Breasts and breadwinners: University of Leicester gender research highlights campaign for equality

Posted by ap507 at Sep 28, 2015 12:29 PM |
Research to be highlighted at launch of UN’s HeForShe’s First-Ever #GetFree Tour at the University of Leicester on 29 September

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 September 2015

The role breasts play in society, the lives of female breadwinners and the portrayal of women in the media are among the stimulating topics currently being explored by University of Leicester researchers.

Gender-related research taking place at the University of Leicester includes:

  • The portrayal of women in the media (Dr Kaitlynn Mendes, Department of Media and Communication)
  • The role breasts play in society in making women (Dr Jacqui Sanchez Taylor, Department of Sociology)
  • The lives of women breadwinners (Eimer Sparham, School of Management)
  • How hormones effect trader behaviour and the stability of stock markets (Dr Daniel Ladley, Department of Economics)
  • The success of women in the granting of research funding in Social Science (President & Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle, Dr Kate Williams et al., College of Social Science)
  • The representation of gender roles in popular film and television (Dr Claire Jenkins, Department of the History of Art and Film)
  • Analysis of haemostatic profiles of male and female patients who have suffered a heart attack at an early age (Dr Joy Wright, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences)
  • Uncovering experiences of gendered hostility (Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, Department of Criminology)

The research projects will be explored before representatives from the UN and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan during the launch of the UN’s HeForShe’s First-Ever #GetFree Tour at the University of Leicester on 29 September.

During the event, University of Leicester academics from a range of disciplines will be discussing their research between 2:30 – 3:30pm outside the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre in the Fielding Johnson Building on campus at an exhibition which is free and open to all.

Antonia Jackson, Equalities Project Officer at the University of Leicester Equalities Unit, said: “A society which is free of inequalities would enable the multitude of diverse and talented individuals which we have to achieve their full potential. Gender research such as this is vital in highlighting inequalities based on gender; only through this can society begin to change.”

The University of Leicester has been chosen by the United Nations as an IMPACT champion to identify and test gender equality initiatives for the UN Women’s HeForShe 10x10x10 international campaign to get a billion boys and men involved in championing the rights of women.

Ten university leaders worldwide – including Professor Paul Boyle, President & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester - will join 10 world leaders and 10 company chief executives to spearhead the campaign with game-changing action for gender equality.

The HeForShe Tour will convene university and student leaders, United Nations experts, and prominent personalities at each institution including: British Actors, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Douglas Booth; Rt. Honorable Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough & Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities; and Women's Editor for U.K. based The Telegraph, Emma Barnett.

The programme for the day is here:  


Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact Antonia Jackson or and Chris Sharp at the University of Leicester Equalities Unit.


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Images of University HeForShe supporters available to download at:


11.00am    Welcome to UN HeForShe party from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Our UN visitors will arrive in their London bus and will be greeted outside the front of the Fielding Johnson Building by our President and invited guests, together with students and staff.

1.00pm     Launch event in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

Open to all. The event programme is as follows;

  • Opening video (UN)
  • Launch video (University of Leicester)
  • Welcome and keynote speech from President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Response from UN Women HeForShe
  • The Hon Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough & Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities will speak in support of HeForShe and equalities.
  • Feminism in the Media: Why it Matters.  Dr Kaitlynn Mendes (Dept of Media & Communications)
  • Sexual Violence in Conflict: Empowering Victims and Supporting Prosecutions. Dr Lisa Smith (Dept of Criminology)
  • A conversation about HeForShe at Leicester.  Provost Professor Mark Peel and Students’ Union President Rachel Holland
  • Audience participation. One thing I would like HeForShe to change at the University is

2.30pm    Close

The exhibition of gender related research will be available for staff and students to view until 3.30pm.

About UN Women

UN Women is the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit

Created by UN Women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. HeForShe invites men and boys to build on the work of the women’s movement as equal partners, crafting and implementing a shared vision of gender equality that will benefit all of humanity. For more information, visit


You can find out more about HeForShe here:

What is the University of Leicester doing about enhancing gender equality?

Gender Differences in Grant Success- research from Leicester:

Professor Paul Boyle spearheads campaign for gender equality:

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