Gender Equality

Spices and SMS: How Mobile Phones Transform the Lives of Women

Sevi Simavi | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Tech
Sevi Simavi

When done right, mobile technology truly transforms lives, particularly those of women... women's economic empowerment is so much more than just increased incomes. It's more meals being cooked, healthcare being paid for, pensions saved and children being sent to school.

This Is What Would Happen To Feminism If Cats Ruled The World

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As a group of feminists, the team here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle were a little confused by the social media movement 'Women Against Feminism'. The '...

One Woman Is Inspiring Little Boys To Wear Pink With This Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The idea that 'pink is for girls' and 'blue is for boys' is beyond frustrating - it's sexist, limiting and, quite frankly, ridiculous. But thankful...

Carol Vorderman Named Rear Of The Year 2014 And We're Not Sure How We Feel About It

Rachel Moss | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Carol Vorderman has officially been crowned Rear Of The Year 2014 for the second time. The 53-year-old beat Cheryl Cole - or, Cheryl Fernandez-Vers...

Gender Segregation: Why the Latest EHRC Guidance for Universities is a Secular Victory

Chris Malburn | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malburn

Everyone has freedom of (and from) religion and belief, and the right to practice however they like, but it should never impact upon the freedom of others to live their lives how they wish. That the government is choosing to uphold this basic but vital principle is a fantastic victory for secularism, humanism and feminism, and another step towards a more equal and fair society.

Rachel Moss

How You Can Help Stop FGM and Forced Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

By the end of today, we will have made another move towards eradicating violence against women both in the UK and abroad. On Tuesday 22 July the U...

We Like The FDNY Firefighter Calendar A Whole Lot More This Year...

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For the first time a female firefighter will grace the pages of the FDNY charity calendar - and, can we add, she looks mighty fabulous. Danae Mines...

Who Said There Are So Few Women in Science?

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Tech
Simon M. Clabby

Working at the Mary Rose, it seems hard to believe people who say that there aren't enough women in science. We have a healthy number of female scientists here at the museum specialising in all sorts of fields. Conservation, archaeology and teaching are the most popular however; physics still seems to be a subject left to the boys.

Five Things Feminist Times Taught Me About Feminism...

Kat Lister | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Lister

I'm not sure about you but I'm still figuring things out as I go along - and I don't think there is any shame in that. We might not always like what we hear but we've got to respect it all the same. The power of debate is rooted in our differences and imperfections. The tide of subsequent social and political change relies as much on our ears as our mouths.

Green Is the New Feminism

Sarah Cope | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Cope

The recent calls for the founding of a feminist political party have overlooked the fact that such a party already exists. The Green Party has a tranche of women-centric policies, though it could be argued that we fail to adequately promote them.

Are Men Pressured Into Promiscuity?

Esther Hayden | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Hayden

We often stigmatised, men for being the more sexually liberated gender, able to sleep with however many women they wish without ridicule. As the comments on this video have confirmed, people are still more willing to jump to conclusions about a womans sexual behaviour than a mans.

Equal Play for Equal Pay?

Tom Mellor | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Sport
Tom Mellor

Men play faster, they play for longer, they are the better tennis players. But is that what we are compensating? Prize money is a reward, not a salary... Travel, coaching and equipment all cost the same regardless of gender, hotel rooms and plane tickets are no cheaper for women.

Loaded Magazine Sets A New Tone For Lads' Mags With Non-Boob Focussed Cover

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Have lads' mags finally learned to respect women? The relaunch cover of Loaded doesn't contain any nude lady pictures, and their new look isn't a o...

Gay Marriage and Equal Rights: What's Love Got To Do With It?

Kat Hind | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

Every day heterosexual couples get married for reasons other than this societal concept of love. They marry because she's having a baby, or his parents are nice and rich, or simply because it's the done thing! ... If you truly believe in equal rights, same-sex couples should be allowed to be married and miserable too.

These Kids Prove There's Nothing Sissy About Throwing 'Like A Girl'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If someone told you to run 'like a girl', would you demonstrate a stride to rival that of an athlete or flap your arms about like a deranged chicken? ...

Facebook UK Adds Over 70 Gender Options

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Tech

Facebook users in the UK will now be able to choose over 70 gender options when creating or editing their Facebook profile. The added options come ...

Is This Bikini The Best Reaction To #FreeTheNipple?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Head to a beach this summer and you might see a bunch of women walking around with their nipples on show. But, before you drop your ice-cream cone on ...

Gender Equality Isn't Just for Women

Jenny Willott | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny Willott

We know that engaging men on gender equality is not easy, there are many barriers, but we cannot give up. There is huge pressure on boys and men to conform to the norms that constrain them as much as they do women. All children deserve the chance to live life to the full, follow their own path and choose how best to use their talents and pursue their interests.

Motherhood and Leadership: Do They Mix?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Lack of support can leave women "faced with the feeling like they're not enough at either home or work" and prone to dropping out, says Chivers. "These are women who know they can deliver great things at work and raise happy, normal kids if only their and their partners' employers would trust them enough to crack on in flexible fashion."

Sexism in Science Communication: The Manifesto

Priya Shetty | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Priya Shetty

Journalists tend to spend their days scrutinising other people's business. Science writers are no exception, asking questions like whether scientists are conducting themselves and their research ethically or wondering how science should adapt to an increasingly digital world. Tomorrow, we turn this spotlight on ourselves and our professional community.

Girls Like Pink And Are Passive - This Is What Clarks Thinks In 2014

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Boys climb trees, roll in mud and play fight. Girls like playing with dolls, make-up and reading. That's the sexist message that Clarks are delive...

Frustration, Frustration, Frustration

Caragh Little | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Last week, a well-known television personality who seems to have progressed from how to sell your house to how to live your life, offered quite the opposite advice. Kirstie Allsopp, of property programme Location, Location, Location, wouldn't get on with my Mum.

When Do Girls Stop Playing Football?

Kiran Chug | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Sport
Kiran Chug

We all have a role to play in doing this for our girls and boys. The media of course is key, but we cannot underestimate the roles of parents, teachers, sports coaches, advertisers and all of us as consumers. We must continue to tell our girls they can play any game they want. They can be anything they want. They can do anything they want.

Let Us Live, Let Us Love

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

I do not understand the motivation behind homophobia but I do understand that this 'fear' is a by-product of teachers, preachers and parents abusing their positions of power and influence to perpetuate the abuse of innocent civilians.

We Need to Talk About Consent

Fran Hall | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fran Hall

Consent is a word we may think we have an understanding of, given its commonplace and importance in the law. But when it comes to sex and relationships we need to clarify and talk far more openly about it, particularly in schools, to help combat the widespread sexual violence against women; a problem that is reaching alarming levels.