Feminism and The Fight for Gender Equality

Emily Davison

 

Published: 27th June 2013

A little over one hundred years ago Emily Davison ran out onto the track at the Epsom Derby, stepping out in front of King George V’s horse as she bid to further raise the profile of the women’s suffrage and their campaign which primarily included a woman’s right to vote. It wouldn’t be until 1928 that women received full voting equality.

Since Davison’s death Britain has seen Nancy Astor – the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons, Brenda Dean – the first female General Secretary of a British trade union, Clara Furse – the first woman to be appointed Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange and the British public has proudly celebrated the achievements of top female Olympians Kelly Holmes and Jessica Ennis. And most famously we had the late Margaret Thatcher, our first woman Prime Minister, in power from 1979 until 1990.

Despite all this feminists and gender equality campaigners insist that progress is slow; pointing out that women hold less than a third of the UK’s most influential jobs and that women are sometimes still paid less than men for doing the same work – particularly in non-unionised occupations.

Personally, of course, I am pro gender equality, but for me this topic can often be blown way out of proportion by hard line feminists who argue matters that I would deem negligible, using the word oppression far too freely and fiercely – as if it were going out of fashion. Today I’ll be exploring this subject further and in some instances questioning the motives of radical feminism.

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