UK Gender

Gender Equality Needs to Happen Across Every Industry, Tech is Just the Starting Point

Vanessa Whiteside | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Tech
Vanessa Whiteside

As the stereotype goes, geeks are weird and socially inept. All you have to do is look at TV, news and the other elements of popular culture to find out why. Think back to watching cartoons like Dexter's Lab and you'll notice how from a young age we are fed the notion that geeks are unfashionable.

Forget Alpha Males and Alpha Females - Leadership has its own quality

Natasha Stromberg | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Natasha Stromberg

In the course of my work on gender equality I always find it fascinating to hear differing views on how successful women are perceived in the workp...

Gender and the City - What They Do for Your Heart

Dr Ajay Jain | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Ajay Jain

Heart attacks are caused by a blocked artery and the route to a successful recovery is to open that artery as quickly as possible. Behind the cancer grouping, cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in women in the UK.

What Does Feminism Do for Men?

Jasmine Luby Barrow | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Luby Barrow

Society, misogyny, the media; all of these things persuade us to live our lives according to the accepted route that the generations before us conformed to. Yet if feminism teaches us that everyone should have the right to become exactly who they want to be, why do so many men blindly dismiss it?

Trans Woman Who Said She Would Kill Herself If Sent To Male Prison Found Dead In Jail

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

A 21-year-old transgender woman has been found dead in jail, after she reportedly told friends she would kill herself if sent to the all-male prison s...

Should Caitlyn Jenner Be 'Woman of the Year'?

Holly Whiting | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Whiting

I guess my true issue here is with Glamour, this award alone generates a lot of exposure in the media, so Glamour have the opportunity to use this award to value the women in our society that are saving lives, overcoming tragic illnesses and poverties, inventing amazing things and dying for their country like Moira Smith. Instead of continuously acknowledging celebrities, this is a real chance to every now and then appreciate and bring to light the unsung heroes.

It's 2015 And British Women Will Be Working For Free For The Rest Of The Year

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK

From today, women in Britain will work the rest of the year for free. That's because today marks the point at which the average woman in full-time emp...

I'm a Young Woman with Feminist Views; Here's Why Men's Mental Health Matters to Me

Rachel Egan | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

I thought long and hard about whether or not to write this blog post, for fear of being ridiculed by men, or trolled by feminists, some of whom might feel I am disrespecting the cause. But actually, what is a feminist if she is not somebody who feels she can speak up about the issues important to her?

Women's Sport: Not Just for Women

Alexandra Kyrke-Smith | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Sport
Alexandra Kyrke-Smith

Whilst other sponsors are beginning to follow suit (Kia Motors made history with a stand-alone sponsorship of England women's cricket in 2014), the potential for growth and investment remains huge. The general public, both male and female, are increasingly seeing the value in women's sport. Now it's for the media, rights holders and sponsors to ensure they are doing the same.

Do Boys Need Male Role Models?

Sandy Ruxton | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sandy Ruxton

It is important to ask what kind of male involvement is healthy for boys. Some boys and young men suffer not from an absence of male role models, but from an excess of limiting and destructive models. We shouldn't therefore assume that any male role model is better than none.

When We Use the Abuser's Voice

Tom Meagher | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Meagher

At times, voices come back claiming that violence against women is in no way tolerated by most of our society, and some claim (perhaps condescendingly) that I am a victim of my own tragic loss, that I may be more prone to see violence where there is none, because my life has been shattered by it, after the violent death of my wife.

#MoreThanCute Halloween Costume Campaign Encourages Girls To 'Dream Big'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Parents

A dad who was frustrated by the hoards of "cute" Halloween costumes marketed at his daughters has inspired hundreds of parents to campaign for more ch...

Trans Woman Comes Out '100 Times A Year' To Mum Who Has Dementia

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Coming out to your parents as a trans woman or man is always an emotional experience - a mixture of relief but also fear that they might not accept yo...

Why Are We Like That?

Ben Moore | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Moore

Some of them are probably just pricks. No getting past those guys, they just have to be shamed into silence by everyone else. I think a lot of the remainder, as I hinted earlier, don't realise what they've got. It's hard to see the glass ceiling if you're standing on top of it.

Why It Can't Be One Rule For Us, One Rule For Men

Poorna Bell | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Something happened on Saturday that made me feel like a shit feminist. Picture the scene: I was running late to visit a friend in Brighton and waddled to my car under the weight of tons of bags. As I put the key in the ignition, the car coughed, hacked up a lung and died.

Minister Says 'Cronyism' May Explain Why Men Get Bigger Bonuses Than Women

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK

It is "unacceptable" for women to find their male colleagues have been paid more in bonuses and the difference may be because of "cronyism", Nicky Mor...

Lost Libidos, Awkward Sex and Fertility Windows

Ella Mathews | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ella Mathews

Over the past couple of years, a combination of chronic pain, work-related stress, feeling miserable and all the associated medications have destroyed my libido. Obliterated it even, like sexual napalm.

I'm a Feminist and I Love Men

Janie Davies | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Janie Davies

As feminist content floods the media in the run-up to the Feminism in London conference this weekend, the backlash from offended men, and strangely so...

Why I Needed Consent Lessons

Sarah Redrup | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Redrup

As unions and universities, we have the perfect opportunity to grab the attention of young people moving into their new home. We can show them that it's okay to speak about consent and it's okay to speak about rape. We can be the ones to help survivors report and ask for help. We can be the ones to help destroy the shame that so often nips at their heels.

Should We Be Having Babies at 20? Lessons From the Past

Leah Astbury | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leah Astbury

Babies. The constant stream of news stories about when we're having them, why we're not and the technologies available that can help us obtain them, seems testament to how all consumed we are with the issue of fertility in 2015...

Sexist Remarks 'Should Be As Unacceptable As Racism Or Homophobia'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Sexist language among pupils should be as unacceptable as racist or homophobic abuse, while words such as sissy and cupcake may banned in the playgrou...

Time Warped: How 'Rocky Horror' Got It Right 40 Years Ago

Holly Whiting | Posted 18.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Whiting

Rocky Horror recognises and draws upon the issues of sexuality and gender that mocks society's attitudes towards these matters. Sadly for some reason it has taken 40 year for parts of society to even truly consider taking a page out of Rocky Horror's book, and begin to accept sexuality and gender fluidity.

Gender Equality - It Can't Yet Be Counted But It Most Certainly Counts

Aaron Benavot | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

This week, we launched the 2015 EFA GMR Gender Summary in time for International Day of the Girl Child. As we noted in a previous blog this week, it s...

Don't Be Gender Blind - Take a Moment to Understand Gender Gaps in Education

Kate Redman | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Kate Redman

It may surprise many that, in global terms, girls make up just 52% of out of primary school age children. At the secondary level there are actually fe...

Girls Continue to Draw the Short Straw

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

This week we launched the Gender Summary from the GMR 2015. It shows, yet again, the extent to which girls face the greatest challenges in accessing b...