Gender Inequality

On the Road

Amy Howerska | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Comedy
Amy Howerska

Dear god, this is my life. Doing actual stand up is only about 10 % of stand up, the rest is admin and car journeys. This cars current topic is a very academic conversation about chuckle fuckers, that's right, the comedy groupie.

Motherhood Penalty Now Writ Large

Sam Smethers | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Sam Smethers

The bigger return for employers and for the UK economy is clear with £600 billion being added to the value of the economy if we close the gender pay gap. We have the best educated, best qualified female labour force we have ever had. And yet we are wasting that talent and investment as a result of poor, shortsighted (and sometimes illegal) practice. Definitely time for a game-changer. Let's hope the Government rises to the challenge.

Feminist Actors Redress Gender Inequality in Theatre

Sophie Hemery | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Hemery

I discussed gender inequality in theatre with actors Jenny Wilford and Charlotte Couture over tea in a draughty south London pub. In spite of our shivering, the conversation was heated. Wilford and Couture could talk for days about sexism and feminism in the acting world.

Why I Love Glasgow: Anti-Rape Protest at George Square

Sophie McNaughton | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie McNaughton

I could probably list a hundred reasons why I love Glasgow, with everything from the culture, music, architecture, nightlife, and countless restaurants, to buskers and bagpipers on Buchanan Street, the Clyde, the Duke of Wellington with his ever-stylish traffic cone hat, and, of course, the people of Glasgow themselves.

Unfortunately, Being Attractive Matters If You're A Female Student And You Want Good Grades

The Huffington Post UK | Catherine Wyatt | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Attractive female students achieve higher exam grades than their less attractive colleagues, a US study has found. Researchers at Metropolitan Stat...

Uruguay: Gay Marriage, Legal Dope and Gender Based Violence

Sophie Bauer | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Bauer

GBV is the ugliest, most demeaning manifestation of gender inequality. Uruguay is a country that proves case in point that responding effectively to an issue as complex and deeply rooted as this requires so much more than services. It is also a question of changing cultures and mindsets.

When It Comes to Gender Parity, We're Only Halfway There

Cherie Blair | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Cherie Blair

In today's world, power lies in our political systems and our economies. These two institutions, broadly speaking, control the way we live our lives. They carry huge implications for our freedoms, our human rights and our levels of security - financial and otherwise. Now consider who has the greatest access to, and control over, these institutions. Overwhelmingly, it's men. This is the conclusion drawn by reams of research into gender parity across the globe. Take, for example, the World Economic Forum's new Global Gender Gap Report, which measures the gender gaps in four key areas - health, education, economic participation and political representation.

Women in the Shuttle Trade Remain Trapped in Inequality

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK
Gates Cambridge Scholars

*Darja Irdam [2012] is doing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, supported by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. In many societies across ...

Have Women Really Graduated From the University of Gender Inequality?

Sam Smethers | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Politics
Sam Smethers

Good news is always welcome, so let's start there. New IFS research shows that the graduate 'premium' is more significant for women. They are likely to earn three times as much as employed women who do not have a degree. For male graduates the ratio is twice that of those working without the benefit of higher education...

Today, I Wore A Dress

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

I didn't count how many men stared, honked or hollered at me this morning. I wish I had, because I'm almost certain I've underestimated - I think the number is far higher than 20. It's not an unusual experience, it happens to me every day, but there was something about this morning that made me have to say something.

Our Commitment to Stamp Out FGM

Caroline Dinenage | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Dinenage

I want to make sure that anyone involved in this horrific practice, will be behind bars for a long-time. This is why someone in breach of a protection order can face up to five years in prison. This is in addition to laws already brought in - someone found guilty of assisting or performing FGM can face a sentence of up to fourteen years, whilst someone with responsibility of a child who has FGM performed on them, but failed to prevent the act could also face a sentence of up to seven years.

Louise Ridley

UK Plagued With 'Systemic' Gender Inequality - But There's No Money To Solve It | Louise Ridley | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK

A shocking report has laid bare the extent of gender inequality in Britain, accusing businesses and politicians of failing to "put their money where t...

