It was 50/50 to either become a girl or a boy. But who would guess that something so equal could end up being so unequal. Globally, only one in five parliamentarians are women and 41 million girls worldwide are still denied a primary education. I didn’t chose to be a woman, but I can chose to make my voice heard in regards to sexism and people may think that a standard third year history student does not make a difference in perspective. But if I don’t speak up, who will? I think it is right that women are paid the same as their male counterparts and I think it is right that women be involved and get the same opportunities as men.
2. What is the importance of sport in your life?
If I miss a meal, I become very grumpy, and if I deprive myself of exercise I too become very grumpy. For me, sport is essential. Otherwise you would see a size 20 Hutch wondering round University looking incredible irate.
3. What has been your best acomplishment in UYHC?
Completing the triple jump; despite coming last to Toby and Wild Card.
4. How UYHC has helped shape you and develop you as a person?
UYHC has helped me stand up for what I believe in from the little issues to bigger such as bullying.
5. Why is International Women's Day so important to you?
I’m a feminist, by why does there need to be a day dedicated to women? When I say feminist, this does not mean that I think all ‘Men Are Bastards’ and ‘All Women Are Victims’ as it can be stereotyped into. What I mean is that I believe that women should have the same rights as men on all levels. What feminism does is to work to make some things visible that might otherwise remain invisible. Not just huge things, like the estimated 70-90% of rapes that go unreported every year, but the smaller things, like toy manufacturers that brand items as specifically for boys or girls or highlight that football or rugby is just for boys. So why do we need this day? It is 2015 but sexism, racism, homophobia and bullying still exists, even at our own University and even in UYHC. It is days like this that question not only why, but how we can tackle such horrible qualities in our society.
"If you publicly say you're for lad culture, you're publicly declaring yourself as a sexist, a bully and homophobic. It is not a topic to joke around with and for many people is taken- and should be- very seriously and personally."
"Globally, only one in five parliamentarians are women and 41 million girls worldwide are still denied a primary education."