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12-30-16 British child prodigy's Cinderella opera thrills Vienna
British child prodigy's Cinderella opera thrills Vienna
An audience in Vienna has given a standing ovation to 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher at the premiere of her opera Cinderella. The girl, who says she gets musical inspiration while skipping, "seemed very thrilled with it all", her PR manager Judy Grahame told the BBC. Deutscher reimagined the tale of Cinderella, setting it in an opera house run by the wicked stepmother. The German-language opera was staged at Vienna's Casino Baumgarten theatre. Deutscher, who is homeschooled in Dorking, south of London, participated in the performance. She played musical interludes on the piano and at one point accompanied Cinderella on the violin. Some have compared the girl's musical talent with that of Vienna's most famous child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who thrilled Europe with his operas and instrumental works in the late 18th Century. German media describe her as a "Wunderkind".
12-28-16 All hail the angry women of 2016
All hail the angry women of 2016
There were a lot of angry women on TV in 2016. That's noteworthy given the emotional palette of this election season, which turned out to be so much about American anger, even as studies showed that America tolerates anger poorly in its female candidates. But while Hillary Clinton was counseled to channel her anger through minutely calibrated smiles, the truth on TV was changing. Our screens overflowed this year with women who'd just about had it. Women whose varieties of fury ranged from intense irritation to murderous bemusement to quiet hatred and pure reactive rage. And this wasn't just on intense dramas like Underground and Westworld or thrillers like Mr. Robot and Orphan Black. Angry women started showing up all over the place: on satires like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, dramedies like Tig Notaro's One Mississippi and Donald Glover's Atlanta, absurdist shows like Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, comic book adaptations like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, and whatever Orange is the New Black has turned out to be. What's interesting isn't just the anger as such, but how our tolerance for having unpleasant women on our screens has expanded to real pleasure at watching them. There were furious women on television before. It's just that for a long time, the resigned exasperation of the sitcom housewife was as much female anger as we were prepared to accept without turning on the character. Women who displayed greater extremes tended either to be written as the villains of the piece or got read that way; Anna Gunn memorably wrote about how the latter happened to her character Skyler White on Breaking Bad. For so long on television, the housewife was supposed to remain resigned and exasperated, the irritated observer of her husband's shenanigans. Her irritation wasn't supposed to translate to any action that would end the dynamic. A dull recipe indeed.
12-27-16 Will Trump's election lead to more women in politics?
Will Trump's election lead to more women in politics?
Though she lost the election, Mrs Clinton won the popular vote by nearly three million votes. As Hillary Clinton exits the national stage, US women continue to pursue a political life. Will a Trump presidency motivate more women to run for office? The election of Donald Trump delivered a crushing blow to US women's rights activists hoping to elect the first female president. But Hillary Clinton's failure to shatter the metaphorical glass ceiling was not collective. In fact, Mr Trump's victory has appeared to energise a new group of women who have pledged to run for office. She Should Run, a non-partisan non-profit that encourages more women to get into politics, has seen more than 5,100 women sign up for its incubator programme since the election, according to Erin Loos Cutraro, the group's chief executive and co-founder. The incubator, initially launched in March, helps prepare women who are interested in running for office and connects them with like-minded women.
12-27-16 Tamannaah Bhatia praised for standing up to 'sexist' filmmaker Suraj
Tamannaah Bhatia praised for standing up to 'sexist' filmmaker Suraj
Social media users are praising Indian actress Tamannaah Bhatia for standing up to a filmmaker's "sexist" comments. Suraj, the director of her new film Kathi Sandai (The Sword Fight), said "audiences pay money to see heroines in full glamour" and he didn't like to see them "fully clad in a sari". Bhatia replied that actresses "are here to act" and they "should not at any point be objectified as commodities". The director has apologised for his remarks about Bhatia. He had said that people "should expect Tamannaah to look glamorous" because they are "paying money to watch a film". "Whenever my costume designer presents my heroine in a knee-length outfit, I'd ask him to cut it short. If my heroine gets angry, I'd tell her the audience haven't paid so much for nothing," he said. Bhatia, who acts both in Bollywood films and regional Tamil cinema, immediately issued a public statement and demanded an apology from the director. "I have been working in the south industry for over 11 years and have worn costumes which I have been comfortable with. It is sad that women in our country are spoken about so frivolously," she said.
12-23-16 Hidden Figures highlights three black women who were vital to the U.S. space program
Hidden Figures highlights three black women who were vital to the U.S. space program
Despite racism and sexism, female “computers” put John Glenn into orbit. By the 1940s, NASA Langley began recruiting black women to work as human computers, a role that would continue to be essential to the center’s operations. Hollywood space flicks typically feature one type of hero: astronauts who defy the odds to soar into space and back again. But now a group of behind-the-scenes heroes from the early days of the U.S. space program are getting their due. Black female mathematicians performed essential calculations to safely send astronauts to and from Earth’s surface — in defiance of flagrant racism and sexism. These “computers” — as they were known before the electronic computer came into widespread use — are the subject of Hidden Figures. The film focuses on three black women — Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — and their work at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., during the run-up to John Glenn’s orbit of the Earth in 1962.
12-14-16 Brazil's MasterChef champion is now a feminist icon
Brazil's MasterChef champion is now a feminist icon
Dayse Paparoto hit back against sexist comments from fellow contestants - and then she won the final. Early on, MasterChef Brasil viewers began to complain about the way the 31-year-old chef was being treated by male competitors. Then a Facebook user uploaded a video montage of all the times she'd had to put up with sexism on the show. And people really started to take notice.
12-13-16 Wonder Woman dropped as UN equality champion
Wonder Woman dropped as UN equality champion
The UN has ended its campaign with comic book heroine Wonder Woman, a spokesman says, less than two months after her appointment sparked outrage. The superhero had been declared an honorary ambassador to promote messages about women's empowerment and gender-based violence. The character's "sexualised" appearance was one element critics seized on to deem the choice inappropriate. A petition against the selection gathered nearly 45,000 signatures. The UN did not explain why the project with Wonder Woman, announced in October, would end on Friday. But spokesman Jeffrey Brez said campaigns using fictional characters often lasted no longer than a few months, Reuters news agency reported. DC Entertainment, which publishes DC Comics, said it was pleased with the exposure Wonder Woman had brought to the cause. Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are supporting a year-long campaign by the UN and its children's agency, Unicef, for gender equality and women's empowerment. (Webmaster's comment: She kicked white men's butts, that's why she was dropped.)
