Bank of England to Remove Elizabeth Fry from £5 Notes

The Bank of England recently announced its intention to replace Elizabeth Fry with Sir Winston Churchill on the five pound note and – somewhat predictably, I’d say – this has caused controversy, given that Fry is currently the only female figure to feature on any denomination of British bank note. The Women’s Room has been petitioning the Bank of England to change its mind about replacing Fry and has launched a fundraising campaign in order to mount a legal... Read More

Royal Baby ‘Must be a Boy’

The Guardian this week features an interesting opinion piece about the impending birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child. Whilst the media to some degree seems to have featured stories about nothing else for the past eight and a half months (and shows no sign of letting up as yet), this piece is slightly different, in that it shares a strong opinion that the royal baby must be male, that the birth of a girl would be almost tragic. Writing in the Comment... Read More

Serena Williams Describes Rape Victim as ‘Lucky’

An article from new writer Ashleigh-Rose Harman. Last week – right ahead of the start of Wimbledon – tennis star Serena Williams staked her place on the victim-blaming spectrum, coming under fire for making critical comments regarding the victim of the heavily publicized Steubenville rape case. During an interview for Rolling Stone magazine, Williams was asked her opinion on whether the sentence received by the two young men involved in the Steubenville case was fair.... Read More

Girlguiding UK Drop God from Promise

So, girls joining Brownies and Guides in the UK will from September no longer have to pledge their devotion to God. The move comes after a consultation found that Girlguiding UK required a new promise to more explicitly include girls of non-Christian faiths or those who are non-religious. The current Girlguiding UK promise sees girls vow to ‘love my God, to serve my Queen and my country’, whereas the new promise – which will be adopted across the organisation... Read More

The ‘Everyday Sexism’ Project

Regular Twitter users – or in fact anyone who reads a newspaper – will have likely come across the Everyday Sexism project. The project is dedicated to enabling anyone who has experienced sexism to talk about it in an open forum, and to raise awareness of just how rife sexism is in today’s society. The project is a way for people to draw attention to mistreatment, and to take a step towards equality. For some reason, it seems to me that it always needs to be... Read More

1 in 5 Women Childless by Age 45

One in five women is childless by the time they reach their mid-forties, according to new figures showing that fertility rates have fallen to a 44-year low. At the same time, the number of women having children over the age of 40 has almost doubled in the last decade, as women delay motherhood for longer periods of time. Analysts have said the the new figures suggest that more women are delaying starting a family because they are focused on their careers and because they take... Read More

100 Deeds: Rediscovering Feminism Today

This is great. This summer, the People’s History Museum in Manchester is commemorating the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison by joining the 100 Deeds project, inviting members of the public to do – and share – a deed that illustrates what modern feminism means to them. 100 years ago, on the 4th June 1913, Emily Wilding Davison stepped in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby, protesting women’s right to vote. Her deed caused her... Read More