THE GENDER GAP IN EDUCATION // THOUGHTS

The whole gender gap issue is nothing new, and while you may feel it has been spoken, protested, and ranted about till the Earth’s end, until it’s closed, I don’t think we should stop talking about.

  
On Friday I attended a conference at the UEA, in which I took part in three classes (on poetry, Shakespeare and Hitler in modern comedies). While every one of these were absolutely brilliant, every one of these were also taught by a man. Now obviously if the expert in the subject field is a man, then gender should 100% not be an issue, but when in 2014, across the UK 22% of professors were female, there clearly IS an issue. While this is an improvement from the 15% in 2003, it still means less than 1 in 4 students are going to be taught by men. However, 1/3 of senior academic staff (excluding professors) are women – so why aren’t we getting those top jobs?! Until more students are seeing intelligent, respected, strong women giving those lectures, chances are they’re not going to feel as encouraged to want to become one themselves. 

Contradictory to this, there has actually been a rise in women going to University compared to men, and across the board females are generally out performing their male counterparts. 

    

  • UK 2015 more women then men in 2/3rds in University courses
  • Women 35% more likely to go to University
  • 2013 20 institutions where there are twice as many female full time undergraduates then there are males

One of my theories is that males are so used to having the upper hand, the majority feel high education is not as necessary for them. But when it’s only been since 1947 that women across every university in the U.K. has been ‘allowed’ to earn a full degree, perhaps we’re not taking out educational rights for granted.

It also got me thinking about my own schools – at my local primary school, every single teacher bar one is a women, and that one man? He’s the head, the highest held figure with the most authority in that building. To me, this is a clear sign that women are still taking the more ‘nurturing’ role, and that as students get older, it’s thought they need a more ‘firm’ hand (hence why there’s more men in High Schools/Colleges). 

  
In addition to this, in 2012, 64% of the lowest paid workers were women. Taking into consideration that 76.5% of single parent households were headed by mothers, you can image that those who fall under both those brackets are going to be finding it pretty hard to provide for not just themselves, but their children. And the chances of those then going into universities? Students from private schools are still two and a half times more likely to attend a leading university than those from state schools.

  
Obviously this is just a tiny part of the gender gap issue, and I’m sure people could hunt out plenty of counter arguments but you can’t really deny the facts above in black and white. And I hope that you’re encouraged to take a wider look at who’s around you and in what positions, so we can work towards a more equal society with equal opportunities for all. 

Sources: 
(and I would definitely check these out to broaden your knowledges)

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/jun/13/single-fathers-uk-statistics

http://www.striking-women.org/module/workplace-issues-past-and-present/gender-pay-gap-and-struggle-equal-pay

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/proportion-of-female-professors-up-but-still-below-a-quarter/2018824.article

LAST MINUTE MOTHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE // Life

With Mothers Day being just 3 short sleeps away, I thought I could write a last minute post on gifts for those who haven’t exactly thought too far in advance.

Afternoon tea 

If you know there’s a restaurant you know your mum has wanted to check out for a while, now is the perfect time to book her that meal out. Afternoon tea is an English classic, and you could book it just for her and a friend or for the whole family.

Check out:

Biddys tea room

Maids Head Hotel

The Assembly House


Bake!

Everyone loves an edible gift, and by baking something you save money, can do it all the day before, and your mum knows you’ve put real time and effort into it. It’s also a great idea to bake something together with your siblings, and can then wrap it up in a nice box with ribbons if your feeling fancy.

Try these recipes:

Carrot cake 

Shortbread hearts

Coconut cake (vegan)

Mini pavlovas


CathKidston Mug

Cath Kidston just opitimises the classic English Mother, and you really can’t go wrong with one of their mugs – they have loads of different patterns and are really affordable.


NEXT Homeware

Their next day delivery is perfect for last minute buying, and their homeware section has so many trinklets your bound to find something your mum (and you) will love.

Check out:

Floral canvas

‘Family’ sculpture

Knitted heart cushion

 

 Bodyshop Gift Set

You can’t really go wrong with a body shop set, but try and pick one you knows is specific to her – maybe pick the flower you know she loves? Or the if she’s mentioned running out of a certain product recently?

Check out:

Strawberry heart set

Beauty ‘classics’ selection box

British rose

 

 (Pretty much anything from) Lakeland

If you know she’s a great cook (or just loves giving it a go, even if she does burn every Sunday roast), then your bound to find something in Lakeland. And if cooking isn’t her forte, they stock tonnes of delicious gifts as well.

Check out:

Mary Berry oven gloves

Sea salt caramel truffles

Tablet stand

Strawberry liquorice

 

 Beauty/Spa voucher

Everyone loves to be pampered once in a while, so check out your local spa or beauty salon and see what treatments you think she’s like best. Jarrold also do vouchers, so you can pick the amount you spend and then leave it up to her to decide on what she wants.

 

 A Bouquet

There’s not many people who don’t like flowers, so why not order a big bouquet to bring with those little shortbread’s or cupcakes you made up to her with a cup of tea as she awakes to brighten her day. If you don’t have a florist nearby, most supermarkets sell bouquets and you can order online.


Wishing everyone out there a lovely lovely Mother’s Day xoxo