12-12-16 The women scientists who took India into space
The women scientists who took India into space
Two years ago, as Indian scientists successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, a photograph that went viral showed women dressed in gorgeous saris with flowers in their hair celebrating at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) in the southern city of Bangalore. It was reported that the ecstatic women were scientists and the photograph challenged the stereotype that rocket science in India was a male preserve. Isro later clarified that the celebrating women were administrative staff, but it went on to add that there indeed were several women scientists who had worked on the mission and were in the control room at the time of the launch. The BBC's Geeta Pandey recently travelled to Bangalore to meet some of the women who have taken India into space.
12-8-16 100 Women 2016: Sunny Leone on how objectification isn't a bad word
100 Women 2016: Sunny Leone on how objectification isn't a bad word
Former porn star turned Bollywood movie actor Sunny Leone is one of India's most searched people online. In a country that's coy about discussing sex and sensuality, Ms Leone is a controversial figure. Some have accused her of destroying Indian culture, even as her videos and movies attract millions of viewers. Ms Leone was born in Canada to Indian parents and the whole family later moved to the United States where she started working in the adult entertainment industry. The BBC's Yogita Limaye spoke to her for the 100 Women season about her decision to move to India and how she feels about her porn star past.
12-4-16 100 Women 2016: Brazil footballer Marta has a message for women on the pitch
100 Women 2016: Brazil footballer Marta has a message for women on the pitch
Marta Vieira da Silva became a football hero in Brazil during the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where she captained the women's team. But in the country where football is a major passion, women are fighting for their place in the game. They do not fit everyone's idea of what a footballer is, and have to battle sexism.
12-1-16 The nine-year-old Kashmiri girl who rules the kickboxing world
The nine-year-old Kashmiri girl who rules the kickboxing world
A nine-year-old girl has created history in Indian-administered Kashmir. Tajamul Islam won the sub-junior World Kickboxing Championship in Italy in November. She has been winning local championships since last year, and now aspires to participate in the Olympics. Photographer Abid Bhat chronicles the life and times of the troubled region's newest heroine.
11-28-16 Muslim teen first to compete in hijab for Miss Minnesota
Muslim teen first to compete in hijab for Miss Minnesota
A Somali-American has become the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant wearing a hijab and burkini. Halima Aden, 19, donned the traditional Islamic dress and full-body "burkini" during the event's swimsuit segment. Ms Aden, who was born in Kenya and moved as a child to St Cloud, Minnesota, was one of the top 15 contestants in the two-day pageant. She said she hopes her participation inspires other Muslim women to be confident about their identity. "A lot of people will look at you and will fail to see your beauty because you're covered up and they're not used to it, so growing up I just had to work on my people skills and give people a chance to really know me besides the clothing," Ms Aden told local television station KARE. The St Cloud resident said she was overwhelmed to be in the top 15 contestants and has received an outpouring of support from women around the world.
11-29-16 100 Women 2016: Santander boss Shriti Vadera on sexism in banking
100 Women 2016: Santander boss Shriti Vadera on sexism in banking
Shriti Vadera, chair of Santander UK, is the first woman to chair a major British bank. She tells Laura Kuenssberg what it takes to reach the top of British banking when you're told you don't "look like what our clients expect to see".
11-27-16 ‘The Glass Universe’ celebrates astronomy’s unsung heroines
‘The Glass Universe’ celebrates astronomy’s unsung heroines
Women in the 19th century played underappreciated role in mapping and understanding the stars. In the late 1890s, Harvard observatory hired women as “computers” to document data captured on glass plate images of the night sky. Their observations and ideas, described in a new book, led to such advances in astronomy as how to measure the distance to stars. In the early 1880s, Harvard Observatory director Edward Pickering put out a call for volunteers to help observe flickering stars. He welcomed women, in particular — and not just because he couldn’t afford to pay anything. At the time, women’s colleges were producing graduates with “abundant training to make excellent observers,” Pickering wrote. His belief in women’s abilities carried over when he hired staff, even though critics of women’s higher education argued that women “originate almost nothing, so that human knowledge is not advanced by their work.” Pickering and his “harem” sure proved the critics wrong.
11-24-16 Storm as woman, 24, gets key Ukraine job
Storm as woman, 24, gets key Ukraine job
Political storms are nothing new to Ukraine, but unusually the latest surrounds a young woman who has landed one of the country's top police and security jobs. Anastasia Deyeva, 24, has been appointed a deputy interior minister, unprecedented for anyone of her age. And some Ukrainians think she is not qualified for the job. "There's nothing wrong about a woman being an adviser, especially if she's pretty and smart," was one typical comment on Facebook. "But it's very wrong if she's that young and has no experience. Or the wrong kind of experience." As debate swirled around Ms Deyeva's appointment, another young woman was selected for the highly charged job of running a campaign to purge the government of corrupt officials. Anna Kalynchuk, 23, studied law and was already part of the government's anti-corruption department. Ms Deyeva had to deal with closer scrutiny than most public officials when nude photos of her were posted online.
11-23-16 Honour for software writer on Apollo moon mission
Honour for software writer on Apollo moon mission
An 80-year-old woman who wrote software for the Apollo space missions has been given the United States' highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Margaret Hamilton was one of 21 people awarded the medal by President Barack Obama in a star-studded ceremony. It is almost 50 years since her initial work on the Apollo 11 moon mission. Mrs Hamilton's pioneering software helped land the lunar module and its crew on the Moon in 1969.
11-21-16 BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?
BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?
The BBC has chosen its list of inspirational and influential women for 2016. They will bring you groundbreaking moments of defiance, new takes on fairy tales, stories of octogenarian cheerleading, and take you inside the world of e-gaming. Others will be exploring black feminism or taking part in our first ever live festival. You will hear from some of the world's biggest names but also from women you may never have heard of, but who all have astonishing stories to tell.
