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Women, Go To Your Room!

Posted on March 17th, 2013 by - 1 comment

Do you get fed up with constantly hearing that the media can’t find enough women to talk with authority? Yeah, me too! Sometimes listening to the news or watching current affairs programmes it feels like equalities legislation has never happened at all, that we’re trapped in a perpetual fifties Britain! Most of us just rant on (or blog) about it or tweet vociferously. However, two amazing women have gone a step further and are helping out the media researchers who

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In Praise of Older Women (& the BBC!)

Posted on April 25th, 2012 by - 2 comments

I know! If you’ve followed my blog for some time you’re probably as surprised as me to see that headline (see A Feminist Paradox, for example); it’s not one I ever thought I’d write but credit where credit’s due. The BBC are showing two excellent programmes at the moment which feature bright, academic, un-airbrushed middle aged women! That is worthy of comment. And you know they’re doing something right when the boring misogynists come out of the cupboard and start having a

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Do Women Need Role Models?

Posted on January 2nd, 2012 by - 0 comments

There was a lot of debate just before Christmas about the lack of any women on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (Read this from the Guardian by Jeanette Kwakye, a British Sprinter). Does it matter or is it just a case of women whining about nothing much? I think it does matter and it matters a lot. It particularly matters to young women of any ethnicity if they never see anyone in the public eye of their gender or

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