Category Archives: Gender

History Student Curates Women’s Suffrage Exhibition

Carolyn Ayers, a final-year History student at the University of Greenwich, has co-curated a new exhibition which uncovers details of the women’s suffrage movement in the local area.

The exhibition focuses on Blackheath-born Rosa May Billinghurst, a disabled suffragette. Called Freedom of Spirit: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Greenwich, it is on now at the Greenwich Heritage Centre and runs until 31 August.

Carolyn’s research enabled her to piece together how local women campaigned for the vote. As a suffragette, Rosa May committed several acts of militancy including pouring acid into a letterbox in Aberdeen Terrace, Blackheath. More …

I’m not a Feminist but an ‘Equalist’

Laura Waters, Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Huddersfield, has written an article on women in science for The Guardian newspaper.

“I’m not a feminist but an ‘equalist’, says Laura – what matters most is achieving the results by having the best talent.”Photograph: Alamy

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Rachel Yankey Breaks Peter Shilton’s 125 England Caps

Rachel Yankey has become England’s most-capped international after starting against Japan on Wednesday.

The Arsenal Ladies midfielder overtook former men’s goalkeeper Peter Shilton’s 125-cap record, at the match in Burton.

Yankey, 33, was captaining England in their penultimate match ahead of July’s Women’s Euro 2013 in Sweden.

“Peter Shilton is a legend and I am not going to compare myself in any way with anything he has done but, in my own right, I have done well,” she said.  More …

Supporting Mothers to Become Clinician Scientists

Women in academic medicine face many practical difficulties when they have children.

The British Medical Journal have published findings based on a maternity survey carried out at Imperial College London. The aim of the survey was to assess the impact of maternity leave and being a mother on academic career progression.

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Employers Scoop Prizes for Gender Diversity Work

‘Opportunity Now’ has partnered with The Times to publish a ‘Top 50 Employers for Women’ list.

All organisations within the Top 50 “demonstrate that gender equality is an integral part of their business strategy, with consistent commitment to progressing women in the workplace that covers their entire organisation, not just isolated areas,” explained Opportunity Now.

Entries were marked against a framework of best practice and assessed anonymously by a team of gender diversity experts.

The alphabetical list features UK employers from a wide range of sectors, such as Ernst & Young, Google, HM Revenue & Customs, Marks & Spencer and Unilever.

Ernst & Young was recognised for its commitment to developing a female talent pipeline, and this year set a target that at least 30 per cent of all new UK partners are female. Liz Bingham, Ernst & Young’s managing partner for people in the UK and Ireland said: “Diversity is a business imperative. As well as being the right thing to do, we believe that by attracting and retaining the best talent and developing our people, we will ultimately deliver a better service to our clients.”

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BBC Proms Appoints First Female Director for Last Night

BBC’s The Last Night of The Proms is to be led by a female conductor for the first time in its 118 year history.

American Marin Alsop said she was “thrilled” to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra and violinist Nigel Kennedy.

The festival, which begins on 12 July, includes 92 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and four across the UK.

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Susie Wolff Targets Place in Young Driver Test with Williams

Williams development driver Susie Wolff is targeting a spot in the next young driver test as she continues her bid to secure a Formula 1 race seat.

The Scot drove an F1 car for the first time last October and was the first person to test this year’s Williams.

“I’m on a fantastic path but I don’t look too far ahead,” Wolff, 30, told BBC Sport. “I look at each small step.

“Now it’s about doing the young drivers days and proving I’m quick enough – and then getting a super licence.”

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BBC Highlights Pioneering Role in Women’s Education

A BBC programme about the rise of the lady in Victorian and Edwardian England will highlight the role of the University of Greenwich in the pioneering of women’s Physical Education.

The Executive Editor of The Lady, Rachel Johnson, interviewed Dr Jackie Farr from the university’s School of Education, for the Timeshift programme, to be shown on Tuesday 26 March at 9pm on BBC4.

Jackie, a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education & Sport, discussed her research on the work of Martina Bergman Österberg, founder of Dartford College of Physical Education which later became part of the University of Greenwich.

The invention of the gym slip and netball at the college, together with how Madame Österberg created the new profession of teaching for middle class women, were among the topics looked at during the programme.

Jackie says: “After seeing a period photo of students exercising on a piece of gym equipment, Rachel Johnson asked what I thought Madame Österberg would make of pole dancing today.  I replied that she was a stickler for appropriate dress and behaviour so would have probably been less than amused. She told her students that they were only well-dressed if they could walk down the street unnoticed.”

The BBC production team used the extensive archive of the Bergman Österberg Union with its huge range of original material dating from the late 1880s, supported by the archivist, Rosemary Moon.

The university has enabled the digitisation and preservation of much of the material used in the making of the programme. The university has acknowledged the impact of Madame Österberg’s work by dedicating a campus sports hall to her memory – her portrait can be seen in the David Fussey building on the university’s Avery Hill campus.

Jackie trained as a teacher of Physical Education at Dartford College in the 1970s, and specialises in the history of women in physical education. She has been invited to speak in April at the 90th anniversary celebrations of the Japan Women’s Physical Education College in Tokyo, founded by students who originally trained under Madame Österberg at Dartford.

Could a Female Coach be in Charge of a Premiership Rugby Club?


In time it could be possible especially for Giselle Mather. Giselle is in charge of the London Irish AASE Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence programme and has been extremely successful with a much smaller squad than many of the other sides. Six players from the last two seasons have graduated from AASE into the Senior Academy. Giselle is the only female coach to hold a level 4 RFU coaching qualification.

Find out more about Giselle and her achievements