UK Girls

Spicing Up My Cancerversary

Sophie Belcher | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Belcher

It's 1996. I'm five years old and about to go through what will turn out to be one of the single most traumatic experiences of my life - having my chest drain removed just a few days after major surgery to remove part of the cancerous tumour that has taken up residence in the left side of my chest.

Things I Wish I'd Known As A Young Woman Starting Out In The Music Business

Lara Baker | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

There were countless times in my first few years in music when I felt something we were doing should be done differently, that something wouldn't work, when I had an alternative view or idea. But I assumed other people knew better.

If Your Child's Role Model Is Kim Kardashian, So What!

Sarah Newton | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

Holding one woman up better than another does no good at all and often these kinds of things are done in the guise of feminism. Feminism means not bashing one women because she choose something you did not, feminism means not making someone wrong because you don't agree with her methods.

Calling All Girls, You Are Extraordinary!

The Mac Twins | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

I could create a multitude of Brownie badges for encouragement, write lines upon lines to raise awareness and shout from every rooftop about this report. But I need to hand the microphone over, turn the spotlight round and let this remarkable young woman's words fill you up.

This International Day Of The Girl, Let's Look Past Statistics

Tanya Barron | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Tanya Barron

Often we speak of 'children' with no one child in mind. Statistics reduce them to no more than data to be used in policymaking, academic discussion or press statements. But, of course, every child has a unique experience, and while 'big data' is important for understanding trends and patterns, we mustn't forget the need to take the time to understand children's lives in more depth.

Give Girls A Voice And Let Them Change Their World

Anita Tiessen | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Anita Tiessen

In 1909, a group of young women marched on a rally in Crystal Palace, London, calling to be part of the newly formed Scout movement. These girls were bold; their actions transformative. Anything boys could do, girls could do too - and these girls believed they could do anything.

A 17-Year-Old Girl Is Running The UN Today

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK

More than 250 girls around the world are taking over the jobs of presidents, mayors, head teachers and business leaders in a 24-hour stunt to call for...

Girls Have Mountain To Climb To Achieve Same Opportunities As Boys

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Supporting this future generation of leaders, and ensuring that their voices are heard - in communities, in national capitals, and on the world stage - will be critical to the goal of ending child marriage, and transforming the lives of millions of children.

Stop Judging Us On How We Look

Emma Brodey | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Brodey

At 8 years old, I remember feeling frightened to change into my P.E. shorts for school sport because I didn't want people to see how thick my thighs were. Apparently I was not alone. Almost one in six girls aged 7 to 10 reported being embarrassed or ashamed of their appearances.

What We Follow On Social Media May Be Holding Women Back

Edwina Dunn | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Tech
Edwina Dunn

But in a world where we constantly ask why it is that women don't 'reach higher' in their careers and with their ambitions, it may be worth thinking about more examples of what successful women look like - what they do. It would be uplifting to see more women say 'if she has done that, maybe I can too.'

Leave My Hometown Alone! Middlesbrough Is Not The Worst Place To Grow Up A Girl

Jade Smith | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Smith

Calling us the worst doesn't help us. Telling girls in our area you are more likely to fall pregnant, be poor and fail in school doesn't help us. I know plenty of girls from Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas who are at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and plenty of other russell group universities. I also know girls who are doing amazing well on apprenticeships in a wide variety of fields inside our amazing local industries and businesses.

Is the UK Failing Its Girls?

Tanya Barron | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Tanya Barron

Girls' lives in the UK are full of barriers, and until we remove them, these amazing women will remain the exception that proves the longstanding rule. The UK is failing girls. Every day, they face harassment in schools. They don't feel safe online. And they're scared walking home on the street.

Kids Using Social Media 'More Likely To Be Unhappy With Appearance'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents

Children who frequently use social media are more unhappy with their appearance, a study has found. Almost half (48%) of those who spent more than thr...

A Quarter Of A Million Girls In Britain Are Unhappy

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

More than a quarter of a million girls in Britain are unhappy with their lives, according to the latest Good Childhood Report. The Children’s Societ...

Teenagers More Likely To Experience Depression Or Anxiety If Their Parents Went To University

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK

The number of teenage girls suffering from depression or anxiety has soared in the last 10 years - and children whose parents went to university are m...

The Girl Movement

Deirdre Collins | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Deirdre Collins

The female of the species has a bad rep when it comes to how we treat each other, but a movement where girls have secret groups online and organise meet ups is changing that perception.

Girlcon: Take Up Space and Make it Grow

Kara Stanton | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kara Stanton

This year our panels include discussions on feminist masculinities, combining crafting and activism, and living with mental illness. We're hosting workshops on writing poetry, getting started on YouTube, and deconstructing classism, as well as meet-ups for people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and people who identify as asexual and aromantic.

Why Organisations Need to Join Forces to Bridge the Skills Gap in the Engineering Sector

Naomi Climer | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Naomi Climer

It's National Women in Engineering Day, a day dedicated to engineers joining forces and raising the profile of women in engineering. It's also a crucial time to inspire the engineers of the future, especially girls, to think about engineering as a modern, creative and exciting career choice.

Girls 'Wear Shorts Under Skirts' To Avoid Harassment At School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Parents

Schoolgirls are choosing to wear shorts under their skirts to avoid sexual harassment, a discussion in parliament has revealed. The Women and Equalit...

This Woman's Genius Invention Could Change The Future Of Periods

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Liita Iyaloo Cairney is on a mission to change the face of periods, forever. Cairney, 32, from Edinburgh has created a reusable menstrual device which...

More Than Just Punctuation Marks: Why Periods Really Matter

Caitlin Gruer | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caitlin Gruer

In low income countries, many women and girls don't have access to affordable and hygienic feminine products; instead they are forced to use improvised materials like rags or leaves, which are not only uncomfortable but can also lead to infection or embarrassing leaks.

Are Eating Disorders Really Contagious?

Olivia Petter | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Petter

Cough, splutter, sniff, nose wipe, BOOM...eating disorder? Surely not. While the general consensus has always been that anorexia and bullemia are a little more complex than the common cold, recent studies suggest new parallels which indicate that, like your snotty nose, eating disorders might be somewhat contagious...could this be true?

Private School Accused Of Dress Code Sexism

SWNS | Poorna Bell | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Parents

Two private schools have been accused of sexism after boys have been told to wear pinstriped business suits - while girls have to dress "like secretar...

Why We Need to Work With Women to Prevent Violent Extremism

Baroness Anelay | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Anelay

To defeat extremism, we need women and girls to be empowered. And for women and girls to be empowered, we need to defeat extremism.

What I Learned By Writing a Book About Body Image

Sarah Newton | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

When we think about body image we tend to think two things; firstly the media and celebrities, who are the ones to blame and secondly, that the way out is by educating our young girls.