All Women Everywhere

HuffPost UK is running a month-long project in March called All Women Everywhere, providing a platform to reflect the diverse mix of female experience and voices in Britain today.

Through blogs, features and video, we’ll be exploring the issues facing women specific to their age, ethnicity, social status, sexuality and gender identity. If you’d like to blog on our platform around these topics, email ukblogteam@huffingtonpost.com  with a summary of who you are and what you’d like to blog about

Women, Put Yourself In The Driving Seat. Motorsport Is Not Just For Boys

Susie Wolff - First woman to participate in F1 race weekend

Women, Put Yourself In The Driving Seat. Motorsport Is Not Just For Boys
Lewis Hamilton said boldly last week that he would like to see more ladies in the F1 paddock - Fernando Alonso readily agreed. Two multiple World Champions with a combined 27 years in the sport realise that F1 needs more female presence. We are, after all, taking about half the population appearing to be excluded from a global sport which is still regarded as "male dominated".

We Must Make The Unique Challenge Of Raising Children While In Education Fairer

Angela Alexander - NUS Scotland Women's Officer

We Must Make The Unique Challenge Of Raising Children While In Education Fairer
Raising children while in education is a unique challenge. Pressure each and every day to do well, to start an assignment or revise for exams is tough on its own, but dashing backwards and forwards to collect the youngest from your mother's or ensuring the oldest does their homework and has a clean PE kit for the next day makes everything twice as hard. Being a parent whilst in education is a balancing act, a difficult one.

Social Media Can Change Lives - For Better Or Worse

Dawn O'Porter - author, documentary maker and writer

Social Media Can Change Lives - For Better Or Worse
There is no forgiveness on Twitter. In real life words disappear in the air; on social media, they are there forever - you can delete your tweet but others can then still have ownership over your words through a timely screen grab or a re-tweet. An innocent mistake, a flippant remark, a tweet poorly wordsmithed can change your life in a moment. And there are no shades of grey.

I'm Not A Female Sports Fan - I'm A Sports Fan

Francesca Syrett - video project manager, AOL and The Huffington Post

I'm Not A Female Sports Fan - I'm A Sports Fan
Francesca Syrett is a video project manager at The Huffington Post UK. As part of our All Women Everywhere project, she vlogs on being spoken down to and undermined by men as a sports fan and why she won't let anyone stop her from enjoying and talking about the sports she loves.

Parliament Is Unrepresentative - And Women Have A Duty To Make A Difference

Angela Crawley - SNP MP for Lanark and Hamilton East

Parliament Is Unrepresentative - And Women Have A Duty To Make A Difference
One of my fundamental beliefs about Parliament is that in order for it to work most effectively for its population, it should reflect the population's demographics. In order to fully represent its constituents, a legislature should itself be representative. Parliament should be, under that rule, a microcosm of UK society. On many counts, however, it is failing.

What's Next For Digital Feminism?

Jessamy Gleeson - feminist, activist and author

What's Next For Digital Feminism?
When we ask the question of what's next, the answer should be more feminist-friendly spaces, and further acts of intersectionality. We have the most information we have ever had access to at our fingertips - we should use this for education and positive change in spaces that welcome and prioritise our needs.

This Mother's Day Think Of The 54,000 Women Forced Out Of Work Because Of Maternity Discrimination

Sarah Champion - shadow women and equalities minister and Labour MP for Rotheram

This Mother's Day Think Of The 54,000 Women Forced Out Of Work Because Of Maternity Discrimination
It's important on Mother's Day that we recognise the contribution that mother's make to the UK economy, both in terms of their place in the labour market and the value of their investment in the UK workforce through paid and unpaid care. Yet we know that since last Mother's Day, according to the government's own estimates, 54,000 mums have been forced out of work due to maternity discrimination.

A Filth Peddler Talks TV

Jacquie Lawrence - Bafta-winning producer

A Filth Peddler Talks TV
We need a forum where we can normalize our lifestyle without fear of erasure or dilution, because if we don't exist on in visual media then how can we promote, propel and prioritise our very existence in real life?

We Cannot Be Silent On 'Honour-Based' Violence

Deeyah Khan - Emmy-winning director and filmmaker

We Cannot Be Silent On 'Honour-Based' Violence
Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani has brought forward a motion that certain crimes against women should no longer be described in relation to 'honour'. Her rationale sounds reasonable - that describing these crimes differently has meant that police have been treating them as less serious; that they have been avoiding dealing with these crimes due to a misplaced sense of 'respect' for other cultures. However, her proposal could not be more damaging to women at risk of violence.

Can't You Take A Joke?

Nicole Thomas - mother of two

Can't You Take A Joke?
I am 37 years old. For the rest of my lifetime, I will not be afraid of those five words. I will defend my body, my self-respect and my right to object. I will push back against misogyny and sexism with the fierce female determination I inherently possess.

