International Women’s Day

Remembering the Matchgirls’ strike

Lyn Brown MP  |  8 March 2017

All children should learn about the hidden story of the Matchgirls’ strike, argues Lyn Brown MP The received wisdom is that the heroic London dockers of 1889 led the way towards social justice, greater equality and spurred the foundation of the Labour movement. In fact it was London’s working class women, a year earlier, who were the vital …

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Should men stand aside?

Christabel Cooper  |  14 April 2016

It is 37 years since Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister. This is literally a lifetime ago for around half the United Kingdom population, so it is depressing that Alison McGovern opened the seminar following the International Women’s Day edition of Progress magazine, with the assertion that little has changed in politics. A …

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Averagely amazing

Jess Phillips MP  |  8 March 2016

Does International Women’s Day still matter? —Of course International Women’s Day still matters. Get ready for the usual shtick … we get paid less, raped more, and we are still left doing most of the caring, cooking and cleaning. Our bodies are still objects for comment, contact and creepiness. We are slagged off for complaining and …

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IWD: Scrapping the HRA is another coalition attack on women

Ailar Hashemzadeh  |  8 March 2015

Today International Women’s Day, a day in which we celebrate inspirational women and reflect on the inequalities women still face at home and abroad. At home a vital protection for women, the Human Rights Act, is under threat. The Conservatives have claimed that they will scrap the act and potentially pull out of the European …

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Groundhog Day all over again?

Claire Reynolds  |  7 March 2014

What I always find striking about International Women’s Day is the breadth of public engagement in what is an intrinsically political cause. IWD is embraced by regular workplaces, community groups, sports teams and faith organisations alike. In the past few years I have variously celebrated IWD at a primary school culture rally, a town hall …

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A mayor of London that leads for women

Rachael Saunders  |  7 March 2014

With Tessa Jowell considering standing for mayor of London and others throwing their hats in the ring, the very male-dominated mayoral model might be about to be shaken up. This matters, not just because representation is important – Ros Jones in Doncaster and Norma Redfearn are the only women executive mayor Labour has had, elected …

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Name the problem

Estelle Hart  |  7 March 2014

My to-read pile has always contained large reports on it, with line after line of increasingly dismal statistics, often peppered with heartbreaking testimonies from women survivors and more often than not stories of violence where the women involved are not alive to tell them. The pan-European report about the extent of violence against women in …

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Save Syria’s children

Andrea Vukovic  |  7 March 2014

Next week, 15 March will mark three years since the start of the Syrian conflict. To the children of Syria, this day will mark three years of war, suffering and loss. To the international community, this day will act as a grim reminder of the collective failure to end the appalling suffering. This year Save …

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The struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan

Fiona O'Donnell MP  |  7 March 2014

Saturday 8 March 2014 marks International Women’s Day and women, and some men, will want to mark it in some way. In Westminster MPs took part in debates highlighting the different conditions that women live and work under in different parts of the globe: a debate in Westminster Hall focused on women in business while …

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The political polling gender gap

Zoe Tyndall  |  7 March 2014

There is a familiar narrative about the difference between men and women’s political preferences. The story goes that men and women want different things – that men like strong, tough leaders, whereas women are put off by the aggression of prime minister’s questions, and prefer their politicians friendly and personable. Men worry about the economy …

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