11-18-16 Peggy Whitson: Oldest woman in space blasts off to ISS
Peggy Whitson: Oldest woman in space blasts off to ISS
Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson has blasted off into space for her third mission to the International Space Station - and hopes to break some more records while she's there. The veteran Nasa astronaut is the first woman to have commanded the ISS and already holds the record for the longest time spent in space by a woman. This time - turning 57 while on mission - she is the oldest woman in space. She blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday. On board the Soyuz rocket with her are Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and French newcomer Thomas Pesquet. They are expected to arrive at the ISS on Saturday, joining an American and two Russians already aboard. They will carry out a range of scientific investigations until May 2017.
11-14-16 China mourns first female J-10 pilot after death in training
China mourns first female J-10 pilot after death in training
China is mourning the death of Yu Xu, the country's first female J-10 jet pilot who was killed during an aerobatic training session on Saturday. Ms Yu hit the the wing of another aircraft while trying to pull open the parachute, Chinese media reported. The domestically made jet crashed into a field in Tangshan, Hebei province. "We have lost a comrade and the air force feels great pain and sadness for Yu Xu's sacrifice," said China's Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke. Ms Yu, from Sichuan province, joined the Air Force in 2005. She was the first of four female pilots to qualify to fly the two-seater, multi-role J-10 fighter jet.
11-11-16 Why does this woman think she is ugly?
Why does this woman think she is ugly?
Alanah thinks she is ugly, which could not be further from the truth. She suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a condition that causes people to become obsessed with perceived defects in their appearance. It's thought about one in 50 people suffer from BDD, but many of us - and even some doctors - are unaware of its existence. She suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and when her condition was at its worst she repeatedly checked her appearance in the mirror, taking pains to disguise any flaws she thought she saw. Her make-up routine could take up to four hours, and even after this she often felt too anxious to leave the house.
11-10-16 US elections: Hillary Clinton calls on women to keep fighting
US elections: Hillary Clinton calls on women to keep fighting
Hillary Clinton says she hopes that a woman will lead the United States, sooner rather than later.
11-10-16 Hillary didn't win but the 2016 US election was actually a milestone for women
Hillary didn't win but the 2016 US election was actually a milestone for women
Hillary Clinton didn't make it but Tuesday 8 November 2016 was actually an historic night for women in US politics.
- Catherine Cortez Masto, senator of Nevada
- Ilhan Omar, US legislator
- Kate Brown, governor of Oregon
- Kamala Harris, senator of California
- Tammy Duckworth, senator of Illinois
- Stephanie Murphy, member-elect to the House of Representatives
- Pramila Jayapal, senator of Washington State
Superheroes have topped princesses as the country’s top-selling children’s Halloween costume for the first time in 11 years, at least partly because many girls are choosing to be Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Captain America, the Flash, and other powerful characters.
10-27-16 Sakharov prize: Yazidi women win EU freedom prize
Sakharov prize: Yazidi women win EU freedom prize
Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq have won Europe's top human rights award, the Sakharov prize. Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar were among thousands of Yazidi girls and women abducted by IS militants and forced into sexual slavery in 2014. But both survived and now campaign for the Yazidi community. The freedom of thought prize is awarded annually in memory of Andrei Sakharov, a Soviet scientist and dissident.
10-21-16 Is it time to get rid of the 'light bulb moment' metaphor?
Is it time to get rid of the 'light bulb moment' metaphor?
e image of a light bulb suddenly turning on is one of the most common ways we think of how people come up with ideas. It's a powerful metaphor for the sudden flashes of inspiration often associated with brilliant inventors and other geniuses. But how does that mental image of a light bulb shape the way we view the geniuses it's being used to describe? A recent psychology study suggests the light bulb metaphor makes people more likely to think of men as geniuses rather than women. This finding builds on earlier studies that have looked at how people tend to think of men's contributions in terms of sudden or innate brilliance, while women's contributions are viewed as the result of dogged work. For instance, a British study last year found that people were more likely to hire men based on their potential for future success, while women were judged on their prior track record. This suggests a larger pattern for how society tends to view doing work through gendered stereotypes: A man may have the potential for a stroke of genius, whereas a woman needs to prove she can put in the effort necessary to attain the same results. Not that these stereotypes reflect actual realities of how men or women work or come up with ideas. There's no reason to think there's any actual difference in how men and women think.
10-19-16 100 Women 2016: New season is bigger than ever
100 Women 2016: New season is bigger than ever
The BBC's 100 Women season is back on 21 November and this year is bigger and more ambitious than ever before. Highlights include a day-long "edit-a-thon" of a major website to rediscover "forgotten" women, and a five-hour live festival in Mexico City. There will also be three weeks of thought-provoking journalism on issues from self-harming to female friendship. And as in previous years, the season kicks off with the publication of the 100 Women List.
10-13-16 Wonder Woman to become UN women's champion
Wonder Woman to become UN women's champion
Comic book heroine Wonder Woman is to be named as a new honorary ambassador for the United Nations (UN). The character will be used to promote messages about women's empowerment and gender-based violence, the UN said. DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson will accept the role for her company's comic book, TV and film character at a ceremony on 21 October. The DC comics site hinted that actresses who have played Wonder Women will also attend the event. The campaign is being sponsored by Warner Bros and DC Entertainment who are supporting the UN and Unicef's year-long campaign for gender equality and women's empowerment. The UN has itself come under some criticism for having a lack of gender parity in senior roles. Despite campaigns there has never been a female Secretary General and one analysis found that in 2015 nine of 10 senior leadership jobs went to men. Comics site the Mary Sue welcomed the announcement. "Wonder Woman is a great, easily-recognisable symbol of what women can become once freed from a patriarchal society", it said.
