UK Girls

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.

Bring on the Pink

Samantha Simmonds | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Parents
Samantha Simmonds

Before I became a parent I was a fully paid up member of the right on- politically correct brigade. If asked, I would have said I was determined to bring up my children free to embrace whatever interested them, be it maths and science experiments for a girl or fashion and cookery for boys. But it hasn't quite turned out that way.

International Women's Day: How Can We Create Gender Equality by 2030?

Shahida Rahman | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Shahida Rahman

Today we will celebrate International Women's Day. The theme this year sets us a challenge as well as a deadline. Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up Fo...

A Girl's Right to Education Includes Water and Sanitation

Barbara Frost | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

If we are to celebrate all that women have achieved, surely this basic right, essential for health and dignity, which has held so many women and girls back from their full potential cannot go ignored.

Calling It on Single Women Being Weeping, Cat-Loving Loners

Rachel King | Posted 06.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel King

As women who are not in relationships don't fit the paradigms of wife, mother, caregiver then we, as society, must mock them. Because thats what we do to people who don't fit in, we make them into a joke. Because thats the only way they can be understood.

Girlguiding Gives Every Girl the Opportunity for Adventure and Challenge

Caroline Daboo | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Caroline Daboo

I want all girls out there to join us, and make 2016 your year of adventure. Whether it's speaking out in class or trying an adventurous sport - big or small - it's time to ditch the fear and let nothing stand in your way!

Why the New 'Body-Diverse' Barbies Miss the Mark Entirely

Jamie Khoo | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Khoo

Last week, the world exploded with the news that Barbie is now available in a body diverse range. The world's most famous doll is now also available in versions that are curvier, tall, petite and of different skin tones - supposedly more realistic reflections of 'real women.'

Why Fashion Needs a Seat at the Table of Mainstream Education.

Francesco Loy Bell | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Francesco Loy Bell

This would inform people, spark an interest from a young age, and give a scope for creativity that is not currently present, without forcing people to solely study fashion. I am not putting other arts down, I am trying to bring fashion up to a similar position, and it is my belief that, with these changes in attitude and procedure, this is a very real possibility.

Mum's Epic Takedown Of Shop Assistant Who Bodyshamed Her Teenage Daughter

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Supermum may not be a Marvel comic character, but if there was, Megan Naramore Harris from Wichita, Kansas would certainly be a contender for the role...

'This Girl Can': Calling Women 'Girls' Is Infantilising

Tilda Gregg-Smith | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tilda Gregg-Smith

Last week the Edinburgh University Sports Union ran a campaign encouraging women to be active, celebrating female sporting and athletic achievement. The name of the campaign was 'This Edinburgh Girl Can'. Whilst the underlying sentiment is undeniably a positive one, the use of "girl" to describe young women is intensely problematic, and indicative of a wider infantilising and belittling of women in our society.

Celebrate Our World - Don't be Disillusioned

Mark Robins | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mark Robins

How did you celebrate International Men's Day on 19th November? Or Universal Children's Day on 20th November? You didn't know about them? Me neither. ...