‘Yes we did, yes we can’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  6 March 2017

Women are doing it for each other. Harriet Harman and Jess Phillips tell Richard Angell and Conor Pope about bringing through a next generation of women   You are Deliciously Ella and I am like Delia’, Harriet Harman says to Jess Phillips as they sit down in the former deputy Labour leader’s parliamentary office. She is right …

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Everywoman: A review

Bex Bailey  |  1 March 2017

Bex Bailey finds encouragement from Jess Phillips’ feminist volume ‘You will never be popular’, starts Jess Phillips – words spoken to her by Harriet Harman when she first began speaking out for women in parliament. Women who speak out tend to receive a barrage of abuse – especially, ironically, when they are talking about the abuses …

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Job centres are failing young women

Miriam Mirwitch  |  15 November 2016

A report published today by Young Women’s Trust has found that job centres are failing to help women into work. Just 19 per cent of young women who visited a job centre in the past year reported that it helped them to find a job. Young women are more likely to be out of employment, …

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Use it or lose it?

Bex Bailey  |  24 August 2016

The Institute for Fiscal Studies yesterday published a report showing that the 18 per cent gender pay gap steadily worsens once women have children. Alongside better quality part-time jobs, affordable childcare, a living wage and equal pay audits, greater uptake of shared parental leave from fathers would go a long way to closing the gap. …

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Tackling the growing workplace sexual harassment crisis

Charlotte Nichols  |  10 August 2016

The TUC today released a report – ‘Still just a bit of banter?’ – about sexual harassment in the workplace, showing that more than half of all women have experienced sexual harassment at work. Alarmingly, for respondents aged 18-24, this rose to around two-thirds showing that rather than dying out with the younger generation, the issue is actually …

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Women to govern

Margaret Hodge MP  |  21 July 2016

We need more women leaders —The Fawcett Society, together with the Local Government Information Unit, has launched a commission to look at the role of women in local government. We want to examine women’s participation in local government as councillors, leaders and senior executives. The government’s commitment to devolution makes women’s representation in local government ever more vital. …

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Start with women and girls

Claire Leigh  |  12 July 2016

When the United Nations General Assembly agreed the Sustainable Development Goals last September, it replaced a famously ambitious agenda – the Millennium Development Goals – with an agenda so far-reaching that critics immediately set about dismissing it as the stuff of fairytales. The 17 ‘Global Goals’, as they are better known, set out stretching development …

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Back to the 1950s

Harriet Harman MP  |  13 June 2016

The facts are clear: women would lose out if we quit the European Union, warns Harriet Harman The polling – if it can be believed – shows voting intentions on whether to remain in or leave the European Union on a knife edge. And certainly we all meet many of the hundreds of thousands of people …

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Riots should not define Oldham

Jean Stretton  |  23 May 2016

It is 15 years this week since Oldham was plunged into dark riotous scenes that none os will ever forget. It is an unhappy anniversary and yet it has remained constantly at the forefront of our minds since then in everything we are doing to improve the prospects of our people, business and places. Today the …

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Has Labour stalled on women?

Bex Bailey  |  20 May 2016

Labour is the party of equality. That is why I joined, and I am proud of what Labour achieved in government to make our society more equal. But we cannot neglect our own backyard. Labour did lots for women’s equality in government but women in the party are still held back, often facing sexism and …

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