Rachael Stark

Most of you will know that I'm a pretty outspoken believer in gender equality. As a society we have come a long way. Unlike my great or great-great grandmothers, I was able to go to university easily, build myself a career, plan a future that involves raising a family AND achieving my career ambitions.

Even so, we have still so far to go. Women's rights, in some instances, are still considered lesser issues. I want a world where harassment isn't considered just an acceptable part of life, a world where a rapist's swimming career is not given more consideration than the woman he violated, a world where people can disagree with a female politician without sending misogynistic abuse and rape threats and a world where women don't have to be told by male politicians what they are allowed to do with their own bodies.

The Fawcett Society, named in honour of Millicent Fawcett, is working towards this world. The society campaigns to:

Close the gender pay gap. At current rates of progress, it will take 62 years to close it.

Secure equal power. Just 30% of MPs and 33% of councillors are women.

Challenge attitudes and change minds. 20% of men aged 25-34 say women’s equality has ‘gone too far’.

Defend women’s rights post-Brexit. There must be no turning the clock back.

If you can spare any pennies to sponsor me, I would be enormously grateful!

Rachael Stark