How Can Feminist Legal Theory Be Used for the Benefit of Wider Society?

Ana Ben is a first year student in the department of Classics, interested in women’s rights, different cultures, international law and philosophy. Her hobbies include debating, going to art galleries and writing. Although positive shifts have been made in recognising and dismantling the identity of the female, the pervasive nature of patriarchal norms in legal…

Are Women Treated Unfairly in the Prison System?

Molly Lindsey is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. Proposing an uprooting of the entire system, Frances Cook (pictured below), the CEO of Howard League for Penal Reform, calls the women’s prison estate a ‘scar on the nation’.  In an article written by Crook herself, the reform advocate suggests that “Only those people…

A Seat At The Table Part 2: Solution

Pooja Sajanani is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. In my previous article on this mini-series, I discussed how women are under-represented in politics and why that needs to change. I outlined three reasons for the need for greater political participation from women: On an average, women are more likely than men to…

Why are Women Facing the Brunt of Recent Austerity Measures?

Harriet Whitehead is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. According to new figures published by the House of Commons, women are bearing 86% of the austerity burden[1]. Labour called out the Conservatives for this catastrophic failing in a recent report.[2] This systematic burden is a long-standing issue, with the previous Tory government being…

Who is Karina Saifer? Revenge Porn: A Lesson in Consent

Leah Olasehinde is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. In November this year, a Brazilian teenager ended her life after months of racial and sexual abuse following the release of ‘intimate photos’ that her ex-boyfriend had shared onto social media[1]. In the photos, she was 14 years old, upon her death, she was…

FGM: How to Handle One of the Biggest Human Rights Violations

Hannah Bondi is Editor-in-Chief of Breaking the Glass Ceiling. Winner of the KCL Human Writes Journal best contribution for 2017. A Discussion with Dexter Dias QC Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, is one of the biggest human rights violations facing the world today. The process itself is a gruesome one.  A girl’s genitals are deliberately…

Why do the Labour Party only want male leaders?

Harriet Whitehead is a third year, Philosophy BA student. I am interested in politics and international affairs. More specifically in discussions surrounding freedom of speech and women’s rights. I hope to study this in the future. In over a hundred years of existence, the Labour Party has never elected a female leader. This is unlikely…

Myth v Reality: Child Marriages in Central Asia

Katarina Valieva is the Editor of Breaking The Glass Ceiling. The UNFPA defines child marriage as the “union of two persons, at least one of whom is under 18 years of age”. It is estimated that annually 15 million girls around the world marry before the age of 18. This article will examine the impact…

The Global War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Written by Liza Kinnear, a Russian/Scottish third year law student.  Donald Trump’s rise to power in the United States, amongst other atrocious consequences, signifies a very real threat to women’s rights. I speak specifically of a woman’s right to control her own body and reproductive health. Only a few weeks into his presidency, it has…