The Pressures Affecting Young Girls' Mental Health And Why Parents' Involvement Is Essential

Amy Packham - parents writer, The Huffington Post UK

The Pressures Affecting Young Girls' Mental Health And Why Parents' Involvement Is Essential

At age 14, Naomi was feeling pressure from all sides of her life. At school, she had pressure around exams, getting her grades and starting to plan her future career. She wasn't happy with how she looked, she compared herself to others on social media and she started to distance herself from friends. "I was expected to be making really important decisions about my future at such a young age," she told The Huffington Post UK.

To My Sexist Toerag Of A Boxing Instructor

Poorna Bell - executive editor, The Huffington Post UK

To My Sexist Toerag Of A Boxing Instructor
When we stood in a circle and you went round sparring with us one by one, you made fun of my punching - you mimicked the feeble jabs made by girls who slap at each other. You singled me out. I notice you didn't do this with any of the guys who missed their punches.

Why I Find Wrestling So Empowering

Nina Samuels - professional wrestler

Why I Find Wrestling So Empowering
Nina Samuels, the first woman in Europe to win the main championship for a mixed gender wrestling match, is the epitome of Girl Power. Here, for The Huffington Post UK, she vlogs about the power of feminism in sport, what got her into wrestling and what needs to change when it comes to women in sport.

For Men Who Don't Mean Anything By It: Sexual Harassment Matters

Dr Finn Mackay - author and lecturer

For Men Who Don't Mean Anything By It: Sexual Harassment Matters
While he has a laugh and moves on, those women might wander on seemingly unperturbed, but they might surreptitiously be looking for their keys to hold in their fist, or pretending to take a phone call or crossing to the other side of the road. He may not even notice; such is the level of unexamined privilege that what's quickly forgotten banter to him might last a whole journey home for the woman.

As Parliament's Newest Female MP, I Know How Far We Have Yet To Go On Equal Representation

Trudy Harrison - Conservative MP for Copeland

As Parliament's Newest Female MP, I Know How Far We Have Yet To Go On Equal Representation

My election as Member of Parliament for Copeland also represents the first time the number of women who have ever been elected as MPs, exceeds the number of male MPs currently sitting in Parliament today. Following International Women's Day it is important we take pride in how far we have come but also to recognise that more needs to be done.

Why Women Will Save The World

Angela Terry - environmental scientist

Why Women Will Save The World
The race is on to a low-carbon economy and the prize could not be greater. More than ever, women are needed to be bold for change because it is women who will bear the brunt of the climate destruction and also have the power to change to a cleaner, greener world.

We Need To Decriminalise Abortion In England And Wales

Diana Johnson - Labour MP for Hull North

We Need To Decriminalise Abortion In England And Wales
Removing the counter-productive threat of criminal punishment against vulnerable women will help create an environment more conducive to reducing incidents of unplanned pregnancies and abortions - not least medically unsafe ones. We need better sex and relationships education and access to good quality professional healthcare - not outdated criminal penalties.

The Young Brown Girl In The Headscarf

Zobia Shahid - student, intersectional feminist

The Young Brown Girl In The Headscarf

I'm the young brown girl, in the headscarf, who's hanging onto a cup of coffee for dear life, over a newspaper, sitting next to you on the train.

No, I'm not quiet. No, I'm not submissive. No, I'm not oppressed. And, NO, this winged eyeliner is not to impress any silly boy.

Shall I tell you what else I'm not?

If You Write A Play About A Muslim Woman People Assume It's About Syria Or Violence Against Women

Ambreen Razia - writer and performer

If You Write A Play About A Muslim Woman People Assume It's About Syria Or Violence Against Women
I wanted to write a story about a unique, inquisitive and confident young British Muslim Girl. I wanted her to take the stage and be at the centre of her own story, sharing her immediate feelings and anxieties with the audience. Growing up I had seen so many representations of young British Muslim girls on television but until Bend it Like Beckham I had never seen one at the forefront of a story.

I'm Proud Of This Government's Action On Domestic Abuse

Suella Fernandes - Conservative MP for Fareham

I'm Proud Of This Government's Action On Domestic Abuse
Domestic violence destroys lives. We need to keep on empowering women to come forward, knowing they have the full backing of the justice system and they won't be failed. As a Conservative, and a women, I am enormously proud that this Government is working to protect the most vulnerable women.

If We Lose Focus, Progress On Gender Equality Can Easily Be Lost

Jo Swinson - director of Equal Power, former Lib Dem minister

If We Lose Focus, Progress On Gender Equality Can Easily Be Lost
We can draw hope from the huge numbers who turned out for the Women's March and the positive spirit in which they gathered. We can be inspired by events like Women of the World Festival, reminding us we are part of a wide and wonderful movement. Most importantly, we need to channel that energy into the action we can all take in our everyday lives to bring a gender equal world one step closer.

