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In conversation with the indefatigable Julia Gillard

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By Taryana Odayar, former Executive Editor.  Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013), and the first woman to hold the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister & Leader of a major party in Australia. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), which is the only global fund solely dedicated to furthering education in developing countries. Earlier this year, she…

The Amartya Sen Interview : On Democracy and Justice

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By Taryana Odayar and Sonali Campion. An aged gentleman wearing a bright yellow raincoat slowly shuffles into the lobby of LSE’s Old Building. He is unaccompanied and moves gingerly with unhurried yet deliberately measured steps. He takes a seat on one of the cushioned black chairs in the lobby and begins a lengthy phone conversation with someone. Students eager to get home before the torrential downpour of rain that threatens to…

‘India’s Daughter’: The Deeper Meaning

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By Taryana Odayar. “In our culture, there is no place for women.” This was just one of the many vitriolic statements made by defence lawyer, M.L. Sharma, in defence of the six rapists who brutally gang-raped and mutilated 23 year-old Indian medical student, Jyoti Singh, in a recently aired BBC documentary titled ‘India’s Daughter.’ On the 16th of December, 2012, Jyoti had just finished her final year medical examinations, despite…

“Golden Skirts”: Is Female Empowerment in the City harming the Feminist Project?

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By Mika Morissette “Feminists today are too obsessed with their own elite, metropolitan lives” wrote Alison Wolf in a commentary piece for The Guardian towards the end of January. By “feminists”, she was referring to what Norway calls “golden skirts”: highly-educated and active women who campaign for more female participation in the elite spheres of business and politics. In Wolf’s opinion, feminism has been appropriated by a generation of self-interested…

Ani Shah’s Lips are “sealed” no more

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By Suyin Haynes, Deputy News Editor The Beaver sat down with Ani Shah, President of Women Leaders of Tomorrow, to speak a bit more about the London School of Economics (LSE) Students Union (SU) Red Lips Project. So Ani, how did the idea for the Red Lips project come about? Sasha sent a link on our Women Leaders of Tomorrow (WLT) page when we were trying to think of cool…

LSESU Red Lips Project takes over campus

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By Suyin Haynes, Deputy News Editor On Tuesday 24 February, the London School of Economics (LSE) Students’ Union (SU) Women Leaders of Tomorrow Society, the LSESU Women in Business Society and Gee Linford-Grayson, the LSESU Women’s Officer, launched the LSESU Red Lips Project with great success at their event in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. With personalised cupcakes emblazoned with the phrase “We Are Powerful” as well as lipstick-print…

First Operation Liberation Forum focuses on Sexism

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By Robyn Connelly-Webster, Staff Writer Operation Liberation was launched by the London School of Economics (LSE) Students’ Union (SU) last week with the ‘Sexism at LSE’ forum. Gee Linford-Grayson, the SU’s Womens’ Officer, chaired the event that was attended by Nona Buckley-Irvine, General Secretary of the SU, and Taylor Rampton, President of the Athletics’ Union. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the problem of sexism at the School…

Launch of LSESU’s Women’s Network

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By Gareth Rosser, Staff Writer Last Tuesday saw the launch of the London School of Economics’ (LSE) Students’ Union’s (SU) Women’s Network, a network created this year with the aim of empowering LSE women in all aspects of life. LSESU Women’s Officer, Gee Linford Grayson hosted the event, which featured several high profile guest speakers. The Venue, a room more accustomed to hosting infamous student night Saucy, was transformed for…

The Beaver at the BBC’s 100 Women Conference

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“I don’t know her name, because she lives in a remote village in India – or was it Afghanistan? She’s not a politician – nor will she ever be. She does not seek publicity, or wear shoes that cost more than a Bangladeshi worker will earn in 10 years. But hopefully one day she or her daughter will break free from male-dominated society and carve out a living as a…

Why women don’t need anti-rape nail polish

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Walk home in a group. Don’t get drunk. Remember to wear “anti-rape underwear”. Don’t wear short or too provocative dresses. Don’t forget the pepper spray camera. And bear in mind that hanging out after midnight is always a terrible mistake. Those are only few of the rape prevention advice given to women every day. According to four students at North Carolina State University, women’s safety is now protected by another…