10-13-16 The way we name celestial bodies is incredibly sexist
The way we name celestial bodies is incredibly sexist
In her 1968 poem, Planetarium, the poet Adrienne Rich wrestles with the crisis of female identity through the lens of astronomy. Rich wrote the poem after learning about the case of Caroline Herschel, an astronomer born in Germany in 1750 who discovered eight comets and three nebulae, and drew praise from the King of Prussia and London's Royal Astronomical Society. Yet Caroline remained obscure compared with her brother, William, who discovered the planet Uranus. In the opening lines of the poem, Rich casts Caroline as a "woman in the shape of a monster" and "a monster in the shape of a woman." The skies, Rich says, are full of such women — figures drawn from classical mythology, who are "doing penance for impetuousness," and who have lent the stars their names. Rich imagines Caroline "riding the polished lenses" of her telescope into the night sky, through which she sees these wives, daughters, temptresses, all rendered monstrous, like her, for violating the expectations of their sex. To this day, astronomy remains one of the only scientific fields that relies so heavily on ancient Greek and Roman mythology for its naming conventions. Cosmology and mythology have been interwoven throughout human history, so it's not surprising that modern-day astronomers have inherited this tradition. But classical mythology is deeply misogynistic, and using it to identify celestial bodies contributes to a scientific culture that diminishes the achievements of women like Caroline. Male deities and figures reign with nearly unlimited power, while their female counterparts suffer violence and humiliation.
10-5-16 Chasing the Sun: The woman forgotten by science
Chasing the Sun: The woman forgotten by science
On the far side of the Moon lies the Maunder crater, named after two British astronomers - Annie and Walter Maunder. Annie worked alongside her husband at the end of the 19th Century, recording the dark spots that pepper the Sun. The name Maunder is still known in scientific circles, yet Annie has somehow slipped from history. "I think the name Maunder is there and we have all rather forgotten that that's two people," says Dr Sue Bowler, editor of the Royal Astronomical Society magazine, Astronomy and Geophysics. "She was acknowledged on papers, she published in her own name as well as with her husband, she wrote books, she was clearly doing a lot of work but she also clearly kept to the conventions of the day, I think."
9-25-16 Nedra Bonds: The angry quilter
Nedra Bonds: The angry quilter
Numerous protests have taken place since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, but only one has taken the form of a handmade quilt. Its creator, Nedra Bonds, explains the motivation behind her design and talks about a lifetime of teaching, protesting and stitching. Around the time of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I heard an interview with a teacher on public radio. He related how he had conducted an experiment, in which he went into elementary school classes and said to the children, "Assume the position!" And fourth graders knew what that meant - get up against the wall with your hands up. That is amazing to me, and so, so sad. Children should only have to put their hands up to ask questions in class or give an opinion. And they should use their fists for cheering on their team, not fighting in the streets. That was why I put these little cheerleaders in the quilt I made for Ferguson, which I called The Finger and The Fist.
9-16-16 The moment hijabs dazzled the New York Fashion Week catwalk
The moment hijabs dazzled the New York Fashion Week catwalk
A collection presented at New York Fashion Week is the first time every model walked the event's runway wearing a hijab. Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan's show was also one of the first by an Indonesian at the prestigious annual event. At a time when what Muslim women choose to wear is causing intense debate, many are calling Hasibuan's move a historic moment in bringing the hijab into the mainstream.
9-15-16 Japan's opposition chooses female, half-Taiwanese leader Renho
Japan's opposition chooses female, half-Taiwanese leader Renho
When Renho was elected the first female leader for Japan's main opposition Democratic Party on Thursday, she also broke another glass ceiling. She is the first person of mixed descent to hold the position. Her late father was from Taiwan and her mother is Japanese. In Japan, where only 2%-3% of newborn babies are mixed-race, that is significant. But Renho's appointment has not been without controversy, as she was accused of lying about whether she still had Taiwanese citizenship. Dual nationality is not allowed in Japan, and anyone born to parents of different nationalities must choose one by the age of 22. She has said she thought her father officially gave up her Taiwanese citizenship on her behalf when she was 17.
9-9-16 Ashton White just kicked a hole in the glass ceiling
Ashton White just kicked a hole in the glass ceiling
Ashton White just kicked a hole in the glass ceiling. The seventh-grader from Wicksburg, Ala., recently made her debut as kicker on her high school’s otherwise all-male football team. Ashton started playing with the Panthers after their coach, Josh Cox, noticed her powerful punt on the soccer field. In this season’s opening game against Geneva County, she kicked six of seven extra points, helping her team to a 56-26 win. Ashton says she’s determined to raise her game even higher. “I want to make a 40-yarder by 10th grade.”
9-8-16 Gallup Vault: Female Leaders Produce Less Corruption?
Gallup Vault: Female Leaders Produce Less Corruption?
In 1952, the American public had mixed views about whether having more women in high governmental positions would be better for the country. Only 39% of U.S. adults agreed that the country would be better governed if more women served in Congress and other important government positions, while 46% disagreed. At the same time, a solid majority -- 56% -- agreed that more female leaders would result in less "graft and corruption." The poll uncovered a sizable gender gap in Americans' belief that having more women in high positions would result in better government. Women tended to subscribe to this view -- 47% agreed and 38% disagreed -- while the majority of men (54%) balked. At the same time, both sexes agreed that women would be less prone to corruption, including 59% of women and 51% of men.
8-31-16 Australian Aboriginal MP Linda Burney vows to fight for change
Australian Aboriginal MP Linda Burney vows to fight for change
The first Aboriginal woman elected to Australia's lower house of parliament has promised to bring the "fighting spirit of her clan" to political life. In her maiden speech, Linda Burney wore a traditional kangaroo-skin cloak with her personal totem, the white cockatoo, known as the noisy messenger bird. She lambasted calls for the Racial Discrimination Act to be watered down. She warned that indigenous Australians still suffered disproportionately high rates of poverty and ill-health.
8-24-16 Canada's Mounties allow women in uniform to wear hijabs
Canada's Mounties allow women in uniform to wear hijabs
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known as the Mounties, is to allow women in uniform to wear hijabs. Government spokesman Scott Bardsley said the move was to reflect the diversity in Canada's communities and to attract more female Muslim officers. The iconic uniform, famed for its wide-brimmed hat, has barely changed since it was introduced two centuries ago. Recent figures show women make up about a fifth of the RCMP but it is not clear how many this measure will affect. Three types of hijabs were tested before one was selected as suitable for police work, local media reported. According to the Montreal newspaper La Presse, an internal memo said the hijab could be removed quickly and easily if needed, and did not encumber officers.
8-19-16 Are women rewriting India's sports history?
Are women rewriting India's sports history?
