I strongly believe that there should be no place for discrimination against women and girls. Yet, sexual violence, forced marriages, genital mutilation, traditional attitudes about the status and role of women or unequal access to education still remain an issue in the XXI century world. The inequalities can be also found in well-developed countries, with overwhelming masculinity of the British politics being just one of many examples.
Therefore, I decided to devote my academic research to the inequality issues. Specifically, in my PhD project I analyse whether the British media treat political candidates of different gender equally. Even though in the UK women got the right to vote over 80 years ago, they still seem to be left at the political margins. It is believed that the media may be one of the factors that makes the life of females engaged in politics particularly hard.
Nowadays media have a lot of power and one inappropriate text or commentary can put a politician down, undermining his/her chances for active political participation. Unfortunately, media have tendency for discriminating women; for instance, writing about the (female) Prime Minister as “the vicar’s daughter in kitten heels” (the Mirror 11 July 2016) just does not appear to be right. I believe that through my research I can raise the awareness that such issues exist and that they can severely undermine the credibility of the female politicians.
While I decided to focus my attention on inequalities in political participation, there is a multitude of other gender-based inequalities around the globe which also need to be tackled. Therefore, I believe that no matter what country you are from or what you believe in and whether you are a man or woman we all should have equal rights to be whoever we want to be. And no one should decide it for us.