With only a few days left until 2016 we thought we would take you on a trip down memory lane to reflect on some of our best bits for women and feminism in 2015. So grab a warm drink and enjoy!
UK Government reaction to the gender pay gap
We all agree that more can be done to close the pay gap between the salaries of men and women in the UK which is at approximately 19%, however we have to commend the steps our government took to address this issue in 2015. They announced that businesses have to adhere to the following reporting regulations:
Girls Talk London Sessions
In March this year we piloted a brand new talk show for young women in the UK aged 16-30 with 4 hosts from the millennial generation (including our Founder) This show was featured in LOOK Magazine and many other publications and was well received across the industry both media and business and got people talking and getting involved in our debates. We have some big plans to take this show forward in 2016 so watch this space! You can watch the full series here
Suffragette and He named me Malala
2015 was the year for telling the stories of some of the worlds most courageous and influential women on the silver screen. Suffragette starring the incredible Meryl Streep & Carey Mulligan tells the story of the group of women who fought for women’s equality and our right to vote. He named me Malala tells the story of Malala Yousafzai a young girl from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban in an attempt to kill her because she championed education for girls in Pakistan. These emotional and inspirational films show us that our voices are powerful and to never give up on what we believe in! Can we say Girl Power?!
General Election May 2015
This years general election saw the highest number of female MP’s voted in of all time! Who runs the world? GIRLS!
Hilary Clinton Bid for US President
We were buzzing with excitement when in April 2015 via a YouTube video Hilary Clinton announced that she would be running for the democratic party nomination to officially run for President of the United States for the 2016 Race. If she wins she would become the first female president in US history. Come on Hilary we are right behind you girl!
St. Paul’s Cathedral event for International women’s day 2015
We celebrated International women’s day in one of the world’s most iconic buildings: St. Paul’s Cathedral. In partnership with St. Paul’s Institute we held a special event for 5o young girls who were speed mentored by 10 amazing women who worked for companies such as PwC, Weil, UBS as well as those who ran their own businesses. The theme this year was ‘Make it happen’ and kick started with an honest and down to earth speech from Hemione Hudson, Senior Partner at PwC.
Female Genital Mutilation made illegal in Nigeria
The Nigerian government has finally made the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) illegal in a move campaigners describe as “hugely important”. We hope that many other African leaders follow this move so that this devastating practice can be on its way to being eradicated!
Chimamanda Adichie gives another EPIC speech
In April 2015 Chimamanda shared more wise words with the graduating class at Wellesley College in Massachusetts in the form of some big sister love! You can watch this gem filled wise nuggets goodness below:
Angela Merkel named TIME Person of the year 2015
She is only the fourth woman since 1927 to be named an individual winner outright and the first in 29 years!
All that is left to say is a MASSIVE thank you to all our loyal readers and supporters for your love in 2015. We hope our website has helped you kick some serious butt in your career and lives and we cannot wait to help you more in an even bigger and better way in 2016!
Happy New Year Girls! xoxo