Together, we can save STEM – ALDLive17 de-breif #1

My first post about ALDLive17 has GOT to be about my new STEM hero. Aphra Bennet. This bad ass STEM lady is 17 years old, and I’m quite sure she is set to take the STEM world by storm. And soon.

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My MP replied to my letter about #tampontax

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?

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Can you be a little bit Feminist?

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.

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