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Why women are still ‘the other’ in medicine

Fri 06 March 2020

Everything, throughout the history of medicine, from the profession’s origins, to the way drugs are tested and the diagnosis of medical conditions, works on a model where the male body is the default and the female body is ‘the other’. This is not equality says Dr Sarah Hillman, Academic Clinical Fellow at Warwick Medical School and GP registrar, who wants to see changes in the way that medicine considers women.

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In defence of the census

Thu 27 February 2020

The UK’s national statistician has suggested that next year’s census could be our last. After 200 years of officially documenting Britain’s households, it may be scrapped in favour of cheaper and easier ways of collecting the data. Professor Sarah Richardson from Warwick’s Department of History explains why we should mourn the loss of the decennial census.

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What exactly is a leap year and why is it important?

Wed 26 February 2020

You may know that every four years February gets an extra day and we have what’s called a “leap year”. But how are leap years calculated and who worked it out? Dr James McCormac, an expert in astrophysics from the University of Warwick’s Physics Department explains.

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Five times we've spent Christmas at the polls

Wed 30 October 2019

Is it wise to mix Christmas festivities with politics? December elections in the UK have traditionally signalled a crisis in politics. Professor Sarah Richardson describes some of the UK's more tumultuous Christmases.

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Five Women Politicians You Should Have Heard of But Probably Haven’t

Mon 19 August 2019

The political landscape in the nineteenth century is generally considered to have been bleak for women who could not vote and were discouraged from participating in public life. Yet, there were many important pioneers campaigning for women’s rights who remain largely unknown but who should be celebrated. Professor Sarah Richardson, expert in women and political culture in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century, from the University of Warwick, chooses just five.

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