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Most undergraduates in the UK are women, 63%* in fact and at postgraduate level it’s pretty much even. Which explains why 77% of MPs are women, why women earn on average 15% more than men per hour, why they dominate 70% of the top jobs in the UK and why 78% of all scholarly articles in the last two decades have been written by female academics especially, obviously, in the field of women’s history. HOORAY! Since 1918 we have smashed through the patriarchy and the glass ceiling in one fell swoop! Emily Davison didn’t throw herself under the King’s horse for nothing.
Looking at this you might start feeling indignant: ‘why do women have all the money and power?’, you may cry. Why should one gender be favoured over any other? You might even dare to question this power imbalance, in public, if you can brave the heckles, rape and death threats and objectification. Doesn’t the imbalance seem ridiculous? We agree. And wouldn’t it be equally as ridiculous if, as is the case, it was men that enjoyed these privileges over women?
The lack of female representation in the top jobs – whether it’s business, politics or academia – and the lack of equal pay for doing the same job, is just one aspect of gender inequality which needs to be tackled and one that we think is particularly relevant to Wessex Scene readers. It is easy to see to see how female students could become demotivated when their future careers are dictated by pure biological coincidence rather than the (not necessarily monetary) value of their contribution. Throughout history women have been there, inventing, philosophising, calculating, managing and yet we are strangely ignorant of this. In the present we students see the academic journals, written by men and the country still being led by predominantly male voices. In the future we know that as women we may earn less than our male peers for the same work. How can we fight for recognition, when we are unsure of where we fit into our history, present and future?
In terms of hope for the future, events such as ‘Inspiring Women’ put on by SUSU on Monday 18th are a really positive step in the right direction. It was really great to see influential women – such as Josephine Knowles of ‘Beyond the Streets’, an organisation dedicated to helping people out of prostitution – speak about their incredible careers, the progress made and how they have overcome sexism and at times racism in the course of their careers. It reminded us that we can’t give up fighting for our futures, our aspirations – from motherhood, to politics, to being in the circus and everything in between- and above all equality, regardless of gender. Most of all, the evening was about combatting our ‘inner barriers’ and recognising when our own lack of confidence and assertiveness holds us back.
But this left us wondering, is getting over the inner barriers going to break down the established, external and rather stubborn structures that maintain the current levels of inequality? And how do we deal with these structures? Some suggest that the changes will happen naturally, but we think that a more proactive approach needs to be taken. One essential starting point is to bring women’s perspectives into education. Not only would this need to be at undergraduate level, but should start at primary school. If we could teach young kids about these awesome women and their successes, if the remarkable work done by women in the World Wars could be emphasised and we could be taught from a young age that feminism and other movements for equality have had a significant role in shaping the 20th Century then maybe certain roles, jobs and subjects would cease to be gendered.
In the meantime, events like ‘Inspiring Women,’ the presence of an active feminist society on campus, the space given to feminists by the Wessex Scene and Surge Radio to discuss these issues keep the fight and need for equality at the forefront of our minds and remind us what we are fighting for.