Gender Equality

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.

In The Spotlight: Sudeshna Chowdhury, Brave Work Against Honour Related Violence, Sexual Violence And Gender Equality

Ulrika Lorenz | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Ulrika Lorenz

Meet Sudeshna Chowdhury, An extraordinary young brave woman from Sweden with Indian heritage that is devoting her life to advocate issues concerning sexual violence and gender inequality in Sweden and India.

Three Ways Women In Business Need Men To Man-Up And Support Them

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Lisa Barnwell

The research in The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men who think like them) Will Rule the Future confirms feminine values are on the ascendant so please man-up and move mountains so we manage maternity differently and make gender equality a reality.

University Challenge Viewers Gobsmacked At The Appearance Of Five Women On Show

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Unfortunately, University Challenge is not known for the diversity of its contestants. Last year, even question master Jeremy Paxman criticised the la...

Looking To Help Women In Trump's America? Support #DonateNotHate

Laura Croudace | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Croudace

It is 2016, we have the power at our fingertips to make our voices heard- we have the power to donate to support women and other groups experiencing hate right now. Trump may have won the election via spreading hate but he will never stop us spreading kindness and supporting vulnerable people.

What Next For Women In This Fearful New World?

Rachel Lankester | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Rachel Lankester

Image © Pixabay I never dreamed Mr T would be the next president of the US of A. I expected after the election to be talking of finally being able ...

Equal Pay Day Is Here Again - Will It Ever Become A Thing Of The Past?

Olivia Hill | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Hill

Today (Thursday 10 November) marks the last day of the working year for women throughout the UK - or so it should. From now until the end of 2016, working women are now, on average, providing their services for free - highlighting the 9.4% gap between average pay of full-time male and female employees.

Young Female Apprentices Earn £2,000 Less A Year Than Men

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

Today is Equal Pay Day and, for the rest of the year, women in the UK will effectively be working for free thanks to the gender pay gap. The full-time...