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6-30-17 Slim Majority Says Women in Military Face Unfair Obstacles
Slim Majority Says Women in Military Face Unfair Obstacles
About half (52%) of Americans think women in the U.S. military do not have as good a chance as men to get promotions or jobs for which they are qualified. Almost two-thirds (63%) of women agree that men have an unfair advantage, a potentially important stumbling block for military recruiters. Some of the public's perceptions of equal opportunity for women in the military could be related to the long history of women being barred from certain military roles -- including combat positions, serving on submarines, and serving as Army Rangers and Navy SEALS. The policy blocking women from combat roles, which posed a significant obstacle to promotions for women, was rescinded in a 2015 Defense Department decision lifting all gender-based restrictions on positions in the military. The change opened about 220,000 combat positions to women. (Webmaster's comment: They forgot to report that over 30% of the women in the Armed Froces have been raped by their fellow male soldiers. In the field women soldiers always travel in pairs to latrines and carry their weapons.)

  • 46% say women have equal chance at promotions and jobs in military
  • 68% think minorities have as good a chance as whites

6-29-17 Halle Berry: Was her Oscar win worthless?
Halle Berry: Was her Oscar win worthless?
Halle Berry was the first black woman to win the best actress Oscar when she won for Monster's Ball in 2002. Fifteen years on, she still is the only black woman to have won the award - and she's not happy about it. Speaking in Cannes last week, the actress said she had been "profoundly hurt" when no black stars were nominated for major acting awards at the 2015 Oscars. Her comments have been followed by the Academy announcing it is inviting 774 new members from 57 countries in an effort to boost diversity. Actors Naomie Harris, Riz Ahmed and Warwick Davis are among those invited to join, with the Oscars organisers saying 39% of the new class are women, boosting the overall female membership to 28%, up three points from 2015. It added that the new membership is also nearly a third non-white, with the number of non-white voters now at 13%, up from 8% two years ago. (Webmaster's comment: Actress and radio performer Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940, for her supporting role as Mammy in 'Gone With the Wind.' But the awards for blacks over the years are few and far between.)

6-28-17 Indianapolis 500: Racing into the history books
Indianapolis 500: Racing into the history books
In 1977 Janet Guthrie became the first woman to race in America's foremost track event, the Indianapolis 500. She spoke to Witness about what it took to reach the top of a male-dominated sport.

6-27-17 Viewsnight: 'Scientific research isn't immune to sexism'
Viewsnight: 'Scientific research isn't immune to sexism'
In this Viewsnight, Journalist Angela Saini argues that it’s easy for prejudice to affect research and that science has been tainted by sexism for hundreds of years.

6-23-17 Why we need talkative women
Why we need talkative women
“Ah, women. How does one bear their hysterical arguments and constant chatter?” asked Christine Emba. Usually such misogynist stereotypes are only hinted at, but it’s been a banner month for sexism in business and politics. A former Trump spokesman recently labeled Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “hysterical” after her aggressive questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The same week, Uber board member David Bonderman interrupted Arianna Huffington, the company’s sole female director, “to joke that having more female board members would simply lead to more talking.” Ironically, in both cases the qualities “being dismissed as excesses of femininity” are the ones business and politics need most. More talking would have been an “incontestable good” at Uber, where workers didn’t feel comfortable taking their concerns about harassment and discrimination to management. Having more women on the board might also have compelled the company to address its toxic, hypermasculine culture “before it spiraled out of control.” As for Sen. Harris’ forceful questioning, “in men, such intensity is read as effectiveness.” In a 2001 survey of lawmakers, “the top reason female legislators ran for office was to effect social change.” For men, it was because “they had always wanted to.” Call me crazy, but “an emotional commitment to progress sounds better than dispassionate ego stroking any day.”

6-23-17 Les Canadiennes: Women's ice hockey team left in the cold
Les Canadiennes: Women's ice hockey team left in the cold
They've won Olympic gold medals and league championships - but these top athletes still seek recognition.

6-23-17 No Progress for Women
No Progress for Women
Just under 28 percent of the more than 430 vacant board seats at Fortune 500 companies were filled by women in 2016, down from 30 percent the year before. It’s the first time women have lost ground in the boardroom since executive recruiter Hedrick & Struggles began tracking director appointments in 2009.

