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there’s a few things that are gonna have to change

by Jen at 9:39 pm on 5.09.2008 | 2 Comments
filed under: like a fish needs a bicycle

the other day forbes came out with its list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. on a list of 100 women, exactly *five* were from the uk…and one of those is the bloody queen.

for the second most powerful nation in the world, that’s pretty pathetic… but explains the complete lack of surprise when it was reported yesterday that not only are women not cracking the glass ceiling in britain – they’re actively losing ground. i’ve written here a million times before how i find subtle (and not so subtle) sexism much more institutionalised here, but it’s just so disheartening to see the knock-on effects in black and white.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said that in 12 of 25 job categories it studied, there were fewer women holding top posts.

According to the report, there are now fewer women MPs, cabinet members, national newspaper editors, senior police officers and judges, NHS executives, trade union leaders and heads of professional bodies, compared with 2007.

The number of female media bosses, MEPs, directors of major museums and galleries, chairs of national arts companies and holders of senior ranks in the Armed Forces has remained the same.

Women’s representation had increased in the House of Lords and among company directors, council leaders, university vice-chancellors and top civil service managers.

However, in six of these categories the increase was less than 1%.

i think probably the only way it could get more depressing, would be to see sarah fucking palin at the top of the forbes list.

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  • 1

    Comment by letigre

    6.09.2008 @ 09:28 am

    I don’t even understand why the Queen always gets added to the top of the list…sure she’s rich but does she even have that much power in reality? I wouldn’t really know but that just seems to be the perception…

    That’s very alarming about the UK…

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    Comment by Jen

    6.09.2008 @ 10:02 am

    yeah, this is what i’m saying. all power she holds nowadays is largely symbolic – and what did she do to earn it? nuthin. happened to be born at the right time and right place.

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