Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner in Frances Ha.
Grown women don’t need to have a “best friend”
By Alice Robb - 11 July 9:40

If “best friendship” is on the rise, what does it mean?

San Francisco's oppressed motorists are fighting for change
By Barbara Speed - 09 July 13:45

They’ve been silent too long. 

Supporters of employer-funded contraception rally in front of the Supreme Court. Photo: Getty
The knitting needle age: this US verdict shows our abortion rights are always under threat
By Sarah Ditum - 02 July 13:22

If you are a woman of my generation, you were born into an era of extraordinary good fortune, where you have the right to decide what happens to your body. But we mistook a truce in the war on women for a victory.

A member of the Gay Liberation Front under a banner, 1971. Photo: Getty
Julie Bindel: There's no gay gene – and I love the idea I chose to be a lesbian
By Julie Bindel - 02 July 11:07

If I had a piece of North Face clothing for every time a straight woman has said to me, “I wish I were a lesbian, but I just don’t fancy women” I would be able to open a Dyke Wear Emporium.

What is cyberbullying?
What is cyberbullying?
By Aoife Moriarty - 01 July 10:33

Cyberbullying became a major subject last year after a number of teen suicides linked to social network Ask.fm. But what is it, and how can we prevent young people from abusing each other online?

Just basic acceptance of women and their children would do for starters. Photo: Getty
Should mothers have to be thankful that businesses “welcome” breastfeeding?
By Glosswitch - 25 June 16:21

A healthy, humane culture should have space not just for the idea of us, but for our bodies, our children, what we are and what we do.

Laverne Cox, the transgender star of "Orange is the New Black". Photo: Getty
Laurie Penny: What the “transgender tipping point” really means
By Laurie Penny - 24 June 15:38

The time is coming when everyone who believes in equality and social justice must decide where they stand on the issue of trans rights.

The welfare of sex workers themselves needs to be the prime concern. Photo: Getty
The biggest myths about street-based sex work
By Clare Jones - 23 June 10:27

No, not all prostitutes get paid loads - and they're aren't all on drugs or from Eastern Europe. To make better policy around street-based sex work, we must first understand the reality of what it involves.

Particularly hard hit are mothers whose partners have been abusive towards them. Photo: Getty
Mothers4Justice: why we need a single mothers’ pressure group
By Ann Carlton - 17 June 11:58

Thanks to the success of the fathers’ campaigns, public policy is now biased against responsible mothers.

Taking control of the divorce can be a way of taking control of the situation. Photo: Keonl Cabral / Flickr / Creative Commons
Why I chose to write the Bad Wife’s Guide to Divorce
By Emma Burnell - 16 June 11:46

To get what I wanted from my divorce, I had to be tough and demanding – things women are constantly told we must not be.

St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney, 1910. Photo: Getty
Will Self: the Orkney case prefigured our acknowledgement of abuse today
By Will Self - 12 June 10:00

The idea we might be the repositories of buried traumatic memories is integral to psychoanalysis – so the SRA panic had a ready-made audience in people primed to accept notions of repression.

Nia Sanchez, winner of Miss USA 2014, is a black belt in taekwondo and has suggested women learn to defend themselves. Photo: Getty
Suggesting women learn self-defence is the opposite of victim-blaming
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 11 June 12:54

In a perfect world, no woman would need to defend herself from attack. But until that world arrives, learning self-defence is a solution that defies the patriarchy’s attempt to impose passivity and blame on women.

It might be intended as humour, but it’s also a reflection of what we think of pregnancy and women. Photo: Iain Farrell on Flickr via Creative Commons
How should we celebrate pregnant bodies? Not with twee maternity T-shirts, for a start
By Glosswitch - 11 June 11:41

In a world where women are shamed for their bodies, we should recognise how empowering, and phenomenal, a wanted pregnancy can be.

Rosie the Riveter
More female plumbers, but they suffer worst pay gap
By Lucy Fisher - 09 June 15:09

Female tradespeople lose out.

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, authors of The Confidence Code. Photo: Stephen Voss/Redux/Eyevine
Talking about women’s lack of confidence may be counterproductive
By Alice Robb - 05 June 10:00

A new book by newscasters Katty Kay and Clare Shipman argues women’s timidity is holding them back at work – but does it perpetuate the idea that confidence is a masculine trait.

Financial abuse is now a well-recognised feature of domestic violence. Photo: Getty
Child maintenance changes: is it right to give abusive fathers another weapon against their partners?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 21 May 15:47

Single parents – 95 per cent of whom are women – who have failed to reach an “amicable” agreement with their estranged partners over child maintenance stand to lose financially under new government policy.

“It's not only steps that keep us out”: mainstream feminism must stop ignoring disabled women
By Frances Ryan - 20 May 16:15

In matters of sex, sexuality and political campaigning, the resurgence of mainstream feminism overlooks disabled women, who are left with the “half-life” of slicing their identity.

Emily Letts, a 25-year-old American clinic worker, filmed her surgical abortion and posted the video on the internet. Image: YouTube
Abortion should be free, safe and legal – for everyone
By Laurie Penny - 19 May 16:13

Nobody should have to play the frightened victim to make basic choices about her future.

More than a number: Benjamin argues that we can't escape the facts of ageing. Photo: Muir Vidler
Marina Benjamin: what it means to be a woman aged 50
By Marina Benjamin - 13 May 10:30

As she prepares for her 50th birthday, the author and journalist reflects on what it means to be “middle-aged” – and on a journey she knows never ends well.

A view of London's skyline. Photo: Getty
Is perseverance the key to coping as an LGBT employee?
By Jo Lloyd - 09 May 13:29

There is evidence to suggest that a high level of psychological flexibility, something LGBT employees often need to develop at work, can help people cope better, and indeed flourish, in the workplace.

Rising up: a jellyfish in sea of the Farne Islands, England. Photo: Getty
Jellyfish McSaveloy and the social mobility of surnames
By Sophie McBain - 08 May 10:00

Tracking the movement of second names shows how they can affect our life chances.  

Rupert Everett in Soho. Photograph: William Baker/Channel 4
Rupert Everett’s prostitution documentary, Love for Sale, seeks fantasy not reality
By Meghan Murphy - 05 May 17:58

In reality, prostitution is not the world’s oldest profession – it is one of the world’s oldest oppressions. 

Two hands wearing wedding rings. Photo: Getty
Why I refuse to get married until we have equality on the certificate
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 01 May 11:49

Marriage certificates only include your father’s name – to reinvent marriage as a twenty-first century institution, this must change.

A newborn baby in an incubator. Photo: Getty Images
True reproductive justice is more than being allowed to become a mother at an older age
By Glosswitch - 30 April 16:23

Simply having the choice to have children later than before isn't a sign of greater freedom - it's simply a sign of greater privilege under the same old patriarchy.

A group of German girls out walking, with musical accompaniment from mandolin and guitars, 1930s. Photo: Getty
For folk’s sake, I was supposed to be a mandolin virtuoso by now
By Eleanor Margolis - 30 April 10:00

When you approach 25, it suddenly hits you that you’re never going to be an astronaut. Or an architect. Or a folk sensation. 

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