PV Sindhu is the youngest Indian to win an Olympic medal. On Thursday night, a 21-year-old became the first Indian woman to qualify for a gold medal contest at the Olympic Games. Ninth-seeded PV Sindhu, lithe and lethal on court, routed her higher-ranked Japanese opponent Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in a fast-paced 50-minute game to enter Friday's women's badminton final at the 2016 Rio Games. Assured of a silver medal, Sindhu is also the youngest Indian to win an Olympic medal. On Wednesday, female wrestler Sakshi Malik ended India's medal drought at Rio: she picked up the bronze in the 58kg women's wrestling category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler and the fourth Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. Last Sunday, Dipa Karmakar, India's first female gymnast at the Olympics, barely lost out a medal, finishing fourth in the women's vault gymnastics, and winning the hearts of a nation.
8-18-16 Can emojis empower young women?
Can emojis empower young women?
Bride? Princess? Flamenco dancer? We can do better. Waving hand emoji. Victory hand emoji. Flamenco dancer emoji. Princess emoji. Bride with veil emoji? Woman with bunny ears emoji. Disappointed face emoji. Weary face emoji. Women, girls, and femme-presenting people are more than flamenco dancers and brides. And thanks to a a new update by Apple and a freshly approved emoji proposal from Google, they may finally be able to see that reflected in their keyboards. Earlier this year, four Google employees — Rachel Been, Nicole Bleuel, Agustin Fonts, and Mark Davis — went before the Unicode Consortium's Emoji Subcommittee and proposed 13 new emojis. They include a doctor, scientist, chef, graduate, coder, factory worker, mechanic, and musician. Eleven were approved. The approved emojis will be available in both masc- and femme-presenting versions, and in all coded skintones.
8-13-16 Why Simone Manuel's Olympic gold medal in swimming matters
Why Simone Manuel's Olympic gold medal in swimming matters
Records, as the sporting cliche goes, are there to be broken, but while Simone Manuel's Olympic record time in the women's 100m freestyle final will eventually be surpassed, she achieved a first that no-one can take away. Touching home at the end of a remarkable race, Manuel became the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic gold. She said she hoped her victory would encourage greater diversity in her sport. "This medal is not just for me, it's for some of the African-Americans who have been before me and been inspirations," she said. "I hope I can be an inspiration for others. This medal is for the people who come behind me and get into the sport." African-Americans have been shut out of swimming pools for generations. Swimming pools have been a racially sensitive flashpoint in the US for generations. African-American people were often denied access to pools in the segregation era, and even after its abolition white people found other ways to exclude them. Nor has building pools for black areas been a priority. "This is for all the black kids who got kicked out of pools and for all the pools drained b/c black kids touched the water." - Simone Manuel
8-13-16 Cannes 'burkini' ban: What do Muslim women think?
Cannes 'burkini' ban: What do Muslim women think?
The mayor of Cannes in France has banned full-body swimsuits, or "burkinis", from the French city's beaches. David Lisnar issued the ordinance on the grounds that burkinis, which are popular with Muslim women, "could risk disrupting public order while France was the target of terrorist attacks". He also said burkinis were a "symbol of Islamic extremism" which are "not respectful of [the] good morals and secularism" upon which the French state was founded. Muslim women from around the world have been quick to react to news of the ban. "This is just an Islamophobic attack on Muslim women in Cannes," Aysha Ziauddin, who lives in Norfolk, told the BBC. "The burkini allows me the freedom to swim and go on the beach, and I don't feel I am compromising my beliefs for that. "No-one has ever told me to wear it - it's my own choice. "How is a woman on a beach swimming in a wetsuit with her head covered a symbol of Islamic extremism?
8-8-16 Rio Olympics 2016: Ibtihaj Muhammad on hijab, Donald Trump & Muhammad Ali
Rio Olympics 2016: Ibtihaj Muhammad on hijab, Donald Trump & Muhammad Ali
She gave the First Lady a fencing lesson, just two weeks after being asked in the street if she was going to blow something up. Now Ibtihaj Muhammad is preparing for the "defining moment" in her life - becoming Team USA's first hijab-wearing Olympian. "In this particular political climate in the history of this country, it is groundbreaking to have a Muslim woman on the US team," Muhammad tells BBC Sport. "I am excited to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions people have about Muslim women. I want to show people that we can not only be on any Olympic team, but on the US Olympic team which is the strongest of the world's teams." Many feel politics and sport is a murky combination and should never mix, but Muhammad is more than happy to give her views on both subjects. "As a global community, we have to work harder to change our current situation. It is an unhealthy one," she says.
8-5-16 Not impressed by Clinton’s nomination
Not impressed by Clinton’s nomination
What took you so long? asked the Daily Times (Pakistan) in an editorial. Hillary Clinton made history last week when she became the first woman to receive the presidential nomination from a major U.S. political party, and for that feat she deserves to be congratulated. But why has it taken more than two centuries for America, “the most developed democracy in the world,” to put up a female candidate for the White House? South Asia has had female prime ministers for decades, starting with Sri Lanka in 1960 and continuing with Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. In fact, women have served as presidents and prime ministers in dozens of countries around the globe—in Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Yet there’s no guarantee that Clinton will join their ranks this year. Apparently, patriarchy still holds sway in the U.S.
8-5-16 Why aren’t more women excited?
Why aren’t more women excited?
Hillary Clinton just became the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major party, said Eleanor Clift in TheDailyBeast.com. So why is the response so oddly muted? Young women take Clinton for granted. For them, the struggle for women to be taken seriously in a male--dominated world, and to get elected to public office, is “ancient history, like World War I.” They can’t appreciate what it took for Clinton to escape her husband’s shadow and—after he’d humiliated her—forge her own political career. Many older women also don’t like Hillary, viewing her as an entitled opportunist who “cuts corners and gets away with it.” Maybe the “transformative nature” of Clinton’s achievement won’t sink in until Inauguration Day, when a woman “will stand alone, her hand on the Bible,” as the new leader of the Western world.
