Gender Equality

Euro 2017 Puts Growth Of Women's Football In The Spotlight

Olivia Hill | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Sport
Olivia Hill

Euro 2017 continues until Sunday August 6. The tournament so far has been exciting, and a chance for women footballers to get the spotlight. Hopefully it will lead to more growth of football for women, and the potential to one day be as popular worldwide as the men's game.

BBC Shocking Pay Revelations Heralds Golden Opportunity For The Broadcaster

Dr Valerie Stead | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Dr Valerie Stead

While putting a face to discrimination makes unfairness personal and provides a clear point of connection, if we are to push forward real change it is important to look beyond individuals. We need instead to address a legacy of pay systems built on informal often invisible networks and hidden negotiations that reproduce and sustain inequality.

Gender Pay - Encouraging Signs For Some Businesses, Embarassment For Others

Olivia Hill | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Hill

Ultimately, companies that are transparent about pay, and consider the root causes of why they may have a gender pay gap in the first place, are most likely to find the solutions necessary to tackle the issue once and for all. In doing so, they can be more proud of their business position which will more accurately reflect current society.

The BBC 96: The Pay Dispute And Its Ramifications

David Spencer | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
David Spencer

As the licence fee is compulsory, I think it is right we know where the money is spent and whom it is spent on. But we need to have full disclosure, not this halfway house. I think the BBC is amazing value for money but it is not without serious flaws. The debate around pay may help it address some of those issues.

'Shall I Get You One Of Those In Blue?' How We Limit Our Children When We Label Their Gender

James Millar | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Parents
James Millar

No parent would knowingly sign up to put barriers in the way of their children's ambition or outlook. And yet we all (ourselves included) do it every day. Whether it's the assumption that girls will want to go to ballet class and boys will like football.

BBC Women 'Revolting' Over Gender Pay Gap

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK

Some of the BBC’s most high-profile female personalities have demanded the corporation tackle its gender pay gap immediately, after this week’s re...

Faith, Gender And Sexuality: Where's The Common Thread?

Dr Louise Theodosiou | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK
Dr Louise Theodosiou

Faith is a complex, deeply personal and equally polarising force, it has the power to damage or enhance one's mental health. The complexities of gender are increasingly acknowledged, both physically and emotionally. If faith leaders can communicate acceptance and provide a welcome, then communities will have the opportunity to support some of the most vulnerable individuals in their societies.

How Do You Change A Girl's Life?

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Stephen Carrick-Davies

The London Family Planning Summit held in London last week was heralded a major success. At least $2.5billion was committed for reproductive health s...

Even A Woman

Jess Phillips | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Because politics is so very predictable (and in fact not funny at all) I can already hear the PMQs exchange that with ensue. No doubt they will wheel out Theresa May to remind everyone that because she is a woman the Tories are better so na nah nah nah na. Sadly for the Tories having a woman PM seems to be the end goal rather than the thing that could be beginning of the change. The end goal is not a woman in the top job, the end goal is that all women get to progress.

In Defence Of TfL's New Gender-Neutral Announcements

Will Nicholl | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Will Nicholl

We should embrace this decision by TfL not because it doesn't hurt anyone but improves the lives of a few, but because it is the beginning of a positive process that will improve the lives of us all. Deconstructing gender norms is the first step towards accepting rather than tolerating the transgender community, breaking the glass ceiling, and encouraging men and boys suffering from depression to seek help.

What Needs To Change So That More Money Is Invested In Women-Led Businesses?

Pip Wilson | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Pip Wilson

Not enough money is invested in businesses led and run by women. This isn't a secret, and it's a constant source of frustration for anyone who cares a...

Why You Should Discuss Labiaplasty With Your Son

Dena Rapley | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents
Dena Rapley

I would like to think most of us rolled our eyes at Dr. Patriarchy, but what is the takeaway lesson? Undoubtedly, most people following this story will say that we need to teach our daughters that bodies are unique and photographed models (pornography and otherwise) are photoshopped.

The Amazing Disappearing Women

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

On some level, especially as a Media Studies teacher, I get it. Marketing is based on targeting particular demographics, and that way you can get your brand out to your audience, more money, everyone happy. But sometimes it just seems downright lazy. Would it really affect sales so much if we saw some male hands wrapping a small bottom in absorbent material?

Eight Days In - Returning To Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

On my first post I introduced myself as mummy to Baby M. It had become my identity and whilst it is still all I really want to be. It's no longer all I am. I am a school leader. And I'm a working mum. I am a mother that juggles two roles and tries to do her best.

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.