Feeling disconnected from International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day to remember what women have achieved and what still needs to be achieved but, increasingly, it’s becoming about what the famous female has achieved. Events and panels speakers are…

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The ‘notorious RBG’ of the US Supreme Court

Initials as a name are a peculiarity normally reserved for celebrities but RBG is the exception. Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the most well known of the nine justices of the American Supreme Court. Well, if…

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Murder in ‘paradise’

The photo above hangs in my dining room and evokes lovely memories of my holiday to Auckland 10 years ago. My daughter played on Devonport beach as a 9 year old. We had soft sand,…

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Putting context around sexism doesn’t make it better

A prestigious sporting prize is awarded to a female footballer for the first time. At the awards ceremony, she is asked about her dancing talent instead. Not only is she asked some innocuous comment about…

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After the mid-term wins in America, feminism is certainly not dead

A record number of women will be taking their seats in Congress after their mid-term election wins in the USA. As a sharp response to Donald Trump’s misogyny and his support,more recently, for Brett Kavanaugh,…

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The pornification of toothpaste

A picture of a woman with toothpaste coming out of her mouth seems innocuous enough doesn’t it? Look at the words on the beer mat. There are two uses of the word ‘oral’ and one…

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It is alright to cry on your child’s first day of school

There is a certain game of Darwinism played within the circle of mothers which seeks to shame those perceived as being weak and sentimental.  Crying at the school gates is one. Mother shaming takes many…

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Time for the PM to trash that ‘This is what a feminist looks like’ T-shirt given the Jo Swinson fiasco

The Tory Party who ideologically hates the thought of giving workers any sort of rights have suddenly found a way to make employees’ rights work in their favour. They took advantage of an MP who…

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My daughter was old enough to vote for the first time

Maelo Manning otherwise known as Libdemchild was able to vote for the first time last week after joining the party at the age of 10. It was a proud Mama moment. Maelo is photographed above with…

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Introducing my niece on World Down Syndrome Day

Kirsty Harrower, 16, is my lovely niece. She loves watching Disney movies on a loop, belts out Little Mix songs on her Karaoke machine and is a dab hand at colouring and drawing. More than…

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Motherhood in Precarious Times

Mother’s Day is a subjective experience. Some of us will start the day with breakfast in bed, others will be taken to lunch followed by a leisurely afternoon and some will struggle through the day.…

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What does it mean to be a woman?

  “It is time to effect a revolution in female manners – time to restore to them their lost dignity – and make them, as a part of the human species, labour by reforming themselves…

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