Why It Took 35 Years To Diagnose My Autism

Carrie Beckwith-Fellows - writer and blogger

Why It Took 35 Years To Diagnose My Autism
I don't look autistic because, like many autistic women, I mask my autism. Hiding it after a lifetime of being taught that stimming is embarrassing and not making eye contact is rude is why autistic women are trapped in a unique world of immense struggle whilst looking perfectly fine.

Women Are Not Zoo Animals

Johanna Higgs - founder of Project Monma

Women Are Not Zoo Animals
You are walking down the street, minding your own business. You're on your way to university, school or work. You have big dreams of what you would like to achieve with your future. You're thinking about your children or what you want to do tomorrow.

Join The Global Sisterhood With Me This International Women's Day

Sophie Turner - actress and Women for Women International patron

Join The Global Sisterhood With Me This International Women's Day
My active interest in women's rights and the fight against domestic violence only really became acute after one of my scenes from season five of Game of Thrones aired. It was a scene in which my character - a 15 year old hostage - was raped by her captor. There was a huge response and not a particularly positive one: People were boycotting the show, multiple articles were being produced online and it was a trending topic on Twitter...

Women Leading Acts Of Resistance Around The World This International Women's Day

Cecile Richards and Latanya Mapp Frett - president of Planned Parenthood, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global

Women Leading Acts Of Resistance Around The World This International Women's Day
In the midst of these challenging times for women in the U.S. and around the world, women have risen up as some of the strongest voices of dissent. We have spoken, we have marched, we have persisted. And today, women across the U.S. will strike as part of a #DayWithoutAWoman.

#DearBody

Kelly Knox - model and co-founder of Diversity Not Disability

#DearBody
Throughout my life, you have always been there... loving and supporting me, working hard, never giving up on me (even at times when I have felt like giving up on you), being so resilient, adaptable, courageous and strong. I have never stopped to think how brilliant and amazing you are, let alone thank you for it. I guess I took you for granted.

Catherine Mayer, Women's Equality Party Co-Founder, On Why We Need To 'Seize The Turbulence' Of 2017

Brogan Driscoll - lifestyle editor, The Huffington Post UK

Catherine Mayer, Women's Equality Party Co-Founder, On Why We Need To 'Seize The Turbulence' Of 2017

Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women's Equality Party and author, has issued a rallying cry for Brits to "seize the opportunity of turbulence" to make long-lasting change towards gender equality.

"The system isn't working for most people and never has worked for most women," she she told The Huffington Post UK, urging women (and men) to take action offline and get political.

Meet The Twenty-Something Childfree Women Fighting To Be Sterilised

Jasmin Gray - students reporter, The Huffington Post UK

Meet The Twenty-Something Childfree Women Fighting To Be Sterilised

For model and blogger Faith Roswell, a lack of control over her own body was one of the most frustrating elements of her fight to be sterilised.

Finally accepted for the procedure in her late twenties, she spent a decade pleading with GPs over the operation.

"I told my doctor: 'I'm 28. If I told you that I had been trying to get pregnant for 10 years, you would be helping me."

10 Female Champions Working Behind The Camera In The UK

Caroline Frost - entertainment editor, The Huffington Post UK

10 Female Champions Working Behind The Camera In The UK

As part of The Huffington Post UK's month celebrating All Women Everywhere, we bring you 10 women all leading their individual fields across the entertainment spectrum.

As they all point out, there should be more of them, but here we champion 10 pioneers all inspiring others with their efforts and achievements...

The New Sexy

Emilia Clarke - actress and guest editor of The Huffington Post UK

The New Sexy
As I read recently, kindness is sexy, it's good for us, it makes us feel happy and valued. Positive action starts with small individual deeds that accumulate over time and become a movement... a movement toward a more equal society where kindness anchors our feet to the ground while giving us the momentum to keep chipping away together.

With my voice, I hope the feminist mind set my family instilled in me becomes the new normal, and boys and girls are raised to know they are equal.

Why You Should Strike Tomorrow In Solidarity With Women In Ireland, The US And Across The World

Fiona Dunkin - activist with Strike4Repeal

Why You Should Strike Tomorrow In Solidarity With Women In Ireland, The US And Across The World
On the 8th of March in Ireland, on International Women's Day, strike. Though not a traditional industrial strike, whether in Ireland or abroad, take the day off work, forgo domestic chores if possible, wear black, ask local businesses to close their services in support. Show your solidarity with women in Ireland, women in Iceland, women in the US, women in Argentina, women in Poland, women around the world, and get ready to fight.

Treasures Within

Harnaam Kaur - body confidence activist and life coach

Treasures Within
Living with my Lady Beard has been amazing, but that doesn't mean that I have not had to face hard times too. I have been body shamed all my life, and I have come to realise that it will never stop unless I try to change people's perceptions of what beauty really is.

