Laura Bates
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Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of thousands of stories of sexism experienced by women around the world. By providing a collective voice, the project aims to prove the sheer scale of the problem, prove wrong those who say that it no longer exists and prompt dialogues about how to tackle it. Laura is also contributor at Women Under Siege, a Women's Media Center project documenting and advocating against the use of sexualised violence as a weapon of war in conflict zones worldwide. She writes a weekly Everyday Sexism blog for the Independent and has also written for the Women's Media Center, the F Word and Jump! Magazine for girls.

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How the Top 140 Tweeters List Reflects UK Society

(9) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Last week, Peer Index revealed its annual list of the most influential 140 UK tweeters. Strikingly, only 24 women made it in at all, and only four into the top 50. Not to mention the fact that two of them were only there courtesy of their...

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Dear David... An Open Letter to the Editor of the Sun

(212) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 9:48 AM

Dear David,

What a year it's been for the Sun.

There was your energetic campaign to strip "warped...paedo star" Jimmy Savile of his Knighthood (the one where you urged "outraged readers to get involved and back us"). Then there was your high profile

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Teaching Our Children About Healthy Relationships Just Makes Sense

(185) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Imagine a country - a country with a population of, say, 63million people. Imagine that in that country, over 80,000 women are raped and 400,000 sexually assaulted every year, and over two per week killed by a current or former partner. Imagine that in that country...

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An Open Letter to Facebook

(140) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 10:09 AM

We, the undersigned, are writing to demand swift, comprehensive and effective action addressing the representation of rape and domestic violence on Facebook. Specifically, we call on you, Facebook, to take three actions:

  1. Recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women as hate speech and make a...
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The Rape of an 11-Year-Old Girl Highlights an Important Wider Issue

(52) Comments | Posted December 2, 2012 | 7:00 PM

A man appeared in court last week charged with the rape of an 11-year-old girl on her way home from school. The news has caused widespread shock and consternation, but stories submitted to the Everyday Sexism Project website this year suggest that the sexual harassment of...

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Just What Exactly IS the Argument FOR Page 3?

(52) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 8:00 PM

I wasn't going to write about the Page 3 debate. Plenty of other brilliant female commentators have already dealt with the subject succinctly and thoroughly. Frankly to me the argument seems so overwhelmingly clear and simple that it only really needed to be explained once. But as I watched the...

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Everyday Sexism at Work

(25) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 8:00 PM

We have not yet achieved gender equality in the UK workplace. We know this to be indisputably true thanks to statistics that reveal a stubbornly persistent wage gap between men and women and show that women continue to be underrepresented in top jobs. The Home Office website, citing data from...

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Chris Brown's Tattoo Shows Exactly How Seriously We Take Domestic Violence

(332) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 8:00 PM

In the UK, 45% of women have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. At least 80,000 women are raped every year. On average, two women per week are killed by a violent partner or ex-partner, making up an enormous 40% of all female homicides.

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Everyday Sexual Assault

(199) Comments | Posted September 2, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Once, I was walking down the street when a group of men came up behind me. I didn't turn around. There was plenty of room on the pavement for them to pass by. But they didn't. They stopped behind me and one, suddenly, roughly and completely out of the blue,...

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