6-19-17 French election: Macron team complete rout with Assembly win
French election: Macron team complete rout with Assembly win
French President Emmanuel Macron is celebrating a convincing victory in National Assembly elections that gives him the mandate to push through wide-ranging social and economic reforms. Three-quarters of the assembly are new members and a record 223 of the 577 MPs are women. Mr Macron's fledgling La République en Marche (LREM) won 308 seats with 43% of the vote. But the 42.64% turnout is a record low for modern-day France. Together with its centrist MoDem allies, LREM now forms a bloc of 350 seats, well over the 289 seats needed to control parliament. The election result means that a party that only began life in April 2016 now has complete control of France's lower house of parliament and that means the president can press on with steering through his broad programme of reform. (Webmaster's comment: The fact that 40% of the parliament's members are women indicates a kinder, gentler future for France's citizens. We need to do this in America too, and stop electing males with all their greed, sexual and violence problems.)

6-13-17 The Indian video challenging 'shy bride' stereotypes
The Indian video challenging 'shy bride' stereotypes
"Why should grooms have all the fun?" That's what Amisha Bhardwaj says when asked about her wedding video, which has gone viral, receiving more than six million views on YouTube. In the video, Ms Bhardwaj is dancing in shorts and her bridal blouse, perfectly lip syncing to Sia's popular song "Cheap Thrills". "I am still surprised that the video went viral because it simply shows a bride having fun on her wedding day. That's not unusual," she says. But many people have commented about the choice of her clothes, and the song. "I think my video broke the stereotype of the shy Indian bride, who is not supposed to dance, and definitely not wear the kind of clothes I am wearing in the video," she says. "The script for the Indian bride has been the same for ages - she is supposed to be shy, not laugh and smile sporadically, and cry while leaving her parents' house. But now the modern Indian bride is writing her own script."

6-12-17 Proposed ban on Zumba dance classes in Iran criticised
Proposed ban on Zumba dance classes in Iran criticised
A call made by a local sports federation to ban Zumba dance classes across Iran has angered many online. The Iran Sport for All Federation penned a letter to Iran's Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to ban activities, including Zumba, for contravening "Islamic ideology". The federation has the country's highest membership status in the Association for International Sport for All (Tafisa) that is based in Frankfurt. Founded in 1992, the Iran Sport For All Federation is a licensed regulatory authority for a range of sports and operates provincial branches and offices in state organisations. A Tafisa official told the BBC that the association does not have a say in political decisions made by the Iran federation. It added that decisions on Tafisa membership are taken by its board of directors. Many Iranian social media users criticised the proposed ban, using the Persian-language hashtag #Zumba. Iran Sport for All President Ali Majdara's letter, posted on the Iran's sports ministry website on 7 June, said the aim was to "develop athletics for everyone in the framework of supreme Islamic ideology and the Islamic Republic of Iran's sport structure". "Please issue a regulation to ban some activities, such as Zumba, which include rhythmic motions and dance and are unlawful in any shape and title," the letter continued.

5-30-17 Belgium: Female students asked to wear low-cut tops to graduation
Belgium: Female students asked to wear low-cut tops to graduation
A Belgian university has apologised after a message was sent to female students asking them to wear a low-cut outfit to a graduation ceremony. The email was sent to medical students at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). "From an aesthetic point of view," it read, " it is better for young women to wear a dress or skirt, and a nice revealing neckline." Men were told simply to wear a suit for the event next month. "Of course, ladies, this advice is not obligatory," the email added. But mandatory or not, the suggestion caused an outcry on social media.

5-25-17 Will Trump bring paid maternity leave to the US?
Will Trump bring paid maternity leave to the US?
Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would create the first federal plan for paid family leave in the US. How far does it go? The US is the only developed nation in the world that does not provide some type of national paid family leave plan to new parents (only 8 other nations, including Papua New Guinea, Suriname and Tonga, do not provide paid leave). California, New Jersey and Rhode Island have their own state-run paid family leave systems, and New York state and the District of Columbia have policies that haven't yet gone into effect, but that leaves the vast majority of the country uncovered. In his proposed 2018 budget, Trump is bucking traditional party lines by proposing what would be the first federal family paid leave policy in US history. It has been widely reported that came at the insistence of his daughter, Ivanka, who has made "women who work" a central part of her newly forming political identity.

