100 Years of Inspirational Women

 

The year 2018 marks the one hundred year anniversary of (some) women being the right to vote. Although this doesn’t seem like a long enough time, and we still have a long way to go, it is a huge accomplishment that should be celebrated with confidence and encouragement. 

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That being said, the British media still has a not-talked-about-enough diversity problem. Last year, City University conducted research on the matter and found the industry to be “94% white, 86% university-educated, and 55% male, with women largely relegated to junior positions.”

In recent years, many feminist mags and zines have successfully paved their way into the market, often featuring all-female contributors and editors, and talking about issues not usually mentioned in mainstream publications. 

Gal-dem’s opinion editor, Heather Barrett, expressed “the lack of diversity in the media is unbelievably frustrating. Gal-dem are changing that by providing a platform where women and non-binary people of colour can write about whatever they like.” 

So, who do we have to thank for women being more active in the industry?

Recent editors - and anyone who has created a meaningful magazine - are largely vocal about telling stories with a focus (and not just arguing about the newest ‘in’ colour, or gossiping about celebrities’ cellulite - although that’s totally cool if that’s what you’re interested in - you do you, who am I to judge?).

But, I believe that it is the suffragettes who are the real heroes, here. Their daring stunts, law-breaking and non-violent forms of protest made people listen, and gave future generations a voice in publishing. If it weren’t for these brave women, who knows where we’d be now? 

Perhaps we women would still be unable to vote. Maybe we wouldn’t be allowed to work, to write, or to voice our opinions. Without these women, we would not have had half of the opportunities that we have.

However, we’re not finished. We will use our voices to further progression and inclusion. We will work hard to make sure that every gender, every race, every sexuality and religion and background, will be heard.

Leanne Gordon