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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 September 2016

School sexism

Socialist Party members on a 'Slutwalk' protest in Newcastle, photo E Brunskill

Socialist Party members on a 'Slutwalk' protest in Newcastle, photo E Brunskill   (Click to enlarge)

Three in five young women aged 13 to 21 have faced some kind of sexual harassment at school or college in the last year.

This figure from parliament's Women and Equalities Committee shows sexist attitudes are still widespread. Establishment politicians and big business have paid lip service to fighting sexism for decades.

But tokenism at the top has gone together with retaining practices like sexist school and workplace dress codes.

The report also finds 29% of young women aged 16 to 18 have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school. And 71% of all students that age regularly hear terms like 'slut' and 'slag' used towards young women.

Another study has listed the best and worst places to be a girl in the UK. Kids' charity Plan UK finds that poor inner-city areas give young women the worst experiences and life chances.

The bottom five are Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Manchester, Nottingham and Liverpool. The best is Waverley in leafy Surrey. Fighting sexism is a class issue.

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