5-24-17 The dark side of paid parental leave
The dark side of paid parental leave
Democrats, progressives, and even some reform-minded conservatives have slammed President Trump's new budget as a cruel, math-challenged non-starter. But that doesn't mean they can't praise the odd, non-terrible, non-embarrassing parts. For instance: Trump is the first Republican president to offer a national paid leave plan, a result of daughter Ivanka's insistence. Now, no one is going to accuse the president of mindlessly or gleefully copying what other advanced economies do for families. In Sweden, for example, parents get up to 16 months of paid leave, with moms and dads each required to take at least three months off. The Trump proposal is far more modest. With a price tag of $25 billion over a decade, Trump's plan gives moms and dads six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The program would funnel the benefits to about 1.3 million parents annually through the unemployment insurance system. While this is vastly more generous than the zero weeks of paid leave American moms and dads get under current law, it's still not some lavish universal system. Actually, it's so skimpy, say paid leave advocates, that it is barely better than nothing. (Webmaster's comment: In Europe on the average countries provide employee paid 22 weeks of maternity leave for both parents, and some countries provide over a year for both parents. In America its "Pop the brat out and back to work!" See our Chart at: Paid Maternity Leave in Developed Countries)

5-21-17 Why Swedish workplaces aren't as equal as you think
Why Swedish workplaces aren't as equal as you think
Sweden may have a global reputation as one of world's most gender equal societies but when it comes to female representation in business, campaigners question whether the Nordic nation is right to keep basking in the spotlight, as progress slows down back home. Amanda Lundeteg, already a chief executive aged just 32, is in one way a poster girl for gender equality in the Swedish workplace. She holds a degree in Business Economics, started her career in banking and has already served on three different boards. Yet the sole reason Allbright, the non-profit company she manages, exists is to expose the limitations in career opportunities for women in Sweden. Despite giving fathers the right to take paid time off since the 1970s and one of the world's most generous parental leave packages (currently 480 tax-funded days to share between a couple) and heavily subsidized day care (capped at some $145 a month) Ms Lundeteg argues Sweden is less progressive than many might think. "We're really good at bragging about how good we are... but if you ask most women in Sweden I definitely don't think that they are satisfied."

5-19-17 Should women rule?
Should women rule?
The announcement of Princess Mako’s engagement to her college boyfriend this week has kindled a national discussion about changing the status of women in the Japanese royal family. Currently, only men can rule, and succession to the throne goes only through the male line. When 25-year-old Mako, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito, marries her commoner boyfriend, law firm worker Kei Komuro, she will lose her royal status, and any son she may have will not be eligible for the throne. But more than 85 percent of the Japanese public supports changing those rules. The Diet is already mulling whether to amend the law so that Akihito, 83, can abdicate, as he has asked to do because of ill health.

5-19-17 Trump reportedly to propose 6 weeks paid family leave for biological mothers, fathers, and adoptive parents
Trump reportedly to propose 6 weeks paid family leave for biological mothers, fathers, and adoptive parents
A detailed budget proposal coming from the Trump administration next week is expected to offer not just paid maternity leave for biological mothers after the birth of a child, but six weeks of paid family leave for fathers and adoptive parents as well, The Washington Post reports. An early proposal initially floated last September would have only qualified biological mothers for paid leave, but Democrats criticized it heavily. Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, has since headed a working group on family leave and she is expected to be central to the discussions, even as the Republican Party has traditionally opposed such measures. The proposal calls for states to individually run paid leave programs if they don't have one in place already (only California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey do, with New York and D.C. having approved measures that go into effect in 2018). "It's a major step forward, and it's better than zero, which is what parents are guaranteed now," the program director at the Institute for Women's Policy Research, Jeffrey Hayes, said. "Trump is the first Republican in the White House to talk about this, so he could get some bipartisan support." Six weeks of paid family leave is significantly less than what is offered by most other developed countries, although as things stand now, the United States is the only developed county that does not guarantee mothers or fathers a single day of paid leave.

