100 years on: How much have attitudes towards women shifted?

  • Video report by ITV News' Chloe Keedy

This week we’ve been celebrating 100 years since the first women in Britain were given the right to vote.

We've looked at how much things have changed for women in politics and in the workplace.

A century since the landmark legislation that gave some women the vote, women are still fighting for pay equality and an end to sexual violence.

Laws have changed over the past 100 years - but how much impact have they had on our attitudes?

Shappi Khorsandi started out in stand up comedy 20 years ago.

Back then, she says, there was only ever one woman on the bill.

Although 'that's happening less often' now, she says still still encounters prejudice.

She said: 'This idea that it’s OK to openly say I don’t find women funny ... I’ve never had someone say to me "I’ve never found Asian people funny, but I find you funny", because that would be bigoted and racist and say a lot about that person."

Students at Parkside Academy in Cambridge are learning about attitudes towards women Credit: ITV News

The Fawcett Society campaigns for gender equality. They say that women are often undervalued at work.

According to their Head of Policy and Insight, Jemima Olchawski: "Industries dominated by women tend to get paid less, and we know that as women move into industries that are traditionally dominated by men the average salary comes down.

"So there is something at the heart of of the way we think about and value what women do that really needs to be changed and challenged."

Play Video February 6 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed, Credit: ITV News

Challenging those perceptions at school are students from Parkside Academy in Cambridge.

They are learning what attitudes towards women were like 100 years ago, and agree that attitudes have come a long way.

Nina Bartels, Parkside Community College: "The ideas about women where they’re inferior to men have changed but there is still and unequal pay gap and things like that"

Sarah Drayton, Parkside Community College: "I think that quite often they (women) have legal equality - in terms of the law - but social opinions and how people actually think - it’s still prejudiced."

These teenagers say they’re confident that gender inequality will one day be consigned to the history books.