8-5-16 A proud member of Team Refugee
A proud member of Team Refugee
Yusra Mardini was crossing the Mediterranean on a flimsy dinghy with 19 other Syrian refugees last August when the boat’s motor suddenly stopped. The teenager dove into the water and helped pull the dinghy for over three hours to the Greek island of Lesbos, saving all on board. Mardini eventually reached Germany and is now set for another momentous swim—this time at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 18-year-old swimmer is part of a team of 10 refugee athletes, the first of its kind to compete in the Games. “The team has great friendship,” she says. “We don’t know the same language, [but] the Olympic flag united us.”
8-5-16 Ukraine’s Joan of Arc
Ukraine’s Joan of Arc
Nadiya Savchenko is known as Ukraine’s Joan of Arc, said Mark Franchetti in The Sunday Times (U.K.). The country’s first female combat pilot, she was captured by Russian separatists while fighting in eastern Ukraine just over two years ago. Taken to Russia, she was convicted of trumped-up charges and sentenced to 22 years in prison. But Savchenko, 35, wasn’t intimidated. Before her sentencing, she flipped the bird at the judge and sang the Ukrainian national anthem. In prison, she staged several hunger strikes and lost 70 pounds, once going without food for three months and water for two weeks. Guards tried everything to make her eat, even frying food outside her cell. “They couldn’t believe I wouldn’t crack,” she says. “I’d thrown up blood, was in pain, and after a while I forgot the taste of food. But I got off on seeing their baffled faces. They understood that they couldn’t break my spirit.” During her incarceration, Savchenko was elected to Ukraine’s parliament in absentia. When she was released in a prisoner swap, after 708 days in jail, she took only one day off before starting work as an MP, promising to take Crimea back from Russian control. Doesn’t she need a rest? “I’m dead tired, but I can’t,” she says. “There’s far too much to do. I must work until the victorious end. The enemy must leave our land.”
7-31-16 Tokyo poised to elect Yuriko Koike as first female governor
Tokyo poised to elect Yuriko Koike as first female governor
Former Japanese defence minister Yuriko Koike looks set to be elected as the Japanese capital's first woman governor, exit polls project. Public broadcaster NHK and other media forecast Ms Koike as the winner after polls closed at 20:00 (11:00 GMT). If confirmed, one of her key challenges will be curbing the financial problems plaguing Tokyo's preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Scandals linked to the Games forced the last two governors to resign. "I will lead Tokyo politics in an unprecedented manner, a Tokyo you have never seen," Ms Koike, 64, told cheering supporters,
7-29-16 Bikini-clad Swedish policewoman 'stops thief'
Bikini-clad Swedish policewoman 'stops thief'
A bikini-clad Swedish police officer has been praised for tackling a suspected thief while she was off-duty sunbathing with friends in Stockholm. Mikaela Kellner told the Aftonbladet daily that she and a fellow officer pursued the man when they realised he had taken one of their mobile phones. She told the paper that she would have intervened "even if she were naked". (Webmaster's comment: The world is just full of male punks. This is how you should treat them.)
7-29-16 Swimming from Cuba to Florida
Swimming from Cuba to Florida
Diana Nyad isn’t one to give up, said Carole Cadwalladr in The Guardian (U.K.). The New Yorker first tried to swim unassisted from Cuba to her native Florida in 1978, at age 28. When that failed, she retired from competitive swimming and became a sports broadcaster. But in 2010, at 60, Nyad tried again. “I just didn’t want to have any regrets,” she says. “My mother had died at 82 and I realized I might only have 22 years left.” She abandoned that second attempt when she suffered an asthma attack. A third try later that year failed after she was stung by a box jellyfish, one of the most venomous creatures on Earth; a fourth try was stymied by more jellyfish and a storm. Nyad’s friends begged her to give up, but she refused. And in 2013, at age 64, she finally succeeded, swimming nonstop for 53 hours through 110 miles of shark-infested waters. By the time she emerged from the sea, Nyad could barely walk or talk. “I remember seeing the faces of the crowd on the beach, [they were] just so emotionally wrought,” she says. “I realized afterwards they weren’t weeping because somebody set some sports record. They were weeping because they saw someone who refused to give up. And everyone has experience of that, whether it’s fighting cancer or raising a difficult child.” (Webmaster's comment: Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!)
7-14-16 The women who run the world
The women who run the world
If Hillary Clinton wins the American presidential election in November, there will be women in charge of five of the leading countries and organisations in the world - the US, the UK, Germany, the IMF and the US Federal Reserve. That's three of the world's biggest economies and two of the most important financial institutions. There's also the reasonable possibility of a woman becoming the new UN Secretary General. Obviously we don't yet know about either the US or the UN, but let's have a bit of fun and imagine for a moment a world run by women. Or at least a significant chunk of the world, including the other 22 women who run countries - in which we include monarchs, presidents and prime ministers. What does it actually mean? What actually changes if women are in those top jobs?
7-2-16 The ugly sexism of school dress codes
The ugly sexism of school dress codes
From Guilford, Connecticut, to Lynchburg, Virginia, to Helena, Montana, junior high and high school dress codes are being criticized and even reevaluated as students and parents decry outdated policies as unrealistic, ambiguously enforced, and deeply sexist. Most disturbing is the reason given for the girls' rules: Their "provocative" clothing is "distracting" to other students in the learning environment. "At track, on a hot day, if a bunch of guys are running shirtless, it's acceptable," says Emily, 16, a junior in Santa Barbara, California. "But if a girl is wearing a bright-colored sports bra that's showing through her white shirt, she'll be asked to change because it's 'distracting.' Instead of teaching girls to cover up, we should be teaching everyone to stop sexualizing every aspect of a girl's body." With college rape culture being the horror it is, are we really still teaching kids that girls and their beguiling, omnipotent tank tops are responsible for the mental state of boys on their campuses? Can this possibly still be a world wherein "her thigh was visible" is a saleable excuse for ANY BEHAVIORAL FAILING AT ALL — academic or otherwise? (Webmaster's comment: It's all part of our blame the woman culture! If she gets raped or beaten or abused or murdered it's her fault somehow! It's never the guys fault! She made him do it, didn't she?)
