International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day, and I really wanted to write a post relating in some way to International Women’s Day, because I think it’s really important, but I wasn’t really too sure what to write.

Some facts

On Average per hour, men earn 17.5% more than women

1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped in their lifetime

Over 130 million women have undergone Female Genital Mutilation

An estimated 20,000 girls under 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation each year in the UK

Around 15 million girls are forced into marriages before the age of 18

These are just a few of the really quiet shocking facts that surround women today. Out of the 650 Members of Parliament in the UK only 148 are female, which seems ridiculous when we live in a country with over a million more females than males. The UK has only ever had one female Prime Minister and the US has never had a female President. Women are underrepresented in higher levels of government, never mind the higher levels of jobs and companies.

I think that this is something we really need to be talking about, so I wanted to talk about it.

Some things to look at:

Emma Watson’s HeForShe campaign

The Guardian

Lacy Green (is great)

“The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis”

Nicole x

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