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Let’s Talk Loughborough celebrates International Women’s Day

This episode, released in conjunction with International Women’s Day (8 March), features the staff and student women’s networks as they discuss this year’s theme of ‘Breaking the Bias’ and how they support women at Loughborough.

Jemima and Soph are joined by Jenna Townend, Professional Services Co-Chair and Gemma Witcomb, Academic Champion from the Maia network and Izzy Romp, the Women’s Week Officer for the student Women’s Network.

The episode delves into what ‘Breaking the Bias’ means to everyone with Jenna commenting: “It’s thinking about all the different ways that bias can manifest. It’s not just about gender roles. It’s about things like the belief of a ‘right time to have a family’ or the ‘right way of your career progressing.’ It’s not just the type of job you’re doing but how you are doing it.”

The networks also discuss their plans for International Women’s Day with both putting on a range of events over the course of the week beginning 7 March.

The group speak about how men can be allies to women with Izzy adding: “Engage in our content, attend our panels, listen to what we are saying. That’s where you can be the best ally.”

The episode concludes with each of the guests and hosts recommending their favourite works by women:


  • Fleabag
  • The Morning Show


  • Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit
  • Witches, Sluts, Feminists by Kristen J. Sollee
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman



You can listen to the latest episode of Let’s Talk Loughborough on streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. You can also watch the episode on the University’s YouTube channel.

You can follow the Maia network on Twitter and join the network here.

Follow the Women’s Network on Instagram and find out more here.

Don’t miss out on the activities on offer for International Women’s Day. Find out more on the dedicated webpage.