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New Statesman: The response to care workers striking for equal pay shows we undervalue the work women do

Those who took these women for granted are not being held responsible because they are not expected to prioritise love and care. Women are.

Independent: Yvette Cooper is right that women should stand up for Theresa May

I always had a sense of unease regarding the way in which men in particular expressed their personal disgust at Thatcher’s politics. It feels like an excuse for the guilt-free indulgence of misogyny

Independent: The fact that we’re considering making misandry a hate crime should concern everyone who believes in equality

It seems there’s nothing women can have – not even their status as a marginalised sex class – that men will not expect them to share

Independent: Apparently having a baby in your fifties will ‘traumatise’ the child – but only if you’re a woman of course

The ethical problems relating to older motherhood are routinely cast aside when it comes to men. After all, we are told, that’s the way it’s always been

Independent: Why do we always pit boys against girls on GCSE results day and pretend everything is fixed to the girls’ advantage?

Everywhere I look, there’s a headline suggesting that too many girls gaining top marks is a problem to be solved by examination reform. There seems to be a belief that girls have overstepped the mark and need reining in

New Statesman: Forcing women to become carers after Brexit is no mistake – it’s what many Leave voters wanted

A Department of Health dossier suggested more women would drop out of the workforce to make up for a lack of EU careworkers.

Independent: A former Ukip councillor has been jailed for murdering his wife – but according to his mates it’s him we should feel sorry for

The polarisation of political discourse has made misogyny not just more visible, but an acceptable expression of the rage of the self-styled common man

Independent: A women’s place has never been in the home – the truth is far more complex than that

A vast majority of Britons still believe women should be the primary caregivers. Why is our image of motherhood based on a specific, fleeting cultural moment that mainly exists in 1950s advert land?

Independent: You can be happy for Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black and criticise commercial surrogacy at the same time

Surrogacy can be a joyful act of generosity – but there is a need to understand the risks to the most vulnerable women once we start to think of wombs as rentable spaces

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