Simon Says: 'There Aren't Enough Female Voices In Film'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's no secret that gender equality in Hollywood is about as equal as a set of weighing scales holding a feather and a brick. And now, Simon Pegg ...

Am I a Joke Feminist?

Jessie Thompson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jessie Thompson

I have strong feminist views simply because I don't understand why, in 2015, when you can do things like print out a spare pair of kidneys, or have your Amazon delivery float through the sky into your lap, women still aren't equal in our society.

An Age Old Agreement, The Same Old Story

Helena Eccles | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

We still live in an education system that is geared towards and favours men; be that reserving a place for an Etonian at King's College, or providing a boy's school with more funding. Now that we have equal educational rights, these age old agreements need to be revised, reformed and ultimately repealed.

Have I Experienced Sexist Chanting? Yes. Was It a Shock? Sadly No.

Becki Knight | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Sport
Becki Knight

What I've began to realise over the last few weeks is the bigger picture. If I'd been in that crowd as teenage girl aspiring to work in the game...would it put me off? Quite possibly. Would I want my eight year old girl to witness it and believe that it was acceptable for her to be verbally abused due to the fact that she was a women? Absolutely not.

In the Theatre, I'd Almost Always Find That the Story Was Told Via Male Characters

Lucy Kerbel | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Kerbel

If the worlds we choose to conjure there don't have women in them (and in particular those who don't happen to be white, size 8, under 35, or able-bodied) isn't it a disappointingly skewed and now long out of date depiction of humanity we are reflecting?

The Woman With the 'Wooden Vagina'

Agnes Pareyio | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Agnes Pareyio

The changing attitudes have to do with FGM now being considered a form of gender based violence and a violation of human rights. Although it is not automatically understood this way in certain parts of the country where FGM is still deeply entrenched in culture, we see more people understand the concept that even young girls have rights.

50:50 Parliament - A Call to Action on International Women's Day

Frances Scott | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Scott

This is not an impossible dream. About 70 countries have proportionally more women in their Parliaments than the UK. It can be done, we only need 177 more female MPs from a population of 32 million women. We don't want our daughters and granddaughters to be fighting the same old battle for fair representation.

I'm Happy to Lean In - But First, I Need a Seat at the Table

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

For centuries, we've been stuck with the status quo: in the corporate world, in international affairs, in education, sports, media and everything in-between. The present state of affairs is very evidently not working, and yet it endures. It's time to start saying, loudly, "this isn't good enough anymore."

It's So Important for Girls to Have a Safe Space Where They Can Explore the Difficulties They Face

Annabel Davies-Ray | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Annabel Davies-Ray

By this time next year, I'd love to be able to say that all girls are body confident, that all women have their achievements and desires respected, that everyone, man or woman, is safe from abusive relationships and sexual violence. Everyone needs to take action if this is to happen.

Creating Change for Women in the Tea Estates of Assam

Tilumoni Gogoi | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Tilumoni Gogoi

Exacerbated by traditional social norms such as child marriage, trafficking and child labour, young girls living in tea estates are not only more likely to be engaged in domestic labour and out of school, but they are also at greater risk of discrimination and gender based violence.

Having it all as a Woman

Jayne Morris | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

Yet, more than 100 years on and women are still not paid equally to men, not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally have a long way to go in terms of improving women's education, health and the presence of domestic violence. Can we really have it all?

Girls Should 'Run Around Outside And Climb Trees' To Boost Job Prospects, Says Tory Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Eugene Smith | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The Conservative minister for jobs Esther McVey has told girls they should be climbing trees and making dens if they want to get good jobs. McVey c...

Girls' Lives Matter - India Bring Back Our Girls

Raquel E Sofer | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Raquel E Sofer

One million girls being disappeared only because they are girls is a gendercide. And it's an annual occurrence in the world's largest democracy that will happen again in 2015, and perhaps grow in numbers by 2016 and future years without pressure for change. So here's a hashtag to start a conversation: #Indiabringbackourgirls