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 Breaking out of isolation: feminism and creativity

Being creative doesn't have to mean being alone - Jen Steiner argues for increasing the visibility of creative feminists and developing feminist friendly spaces for creative work

Jen Steiner // 4 August 2013

Categories: Activism, Features, Feminism, Work and Play

 Do women dream of electric sheep? Delia Derbyshire and the women of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Delia Derbyshire has enjoyed a resurgence of recognition in the past decade and has taken her well-deserved place as one of the founders of modern electronic music. But she was hardly the only woman to work at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop. Michelle Drury takes us on a journey through the history of the Workshop and pays tribute to the women who passed through the Maida Vale studios

Michelle Drury // 28 October 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Herstory, Music, Stereotypes, Television, Work and Play, radio

 Taking advantage of mum?

Rebecca is a student who has moved back with her mum - just what David Cameron has urged young people to do, rather than relying on housing benefit. But, she asks, is this the best plan for either of them?

Rebecca // 4 September 2012

Categories: Class, Education, Family, Politics and Current Affairs, Work and Play

 Feminism: still excluding working class women?

Working class women talk to Pavan Amara about feeling excluded and patronised by a classist feminist movement where middle class voices are still dominating the debate

Pavan Amara // 7 March 2012

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Education, Family, Feminism, Language, Work and Play

 Women and the UK music press

Music is a universal language. But don't tell the UK music press, which is marketing itself to a definitively male readership. Cazz Blase takes a look at the marketing materials put out by the big music magazines

Cazz Blase // 12 February 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Work and Play

 No access to the women's room

Going clothes shopping as a disabled woman is a nightmare, says D H Kelly

D H Kelly // 30 January 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes, Work and Play

 She gives me fever

Porn is not for everyone: but it can be for feminists, Mia Engberg tells Sophie Mayer, as her programme of shorts screens in London

Sophie Mayer // 13 January 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Features, Interviews, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

 A man's world? Darryn De La Soul on being a sound engineer

Ruth Rosselson interviews Darryn De La Soul, whose achievements include mixing the sound at the 50th anniversary of the Jodrell Bank observatory, work with Faster than Sound and teaching the live sound diploma for Alchemea

Ruth Rosselson // 9 November 2011

Categories: Features, Interviews, Work and Play

 The politics of office dress

Melanie Davis usually wears grey trousers suits to work. Switching to a smart, clingy dress prompted a disconcerting change in her colleagues

Melanie Davis // 11 October 2011

Categories: Fashion and Image, Work and Play

 Young women: unemployed and on the shelf?

As the economy fails to bounce back, young women are struggling to enter the workplace. Joanne Fradley calls for women in the workplace to reach out and help

Joanne Fradley // 28 September 2011

Categories: Work and Play

 Women's football: a kick in the teeth?

The Women's World Cup is well underway, but the game is languishing for lack of support, argues Joanne Fradley

Joanne Fradley // 6 July 2011

Categories: Culture and Media, Work and Play

 That's not my name

Changing name is a hassle. But what is rarely acknowledged is just how much the current systems place a burden on cis women and trans people that is not shared by cis men. Jane Fae reports

Jane Fae // 10 April 2011

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Work and Play

 Why feminists should join the fightback against higher education cuts and fees

Critical skills taught on university humanities courses challenge the world view of students and make them a breeding ground for resistance to the status quo, argues Nola Kay

Nola Kay // 1 April 2011

Categories: Activism, Education, Work and Play

 Equal pay and the fight for equality in the workplace

Why don't more women pursue their legal right to equal pay? Michelle Gordon explains

Michelle Gordon // 9 March 2011

Categories: Work and Play

 A room of her own

Bidisha runs writers' retreats. She reports that the women who attend struggle to carve out the time and psychological space for their work

Bidisha // 25 February 2011

Categories: Work and Play

 Breaking the silence around miscarriage

Miscarriage is bad enough, without worrying about losing your job, says Emelyn Thomas

Emelyn Thomas // 16 February 2011

Categories: Body and Health, Work and Play

 A woman engineer

Hayley Martin talks about the sexism she encountered on her path to become an engineer

Hayley Martin // 11 July 2010

Categories: Work and Play

Back to burlesque

Has the shine come off burlesque as it mainstreamed? Chloë Emmott revisits her views

Chloe Emmott // 22 May 2010

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Work and Play

 In conversation with Senzeni Marasela

Last year Senzeni Marasela created an art installation called Jonga: the Museum of Women, Dolls & Memories, in a shop-front in Huntly, Scotland. Here Marasela talks to Claudia Zeiske about Barbie and the ways that beauty standards and pressures impose differently on women of colour and white women

Various Authors // 17 March 2010

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Interviews, Racism, Work and Play

 Bring the herstory of riot grrrl back into the present

What has happened to the legacy of riot grrrl? asks Heather McIntosh

Heather McIntosh // 3 February 2010

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Feminism, Herstory, Work and Play

 The professional masquerade

Women working in corporate finance are expected to adhere to sexist and objectifying dress codes, says Amica Lane

Amica Lane // 24 January 2010

Categories: Work and Play

 In our satin tights, fighting for our rights! But are women really natural campaigners?

