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Women’s Daily Dispatch: The news you need to know on 16/3/18

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As part of our Visible Women initiative, brings you the Women’s Daily Dispatch: your daily digest of international news relating to women. It’s the good, bad, inspiring and urgent stories you need to know from around the world, all wrapped up in one bitesize piece.     

In tonight’s WDD, we’re wishing huge congratulations to Reni Eddo-Lodge, whose book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race has just won a major award. 

In other news: childcare issues are preventing a shocking number of stay-at-home mothers returning to work, a new woman-friendly film reviews site is set to rival Rotten Tomatoes, and government data reveals that the gender pay gap starts straight after graduation. 

Reni Eddo-Lodge wins Book of the Year prize 

Reni Eddo-Lodge, photographed by Mark Harrison for Stylist

Writer and Stylist cover star Reni Eddo-Lodge has been awarded the prestigious Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour, for her book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Judges described Why I’m No Longer…, a bestselling essay collection published in 2017, as a “clarion call for action” that “not only holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain but also serves as a warning”.

The Jhalak prize was launched in 2016 by novelists Sunny Singh and Nikesh Shukla and the organisation Media Diversified, and recognises the best book by a British or British-resident black, Asian or minority-ethnic author.

Singh said that Eddo-Lodge’s book “unflinchingly confronts a country where racism is – by all indicators – at an all-time high, but there are no identifiable racists.”

Read more on this story at The Guardian

Childcare issues are stopping almost 1m women getting back into work 

Stay-at-home mothers with children under five are collectively losing out on millions

Almost one million stay-at-home mothers in England are prevented from rejoining the workforce by a lack of accessible childcare, according to a new report.

The research by Save the Children says that around half of all mothers who don’t work (870,000) would like to return to employment, but cannot find convenient, reliable and affordable childcare.

Government figures suggest that stay-at-home mothers of children under the age of five are losing out on a total of £3.4m in earnings.

“The government must look at the next steps to reform [childcare],” said Stephen McIntosh, Save the Children’s Director of UK Poverty Policy.

“It must listen to families to see what gaps there are still, assess what there is to do and then urgently reform the system to close those gaps and enable mums to get into work.”

Sky News has more on this story here

New all-female film review site set to rival Rotten Tomatoes 

Lady Bird, one of the year’s biggest female-led films 

Rotten Tomatoes is a useful tool for assessing whether a film is worth watching or not - but thanks to the overwhelming white maleness of the critical voices featured, it’s also inherently biased.

This essential flaw prompted filmmaker Miranda Bailey and entrepreneur Rebecca Odes to create CherryPicks, a new aggregation site that only draws on the reviews of female-identifying critics.

Bailey said that she wanted CherryPicks to be “a place where I could go or where women could go and go, ‘Well, what do my fellow women think about this film?’ … We have a bit more, I think, nuanced way of thinking about media and thinking about art.”

The site is set to launch later this year. You can read more about it here

Gender pay gap starts from graduation, according to government data 

The gender pay gap is under increasing scrutiny in the UK 

Official government figures suggest that women earn less from the very start of their careers - even though female graduates are more likely to be in work or studying than men,

Newly released statistics from the Department of Education (DfE) show that female graduates earn around £1,600 less than their male counterparts a year after finishing university, a gap that only widens over time.

Women typically earned £18,300 a year after graduating, compared with £19,900 for men. Three years after graduation, this gap stood at £21,800 versus £24,200.

After ten years, women typically took home a salary of £27,100, while men earned £35,100 - a pay gap of £8,000.

Read more on this story at BBC News

Throughout 2018, Stylist is raising the profiles of brilliant women past and present – and empowering future generations to follow their lead – with our Visible Women campaign. See more from Visible Women here.  

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Moya Crockett

Moya is Contributing Women’s Editor at and Deputy Editor of Stylist Loves, Stylist's daily email newsletter.