Category Archives: Women

Slave trade artist wins the Turner Prize 2017

Lubaina Hamid was announced as the winner of the Turner Prize 2017 last night (5th December 2017) in Hull, making her the first black woman artist to have won the accolade. She fought off competition from Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi to clinch the prize. The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born, Preston-based artist won the £25,000 prize for work… Read More »

Royal Society Diversity Conference 2017

This fifth annual Royal Society Diversity Conference, focusing on ‘confidence and competence’ took place on Thursday 16th November 2017. Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, gave a welcome address at the conference, in which he urged greater efforts to identify barriers to inclusivity and to breaking down those barriers. He said; “unless we can ensure that… Read More »

Pink Sky Academy launched during GEW 2017

The Pink Shoe Club, a networking club for leading women in Britain, launched the Pink Sky Academy during Global Entrepreneurship Week at the House of Lords on 15th November 2017. Hosted  by The Earl of Erroll, the Pink Shoe Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2017 event highlighted the importance of innovation and the contribution growing businesses make in driving… Read More »

PM’s new drive to end the gender pay gap

The Prime Minister today announced new drive to improve workplace equality – calling on more companies to report their gender pay gap and take action to close it. New figures published this week by the ONS show the UK’s overall gender pay gap rising marginally to 18.4%, but the gap for full-time workers falling to a record low… Read More »

Diversity UK CEO awarded honorary doctorate

Lopa Patel MBE, Founder & CEO of Diversity UK, was awarded an honorary doctorate by The Open University at a graduation ceremony hosted at the Barbican Centre on Friday 22nd September 2017. She was recognised for her efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in science and technology, and her broader contribution to British industry, society and culture. Presented… Read More »

Green light for Millicent Fawcett statue

Plans for a statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square have been given the go-ahead it was announced today. This follows a successful planning application from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to Westminster City Council and represents the first-ever monument of a woman to stand within the iconic central London location. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid… Read More »

Diversity of UK television industry revealed

Ofcom’s report, Diversity and equal opportunities in television, published on 15th September 2017 uncovers the diversity challenge facing the TV industry.  The Ofcom study finds that women, ethnic-minority groups and disabled people are all under-represented in the industry and that broadcasters need to widen the range of talent working on and off screen. Too many people from minority… Read More »

Tackling the gender imbalance in local government

A new IPPR report ‘Power to the people? Tackling the gender imbalance in combined authorities and local government’ argues that young women are ready and willing to participate in politics. The UK general election in June 2017 saw a rise in voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-old women, with participation up from 44 to 53 per cent compared with the 2015 general… Read More »

Ethnic representation on FTSE boards flatlines

The fourth Green Park Leadership 10,000 report published on 17th August 2017 shows that ethnic minority representation on FTSE 100 boards has flat-lined. Although the ethnic leadership pipeline within FTSE 100 companies increased to 5%, six-in-ten (58%) of boards are still all white. “Whilst Ministers have devoted significant resource to supporting gender equality activity – for example the… Read More »