When Does Instagram Become More Than #Inspo And Start To Affect Our Self-Esteem?

Bella Younger - comedian and creator of Deliciously Stella

When Does Instagram Become More Than #Inspo And Start To Affect Our Self-Esteem?
If you think about the women you follow on Instagram, do you follow them because you think they're clever, or because they are pretty? Do you envy their successes, or do you envy their bodies. As a society, we are obsessed with women who are pretty, we are obsessed with women who we think are perfect. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with a bit of inspiration but when does it stop being #inspo and start affecting our self esteem.

Mandatory Sex And Relationships Education Is A Victory For Campaigners And Young Women Everywhere

Caroline Lucas - co-leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion

Mandatory Sex And Relationships Education Is A Victory For Campaigners And Young Women Everywhere
This week something revolutionary happened. After years of effort from young people, students, parents, teachers and campaigners the Government announced its intentions to make sex and relationships education (SRE) statutory in an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill while also paving the way for further action on PSHE education in its entirety. From the age of four all children will have access to lessons that have the power to change their lives.

Happy Women's Pay Day - The Day The Average Woman Starts Getting Paid Compared To The Average Man

Frances O'Grady - general secretary of the TUC

Happy Women's Pay Day - The Day The Average Woman Starts Getting Paid Compared To The Average Man

Next week sees International Women's Day being celebrated around the world. As women we've come so far in achieving equality in the workplace and in wider society. But sadly we've still got a lot of work to do when it comes to tackling the gender pay gap.

New research published by the TUC reveals that the average woman has to wait nearly a fifth of a year (66 days) before she starts to get paid, compared to the average man.

Mind The Gender Pay Gap - Time For A Royal Commission

Fiona Hotston Moore - qualified chartered accountant

Mind The Gender Pay Gap - Time For A Royal Commission

When will the Government take women seriously? All the latest research says that we are, as usual, falling behind men in terms of pay.

But at least as troubling as the general, depressing discrimination we all face is the fact that it seems to be skilled and trained women losing out most of all.

Male Violence Is The Worst Problem In The World

Caitlin Roper - activist and campaigns manager for Collective Shout

Male Violence Is The Worst Problem In The World

It is everyday terrorism against women, but it is not recognised as such because the targets are women, and the perpetrators are the very people who claim to love us. While many of us have been directly harmed by male violence, the threat alone is enough to keep women as a class in a state of fear, controlled, pliable.

Yet when reporting on male violence, mainstream media neglects to call it what it is, with headlines often stating the sex of the victim while downplaying the sex of the perpetrator, if even mentioning him at all... I am tired of being polite. I am sick of trying to convince men of women's basic humanity. I am tired of asking men nicely to stop raping and killing us.

The Gulf Between Jews And Muslims Is Widening - It's Time For Women To Fix It

Laura Marks OBE - co-chair of the interfaith Nisa-Nashim conference

The Gulf Between Jews And Muslims Is Widening - It's Time For Women To Fix It

Our belief is that bringing people together - by sharing and celebrating our similarities, while at the same time starting to address the issues which drive our communities apart - is a new, positive and fresh approach to challenging the prejudice, mistrust and deadlock holding us back.

And that change begins this Sunday.

Why I'm Hopeful About What The Future Holds For Women

Poorna Bell, executive editor of The Huffington Post UK

Why I'm Hopeful About What The Future Holds For Women

What made the Women's March different and a turning point for how we deal with and treat women's issues, was the acknowledgement that women aren't a species that exists in isolation.

And while it isn't right that 52% of the population is still having to fight for basic equal rights, my god, wasn't it fantastic that 100% of us decided enough was enough?

So here we are, on the cusp of launching our third annual All Women Everywhere project, which will run for the month of March.

Girls' Education Is Key To Fighting Global Poverty

Mhairi Black, SNP MP for Paisley & Renfrewshire South Ivan Lewis, Labour MP for Bury South Wendy Morton Conservative MP for Aldridge-Brownhills

Girls' Education Is Key To Fighting Global Poverty

Poverty is sexist. Demanding governments break down the barriers that prevent girls going to school can end gender injustice, it can help prevent poverty, and it will strengthen global security.

The fight against extreme poverty and for better security starts with getting an education for 130million girls.

Why Maternal Mental Health Matters

Professor Lesley Regan - President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Why Maternal Mental Health Matters
As many as one in five women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or in the first year after delivering their baby and women with a history of mental health problems are at significant risk of relapse during pregnancy, particularly if they stop taking their medication.

What is particularly distressing is that the number of maternal suicides has not changed since 2003 and suicide is the leading cause of maternal deaths in the UK within a year after childbirth. Despite these alarming figures, in almost half of the UK pregnant women and new mothers have no access to specialist community perinatal mental health services.