What do you hope to see in a more gender-equal world?


This year’s International Women’s Day theme ‘breaking the bias’ stands against all forms of gender bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. We asked students for their thoughts on the theme and their hopes for gender equality:

“This year’s tagline goal of ‘breaking the bias’ overlooks the intersectional nuance that is so necessary for meaningful change. It seems dangerously close to mimicking the same archaic ‘girl-boss’isms that promote ideas of a kind of priviledged pursuit of feminism.”
‘Breaking Bias: International Women’s Day’
by Anna Sian White

What does ‘breaking the bias’ mean to you?

  • Confronting norms that limit women from being able to excel in all areas.
  • Educating everyone (not just women) about gender equality.
  • Being brave and doing what you love and whatever makes you happy.
  • Not hearing “you can’t have it all” when you say you want an equal relationship.
  • Removing “you can’t have equality” from people’s vocabulary.
  • Not conforming to what society says I have to look like.
  • Confronting norms that limit women from being able to excel in all areas.
  • Being willing to change your point of view and develop your understanding.

What is one gender stereotype you fight against?

  • Men cannot be weak, while women are often assumed to be weak.
  • Girls should finish schooling early to get a stable job.
  • Wanting an equal relationship. Family tells me I can’t have ‘everything’
  • That everyone is heterosexual, which is not the case.
  • Women as weak/victims/passive.
  • Men try to overstep women at work – thinking they are better!
  • When it’s expected of men not to show their emotions.
  • That gender is fixed.
  • Women shouldn’t talk about periods.
  • Women should stay silent and take in the pain.

What / who inspires you to promote gender equality?

What do you hope to see in a more gender-equal world?

  • Less expectations, less prejudice and more dialogue.
  • I want to see a more equal workforce in the future, particularly in those industries that tend to have been male-dominated in the past. It’s incredibly motivating for me to see women ‘breaking the bias’ by gaining these job roles, and I hope it continues to happen and improve. Rachael Woodroffe, MA Global Corporations and Policy (Online).
  • Equal pay and equal working opportunities.
  • For women to stop being told they can’t have everything when they ask for basic rights.
  • The elimination of structural, institutional and policy barriers.
  • More autonomy for women and non-binary people; access to healthcare to exercise autonomy.
  • More respect towards women.
  • No fear of sexual assault, rape and other forms of intimidation and violence.
  • That the spectrum of genders is fully understood and accepted.


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