Laura Bates

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We, Carthusians were fortunate enough to have Laura Bates come to speak to us about ‘Everyday Sexism’ in late OQ, narrating some of her prompting personal experiences and answering some of the Carthusians’ doubt around the idea of ‘Gender Equality’

A common thought is that women are already being treated equally in the UK. However, gender inequality is still a critical problem in society. For example, there are more men called John leading FTSE 100 companies than women, and only 191 women MPs ere elected at the 2015 General Election, which is 29% of all MPs. This shows how female representation in leadership roles is lacking.

However, this absence of women in leadership is not because of a lack of ability or education, as in fact 9.4% more girls achieve 5 or more GCSEs at grade A* to C or equivalent than boys. Male and females can be equally intelligent, while females are still being casually undermined in the modern society.

I, as an overseas student, have the opportunity to have studied in three different countries – Hong Kong (China), Australia and England. I have spoken to many females about their experience of gender inequality and it appears that the most believe more should be done on the issue and they are still constantly under the pressure of fitting into female stereotypes. I also discovered that a lot of males are threatened by the idea of ‘feminism’ because they think ‘Feminism’ is about women taking over the world, when it simple means ‘The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of the equality of the sexes’ as defined by the Oxford Dictionary.

There is still a lot of misunderstanding around the idea of ‘Feminism’. More women like Laura Bates should stand up to propagandise  ‘Gender Equality’. However, crucially, men should stand up to support the idea, so that more women can pursue their true dreams and live in the way they would like to in the future.

Vanessa Lock (P, 1YS)

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