Gender Equality

Women Are Marching On Saturday To Reject The Rhetoric Of Hate

Sophie Walker | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Sophie Walker

Sophie Walker is the leader of the Women's Equality Party. Here she vlogs for The Huffington Post UK on Saturday's Women's March London, what women will be marching for, and why you should join them.

Why Do Women Hold Each Other Back?

Fran Brosan | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Brosan

Am I working hard enough at encouraging the many talented women below me to succeed in the very top jobs? The truth is not. It's partly because I am reluctant to bang the feminist drum in a company which is incredibly egalitarian. Somehow focusing on women seems unfair on the talented young men we have in the company.

Emergency Contraception: What's The Big Deal?

Alex Thompson-Armstrong | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Thompson-Armstrong

As a society, we have always learnt to accept trade-offs when it comes to equality - not necessarily by our own doing but by never challenging the status quo, passed down through generations. Women's equality is perhaps the greatest example of this in the UK, but it's something we are beginning to finally challenge.

It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World - So Get Up And Change It On 21 January

Dr Wanda Wyporska | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Dr Wanda Wyporska

Why is The Equality Trust supporting the Women's March on London? Well that's a no-brainer if you know your economics. We may have a female prime minister, but we still have a gender pay gap. Many women's refuges are being lost and young women and girls are suffering sexism in school corridors. None of this is conducive to equality or being economically brutal, female productivity.

Why La La Land Is A Film That Hollywood Golden Age Actresses Would Be Proud Of

Katie Gatens | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Katie Gatens

By rewriting the Hollywood musical, Chazelle has given us an alternative ending - one that does justice to the female character, and feels a lot less like 'La La Land' and a lot more like real life. Not sewn into a leather catsuit. Not half-naked. Not airbrushed. It's a 2016 musical that 1950s leading ladies would be proud of.

A Political First: The Remarkable Women's Equality Party Conference

Leah Jewett | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Leah Jewett

This chance to gather together, debate and celebrate is an assured first step only 18 months after the Women's Equality Party - having ignited recognition in so many people eager for change - became a revolutionary reality. We shoulder our bags, my daughter and I. We're heading home.

Stop Telling Me To Cheer Up! My RBF Has Nothing To Do With Me

Sarah Newton | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Newton

The real problem is that we feel bad when we feel unhappy, we feel the need to hide our sadness because being positive is the in thing. As the adults perhaps we need to lead the way forward here, show young girls that feeling sad is not a bad thing, misery comes and goes and you don't have to smile at anyone if you don't want to.

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.

Why Jenny Swift's Death Is A Tale Of Our Times...

LJ Ferris | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Politics
LJ Ferris

In a country where a trans* woman is jailed with men, we are not living in a country where trans* identities are considered equal or valuable. It may seem incidental, an accident, something you see in passing in the newspaper, but the story of Jenny Swift's death is a tale of how invisible trans* people are and how much work there is still to be done.

It's 2017: Why Are Some Men Still Asking Their Partner's Father For Permission To Propose?

Hannah Tomes | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Tomes

I know it's only symbolic in this day and age, but it comes from a time and a place where it wasn't so, and women were given - dowry and all - to the highest bidder. Married, divorced, widowed, single, in a relationship, we don't need to be 'given away' to know that we're worth millions to ourselves, and whoever is lucky enough to be in our lives.

The Gender Pay Gap Doesn't Age Well

Sam Smethers | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Smethers

New gender pay gap reporting requirements will at least require large employers to take the first step and publish their gender pay gap. But until we tackle each of the causes the pay gap will be with us for generations to come. Millennial women will be old hands at it by then it seem.

Is The Gender Pay Gap On The Brink Of Closure For Young Women Today?

Laura Gardiner | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Politics
Laura Gardiner

This generational progress on gender pay differences will reflect a number of welcome trends including equalities legislation that millennial women's mothers and grandmothers fought for, maternity rights and welfare support, and rising higher educational participation which women in particular have benefited from. All this has meant more women breaking into high-paying occupations, and staying in them.

Tesco Slashes Price Of Women's Razors To Match That Of Men's

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

For years, women have had to pay through the nose for everyday items that were often infuriatingly cheaper for men to buy. But now, the tables are tur...

Fashion Is Fight Club

Heidy Rehman | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

Theresa May has either begun a discussion which will liberate professional women who feel they can't talk openly about clothes and fashion or she has done herself a disservice. I suspect she's done a bit of both but more of the latter.

Out of date textbooks put sustainable development at risk.

Aaron Benavot | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Today, we've launched a new study into secondary school textbooks around the world, continuing our focus on the content of education, which we began i...

The Challenge Of Organising A Gender-Balanced Conference In The Music Industry

Lara Baker | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

AIM's annual independent label conference Indie-Con is coming round on 1st February and whilst our events have always been better than industry norms ...

Jeremy Corbyn Says Women's Rights Will Be 'Front And Centre' Of Everything Labour Does

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Politics

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is pledging to give the victims of domestic abuse more legal support. Corbyn is committing a future Labour government to...

"Boylesque": Gender Construction And Neo-Burlesque Striptease

Barbara Brownie | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Barbara Brownie

In the postmodern world, in which we are no longer defined by binary definitions, femininity has become a complex proposition. Gender boundaries have been blurred, traditional ideas about masculinity and femininity have been shown to be artificially constructed.

Men Can Be Feminists, Too

Harriette Drew | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harriette Drew

Women have been tackling sexism for much longer than men and they are the ones most oppressed by it, so learn from them. Use the power that you have as a man well. Use it to challenge other men's sexist behaviour, because these men will - sadly - listen to you more than to a woman.

Being A Man Starts With Challenging Gender Stereotypes Age Three

Rachel Bell | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Rachel Bell

bmm banner.jpg Pro-actively challenging limiting gender stereotypes through parenting and education from pre-school will help boys survive the limiting norms of masculinity that they're under immense pressure to conform to. Norms that stifle their expression, exploration and stamp out their rich and varied humanity.

The Great Gender Gap Debate: Is The Internet Bias To Either Sex?

Phillip Othen | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Tech

The amount of sexism on the internet is depressingly self-evident. Women in particular who speak their minds online are frequently attacked on the bas...

Post-Trump, Diversity Is More Important Than Ever

Robyn Lange | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Robyn Lange

The political and social turbulence of Britain voting itself out of the EU, in part due to anti-immigration sentiment, and Donald Trump becoming Presi...

Despite A Trump Victory, I'm Still Hopeful About Eliminating Violence Against Women

Emma Fulu | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Emma Fulu

I believe in the profound strength and wisdom of the women and girls, men and boys around the world who are leading this charge. They work tirelessly to challenge the harmful norms and beliefs that drive violence; to respond with compassion and care to survivors; and hold perpetrators to account.

When It Comes To Conversations About Being A Man, We All Need To Get In The Room

Grace Willow | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Grace Willow

Southbank Centre / Belinda Lawley "Why would I go to a man hating event?" My friend Chris has just made this remark and at first I assume he must be...

Walkouts Across Europe Demonstrate The Absurdity Of The Gender Pay Gap

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

We live in a moment in history, akin to every other moment in modern history, when a woman doing exactly the same job as a man can expect less pay. This is quite obviously an absurdity. Due primarily to battles won in the past, however, we currently have the ability to challenge this injustice.