One day I will write a fun book about gynaecological cancers and looking after our vaginas. Until then, here is a short list of ten things that I think every woman (and man) should know. The icing and decoration is fun, but the cake mixture is serious.
Abortion is not simply an abstract issue, or a parlour game. Politicians have the right to follow a religious faith, and indeed to believe that abortion is sinful (the two are certainly not synonymous). But when they allow those beliefs to determine their vote on the matter, that tells us something about the extent to which they trust women to make their own decisions about their own lives. Politicians refusing to stand up and be counted on reproductive choice means that women cannot live their lives in accordance with their own conscience. The question becomes: whose conscience matters most?
I am sharing this now because I do not want to see the young people I meet, work with or supervise go through the same things. I want people not just to promote strong women as publicity figures, but consider the workplace culture for all women and men who feel uncomfortable or are unnecessarily held back. And people shouldn't have to feel scared to speak out, for fear that it would be considered against them in future professional endeavours.
We need to do something about it and we need to do something about it today. In no single person's moral universe, whether guided by religion or any other cultural value, should the violation and degradation of another's physical body or integrity be allowed.
You want to give birth in the corner of your bedroom in complete darkness whilst munching on rich tea biscuits? Do it. You want to book in to the Portland and receive a tummy tuck immediately after your planned cesarean? Have a fabulous time. These are empowering decisions that every woman should be able to make, and if it makes them feel powerful and in control and makes them feel like a warrior, well that's bloody amazing!
At my mammogram they tried to check my lymph nodes but they did not play out, so they checked them whilst I was having my op. So op day. Six hours in surgery and I wake up looking like a mummy, thought nothing of it, woohoo no cancer and new boobs!
This is a time when we are driving more spending and decision making down to local level. Yet the evidence we have uncovered reveals an outdated culture which is holding local government back. It is ripe for change. In the summer our commission's final report will make recommendations to the political parties, councils, and central government so that we can begin to change the face of local politics.
For us to progress, we must move past the realm of simply reporting and observing. Even though examining the difference between male and female salaries is an excellent place to start, we must begin to broaden our understanding and endeavour to undertake contextual analyses of women in the working world so we can combat the roots of gender inequality, rather than the symptoms that come to fruition as a result of them.
Most people cannot comprehend the magnitude of telling someone to remove a religious article of clothing. The burka is not just a piece of cloth. It is a part of an identity. Worn with the understanding of the creed and for the love of religion. There is a spiritual and emotional connection. By having a ban implemented, it will create further barriers preventing the interaction between the wider social group and stigmatising the minority.
New laws that force employers to reveal the gender pay gap in their workforce are a welcome change that will do more to reduce inequality in wages bet...
Princes William and Harry's work in highlighting how men can struggle with mental health problems is hugely welcome and will no doubt play an important role in raising awareness and helping to tackle stigma.
It is a sad truth that one in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. One of the things that gives us hope when we think about this is the established fact that the earlier the diagnosis, the better the chance of beating it.
Until these dinosaurs either die out or have diversity training I fear the legal and other professions still have a long way to go on gender. The gender pay gap is not the reason women are under-represented at senior levels. The real reason? Discrimination and sexism.
We live in an age of alternative facts. And so this article will begin with the premise that there are knowable truths, separate from our personal p...
For the first time in decades, the performance and policies of a woman will be the focus of a General Election. It is more than a decade since Theresa May helped set up Women 2 Win - an organisation to help women get into politics. She will set the tone for a very different campaign from those of recent years.
Although my situation (not being able to move and do things for myself), I still have people around me to do it all for me. I do not have to rely on the compassion of others to survive. Not everyone is so lucky.