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Mar 3, 2011
via The Great Debate UK

Girl power? Reality, fantasy or chimera?


Susan Buckingham is a Professor in the Centre for Human Geography and Director of Social Work, at Brunel University in West London. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters is hosting a live blog on March 8, 2011, to mark International Women’s Day.

In a recent public lecture on “Changing Britain” at Brunel University, I explored the proposition that society is becoming feminised. I examined current pay and employment data to argue that, while some statistics can be used to argue that some women are becoming more equal with men in some areas, the failure of women to significantly penetrate key decision making bodies, and continuing horizontal job segregation means that “girl power” is more a chimera than reality in the UK today.

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      "Susan Buckingham is a professor in the Centre for Human Geography and director of social work, at Brunel University in London. For 15 years, she has been researching, teaching and writing about gender and environmental issues. She has written and edited six books on environmental issues, and is currently writing a book on gendering waste. Susan has served as a trustee and chair of the board of trustees of the Women's Environmental Network. She is currently a trustee of the U Turn Project, a charity supporting abused and vulnerable women, and broadcasts regularly for the BBC on environmental issues. ..."
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