Articles, Essays and Opinions
By Kimberly Hamlin via BBC History Extra
Hamlin's article explores the history of Phyllis Schlafly and her movement 'STOP ERA' which ended the 1970s debate on whether to cement gender equality in the American Constitution. Many believe that the Equal Rights Amendment would have been passed if Schlafly hadn’t succeeded in creating such widespread protest against. She argued that men and women were fundamentally different and that to encourage women to live outside of the capacity of homemaker and mother was to go against the innate role of the woman. The article is very interesting in giving a perspective on women who believe gender equality to be abhorrent and actively seek to stop it.
By Jon Henley and Eleanor Ainge Roy for the Guardian
Female leaders from Sint Maarten to Iceland seem to be handling the Covid-19 outbreak more efficiently than their male counterparts. This article explores some of their responses, and possible reasons for their success. One potential factor being that women are only likely to be elected as leaders in countries which trust and support the government.
This is a really heartfelt reminder of the human cost behind the Covid-19 pandemic from an NHS doctor on the frontline. Admist the controversy over what measures the UK should be taking next, the actions of particular leading figures who advocated a lockdown, and the incessant whir of statistics, figures, theories and models, it's easy to overlook the fact behind every single one of the numbers is a person with loved ones, hopes, memories, worries and fears, in other words, a life like the rest of us. Many of these lives have been torn apart by coronavirus, as detailed in the example of Winston and his family in the article. It's important to remember through all the confusion and white noise that in a room somewhere there are people losing a fight for their life,alone, separated from others by at best a wall of PPE that hides a smile. At worst, they may have to say a last goodbye to their loved ones over video call. We owe it to them to always think with empathy when we think about this pandemic.