Getting women into leadership: a review of Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO and the only woman on their board, recently published a book on the lack of women at the top and what women can do to help themselves to climb the career ladder. Ruchika Tulshyan reviews the book and finds that though the ideas are not revolutionary, they are indeed important as they touch on ‘taboo topics’ and women at all stages of their careers will find them useful.

May 31st, 2013|Gender, Women|2 Comments|

Sexism in higher education: NUS report and panel discussion

The National Union of Students has initiated a discussion on lad culture in universities. Asiya Islam recently participated in a panel discussion on the issue at the NUS national conference, here she shares the highlights of the conversation.

April 15th, 2013|Gender, Women|0 Comments|

Women in work: is ‘opting-out’ always a choice?

Recently, there’s been discussion about women who are ‘having it all’ by choosing to opt out of work and becoming full-time moms and housewives. Asiya Islam argues that a choice cannot be a choice when made in an environment that makes the other option intrinsically less lucrative.

March 21st, 2013|Gender, Women|1 Comment|

‘Lad culture’ on campus

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the National Union of Students (NUS) have published a report – ‘That’s what she said’ – on lad culture in higher education. Kelley Temple, NUS National Women’s Officer, discusses the report and calls for stakeholders to come together to lay a national strategy to respond to lad culture.

March 8th, 2013|Gender, Women|4 Comments|

Event: Working with the past – panel discussion and archives exhibition

This Women’s History Month, we are celebrating the arrival of the Women’s Library at the School. The event ‘Working with the past’ (12 March, 5 to 7 pm, followed by drinks reception) will discuss the importance of working with women’s archives and showcase an archives exhibition. Book your place today.

February 15th, 2013|Events, Gender, Women|0 Comments|

What happens when you pay monkeys unequally

A recent report warned that for the first time the pay gap between men and women is at risk of widening. Currently, on an average, women earn 14.9 per cent less than men. The report closely followed on the heels of the landmark equal pay judgment in favour of 174 ex-employees of Birmingham City Council over the issue of bonuses. Since the topic is hot at the moment, let’s make the most of it – what do monkeys do when paid unequally for equal work?

Portrayal of Muslim female athletes in the media: Diversity in Sport

Much has been made of the participation of the first Saudi woman in Olympics, with discussions on the headscarf and its compatibility with international sport. While it is an important debate, the media has completely glossed over the participation of many other Muslim women in London 2012. Sertaç Sehlikoglu argues that this is because non-stereotypical images of Muslim women puzzle the male colonial gaze. In this post, she aims to propound a more comprehensive understanding of the debates on Muslim sportswomen.

The body image of female athletes: Diversity in Sport

With the ringing in of the Olympics today, we launch our blog series ‘Diversity in Sport’. The series will explore issues of race, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion and disability in sport. As the world comes to London for the mega-event, we need to question where we are today in living up to the Olympic spirit of inclusivity and diversity.

This is the first in the ‘Diversity in Sport’ series. In this post, Caitlin Fisher, delivers a TED talk on how female athletes negotiate spaces and recreate their identities in order to enter the still very masculine arena of sports. She discusses the case of women’s football in Brazil, the discrimination and marginalisation female football players have faced and what’s the way forward.

July 27th, 2012|Gender, Women|1 Comment|

Boardroom culture: Under the microscope

The case for improving diversity in corporate Boardrooms has long been made, but the current approach to it needs to be urgently radicalised, argues Atul Shah. He holds flawed unequal and undemocratic leadership in massive corporations, like Barclays, HSBC and G4S, accountable for the current fiascos and believes that consideration for equality and diversity in Boardrooms can make a difference.

To be or not to be funny

Have you ever wondered whether to laugh at a potentially racist/sexist joke? Does not saying anything against a discriminatory joke mean that you’re complying with the view expressed? Snéha Khilay discusses workplace jokes and banter and reflects on how to decide where to draw a line.

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