Weekly Competition #21

'I heard it in the news!'

 

Last week we asked why it is important for the BNC to find out about gender equality. Well done to all of you who warmed up your brains and entered the first competition of this half term!

Well done to Loopy Lama at Elaine Primary Academy! We enjoyed reading the multiple reasons they gave and their reference to the suffragettes. Congratulations also go to Sparnosaur12 at Graveney School. They added in lots of global examples that were useful to support their reasons. They also predicted some of the upcoming conversations!

You can read the full entries below.

This competition is now closed. You can enter this week’s competition by clicking here.

30 Comments

  1. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    I think this is an important BNC Issue because women voices and power have been diminish for many years and in politics they have less power.
    For example, there is 32% MPs that are women, which means 68% of them are men that shows women don’t have enough power in politics. It shouldn’t be like that everyone should have equal power even if your gender different from someone elses.
    Sluglove123

  2. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    I think that this is an important BNC issue for multiple reasons. The EU has a league table for gender inequality, and the UK’s score hasn’t changed in over 10 years. In this is included full time employment rates , in which only 43.4 % of women are included, as opposed to 60.5 % of men. They also take into account the average monthly earnings of women and men. Women earn £700 less every month than men do, coming up at just £2242. This means that women earn £12.50 an hour on average, but men get paid £16.34 for the same amount of work. There are only two aspects of this report that are positive that women come out on top in, which are knowledge and life expectancy. Neither of these things are controlled by third party organisations or people. However, there is also a larger percentage of women that are subjected to violence, and those who spend time caring for those who cannot care for themselves. (http://eige.europa.eu/gender-equality-index/2015/UK)

    VulneraSanentur4

  3. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    I think it is extremely important for us to discuss this issue because there is too many women being undermined by the ‘superior ‘ men and it is a massive problem in modern society! Women and men should be treated as equal because why should we( women ) be treated worse than our male counterparts. Yes, the Suffragettes did have a huge impact on the life for women nowadays , like winning the fight for women to work and vote. Also throughout history women and girls have been treated differently than men, although things have changed in recent years but there is still too much sexism in the world and that needs to chang now! This topic is also important for the BNC to discuss this topic because it gives us a better understanding of diversity.

    LoopyLama

  4. Allhallows Primary Academy Allhallows Primary Academy

    This is important because it is unnecessary, nasty and overall favoritism. Wanna stop it? Then we need to know about it. It’s important to know about things before we approach them fully.
    Catmad

  5. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    We as a country should treat everyone with the same respect. We have a female PM and that should have opened peoples mind to what a women can achieve. This should have been sorted ages ago.

    happyllama

  6. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    i am really glad that this is the BNC’s new topic because i think this is very important issue. my example is that until recently, it was always the eldest SON who became royalty even if the daughter was older. there only used to be a queen if there was no son. this has changed now but this is an amazing example of anti-feminism and discrimination.
    -GryffindorPug

  7. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    I think that feminism is a wonderful topic for the BNC to be discussing because this is such an important issue because so many women and girls fall subject to sexism in their everyday lives. For instance women currently work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, but earn only 10 percent of the world’s income. They face things like less pay than men and are constantly deprived of things that men have. Women are portrayed as damsels in distress and need to be ‘saved’ by the men. There has been a constant fight for equal rights in the past, for example the suffragettes. To illustrate this, take a look at the Bechdel test, which is a test that asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added. There are many movies that pass this test, but a considerable amount that don’t. These include movies like “Avatar” and “Lord of the Rings.” Another thing to take into consideration is how women are portrayed in the media. Many females are featured wearing revealing outfits and tight fitting clothing which doesn’t focus about their achievements, but on their bodies! For example, the media focused on Theresa May’s shoes rather than on her policies as Prime Minister. I hope that this topic will broaden our horizons when it comes to gender equality and equality. Let’s make this the year of the woman!
    (https://www.pciglobal.org/discrimination-against-women/)
    Rosecat

  8. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    This is important to study as feminism is a very prominent in media and the working sector around pay and job status (promotions and pay bonuses). Whilst pay is the important many women don’t enter science as well as just leadership. Only 690000 females go into STEM based subjects compared to men’s 4710000.
    However we should go into the subject open-minded as tunnel vision could easily over take.
    Goldrhino
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2015/jun/13/how-well-are-women-represented-in-uk-science

  9. Boutcher Primary School Boutcher Primary School

    I think that it is important that girls are equal to boys because I heard on the radio that some girls thought that they could not do sports and their confidence was shrinking.

