Gender Equality

Men Used To Wear Skirts: What Happened?

Lisa Honan | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Honan

Apparently men are only allowed to purchase things packaged in gun-metal grey, black or the ol' favourite colour combo of orange and blue. But there was a time where pink was the colour to denote you'd had a baby boy and there was also a time where wearing skirt-like robes was very much a manly pastime.

Government Fails To Deal With Sex Discrimination Arising from Workplace Dress Codes

Homa Wilson | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK
Homa Wilson

Absent any legislative change, it seem that it will be left to people like Ms Thorp to take action, it's likely that this will be mainly through 'naming and shaming' via social media. In the meantime, it's likely that stereotypical views of what women ought to look like will continue to be perpetuated.

Perceptions Of Women In Engineering Is No Joke

Emelia Galkowska | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Emelia Galkowska

Three engineers visit a school to talk about their careers: two men and a woman. One is a burly Yorkshireman, the other is a tall Southerner and the t...

From Lab Bench To Children's Bedside - The Persistent Gender Gap In Science

Bethan Psaila | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Tech
Bethan Psaila

In academic medicine in the US and the UK, only 15-20% of tenured professors, departmental chairs, and senior scientific fellowship recipients are female. Interestingly, this is largely due to fewer women applying for senior level positions, rather than a bias by the awarding bodies. And when women do apply, they generally write less ambitious proposals and ask for less funding.

Can We Stop Talking About 'Boy Jobs' And 'Girl Jobs' Now?

Janvi Patel | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Politics
Janvi Patel

I don't agree that there are "boys jobs and girl jobs", but the unconscious bias that leads us to create these and the structures that ensure that the categorisation is perpetuated need to be addressed. This is not a small task and needs a multi-pronged attack. We should not waste this momentum. We all need to continue to play our part and at every level, but we also need bolder moves from the government and from global corporations.

Houston, We Have A Women Problem

Sophie Walker | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sophie Walker

It's not time to leave the planet yet. We can take a giant step for mankind here and now by recognising that a giant step for womankind is all the innovation we need for future generations to thrive.

Gender Equality: Women Diversity And Politics

Dawn-Maria France | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dawn-Maria France

As a woman in the business of politics, you could serve your community, give a voice for the voiceless, and make a lasting difference.

Lynx, Your New Advert Is Great - But Where Is Our Apology?

Tom Ross-Williams | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Ross-Williams

Is it just me or does that sound strangely familiar to the subtext of pretty much every Lynx advert to date? I realise that to blame Lynx for something as heinous as this would be too far, but in our show we argue that it's media like this which creates an environment of entitlement that does contribute to the execution of hugely violent acts.

Let's Get On With The Job

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

As the dust settles after the General Election, it is crucial that Government does "get on with the job" - and that must mean not only dealing with Brexit but also not ignoring pressing social issues at home. We can't afford to put on hold the reforms so desperately needed to transform women's lives.

Three Reasons Why Father's Day Should Be Abolished

Jeremy Davies | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

The last thing dads need, therefore, is LESS time being hands-on parents. If dads were given a day off work on Father's Day, it might be worth celebrating. So if you're an employer who wants to keep your workforce happy, let your dads go home early on Friday...or give them a day off on Monday. Otherwise, let's see Father's Day for what it is: a wasted opportunity.

Equality Is Not Just A Women's Issue!

Andrea Grossman | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Andrea Grossman

There is a powerful impetus for engaging men in the workplace on gender equality. They are part of the solution, alongside women. Many attitudes and behaviours, on both sides, will need to change in order for gender equality to be achieved. These steps can be big or small, and you don't have to be a manager to tackle inequality at work by changing company cultures, shattering glass ceilings and challenging the status quo.

It's Time To Speak Up For Gender Equality In The Tech Sector

Chris Ciauri | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

I believe it's imperative to stand up for what you believe is right; for me on of these things is gender equality. While it's always been important to me, the birth of my two daughters has made it more personal as I want to set an example for them and show them that I believe they can achieve anything they want.

