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Everything from finding the right lipstick to the right husband

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Survivors’ Runway

Beauty pageants are often deemed anti-feminist – for years, many have argued that the process is exploitative and regressive, serving to judge and rate women according to the male gaze; yet they can also be seen as empowering, as women are able to walk down a catwalk...

Divorce: the end of the road or a new beginning?

I like to think I’m strong. There are decisions I have made about how I live my life that I know people in my culture and society would frown upon: the way I very openly voice my opinions, my inability to tolerate injustice silently or calmly, my refusal to sit and...

The Power of Education

When I was asked to speak here today, I couldn’t believe it. On paper, I’m not someone you would expect to be standing here in front of you all –in front of all these successful, intelligent and powerful people – to share my opinion on the power of education. My story...

The Tragedy of Teaching Today

The Tragedy of Teaching Today Laurian Bold’s devastating decision to jump 140 feet to her death should compel education ministers to stop ignoring everything they know is happening and actually deal with these real issues. The state of British education today is in...

Is Love Colour-Blind?

Imagine this: You meet a man. He’s humble; he’s honest; he’s hard working… he’s wonderful. Swearing and fornicating is something he abstains from, partying and drinking doesn’t even cross his mind. He lives his life “by the book”. His book: the Bible. He is a...

Letter to The Man on the Victoria Line

To The Man on the Victoria Line, Today, you sat opposite me on the train, as we travelled in similar directions to work. It was a typical rush hour commute in London: the train was packed with sweaty, impatient people and as I applied my makeup, you jabbed aimlessly...