International women’s day 2017

Today is international Women’s Day. So I thought I’d share some inspirational women and highlight some key issues facing women today.

 Today I’m ready for the Facebook posts from people annoyed that women get a whole day to themselves and that isn’t equality, but here is the reason: we still have a long way to go. Women’s triumphs have been ignored or forgotten from the history lesson, women still face issues that are disproportionate from their male counterparts. Women still face problems that in 2017 they should not be facing.First the positive bit! The inspiration.
JK Rowling:
Not only did she write my favourite books but Rowling continues to use her celebrity status to bring to light political and moral issues. A business woman who gives to charity, inspires children and adults alike but is also a fighter who refuses to stay quiet, what more could you want? 

Elizabeth Blackwell: a British born physician, Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States; education is the key to change. She changed education. 

Karen Brady:

Not only a successful businesswoman but brilliant on the Apprentice. Also a Member of the House of Lords.

Only a few, there are lots of women who inspire me!  
Here is the not so positive bit! 

Women in the U.K and around the word are facing huge issues. Their gender continues to disadvantage them. 
Violence against women and girls:

The British government have been trying to tackle this one for a while. In many countries being a girl puts your life at risk… simply being a girl. Just being female puts a person at higher risk of sexual violence and physical assault. This isn’t just a problem abroad; violence against women is a real problem for women and girls in the U.K: two women a week are killed by a current or former lover. FGM is a problem in certain communities and has proven difficult to tackle. Roughly 85,000 women are raped in England and Wales every year. 

Sexualisation of women and girls:

I get a bee in my bonnet about this one because I’m often told that I’m being too PC or overreacting to a “popular” issue. However, research has linked over-sexualisation of girls and women to increased risk of violence and body image issues.

Gender bias at work: 
It exists I’m afraid! Women still earn less than their male counterparts when working in the same job! Not only that, inadequate or problematic childcare can prevent mothers from working in certain industries or returning to employment. 

Today is an important day for women because it serves to highlight accomplishments as well as the hurdles women face.

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