We are now, more so than ever, discussing the alarming effects of rape culture and the contribution that we as a society play in perpetuating this dangerous concept. However, it’s become apparent that there is still a misunderstanding on what rape culture is.
It’s no secret that the government and it’s patriarchal law makers don’t value women’s lives as highly as they value mens lives, but what we aren’t discussing loud and frequently enough is the lack of worth that’s placed in back lives, particularly black women. Black women face far more societal pressures and social, economic and medical issues than women of any other race. This all became profound once again, when I logged online one morning to read the stomach churning article: Alabama woman loses unborn child after being shot, gets arrested; shooter goes free.
Last week, I got to attend a great women’s leadership conference, in which I got to meet Helen Pankhurst- great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, a noteworthy member of the British Suffragette movement. What I didn’t expect, was to disagree with her on the idea of what a feminist looks like.
Many people do not realise that the term ‘feminism’ is broad- beneath the fighting for equal pay and paid maternity leave, there’s a much darker corner to female oppression that isn’t as frequently addressed. The reason why? It’s because these issues effect the minority groups of women. The women of colour, the women from lower incomes, the women with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ women who aren’t often given the platform to discuss their oppression.
It’s sad to say that many people, including women, don’t believe in feminism or call themselves feminists. However, if you were to explain to these people the principles and ideas behind the movement, many amongst this group would agree that they too hold the same beliefs- they just don’t want to be included under the …
Every year during the autumnal month of November, the buzz of the upcoming Victoria’s Secret fashion show takes over every single social media platform and tabloid news outlet. The distinguished fashion show that was once a magical display of luxury lingerie and the worlds most elite supermodels, has now become a weird music festival, with …
A popular word that is often used to describe feminists today is the word angry, but why is this a bad thing? Are we not allowed to be angry over the systematic oppression of women? Are we not allowed to be angry over the gender inequalities that we face every day?
It was during my first week at business school, that I got a real taste of what my future would be like in the workplace. I’d determined that gender inequality in the workplace starts in the classroom.