Stereotypes about women drawn to campaigning because they are natural nurturers do more harm than good, argues Mhairi Guild

Mhairi Guild // 14 January 2010

Categories: Activism, Feminism, Politics and Current Affairs, Stereotypes, Work and Play

Piggy banks and budget cuts

Cuts have become politically popular again, but the new thrift is targeted at the most not least vulnerable, says Clare Gould

Clare Gould // 16 December 2009

Categories: Family, Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

 Girls in the lead

Girlguides can offer girls a respite from pressure of gendered expectations. Clare Burgess offers her perspective as a late-joiner

Clare Burgess // 7 December 2009

Categories: Culture and Media, Family, Work and Play

 Bright Star and women in film

Producer Jan Chapman spoke to Jess McCabe by phone from Sydney about women in the film industry - and her latest movie Bright Star

Jess McCabe // 16 November 2009

Categories: Culture and Media, Work and Play

The woman engineer: are we really that incompetent?

What is really holding back women in engineering, and stopping girls from aspiring to careers in applied sciences? Wisrutta Atthakor investigates

Wisrutta Atthakor // 20 July 2009

Categories: Education, Stereotypes, Work and Play

 Some body to love

Forget which body-shape is 'fashionable' - women are more than just their bodies, argues Lara Williams

Lara Williams // 7 June 2009

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Work and Play

 IT's a man's world?

What drove 37,000 women in the UK to abandon careers in IT between 2001 and 2007? Sue Schofield investigates

Sue Schofield // 20 January 2009

Categories: Work and Play

 Challenging sex object culture: definitely needed, definitely lively and definitely a key issue for 2009!

A recent feature in The Times labelled protests against the Miss University London beauty pagaents "old fashioned". But, argues Sandrine Levêque, if anything campaigns against the objectification of women and girls are more relevant today than ever

Sandrine Levêque // 4 January 2009

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Feminism, Racism, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes, Violence, Work and Play

Time to end parental leave discrimination

Jennifer Gray argues that parental leave laws must become more flexible

Jennifer Gray // 8 December 2008

Categories: Family, Stereotypes, Work and Play

Why feminists shouldn't have to keep mum

A feminist challenge to sexism within the current cult of motherhood is needed, argues Victoria Dutchman-Smith

Victoria Dutchman-Smith // 4 December 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Family, Feminism, Work and Play

Beyond boob jobs – how might the credit crunch affect women?

Carolyn Roberts digs beyond headlines about the impact of the credit crunch on makeup sales and cosmetic surgery, to consider how the financial crisis may affect women in the UK

Carolyn Roberts // 4 November 2008

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Work and Play

 Women in physics

Frances Downey reports back on an international conference aimed at driving up the number of female physicists

Frances Downey // 2 November 2008

Categories: Work and Play

Whose feminism is it?

Is feminism reaching women of colour? How about women who didn't go to university, teenage mums, or women who do not have access to the internet? Annika Spalding calls for change

Annika Spalding // 22 September 2008

Categories: Activism, Family, Feminism, Racism, Work and Play

Sisters! Some of us are mothers, too!

Mothers' issues are feminist issues, argues Ruth Moss

Ruth Moss // 19 August 2008

Categories: Family, Feminism, Stereotypes, Work and Play

What Not To Wear say to your co-worker

How would you feel if you found out the people around you chat about putting you forward for How to Look Good Naked? Kelly Draper knows all too well

Kelly Draper // 12 August 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Work and Play

Mama's mop and Bachelor's soup

Although women shoulder most of the housework burden, men also vacuum, wash up and do the laundry. Kristine Bergström wonders why TV advertising persists in pretending otherwise?