6-19-16 Italy elections: Rome set to elect Virginia Raggi as first female mayor
Italy elections: Rome set to elect Virginia Raggi as first female mayor
Rome is set to elect its first female mayor in a run-off vote in municipal elections. Virginia Raggi, from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, is seen as the favourite against Roberto Giachetti of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD). Her victory would be a blow to Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
6-15-16 Nepal's Lhakpa Sherpa: 'I want to climb Everest 10 times'
Nepal's Lhakpa Sherpa: 'I want to climb Everest 10 times'
Last month Lhakpa Sherpa, reached the peak of Mount Everest for the seventh time, breaking her own world record for the number of ascents by a woman. But she told BBC Nepali's Surendra Phuyal that she isn't done with climbing yet.
6-5-16 Swedish nun Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad canonised for saving Jews
Swedish nun Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad canonised for saving Jews
A nun who saved Jewish families during World War Two has been made the first Swedish saint in more than 600 years. Pope Francis canonised Roman Catholic convert Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad at a ceremony in St Peter's Square on Sunday. Ms Hesselblad hid Jewish families in the convent in Rome where she was the mother superior.
5-23-16 Bolivia's daredevil female mountaineers
Bolivia's daredevil female mountaineers
A group of indigenous women decided to toss their aprons for mountain-climbing gear. Two years ago, a group of indigenous, mostly middle-aged, Bolivian women decided to ditch their base camp day jobs, strap on some climbing gear, and scale the Cordillera Real mountain range themselves. Many of these women had for years worked as cooks or porters at the Huayna Potosi base camp, helping tourists climb the mountains they had only gazed upon from below. "The tourists asked me what it was like up on Huayna Potosi," 42-year-old Domitila Alana Llusco told The Associated Press, "and I had to climb up so I could find out and tell them."
5-16-16 Storm over weather presenter told to cover up on air
Storm over weather presenter told to cover up on air
When TV weather presenter Liberte Chan was handed a cardigan and told to cover up during her broadcast it wasn't because there was a chill in the air. The US meteorologist was in the middle of her California weekend forecast when she was given a grey cardigan to put on. Chan asked why she was being forced to wear it, to which someone off camera responded: "We're receiving lots of emails." It's not clear how many people had contacted the station, KTLA 5 in Los Angeles, to complain about Chan's attire. But on social media it wasn't so much the dress, but the cardigan that many had an issue with. There was a furious response from viewers who thought Chan had been treated outrageously. (Webmaster's comment: She was completely decently dressed. This was rediculous!)
5-13-16 Anaya: Handwriting Champ
Anaya: Handwriting Champ
Anaya Ellick was born without hands, but she’s still got the neatest handwriting in her class. The Virginia first-grader recently won a trophy and a $1,000 prize for her beautiful penmanship at the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Competition, competing among 50 other students with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities. Instead of using prosthetics, Ellick grips her pencil between her wrists. “Anaya is a remarkable young lady,” said her school’s principal, Tracy Cox. “She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do. Her determination is an inspiration to all of us.”
5-5-16 Handless seven-year-old girl wins US handwriting contest
Handless seven-year-old girl wins US handwriting contest
A seven-year-old student born without hands has won a US national handwriting contest. Anaya Ellick from Chesapeake, Virginia, does not use prosthetics. To write, she stands to get the proper angle, holding a pencil between her arms. Her principal, Tracy Cox from Greenbrier Christian Academy, describes her as an "inspiration". "She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do," says Ms Cox.
4-7-16 These hijab-inspired clothes just reignited a major culture war in France
These hijab-inspired clothes just reignited a major culture war in France
In France today, veils reveal more than they hide. Laurence Rossignol — the Socialist government's minister for family, children, and women's rights — recently criticized the fashion designer Dolce & Gabbana, along with retailers like Marks and Spencer, for their new lines of hijab-inspired clothing. The flowing dresses, brightly printed headscarves, and even a bathing suit dubbed the "burkini" provided panache, Rossignol declared, to a religiously sanctioned form of female oppression. "It is irresponsible," she thundered. What about those Muslim women, her interviewer asked, who chose to wear the hijab — the headscarf also known, misleadingly, as a voile or veil — as a sign of pride in their faith? Rossignol would not buy it: "There were also American negroes who favored slavery." (Webmaster's comment: As long as it doesn't hide their idenity (their face) they should be free to wear what they want.)
4-4-16 Brazil's haircare queen: From shantytown to millionaire
Brazil's haircare queen: From shantytown to millionaire
Zica Assis could never have imagined that her decision to stop straightening her hair would see her move from the poverty of a Rio de Janeiro favela or shantytown, to being the owner of a multi-million dollar business.
4-1-16 When 5-year-old Allison Anderwald noticed that her mom -
When 5-year-old Allison Anderwald noticed that her mom -
When 5-year-old Allison Anderwald noticed that her mom, Tracy, was lying motionless at the bottom of their backyard pool, the fearless Texas girl dove right in. Allison pulled her mom to the shallow end and lifted her head above the water before running to get help. Tracy had suffered a seizure and fallen unconscious, and would likely have drowned had her daughter not acted fast. “It is truly amazing that this little girl, who’s actually also pretty small for her age, was able to save my sister,” said Allison’s aunt, Tedra Hunt. “She’s our little mermaid and my little hero.”
4-1-16 Ashima Shiraishi is a rock-climbing prodigy.
Ashima Shiraishi is a rock-climbing prodigy.
Ashima Shiraishi is a rock-climbing prodigy. Just a week before her 15th birthday, the New York City high schooler scaled a massive boulder on Japan’s Mount Hiei without ropes or harnesses. The climb had a difficulty rating of V15 out of V16—about as tough as a boulder climb can get. That makes Shiraishi not only the first woman to complete a V15 but also the youngest person—male or female—to ever do so. “Ashima is unstoppable right now,” says Angie Payne, a top U.S. climber. “I don’t see that slowing down anytime soon.”
3-31-16 Outrage after S Korean contestant lambasted on Asia's Next Top Model
Outrage after S Korean contestant lambasted on Asia's Next Top Model
The treatment of a South Korean contestant in the latest episode of TV show Asia's Next Top Model has sparked a backlash on social media. Kim Sang-in, 23, made a tearful apology to Subaru executive and guest judge Glenn Tan after he lambasted her for rolling her eyes during a photo shoot. The shoot involved models posing around a convoy of cars from Subaru, one of the show's main sponsors. After Mr Tan's outburst, viewers expressed their anger online.
