How to Belittle Powerful Women

Posted on March 28th, 2017 by

It may be a “lighthearted” piece but it’s on the front page and visible to every schoolchild buying sweets in their local newsagent this morning…

Another news item this morning featured comments from a judge justifying why he gave a suspended sentence to a man who beat his wife. In brief, the woman was ‘not vulnerable’ as she was well educated and had friends.

Mustafa Bashir, 34, was spared prison despite forcing his wife to drink bleach, throttling her in public, and striking her with his cricket bat.

He admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was given an 18-month prison term, suspended for two years.

Judge Richard Mansell QC ordered Bashir to attend a workshop entitled “building better relationships”, pay £1,000 costs and banned him from contacting Karim.

Mansell said in his sentencing remarks that he did not believe Fakhara Karim, 33, was vulnerable as she was “an intelligent woman with a network of friends” and a college degree. (From The Guardian Newspaper).

There is still a long way to go.

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Women in the News – Vera Lynn

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by

Dame Vera Lynn turned 100 years old this week so of course, I just had to include her in the blog. She is an icon and is about to top the UK album, charts! Sing away, darlings, to her dulcet tones.

Female Power, the stories, by the excellent Mary Beard

Posted on March 21st, 2017 by

We love Mary Beard at Changing People and here she is in full flow at London Review of Books, on the language and metaphors used to describe women in power. Very entertaining, and still shocking. Grab a cuppa and settle down to listen.

Women in the News – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by

Meet award winning journalist, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, winner of Columnist of the Year, PressAwards. 2017. She is a champion of equality an women’s rights and not afraid to go where angels fear to tread.

Are You an ‘Uppity’ Woman?

Posted on March 14th, 2017 by

Uppity woman are everywhere. You may be an uppity woman yourself. I certainly hope so. The world needs many more uppity woman. Shout out loud and strong about the achievements of women. #LoveUppityWoman Uppity women your country needs YOU!

International Women’s Day – Meet some amazing women

Posted on March 8th, 2017 by

On International Women’s Day 2017 we’re stopping by to meet three very inspirational women: Bella Vuillermoz of Sky UK, Anita Anand, BBC journalist and author, and Kat Heathcote, successful business woman. You cannot help but be inspired!

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