    Madame Ming

    • Hello Madame Ming,

      That is an interesting fact – why do you think girls could be less confident than boys when it comes to sport?

  10. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    I think that the BNC should cover this issue because women and men should be treated equally. I believe this because it is extremely unfair that women have to be in separate teams (such as football) than men. It is also inequitable that men’s sport gets more attention than women’s sport.

    LoopyLama

    • Hi LoopyLama,

      Some people might argue that it’s more fair to have separate women’s and men’s sports teams because men are usually physically stronger and therefore more likely to get into top teams for things like Rugby and Football. Others disagree and say women and men can be equally as strong. What do you think?

      -Tiff at the Foundation

      • Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

        Hi Tiffany,

        I believe that women could be equally as strong as men! Sometimes it’s not about being physically strong, it’s about being mentally strong. Like the Suffragettes, they didn’t fight for what they wanted physically, but they fought by protesting to get their point across. Also, when a male says that women can’t play football, during the world wars, women played football while the men were out fighting to entertain the remaining men and the women. In addition to that, men are payed a lot more than women in sports and the prizes and winnings for male sports are much bigger than female sports which (in my opinion) should not be allowed.

        LoopyLama

  11. Crampton Primary School Crampton Primary School

    i think the BNC should talk about this issue for mottbel ressons 1 so when us boys grow up we can make sore that the woman that work with get payed the same ammont. my seccond resson is so we know what happends in the world
    red123

  12. Boutcher Primary School Boutcher Primary School

    This is a very important issue for BNC, because even though this sexism problem has gotten better, it’s still a big problem. An example of sexism is that in football there’s men’s football and women’s football. Why can’t we have men and women in the same team?

    Onicyclops

  13. This is important because many women are treating unfairly in each part of the world, for example: A lady had the exact same job as a man, and was paid LOWER! We need to look at this because we need to be able to fight against this, and make the world a better place.
    -KangarooKraze!

  14. I think that it is important to learn about this issue because women and men are both humans so why should they be treated differently? women should have the same rights as men seeming as they are the ones who put the men into this world. women should be paid the same amount as men and they should be allowed to have the same jobs as men without anyone judging them!!!!! If we can make women and men equal then the world would be a much better place!! COME ON GIRLS LETS KEEP ON FIGHTING !!!!!! #pineapple22

  15. I think this is an important topic as it will create a discussion about the inequalities of women in the workplace and in different countries. Also it links in with sexual harassment and the history of feminism.
    For Example, Saudi Arabia. With their religious and governmental regulations, women are not permitted to expose parts of their body except for their eyes. The majority of women wear an abaya- a long cloak- with a head scarf however they can have their face exposed but they are harassed by the religious police. In Saudi Arabia, women are being allowed to drive by the command of King Salman(1).
    The BBC pay difference show an encounter with inequality with men and women as some men were payed more than the females. Their were examples of inequality in the pay difference where men were being women but not many people expected the BBC to be one of them when their pay list was revealed.
    I think in the discussion the topic of lesbianism in countries will come up probably when talking about Saudi Arabia as one of rules women must follow is to be accompanied by your husband or another male.
    The history of feminism could come up with mentions of the suffragette movement.
    The topic of sexual harassment could come up also.
    There are many topics to be discussed in this issue.
    Sparnosaur12
    (1)=http://www.theweek.co.uk/60339/nine-things-women-cant-do-in-saudi-arabia

  16. I think it’s an important issue as one woman (who worked in the BBC) found out she was being paid less than the men colleagues which I thought isn’t fair when they are doing the exact same job!!! If we learn about this topic it could raise awareness that women and men should be treated equally so that the world would be a better environment for everyone. -Fluffyisinterested-

  17. High Halstow Primary School High Halstow Primary School

    I think it’s un fair because we all humans and shoud be treated the same and not payed less they shoud be payed equally
    Monkey