In 2017 Who Is There For Women to Vote For?

Jeni Harvey | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jeni Harvey

I was born female. I am no more non-male than I am sub-human. Women before me fought and died for my right to vote in this coming election. The least I can do is try to vote in my own interests.

Sexual Harassment Is Not A Compliment- It's A Statement Of Power

Caitlin Roper | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK
Caitlin Roper

Women's bodies are their own. They are not public property. They do not exist for your enjoyment; they are not props, scenery or eye candy, not for you to openly appraise. Women are human beings. Having a female body and existing in public is not an invitation.

This General Election Is A Chance To Stand Up For Women's Rights

Girish Menon | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK
Girish Menon

As we head towards the election, all parties have an opportunity to show that they are willing to help take on the world's biggest challenges. This is why, as an international charity, we are speaking out. Not to promote one party or candidate over another, but because the stakes for the women and girls we work with around the world couldn't be higher.

Supporting The LGBT+ Community Makes Business Sense

Marjorie Strachan | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK
Marjorie Strachan

There are several reasons to feel nervous about LGBT rights at the moment. Ambiguity in the US and the on-going battle for marriage equality in North...

Men In High Heels? I Won't Insist

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Hard to know what to wear these days without causing offence. Burka? Not this season. Flats? Hmm. Tricky. I'd like to think I might be the best judge...

Tackling Issues At Their Roots: The 'Gap' Still Remains For Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Professor Binna Kandola | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK
Professor Binna Kandola

For us to progress, we must move past the realm of simply reporting and observing. Even though examining the difference between male and female salaries is an excellent place to start, we must begin to broaden our understanding and endeavour to undertake contextual analyses of women in the working world so we can combat the roots of gender inequality, rather than the symptoms that come to fruition as a result of them.

Plugging The Gender Funding Gap

Annabel Denham | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Annabel Denham

Do we still need feminism in the Western world? From the right to vote to equal pay, across many fields the battle has been won. Over the course of th...

It's Doctor, Actually

Dr Sara Ahmed | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Dr Sara Ahmed

During medical school, this was a frequent occurrence. Once qualified, donning the stethoscope made my doctor status apparent. I lost this however as soon as I got married, and with my vows I seemed to bequeath my title to my husband.

Discrimination And Sexism Must End To Close The Gender Pay Gap

Karen Jackson | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK
Karen Jackson

Until these dinosaurs either die out or have diversity training I fear the legal and other professions still have a long way to go on gender. The gender pay gap is not the reason women are under-represented at senior levels. The real reason? Discrimination and sexism.

Women To Win?

Carole Walker | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Politics
Carole Walker

For the first time in decades, the performance and policies of a woman will be the focus of a General Election. It is more than a decade since Theresa May helped set up Women 2 Win - an organisation to help women get into politics. She will set the tone for a very different campaign from those of recent years.

Meet Amika: The Girl Fighting Period Poverty In Schools, Period!

Laura Coryton | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Coryton

Amika George is a 17-year-old campaigning superstar. She has joined forces with the tampon tax campaigners to eradicate period poverty in schools acro...

AI Is The Perfect Partner To Achieve Gender Diversity

Eric Berridge | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Tech
Eric Berridge

It's time for us to use today's innovative technologies, like Augmented Intelligence (AI), to take action, starting with correcting unconscious bias. We're already using AI to predict the weather and to process medical research and trial data for individualized treatment plans on an unheard-of scale. Why can't it be used to help close the gender gap?

Gender Equality Is The Key To Solving Our National Challenges

Jess Phillips | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

The reason the women of 1997 saved my life was not because they handed me benefits, or 15 hours of free childcare to give me a break. It is because they allowed me to get out of my house and become something. What is lost in missed contributions to both the Treasury and society must run to billions of pounds. Thousands of missed opportunities for innovation, lifesaving medicine, beautiful things and technical revolutions. What could have been if only we'd thought to remember the women keeps me awake at night. What have we missed?