3-26-16 Why would anyone take the A4 skinny waist challenge?
Why would anyone take the A4 skinny waist challenge?
The #A4waist challenge - in which women compare the size of their waists to the width of a standard A4 sheet of paper - started in China and prompted a huge online backlash. But what do some of the women who participated in the trend say - why did they take part?
3-25-16 Bro culture
Bro culture, after managers at Microsoft’s Xbox division hired scantily clad female go-go dancers to perform at a company party just hours after hosting a “Women in Gaming” luncheon to promote diversity. Xbox chief Phil Spencer vowed to “do better in the future.”
3-15-16 #unfairandlovely: Women speak out against skin lightening
#unfairandlovely: Women speak out against skin lightening
A social media campaign - #unfairandlovely - is working to challenge the widely-held belief in many parts of the world that fair skin is the most attractive. "I'm considered somebody who is going to have a difficult time getting married, because I am not fair." Charusmita, a student from India, explains why many women come under pressure to lighten their skin.
3-11-16 “Every American president has had a penis.
“Every American president has had a penis.
“Every American president has had a penis. The possession of a generative member is, in fact, the one trait they all share. Some have been Whigs, some Democrats, and some Republicans. There have been slave-owning presidents and abolitionists, bearded presidents and clean-shaven ones, Easterners and Southerners. Almost all have been white, but at least one has been black. Yet all have been men. Donald Trump’s claim that he was amply endowed might have shocked many, [but] with the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming the first penis-free president, it’s not surprising that her Republican rivals want to remind the world that their genital anatomy is the traditional norm.”
2-26-16 Surfer 'not pretty enough to sponsor'
Surfer 'not pretty enough to sponsor'
Despite being the best female surfer in Brazil, Silvana Lima was refused sponsorship deals because she wasn't considered sufficiently good-looking. (Webmaster's comment: But incredibly talented. Why should looks matter?)
1-28-16 Barbie available in 'curvy, tall and petite' sizes
Barbie available in 'curvy, tall and petite' sizes
Barbie, the iconic plastic toy doll model, is getting three new body types this year. The US company behind the famous toy, Mattel, is adding "tall, curvy and petite" body shapes to its line-up of the fashion dolls. Several skin tones, eye colours and hair styles will also be added to the collection, the company said. Barbie's figure has come under fire for years, with critics arguing it set an unrealistic body image for girls. With the new body shapes, the toy makers say they are "offering girls choices that are more reflective of the world they see today".
1-28-16 The school on the front line
The school on the front line
In one of Benghazi's poorest neighbourhoods, right on the front line of Libya's fight against the so-called Islamic State group, a brave head teacher is keeping her school open. She is determined that shelling and sniper fire will not get in the way of her pupils' education.
1-28-16 'Stop telling women to smile'
'Stop telling women to smile'
Is it sexist when men ask women to smile for them? After having an encounter with a cashier at a petrol station who demanded a smile, reality TV personality Whitney Way Thore posted about the episode on Facebook - and prompted a huge debate.
1-26-16 Before Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm
Before Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm
Decades before Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm. As the first black woman to run for President for a major political party she was years ahead of her time. So why don't more people know about her? Shirley Chisholm was at the Democratic National Convention in 1972.
1-21-16 Kathryn Smith becomes NFL's first full-time female coach
Kathryn Smith becomes NFL's first full-time female coach
American football team the Buffalo Bills have become the first in the National Football League (NFL) to appoint a full-time female coach. Kathryn Smith has been appointed to the role of quality control-special teams coach for the Bills. Smith had previously worked as an administrative assistant for the team. "She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment," said head coach Rex Ryan in a statement. "She has proven that she's ready for the next step, so I'm excited and proud for her with this opportunity.''
1-11-16 The girl who 'dared' Hillary Clinton to compete
The girl who 'dared' Hillary Clinton to compete
Hillary Clinton has often said she launched her own political career in 2000 because of the encouragement of a 17-year-old high school girl named Sofia Totti. So where is Totti now? "I think she was like the volleyball or basketball captain. I came up and shook her hand," Clinton recalled. "She leaned over to me and she said, 'Dare to compete, Mrs Clinton, dare to compete.' And I thought, 'Wow.'" "Her comment caught me off guard, so much so that I left the event and began to think: Could I be afraid to do something I had urged countless other women to do?" Clinton wrote. "Maybe I should 'dare to compete.'" Clinton did, of course, and went on to win the New York senate seat, become Secretary of State, and is now the in the midst of her second presidential campaign. In the 17 years since, Bernardin has taken her own advice to "dare to compete". After high school she studied international relations at Tufts University in Boston, then began a career in publishing and marketing at Vogue in New York. The job moved her to Paris where she began managing European advertisers for the magazine. She says that after a representative for a luxury handbag company revealed that the brand was opening 20 new stores in China but had limited experience in the market, Bernardin had an epiphany - she quit and opened her own advertising agency specialising in connecting high-end European fashion brands with the booming Asian market. She was 28 at the time. "I said, 'You know what, I believe in this and I believe in the future of this, so I'm going to do this on my own,'" she recalls.
1-9-16 Local heroes: Unsung women of Africa
Local heroes: Unsung women of Africa
The BBC has been running a series about inspiring women across Africa, and followers of BBC Africa's Facebook and Twitter pages have nominated their local heroines. Child marriage terminator, Sanitary pad campaigner, Inspiring media boss, Life-saving community nurse, Anti-FGM activist, Mother for orphans, River blindness fighter, Fairtrade gold miner, Police inspector turned UN peacekeeper, Peace-loving marathon runner.
1-9-16 Tracey Curtis-Taylor finishes UK to Australia biplane flight
Tracey Curtis-Taylor finishes UK to Australia biplane flight
A British adventurer has completed an epic 14,600-nautical mile flight from the UK to Australia in a vintage open cockpit bi-plane. Tracey Curtis-Taylor, 53, set off in her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft from Farnborough, Hampshire, in October. She retraced pioneer Amy Johnson's 1930 flight, flying over 23 countries and making some 50 refuelling stops.