5-15-17 I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape
I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape
Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune prospecting for a precious stone that's said to be a thousand times rarer than diamonds, but since women weren't allowed down the mines she dressed up as man and fooled her male colleagues for almost a decade. Pili Hussein grew up in a large family in Tanzania. The daughter of a livestock keeper who had many large farms, Pili's father had six wives and she was one of 38 children. Although she was well looked after, in many ways, she doesn't look back on her upbringing fondly. "My father treated me like a boy and I was given livestock to take care of - I didn't like that life at all," she says. But her marriage was even more unhappy, and at the age of 31 Pili ran away from her abusive husband. In search of work she found herself in the small Tanzanian town of Mererani, in the foothills of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro - the only place in the world where mining for a rare, violet-blue gemstone called tanzanite takes place. "I didn't go to school, so I didn't have many options," Pili says. "Women were not allowed in the mining area, so I entered bravely like a man, like a strong person. You take big trousers, you cut them into shorts and you appear like a man. That's what I did."

5-15-17 US Marines defend woman-led recruitment advert
US Marines defend woman-led recruitment advert
The US Marine Corps has defended its latest recruitment advert - the first led by a woman - after critics said it panders to political correctness. The commercial, titled "Battle Up" follows the evolution of a female Marine. She is seen as a schoolgirl standing up to bullies, on a rugby pitch, under fire in combat, and as a veteran helping the homeless. The service said it celebrates the Marines' "fighting spirit". In the advert, the protagonist tackles an obstacle course through icy water as the narrator intones: "No one knows where it comes from. Why some have it, and some don't. It's the fighting spirit, and it needs to be fed. "It consumes fear, self-doubt and weakness. It stands ready to protect those in danger and to fight - whatever shape the battle takes." The Corps hopes the advert will attract women, especially athletes, and send the message that the Marines isn't only open to "a few good men". Capt. Erin Demchko, who plays the logistics officer in the ad, served in Afghanistan. She is currently a deputy commander at Camp Courtney in Okinawa, Japan. The advert has been viewed almost 690,000 times on Facebook since it was posted by the official US Marine Corps account on 12 May.

5-12-17 Iran election: Could women decide the next president?
Iran election: Could women decide the next president?
When Iranians go to the polls to choose a new president next Friday, all the names on the ballot paper will be male. In the nearly four-decade history of the Islamic Republic, no woman has been allowed to stand for the top office. But it's certainly not for want of trying. This year, 137 women put their names forward. Most famous by far is Azam Taleghani, a 72-year old former MP and daughter of a well-known ayatollah. She has registered to stand in most presidential elections since 1997, determined to challenge the archaic and ambiguous wording of the Iranian constitution which has traditionally been interpreted as meaning only men can become president. Ms Taleghani argues that the criteria can apply to both men and women and that, as an experienced politician, she is eminently qualified. But the electoral supervisory body, the Guardian Council, disagrees and has disqualified her at every attempt. This March, now frail and walking with the help of a frame, Ms Taleghani once again determinedly made her way up the stone steps of the interior ministry to register. And once again she failed to qualify. Even though they are not allowed to stand, women comprise just under half the electorate, so their vote is important and presidential candidates usually make an effort to reach out to them. Early on in the campaign the incumbent, President Hassan Rouhani, posted a photo of himself on social media which caused a flurry of comment. He was out on a weekend walk in the mountains standing next to two young female hikers, both of whose hijab is far from what would be considered proper by the hardliners. It was a clear message to young, modern female voters, that he was the candidate who was not overly bothered about the country's restrictive dress code and other curbs on social freedom.

5-9-17 There will be 13 men and ZERO women writing the Senate Republican health-care bill
There will be 13 men and zero women writing the Senate Republican health-care bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has chosen his team to write the Senate Republican version of the American Health Care Act, and senators will apparently scrap the House version and start over. "This process will not be quick or simple or easy," McConnell said Monday. But the group of 13 senators McConnell has tapped for the task — including himself and his top two deputies — has raised eyebrows because, among other things, it includes 13 men and no women. Robert Pear at The New York Times suggests that McConnell, a shrewd tactician, chose to include only men, including far-right Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), "to placate the right." But his picks "may have inadvertently created a dangerous alliance," Pear adds, between Republicans who are more moderate on health care, especially Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who came up with the "Jimmy Kimmel Test" for health-care legislation. If they band together, they just need one more Republican to effectively veto any bill — and between Medicaid and pre-existing conditions, there are AHCA skeptics in the Senate GOP caucus. (Webmaster's comment: It's still the same. Men will decide what healthcare women get! They are to remain subservient to men in a Republican controlled world.)

