Over 24 hours after sending my email I’ve had a reply. I’m not really satisfied, because I think that a majority on this vote could have taken the issue to the EU with more credibility.
We negotiated with the EU in 2000 and got the tax cut from 17.5% to 5%, and I firmly believe that with enough support and campaigning we could remove the tax completely…across the EU. Why should UK women have more privilege regarding sanitary products compared to women of other EU member states?
I was appalled to read that my local MP (I didn’t vote for him) voted against cutting the so called ‘Tampon Tax’. So I wrote him a letter. Continue reading
A recent experience at work has left me annoyed and curious at the same time. But first I shall set the scene;
Though currently brunette, as a child I had a mess of white blonde hair. I do not consider myself overly vain, though I do have my moments, and I was most put out when a teacher in year 7 referred to me as having brown hair. Being quite a tenacious ‘tween’, I took action and dyed it back to its ‘rightful’ colour. This tradition continued for around 13 years, until I got bored and went back to brunette.
I was at a Science Grrl social a few weeks ago in London, a fabulous organisation aimed at encouraging more girls to get into the sciences, because ‘Science is for everyone’. Quite right. I got chatting to one of the young gentlemen who also attended the social (science is for everyone, and so is Science Grrl) and he said ‘So you’re a feminist then?’ To which I replied ‘Um, not really, I just want more gender equality in the sciences…but I suppose in the wider world too.’ He looked puzzled at this and said ‘…so you’re a feminist then?’. I suppose I am. Can you be a little bit feminist? Or is it an all or nothing phenomenon.
After my rather ranty post a few months ago about the EU’s ‘Science, its a girl thing’, I’m pleased to see some intelligent women from the University of Bristol (from the Psychology department no less!) have come up with a fantastic parody which you can see below:
There’s also new scheme I’ve come across who, also in response to the EU campaign, http://www.sciencegrrl.co.uk/. They’re selling calendars, totes and badges (all of which I’ve bought!) featuring pictures of real women doing real science to raise money for campaigns to get more girls into the sciences. Its a fantastic cause and I hope it generates more support in the future.