  18. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    I think that this is an important BNC topic because men are being paid more than women while they are doing the same job. For example, BBC news says that 74% of firms pay higher rates to their male staff. This shows that while men and women are doing the same job firms still decide to pay their men more. Another reason is on the next Wireless music festival only three women are taking part and there dozens of men. This shows that women are given enough chances to be a musician compared to men. On the Guardian it says that Britain compared to the 28 countries in the EU has made zero progress towards tackling gender inequality. This really shows that Britain has a long way to go to tackling gender inequality. Do you think men should be paid more or should women be paid more or should it be equal?
    PogbaRaven#6

  19. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    I think this is an important topic because women don’t get paid the same amount even though they’re doing the same job. For example, BBC news said that women get 14.9% less than men for the same job. That’s not right! Also, wireless only has THREE women that are singing yet there are plenty of more women that could sing. And, the Guardian says that it wills 2095 still the gender pay gap is equal. Gender doesn’t matter. It’s about how they work.

    RavenTheDonut

  20. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    I think this is an important topic because women don’t get paid the same amount even though they’re doing the same job. For example, BBC news said that women get 14.9% less than men for the same job. That’s not right! Also, wireless only has THREE women that are singing yet there are plenty of more women that could sing. And, the Guardian says that it wills 2095 the gender pay gap will be equal. Gender doesn’t matter. It’s about how they work.

    RavenTheDonut

  21. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    I think that the ‘The year of women’ is important topic because women gets paid less than men and that’s more sexist plus women nearly do every thing (example : they tidy up ,make food, etc..) so women are like slaves but men are like this ,come from work eat, get beer and watch Football OR men come from work eat and help their wife .2nd reason, is in wireless festival there are only 3 women plus they are on the stage going to perform . So do you think that this topic is important ?

    By: GoldenRaven

  22. High Halstow Primary School High Halstow Primary School

    I am poppy 11 and I think that women and men should be equal no matter what . When people do sports I think that that people can choose if they want to be on the women’s team or the men’s team so then it is fair .

  23. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    I think ‘the year of the women’ is important because for decades, women have not been treated equally. I recently found on the guardian that the pay gap has been going on for more than four decades .While looking at the wireless official site, I found that
    There are only 3 women performing when there are dozens of men performing.

    Anime.Raven#716$

  24. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    The year of the women!

    I think that ‘the year of the women’ is an important topic for the following reasons:

    Firstly in the BBC news I have heard that more men are getting paid more than women. I think that is unfair for us women.
    Secondly on a website ‘wireless.com’ says only 3 women are getting viewed on a festival compared to men.

    Bunny Raven

  25. This is an important issue because no-one has the right to treat women with disrespect; it’s equivalent to mistreating your mother. Gender inequality isn’t just a problem in the U.K, it’s a problem around the world too. For example, I heard on ‘USA Today’ that 51% of women make up the population in America, but only 19% are members of Congress. To add to that, I heard on the BBC that in England back in 1906, a baker’s wages for a man were £1.45 an hour compared to a woman’s 63p an hour. Lastly, this issue is very fitting as it’s been a hundred years since women weren’t allowed to vote back in 1918. This shows me that girls (all around the world) have never given up, these 100 years are a momentum to show that now, most women are gaining the respect they deserve. Men wouldn’t be here without women- right?
    Respect is earned regardless what gender you are.
    OriginallyCurious

  26. I have to say this is a very important issue because although things have changed there still women who haven`t started a proper life because of this. It is also good because now things have changed a bit we still need to spread are the word out to everyone to change the environment and make the world a better place for us and others.By that one simple thing, we can be super heroes so i`m glad we have come to see and recognise this situation and we should celebrate those women who inspired other women to have there say and have a true equality.Women who have changed the world are really important and amazing and they have changed the world.
    such as-Rosa Parks, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Seacole, Malala Yousafzai, Emmeline Pankhurst and many more important people.and hope you celebrate the hundredth anniversary when women were allowed to vote and see that girls, boys, women and men work exceptionally hard and they should have the same qualities.

    misslittlerepoter