The University of Southampton

Why we #choosetochallenge in support of International Women’s Day

Supporting #InternationalWomensDay with messages from our team about why challenging inequality and ensuring opportunity for all is what inspires us to do what we do #ChooseToChallenge.

Here is a message from one of our educators Donna Lovelock:



Hazel Inskip, professor of statistical epidemiology

“My pledge is to challenge those who put down others and to try very hard never to do it myself. Particularly I want to challenge gender racism in which those who are women or LGBTQI+ and of colour have an even tougher deal than I have as a white heterosexual woman.

I am inspired by Nisreen Alwan (@Dr2NisreenAlwan) who always has the courage to call out inequality and stands up for marginalised groups. She leads a way that I wish I followed better.”

Lisa Bagust, LifeLab educator

Watch Lisa’s message for #IWD and why she is proud of the work we do at LifeLab.


Dr Kath Woods-Townsend, LifeLab programme lead


Working across disciplines and organisations is one of the parts of my job that I value the most, it does give an insight into the #everydaysexism that is acceptable in different groups, and I always #ChooseToChallenge those small, ‘inconsequential’ actions that serve to reinforce inequality.

The only other thing I would choose to challenge isn’t really about women’s day, but more about the persistent overlooking of young people’s voices. The sense that adults can make all the decisions for young people and they don’t need to be involved or heard.