summit held in London last week was heralded a major success. At least $2.5billion was committed for reproductive health s...

Even A Woman

Jess Phillips | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Because politics is so very predictable (and in fact not funny at all) I can already hear the PMQs exchange that with ensue. No doubt they will wheel out Theresa May to remind everyone that because she is a woman the Tories are better so na nah nah nah na. Sadly for the Tories having a woman PM seems to be the end goal rather than the thing that could be beginning of the change. The end goal is not a woman in the top job, the end goal is that all women get to progress.

In Defence Of TfL's New Gender-Neutral Announcements

Will Nicholl | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Will Nicholl

We should embrace this decision by TfL not because it doesn't hurt anyone but improves the lives of a few, but because it is the beginning of a positive process that will improve the lives of us all. Deconstructing gender norms is the first step towards accepting rather than tolerating the transgender community, breaking the glass ceiling, and encouraging men and boys suffering from depression to seek help.

What Needs To Change So That More Money Is Invested In Women-Led Businesses?

Pip Wilson | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Pip Wilson

Not enough money is invested in businesses led and run by women. This isn't a secret, and it's a constant source of frustration for anyone who cares a...