This International Women’s Day, Stylist.co.uk is dedicated to the theme of feminist activism. Want to take action to help women and girls, but don’t know where to begin? Let us be your guide.
We may have recently celebrated the centenary of the first women in the UK getting the vote, but there’s still a long way to go before true global gender equality is achieved. According to the World Economic Forum, it will take more than 200 years for women around the world to achieve economic parity with men, while the recent #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have shone a spotlight on the pervasive problems of sexual harassment and assault.
In England and Wales, domestic violence affects 1.2 million women a year, and just 32% of MPs are women. The gender pay gap stands at 18.4%, widening even further for women of colour, and affects women working in supermarkets as well as senior women at the BBC.
Clearly, there is much work to be done. So it feels apt that the theme of International Women’s Day 2017 is #PressForProgress, to encourage men and women around the world to get involved in activism and advocacy for gender equality.
But when it comes to activism, it can be difficult to know where to start. How does one ‘become an activist’ while holding down a full-time job? What charities should we donate to? And can one person really make a difference?
If you’ve ever grappled with any of the above, we’re here to help. For International Women’s Day 2018, Stylist.co.uk is your one-stop shop for all things activism-related. We’ve consulted with charities, campaigners and politicians – as well as the activist women out there doing it themselves – to shed light on how you can press for progress in your everyday life. From buying products that directly benefit women’s organisations to getting involved in local politics, there are endless ways to take action and improve the lives of women and girls in the UK and worldwide.
At the top of every Stylist.co.uk article, you’ll also see a special International Women’s Day banner created by London-based artist Erin Aniker to celebrate the strength, solidarity and beauty of all women.
Now more than ever, we can’t afford to be complacent about gender equality. To see all of the International Women’s Day content at Stylist.co.uk, head to our IDW2018 hub here.
Stylist’s Visible Women campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of women who’ve made a difference, celebrating their success, and empowering future generations to follow their lead. See more from Visible Women here.
Image: Erin Aniker