100 years on and still no equality

100 years ago this month, leading suffragette Emily Wilding Davis ran out in front of the King’s Horse, at the Epsom Derby as a protest at women’s lack of the vote in the UK. She died 4 days later. And while things have moved on for women – fortunately they got the...

Give girls better role models

Last month the Girl Guide Association published a follow-up to its 2011 study: Girls Attitude Survey. More than half of the 11 to 21-year olds who responded think there aren’t enough female role models. You may think this is an outdated organisation, but surprisingly...

Is a pay-gap audit the only way forward?

Despite equal-pay legislation being in place for 40 years, the UK gender pay gap remains one of the highest in the EU. On average women in the UK earn about 15% less than men. And in London the pay gap is higher at 23%. Lots of things contribute to it such as...

Zombie epidemic?

There was a bit of an uproar today about the use of tranquilisers by women. World Drug Report 2012, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on Tuesday. The headlines read, ‘Stressed out women are turning to prescription drugs’. “Zombie epidemic’. ...
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