Social inequalities

Excerpt from my blog: The difference is that my success did not come from white privilege, male privilege or class privilege. Like others it came despite it. It came fighting against ingrained social and cultural disadvantage. Against unequal power structures….against covert and overt sexism, mysogyny, racism, xenophobic and islamophobic attitudes and actions. And it started early. When I was 8yrs old I remember telling my father who I adored that when I grew up I wanted to go to university. He told me very matter of factly that I would never go to university. When I asked why, he said it was because I was a girl and girls did not need an education. This was from someone I loved, respected, cherished and would never dream of defying: himself a product of his socio-cultural conditioning. His word was gospel and I accepted it internalising it. I watched from the sidelines as the boys were encouraged and silver-spooned to success whilst I got kept out of school so much the education welfare officer was always round our house. Miraculously I left with 11 GCSEs. The world out there has proved far, far worse than anything at home. Not everyone has the same support or experience as others in life…yet serendipity and destiny often interject to help…. And the journeys been utterly terrific…

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