05 October 2010
We are regularly told that men and women play different roles in society because of fundamental biological differences. It is often assumed, for instance, that women are less able to think logically because their brains are less structured for reasoning than men’s brains.
27 July 2010
It’s hard to believe that today, after years of struggle, women are still paid less than men.
01 June 2010
The murder of three women working as prostitutes in Bradford has shone a light on what is, for much of the establishment, an uncomfortable subject.
04 May 2010
Last week, forty years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, some 4,500 women workers won a case at an employment tribunal against Birmingham council.
03 April 2010
16 March 2010
Nearly 300 delegates from over 30 trade unions met at the annual TUC women’s conference last week.
23 February 2010
Politicians and sections of the media are panicking about the decline of marriage. If fewer people marry, they say, it will be harmful for their children. And they also go further and say that a decline in marriages will be bad for society as a whole.
16 February 2010
The results of a survey this week about rape led to much media comment—and baffled reactions about the attitudes it recorded among people in Britain.
09 February 2010
Around 100 people came to a dayschool on women’s liberation last weekend, organised by the Socialist Workers Party.
29 September 2009
After a particularly messy break up, a close friend phoned me to gleefully request I buy her the "All men are bastards" knife block, which she had discovered when typing the phrase into Google.
25 August 2009
What defines a woman? The way you look? The way you dress?
21 July 2009
24 March 2009
When London taxi driver John Worboys was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting his passengers, it emerged that many women had been reporting attacks for almost seven years, only to have their claims dismissed by the police as "no crime".
17 March 2009
The recession means that women can’t have equal pay with men. Astonishingly, that is what the government body charged with safeguarding equality believes.
17 March 2009
The recent revelation that a London taxi driver drugged, abused and raped tens of female passengers has rightly shocked many people.
03 March 2009
Women around the world will be celebrating the gains that they have fought for and won on International Women’s Day this Sunday 8 March.
03 February 2009
The Good Childhood Inquiry report commissioned by the Children’s Society tries to explain why children in Britain are the unhappiest in the developed world.
15 December 2008
Recent changes in the licensing laws for lap dancing clubs should be welcomed, albeit cautiously. The clubs have been reclassified as "sex encounter establishments" and can no longer pretend to be simply a cafe or a restaurant.
09 December 2008
Around 90 delegates attended the annual general meeting of Abortion Rights in London on Saturday of last week.
28 October 2008
Women in Britain had a chance to win improved abortion rights for the first time in 18 years last week. But the plans were disgracefully scuppered by a diktat from New Labour that blocked MPs from even debating the measures.