This month is women’s history month and there has been a whirlwind of events that have characterised this month to focus solely on women. From Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview, to International Women’s Day, there have been several events this month surrounding conversations about how to support women. This post investigates this.
Black Panel on Loose Women
On 4th March, The ITV show Loose Women made history by receiving a Royal Television Society nomination for an episode where they had their first all-black panel. Gracing this episode was News presenter Charlene White, Singer Brenda Edwards, Actress Kéllé Bryan and Comedienne Judi Luv. It was heart-warming to see this representation celebrated on TV.
International Women’s Day
Monday 8th March 2021 was International Women’s day. This same day, Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah was aired. Meghan mentioned her mental health struggles whilst in the Royal Palace. She also shared that a royal family member expressed concerns about the darkness of the skin that Meghan and Harry’s unborn child would have. This may not be surprising considering the racist legacy of the British Empire. Instead, what may have stood out more is Meghan’s boldness to share.
Following this, Piers Morgan gaslighted Meghan about her shared experiences, continuing to paint Meghan as an ‘angry black woman’.
Male Violence Against Women
The tragic murder of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman who was walking home from her friend’s house in South London, launched the movement #ReclaimTheseStreets. This prompted a widespread conversation about women feeling unsafe on streets due to violent male behaviour. More conversations arose from this, urging men to consider their language and behaviour towards women.
As we can see, this month has focused on protecting women. We hope that this continues to be a regular topic discussed in society beyond this month to breakdown misogyny.