Gender Inequality

The Problem with Miss England Claiming to Be a Feminist

Sirena Bergman | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Sirena Bergman

What about the less overt misogyny of a culture which judges women on their body first, their face second, their hair third, and their intellect last? It's time we stop justifying pageant contents in the context of them being a way to reach our higher goals. Male medical students wouldn't pose in a swimsuit as a way to achieve great things, so why should female ones.

Global Gender Equality Must Be Addressed If We Are to Eradicate Poverty

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

Sandra explained that by speaking to people from other countries, she learned it is clear that we are still far from solving the problem of violence against women. It will take global commitment and hard work to change some cultural norms that are ingrained within many societies.

Feminism Today: Is It Missing the Point?

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

I'm going to be honest: when it comes to the current wave of feminism, I'm sliding into complete apathy... It seems today's feminism is a lot about celebrity and having a pop at other women, and less about actual action.

"How Can You Be a Feminist When...?" The Most Common Accusations, and How to Respond

Rachel Cunliffe | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Cunliffe

To be clear, I do not presume to speak for all feminists, or for all manifestations of feminism; I'm just tired of hearing the same old attacks, and would like to take the chance to preemptively clear up a few things.

His and Hers 'Sexist' Sausages Cause An Uproar In Germany's Supermarkets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

We're used to targeted marketing - Coke Zero is known as 'Man Coke', Yorkie chocolate bars had a notorious 'not for girls' advertising campaign and st...

Tales From the Top - Addressing the Gender Inequalities in the Boardroom

Emily Kettle | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Kettle

Why should businesses actively pursue a diverse board? Because diversity creates a more innovative, dynamic boardroom, that incorporates more of the varied skills that make a business successful. So what can be done do to get more women into senior positions?

We Need to Act Urgently on Inequality to Get Every Child Into School by 2015

Pauline Rose | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

There are only 1,000 days to go until the deadline for the Education for All goals, but there are still 61 million primary school age children out of school. Half of those children live in just eight countries.

It's Not Just the Economy, It's the Inequality, Stupid

Michael Dugher | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

Globally, we have made huge strides in tackling poverty through international development and foreign aid. Indeed, extreme income poverty has dropped from two billion in 1990 to less than 1.3 billion today. And incredibly, child mortality has almost halved in that time. But the gap between rich and poor children globally has grown by some 35 per cent.

Are Women Missing a Trick?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Neela Bettridge

In a world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are now the norm, are women missing a trick? Instead of playing catch-up in existing corporate structures, why not create newer, more sustainable ones?

It's the Official Patronising of Women Day: The Capitalist-Patriarchal Conspiracy of Mother's Day

Louise Pennington | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Politics
Louise Pennington

Mother's Day, in its present form, is merely a another capitalist-patriarchal tool to beat women over the head with. It remains nothing more than a depressing attempt at brain-washing women into believing that 'their' work is valued. Women's work has never been valued. We still do the majority of the childcare and housework whilst in paid employment.

Can We Close the Gap on Women's Inequality in India?

Sarah Dransfield | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Dransfield

As the world marks International Women's Day today Oxfam India will be launching a new campaign to tackle inequality, particularly for women and girls. Oxfam believes it is an outrage that in the 21st century, women don't feel safe when they walk home at night and that women's representation in places of power is so insignificant.

Beyond Citizenship?

Professor Sasha Roseneil | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Sasha Roseneil

Since the late 18th century, the prospect of full and equal citizenship has animated generations of feminists. Yet citizenship is a troubling proposition for feminism because whilst it promises inclusion it always also enacts exclusion. Citizenship simultaneously creates insiders and outsiders - citizens and aliens, as well as good citizens and bad citizens.

Since 1911 til...

Naila Missous | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Naila Missous

It is sometimes too easy to think that those with greater power and a greater following have more authority to make a change or make a difference. I believe anyone, as long as they have the compassion and passion can do just as much.

Nicaragua's Cooperative Approach to Empowering Women

Marie Staunton | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK
Marie Staunton

Globally, women do two thirds of the world's work but earn only 10% of the world's income. This is partly because caring and domestic work is not always paid or recognised but here in Nicaragua, the Cooperativa Juan Francisco Paz Silva recognise "women's work" as part of the value chain of the coffee and sesame oil that they sell to the UK.

Ageism and Sexism in Broadcasting Must Be Tackled by Both Broadcasters and the Government

Harriet Harman | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
Harriet Harman

There is a new generation of active older women who have led very different lives from their mothers. Now in their 50s and 60s, they are the first generation of women to have been "doing it all". They have worked, as well as bringing up children. They've got educational qualifications and then when their children leave home, these women regard themselves as being into their stride and in their prime.

Naked Calendar: Liberation Gone Too Far?

Layla Haidrani | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Layla Haidrani

Why aren't women allowing themselves to be proud to show off their mental capacity such as academic ability but have chosen the route of posing naked? After all, there are more women at university than men.

Boobs Are Not The News, So What Should Be?

Nina Kelly | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nina Kelly

Of course negative stories about women - their bodies and behaviour in particular - are the choice fodder of some sections of the British press.

What About Women in London?

Ceri Goddard | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Ceri Goddard

The capital city's four million women residents are more likely to live in poverty, experience a wider pay gap, and are less likely to work once they have children than women living elsewhere. In fact, London has the lowest level of maternal employment in the country: just over half of the city's mothers with dependent children work - compared to almost two thirds across the UK.

Is the Matriarchal Woman a Regressive or Progressive Figure for Feminism? A Comparison Between the UK and Jamaica

Fran Hall | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hall

On a recent trip to Jamaica I was struck by the strong presence of the women there. Mothers and grandmothers in particular appear to be the backbone of society and are held up with great respect. This got me thinking about matriarchy, and the role it has to play within feminism and gender equality.

Why We Should Not Trivialise 'First World' Gender Inequality

Fran Hall | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics
Fran Hall

Increasingly often I have days where my usual concerns begin to appear trivial. International Women's day last week was one of those days. So called 'first world' female problems, such as VAT on tampons, reforming maternity leave, men still opening doors for women, are put into perspective when across the world women are frequently denied so many basic human rights.

Women To Face 70 Year Wait For Equal Share Of Top Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 17.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Despite record numbers of women graduating from university and achieving better results than men for the first time, it could be 70 years before we ca...