Micro-othering: discovering the damage of micro-aggressions

Micro-aggressions have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. From my earliest memories in the hairdresser’s chair, fair or tanned (depending on the time of year) I aroused curiosity with my hair and eyebrows ‘too dark and thick to be English’.

“Where are you from?” they’d ask.

“Where did you get such dark and lovely hair?”  they’d ask.

The response of “Bristol” never seemed to bring them satisfaction.

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The next steps towards achieving a gender inclusive culture.

It’s been wonderful over the last few years to see the number of people demonstrating their understanding of gender diversity by adding their preferred pronouns to email signatures, business cards and professional profiles. 6 million people on LinkedIn have added their pronouns to their profiles in the last year alone and we know that approximately … Continued

Disability, Education & Work

Having been through the mainstream education system as a special needs student, I have definitely had my ups and downs.  Primary and secondary school were fine (I did the same lessons as everyone else). However, attitudes changed when I left secondary school to become a college student.

Four things young professionals need to remember when working from home

For some individuals, the opportunity to work predominantly from home suits their working style or personality far better. For instance, this guide on neurodiversity in the workplace suggests that many neuro-diverse workers will feel more comfortable working away from others, and this should be supported by employers through more flexible working policies.

International Women’s Day 2022

Every year on March 8th International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated all around the world. This day traces back to the early women’s rights campaigns of the 1910s and became a global holiday in 1975, when the UN first celebrated it as part of the International Women’s Year. IWD acknowledges the big and small achievements … Continued

Trans People in Ancient Britain

  As a trans historian who specialises in the ancient world, I occasionally get asked whether there is any evidence for the existence of trans people in ancient Britain. That isn’t an easy question to answer because our ancestors did not have much in the way of a written culture. Most of what we know … Continued

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)

  Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is the international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of people killed under Nazi Persecution and in recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp … Continued

Addressing Unconscious Bias in Recruitment: The Role of Gendered Language

Even before the pandemic, the process of finding a new job wasn’t easy. Many applications can be complex, and the interview process can be lengthy, not to mention the increase in both internal and external competition as a result of more people changing jobs more frequently than ever before. If you’re a woman, the barriers … Continued