Gender Equality

We Need to Change Our Words to Change Our Worlds, Feminists

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jane Williams

Feminism and the celebration of women as part of a team so that everyone can live better isn't about making huge changes with sweeping manifestos and declarations of WOMAN. Feminism - uniting the genders in equality - can be as simple as using language to find a voice...

The Future Looks Brighter... And More Diverse

Judith Hackitt CBE | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Hackitt CBE

I've spent most of my working life in a male dominated environment. My focus has been on getting on with the job and doing whatever I've done to the best of my ability. However, I have always been aware that others would observe my career progression as a female engineer with interest, and maybe see me as something of a role model.

Sochi's 'Gay Olympics' Tell Us More About Our Own Prejudices Than Russian Homophobia

Raffaella Taylor-Seymour | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Raffaella Taylor-Seymour

Abroad, we need to strike a balance between mockery and condemnation, prioritising our ultimate aims over indignation. Preaching or ridiculing other countries is unlikely to generate positive results.

Blue Is the Colour

Nick Clements | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I recently heard a good story from someone about becoming a dad. After his child was delivered the man was handed the tiny baby, as the midwife did so she quickly checked the sex, and proudly said 'here's your big strong boy.' The father wondered if the midwife had delivered a girl whether she would have said 'here's your big strong girl.' Right from the first seconds of being born we are judged and compartmentalized.

Prostitution: Should Sex Buyers Be Criminalised?

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Countries that have regularised sex work have begun to question the efficiency of their laws. In Amsterdam, the local authority has started to close down the number of windows available for prostitution in its world-renowned red-light district.

Business Waits for No Woman

Jacqui Miller MBE | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqui Miller MBE

Like time, business waits for no man or woman, it will continue to exist regardless, but if we want it to thrive, grow, prosper and promote a 'feel good factor' for our country's citizens, as well as increasing our nation's fortunes then it's your job to create the environment that allows business leaders to do so.

How Can Women Get to the Top - With a Smile?

Victoria Tomlinson | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Tomlinson

Despite all the progress women have made in the workplace, I think there is still a lot to be learnt about 'de-genderising' issues at work. All these women felt they had been discriminated against - and put most of it down to their gender.

The Communications Guy Bet the Gender Equality Policy and Lost

Curt Rice | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Curt Rice

The publisher Elsevier sent out a letter with a picture of a bunch of scientists, all of whom are white men. Pictures like that reinforce the stereotypes that keep young women away from science. But as if that wasn't enough, a spokesman from Elsevier went onto Twitter and made a cringeworthy mess of it all.

When Did Feminism Become a Bad Thing?

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

A common misperception of feminism is that it is about women being better than men, about giving us the highest status in society. This is absolutely untrue. I do not believe women are the superior sex, and you'd be hard pushed to find a feminist who does believe this. What we want is equality.

Role Model Rebels: The Women Rewriting the Rules of Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Sometimes it can feel as if women take two step forwards and one step on the path to leadership. But there's a groundshift taking place. I see it in the groups I work with, in the young women I coach. They want to change things...

'Woman-Friendly' Porn Is Pretty Hard to Come Across

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

Having spent most of my formative years getting riled up over the fact that my ovaries reduce my pay packet in comparison to my male peers, it's hard to get turned on watching something which is grounded in the idea that women exist for the sexual gratification of men. However, as much as I'd like to claim that I selflessly stopped watching porn because I'm a committed feminist, that's not strictly true.

For Women to Thrive: We Must Help Their Fertility as Part of Gender Equality Agenda

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

Equality debates generally focus on equal pay and job opportunities. However, I feel that we must to go further and address women's biological needs as part of the campaign for social and health equality agenda.

The World is Changing: Let Men Talk About It

Kirsty Morrissey | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kirsty Morrissey

It's easy to mock the Southbank Centre's Being A Man Festival that explores what it means to be a man in the twenty first century. Why mark out these three days, when they seem to be doing a pretty good job at dominating the other 362 of the year?

No More Page 3 Challenges Male Privilege Gone Mad

Katie Wright | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Wright

The collapse of Page 3 would be the catalyst for feminist campaigns and would be a major step in the abolishment of male privilege. It would massively strengthen the fourth wave revolution and see more women in parliament, at the heads of boardroom tables and at the forefront of political and economic committees, rather than on the tired and outdated pages of tabloid papers.

Reflections on Davos: It's Not Just Women Who Are Working Towards Gender Equality

Cherie Blair | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Cherie Blair

Last week, I attended my sixth Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland. I attended many of the sessions in and out of the forum and there was no shortage of women's faces. But appearances can be deceptive. Many women attending did so, not as delegates but as staffers or spouses of the delegates. Sadly this year among the 2,500 delegates, only 16% were female, down from 17% in 2013 - its highest ever. Yet, despite this, there was a real feeling that it was time to get serious about ensuring that 50% of the world's population get their fair share of the world's resources.

Theatre Review: Rapture, Blister, Burn, Hampstead Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Not all theatre can be challenging and innovative. Certainly Rapture, Blister, Burn - a play about gender politics - is neither of these but there is plenty to enjoy in this charming comedy.

But What About the Men?

Fiona McPhillips | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona McPhillips

Hanlon explains that thinking about how men provide and access love, care and solidarity as separate from inequalities in social, political and economic life allows us to see both the inequalities that men experience and how men contribute to inequality by avoiding caring.

Why We Must Take a More Joined Up Approach to Tackling Gender Inequality

Fran Hall | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
Fran Hall

I am arguing that all these things are related and they are an example of how we need to take a joined up approach to tackling gender equality and the negative effects it has on women, men and wider society.

Gender Equality in 2014

Beth Rowland | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Rowland

As I write this, Russell Brand has just tweeted a picture of himself with a 'No More Page Three' T-shirt: men are starting, slowly, to take note of the problem of gender inequality, and possibly a sexism-free future isn't completely fantastical.

'2013: The Birth of the New New Man' - A Response to GQ

Jay Nadarajah | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jay Nadarajah

Apparently 60% of men would consider being a stay at home dad. I find that men who were raised by strong career women have more respect for equality than those who weren't. I have friends who have shared six months each of maternity/paternity leave and friends who will argue that it should be a mother's responsibility. In a progressive society, nothing beats equality.

Why Our MPs Need to Support the International Development Bill (Gender Equality)

Karen Ruimy | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Karen Ruimy

On Friday morning, MPs in the House of Commons will have the chance to debate a Bill that could ensure that the UK becomes a trailblazer for gender equality for the rest of the world.

Feminism Isn't For Men Too - In Fact, It's Not For Women Either

Gregor Smith | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

Have you ever read something you think is so outrageously wrong you have to correct it? Well, that feeling overwhelmed me when I read fellow Huffington Post UK blogger Jack Fletcher's post entitled Feminism Is For Men Too. I'm now going to spend the next few hundred words explaining and defending why not agreeing with feminism is not the same as being a misogynist.

Poorna Bell

Beyoncé Pens Powerful Feminist Piece - What Does She Say?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Some female stars claim not to be role models, and that's their prerogative. But for a lesson in how powerful their words can be when channeled with t...

A New Year of Female Comedy - the Ones to Watch

Lynne Parker | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

Forget those empty New Year's resolutions about silly diets and unattainable relationships and go and have a girly laugh instead! Here are just a few recommendations.

Lads, It's Time for Some Meninism

George Gillett | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

Feminists must remember what liberation means - it is not just equal opportunity to be financially independent or to hold positions of authority. Liberation is about much more - it's the freedom to be yourself regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, class or gender. As soon as we assign stereotypes to any identity we create expectations of how individuals should behave...