Anti women discrimination rife in Britain


This video from Britain is called Bollocks 2 Blair – part 1.

From British daily The Guardian:

Sex discrimination rife and equality will take generations, says axed commission

John Carvel, social affairs editor

Tuesday July 24, 2007

Sex equality will take generations to achieve at the current “painfully slow” rate of progress, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) said today in a final report before being wound up by the government after more than 30 years fighting gender bias across British society.

It found discrimination is still rife in politics, employment and public services, and stark gender gaps at work and at home. After analysing 22 measurements of the nation’s progress towards sex equality, the commission found:

Article continues here.

See also here.

So, apparently the Blairite-Brownite British government prefers to abolish the Equal Opportunities Commission, instead of abolishing the inequality. Not even Margaret Thatcher (“What did feminism ever do for me”? Duh … she would not even have been able to vote without it …) had dared to abolish it.

Blair, and, apparently, Brown, though the decision to abolish was made under Blair, as poodles of George W. Bush, also on women’s rights.

Social and economic inequality in Britain: here.

And here.

US Working Women: Better Educated but Still Paid Less Than Men: here.

3 thoughts on “Anti women discrimination rife in Britain

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