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This National Hate Crime Awareness Week, let’s make gendered abuse a hate crime

“Hooked me around the neck really tightly”, “Following me slowly in his car”, “Rubbed his bits against my back”, “I felt trapped”, “Are you legal yet?”, “He told me I was ‘ugly anyway’”, “A man has decided I’m fair game to touch or follow”.This is just a small example of some of the hundreds of statements made by women from ...

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Why aren’t women represented at music festivals?

 Photo source: Wunmi Onibudo/NME Katherine Stewart at Just a Grrrl, a forum dedicated to bringing women in the music industry together, blogs about how women are faring at festivals. We associate a lot of ...

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The forgotten women of classical music

A four-minute musical challenge for you! No knowledge required – all you need is the burning desire to challenge lazy gender stereotypes.So – please listen to these seven extracts of ...

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What can feminism do to be more inclusive?

The last five years has seen a resurgence in feminism in British culture. And at the same time the internet has exploded and social media has given more people an ...

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The great quotas debate

Gender quotas are taking off.  From politics to the judiciary via company boards, all around the world, quotas are opening doors that were previously shut to women.  Yet they remain ...

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What do you call a feminist who doesn’t want to be called a feminist?

It sounds like the start of a bad joke: “What do you call a feminist who doesn’t want to be called a feminist?”We all knew that feminism had a bad ...

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Speeding up the pace of change – after 150 years

In 1866 Millicent Fawcett and her fellow petitioners set about persuading an all-male House of Commons to give women the vote.  Her allies included Henry Fawcett, her husband, and the ...

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Australia says ‘Not on Our Watch’ – lessons in preventing violence against women

Around the world, there is an increasing awareness of the scale of violence against women. But how do we tackle the problem at its roots, gender inequality? In Australia, Our ...

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Taking Fawcett forward

It’s the end of my first week as the new Chief Executive and I am already getting to grips with what Fawcett’s future agenda will be and how it could ...

Taking Fawcett forward
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Millicent Fawcett at the Royal Albert Hall

As the Archivist at the Royal Albert Hall, part of my job is to safeguard its records but also to make the history of this great building more accessible to members of ...

Millicent Fawcett at the Royal Albert Hall
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