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As women, we would love to believe that we live in an equal world with our male counterparts.

However, we know the reality of that is far from our hopes and we often encounter inequalities in all areas of our day to day activities.

Little Mix are all too familiar with this as women in the music industry and they're determined to stand up against it – Yass, gals. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In a recent interview, the band, who are comprised of Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson, claimed that when women want to take control of their careers, they are given different treatment to men.

"It’s double standards when you’re young women. When we started out it was almost like, ‘This is your lane, stay in your lane. You’re the faces and the name’. We’re not. We’re the brand," Perrie told The Sun.

“We’re businesswomen. It’s our baby. So everything we do creatively comes from us. It is frustrating that if a group of guys were to say, ‘We’re not going to do that song, we’re going to release this song’, it’s like, ‘Maybe we should listen’.

"Whereas when we do it, it’s like, ‘Oh they’re at it again, they’re whining…But we’re not. We’re perfectionists. We take everything we do so seriously. It’s important to us,” she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The group clearly know their market as they've dominated the charts with their smash hits since their X-factor fame in 2011. 

Little Mix have just released their fifth studio album, LM5, but the new music is no longer under the management of Simon Cowell.

Earlier this month, Simon announced the band's split from his record label.

The music mogul insisted that the end of their working relationship came with no bad blood, saying: "They are the hardest working bunch of girls I’ve ever worked with. They deserve everything they’ve got”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Little Mix commented on their new music saying it was the album they've "always wanted to make."

We can't wait to play them on repeat, and fair play to the women, may they continue their battle with of getting the recognition and treatment they deserve – regardless of their gender.

Every voice in the fight for equality is vital and we still have a long way to go before we are treated on the same par with men professionally. 

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The topic of gender inequality in Hollywood hasn't been far from the headlines in recent years, and one recent post has reminded everyone that it's not a matter which is about to go away any time soon.

In a move which has gotten tongues wagging in the movie industry, Michelle Rodriquez has threatened to take her leave of the Fast and Furious franchise if more isn't done to acknowledge women.

Alongside three images, the 38-year-old has made reference to both the film and her concerns with producers' choices.

"F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise," she wrote.

"It's been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love," she finished.
 

The post, which has been liked more than 200,000 times, has divided opinion among her followers.

Responding to Michelle's post, fans of the actress pleaded with her to reconsider her plans, with one writing: "Can't imagine fast and furious without you."

However, not everyone was as supportive, with many Instagram users keen to tell that her potential departure would have little impact ont he franchise as a whole.

"Pfft. You wouldn't be missed. Fast 5 was the best in the series so far. You're a supporting role get over yourself," wrote one.

"Doesn't change the fact that Michelle is behaving like a spoiled brat by posting a comment like that on here. There are ways to express this and the way she did it was entirely unprofessional. Bye," added another.

Michelle has featured in five out of eight Fast And Furious films.

 

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With feminist issues hitting headlines daily, it is glaringly obvious that women are still being treated differently at work and within society in comparison to their male counterparts.

But while most women recognise the existence of a gender pay gap, not all of us have physically taken to the streets in search of change.

On Monday, Icelandic women went about countering that system by walking out of work at 2.38pm, cutting their working day by 14 percent to reflect the fact that on average women in Iceland earn 14-18 percent less than men.


Thousands of women gathered in Reykjavik’s main square after leaving their places of work. 

Many took to Twitter to document the protest with powerful videos, statements and images.

 

The country has a strong history of women demanding equality.  On October 24 1975, 90 percent of the country’s female citizens went on strike by refusing to work, cook or provide childcare.

Up until that point only nine women had ever won seats in Iceland’s parliament.  Five years later the country made Vigdis Finnbogadottir its – and Europe’s – first female president.

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A new trend has begun in the #FreeTheNipple social media campaign – and it is hilarious.

Nipple activists are highlighting the gender inequalities that surround the controversial body part.

Seen as men our allowed to be topless on sites such as Instagram and Facebook but women are not, social media users have taken to covering pictures of women’s nipples with… Male nipples!

 

Amazing! Via @ourladyj

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The idea originally came from Micol Hebron of the USA last year when he created an “acceptable male nipple template.”

And since musicians Our Lady J and La Sera have shared his post on their Facebook pages, the campaign has gone viral.

Dear Instagram, Here, I fixed it:

Posted by Micol Hebron on Monday, 4 August 2014

The template allows women to resize a picture of a male nipple to adequately cover their own, thus making them fit for social media… We’re actually serious.

The music artists have joined a long list of celebrities ranging from Miley Cyrus to Rihanna and Chrissy Teigen who are all for freeing the nipple.

We just can’t wait to see how Instagram are going to deal with this one!  

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