Category: Women

Every few years, I see an image of the Gulabi Gang circulating the internet. Dressed in pink saris and armed with sticks, the caption tells us that they are a gang of women in India who beat up domestic abusers and rapists. This public image of the gang is central to the debate on the existence of the Gulabi Gang in...

‘The Warrior in a Pink Sari’, a ‘Woman of the Revolution’… just two of the terms used to describe the Indian social activist Sampat Pal, whose life is depicted in the groundbreaking play ‘Pink Sari Revolution’ – running this November at Northern Stage. Our reviewer Humera Mahzar caught up with director Suba Das ahead of the...

I wrote the first draft of this within days of my scan. It was so sweary the company mail filter blocked it. I was still in shock. I’m calmer now, but still startled at the surreal brutality of that day. When the appointment was done, I was in a daze. I got home okay, but dropped my motorbike on our (horrible) gravel...

Recently, James Damore was fired for circulating a ten-page “personal opinion” rant about diversity at Google, and why programs aimed at increasing diversity at Google are bad news (specifically, for men like him).. Considering Google is currently under investigation for systematically paying men more than women, ten...

There are backroom deals between the Tories and the DUP, who staunchly oppose a woman’s right to choose. The Handmaid’s Tale has been the biggest television hit this summer, depicting a world where women are stripped of all personal freedoms. Our reality and our fiction leave lingering fear over autonomy. Yet one...

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ll be aware that the latest regeneration of The Doctor is being played by a woman, Jodie Whittaker. The Doctor’s new gender has been a massive area of debate with some being shocked that an alien who can transform into any shape or form could possibly be...

It’s been just over a year since Labour MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox was murdered as she arrived for a routine meeting with her constituents. Still reeling from total and utter grief, her husband Brendan has penned her biography – not simply to map out her life but to celebrate the vibrance but also gentleness with...

Earlier this week, The Supreme Court ruled against the appeal challenging the government’s refusal to provide women from Northern Ireland with abortion treatment through the NHS for free. The court was divided 3-2 against the appeal, claiming that they sympathised with Northern Irish women but that there is a need to...

At 11am on the 18th of April, Theresa May called the General Election, and I can honestly say I felt nothing. I felt so empty because politically, I was spent. I know I’m not alone in saying that after a year that brought us Donald Trump, confusing Brexit negotiations, unexpected losses in Labour ‘safe seats’ and the...

  When I was training to become a sex therapist, I wrote an essay on masturbation, only to discover that there was hardly any research on female masturbation. I got the impression that researchers didn’t think it was necessary to explore this topic because women just didn’t do that. How wrong they were! Historically,...