Kristine Bergstrom // 9 June 2008

Categories: Culture and Media, Work and Play

A slice-by-slice attack on women's right to choose

The campaign to ban women from terminating pregnancies after 20 weeks is only the beginning, says Kit Roskelly

Kit Roskelly // 11 May 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

Do It Yourself? How about Do It Ourselves

Is it feminist to be able to fix your own plumbing? Where are all the female tradespeople? Rhona-Mairead Sweeting considers the place of feminism in the construction industry and manual trades

Rhona-Mairead Sweeting // 6 April 2008

Categories: Work and Play

How to get an activist movement to keep women in prostitution

What use are sex worker groups that give out condoms and showers, but can't help women who want to exit prostitution? Ekis reports from Barcelona on prostitution and the campaign for legalisation

Ekis // 16 March 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism, Language, Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships, Violence, Work and Play

How not to write your policy on transgender rights

A Home Office policy that should help protect transgender civil servants from discrimination? Great news. But, asks Emma Wood, why does it insist that women and men have different brains?

Emma Wood // 5 December 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Language, Work and Play

Built for women

The Women's Design Service is celebrating 20 years of feminist activism from the planners' office to the building site. Eeva Berglund reports

Eeva Berglund // 9 November 2007

Categories: Family, Feminism, Politics and Current Affairs, Work and Play

The woman behind Persephone Books

Nicola Beauman makes a living from re-printing the forgotten works of female writers. She talks to Cazz Blase about chick lit, the 'surplus' women of the inter-war years and the book trade

Cazz Blase // 31 October 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Interviews, Work and Play

The media has failed women's football

Football is supposedly a national obsession. But, from the media's coverage of the women's World Cup, it seems we are only interested when the players are men. Carrie Dunn reports

Carrie Dunn // 5 October 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Stereotypes, Work and Play

'Who... me? I'm just a housewife'

Feminism is not just for women with high-flying careers, and feminists must do more to engage women who feel alienated from the movement, argues Samantha Jay

Samantha Jay // 30 September 2007

Categories: Activism, Family, Feminism, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes, Work and Play

Maid of the manor

Despite all our advances, men still dominate public life. But if they are so smart, asks Amity Reed, why can't they fathom how to do the housework?

Amity Reed // 30 August 2007

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

Female commentator kicks off barrage of sexism

A woman commentating on the beautiful game? Whoever heard of such a thing. Katherine confronts the sexist response to Jacqui Oatley's first stint on Match of the Day

Katherine // 2 June 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Work and Play

A Bride by Any Other Name

When Eleanor Turner announced that she would not be changing her name after walking down the aisle, and instead her new husband would take on her surname, reactions ranged from shock to annoyance. She considers why breaking with tradition provokes such strong feelings

Eleanor Turner // 2 May 2007

Categories: Family, Language, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

The farmer wants a wife, the wife wants a wife

Women don't want to be lumbered with the housework, but men aren't willing to pick up the bucket and mop. Right? JC Sutcliffe asks why women perpetuate the myth that men are incapable of doing domestic chores

JC Sutcliffe // 29 March 2007

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

Stepford Wives in Training?

Are female undergraduates aware of feminism, and what do they think of it? Whilst studying at Cambridge, Shaira Kadir was surprised and frustrated at the attitude of her fellow students. Here she shares some of her experiences.

Shaira Kadir // 10 April 2005

Categories: Work and Play

Just a Stripper

Can sex work ever be truly radical when money is involved? Exploring how feminists and feminist sex workers are often forced into opposing camps, Natasha Forrest argues that a simplistic 'for or against' divide does not reflect the true complexity of the issue.

Natasha Forrest // 11 August 2004

Categories: Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

Sports Illustrated

When Maria Sharapova won the women's final at Wimbledon this summer, her success was covered extensively by the press. However, the majority of the coverage focussed excessively on her appearance, as Ealasaid Gilfillan explains.

Ealasaid Gilfillan // 10 August 2004

Categories: Culture and Media, Work and Play

Hollywood Women

Lorraine Smith ponders the role of women in film-making. What will it take for women to be accepted behind the camera - and how long will it be before a womans win the Academy Award for Best Director?

Lorraine Smith // 19 March 2004

Categories: Culture and Media, Work and Play

Stand Up For Equality

Women can be as witty, confident and funny as men. So why there are so few women in stand up comedy, asks Kadie Armstrong?

Kadie Armstrong // 19 December 2003

Categories: Culture and Media, Work and Play

Driven to Distraction

Men assume that women know nothing about cars, but increasingly these days they couldn't be more wrong. Lorraine Smith insists she, and many other women, know a lot more about cars than the colour.

Lorraine Smith // 19 August 2003

Categories: Work and Play

The Experiences of Young Women in Science

Rachael Hawkins examines the experiences in women in science.

Rachael Hawkins // 16 November 2002

Categories: Work and Play

Show Girls: The State of

Marion Beach investigates why the best feminist theatre groups have rejected the 'f' word.

Marion Beach // 16 February 2002

Categories: Culture and Media, Work and Play

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