5-7-17 Fighting for equality in big-wave surfing
Fighting for equality in big-wave surfing
The women who fought for the right to surf big waves. Since 1999, the world's elite big-wave surfers have battled it out at an event known as the Mount Everest of surf competitions - at Mavericks in California. Until this year, female surfers were banned from taking part. But a small group of determined women have fought their way in. A few miles south of Ocean Beach is a surf break regarded as one of the most challenging on the planet - Mavericks. Long considered too dangerous to ride, Mavericks has become known as the fiercest and deadliest big-wave spot in the world. It's where the world's top big-wave surfers compete every winter to prove their skill and bravery. But until now it's been a competition for men only. In the late 1990s, Jeff Clark co-founded The Titans of Mavericks - an invitation-only competition for the world's top big-wave surfers. Posters for the first event in 1999 were emblazoned with the title, Men Who Ride Mountains. The conditions were so punishing it was hard enough for the male competitors to qualify - it was inconceivable to the organisers that a woman might also want to be in the running. But a week after the competition was over, a lone female surfer, Sarah Gerhardt, proved everyone wrong. A decade after Sarah Gerhardt first took on Mavericks, a number of proficient and competitive female surfers were regularly surfing the break. (Webmaster's comment: Many men are simply afraid of the competition. Being shown up by a women is the untimate ego-buster for them. You Go Girl!)

5-6-17 Why you should work 4 hours a day, according to science
Why you should work 4 hours a day, according to science
Darwin, Dickens, and some of the most accomplished people in history have one thing in common. They worked with intense focus — but for only four hours a day. When you examine the lives of history's most creative figures, you are immediately confronted with a paradox: They organized their lives around their work, but not their days. Figures as different as Charles Dickens, Henri Poincaré, and Ingmar Bergman, working in disparate fields in different times, all shared a passion for their work, a terrific ambition to succeed, and an almost superhuman capacity to focus. Yet when you look closely at their daily lives, they only spent a few hours a day doing what we would recognize as their most important work. The rest of the time, they were hiking mountains, taking naps, going on walks with friends, or just sitting and thinking. How did they manage to be so accomplished? If some of history's greatest figures didn't put in immensely long hours, maybe the key to unlocking the secret of their creativity lies in understanding not just how they labored but how they rested.

4-29-17 Meet the all-girls competitive robotics team from The Bronx
Meet the all-girls competitive robotics team from The Bronx
Robot 9717A zips around the competition pit, burrowing into corners and sneaking behind larger bots to hunt yellow foam stars and orange cloth cubes. Nicknamed "Cobra" for its claw-like apparatus designed to lunge out during matches, grabbing at the stars and cubes, it stands out not only for its lithe design in a pack of chunky square robots, but also for who made it: the St. Catharine Comets, a group of scrappy teenagers from the St. Catharine's Academy in the northeast Bronx and one of the few all-girls robotics teams on the competitive high school circuit in New York State. Competitive robotics is gaining widespread attention as a gateway into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Despite a national and local push to bring high-level science and technology training to as many high school students as possible, girls — and low income and minority girls in particular — are still wildly underrepresented. In 2011, only 11 percent of the STEM workforce was black, and seven percent of the STEM workforce was Hispanic. Among science and engineering graduates, about a third are women. And yet almost twice as many men are employed in STEM careers. The Comets, led by coach Sheree Petrignani, are trying to topple that imbalance and prove to their mostly-male opponents, their families, and themselves, that they belong in competitive robotics, in coveted college engineering programs, and eventually in the profession as expert programmers, designers, and creators in STEM fields.

4-26-17 India clears Lipstick Under My Burkha for restricted release
India clears Lipstick Under My Burkha for restricted release
An appeals board of India's film censor authority has cleared an award-winning Hindi language film for limited release. Lipstick Under My Burkha was earlier refused certification because it was too "lady oriented" and contained sexual scenes and abusive language. The film examines the lives of four women from small town India. The appeals board has given the film an adult certification and asked the directors to make some cuts. The film, starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Ratna Pathak Shah, had its world premiere in Tokyo a few months ago and has since then won several awards at global film festivals. The appeals board said the film would be granted adult certification with "voluntary and some additional cuts and deletions". It also asked the filmmaker to mute a few Hindi words - including one referring to prostitutes - from a couple of scenes, a report said. The Central Board of Film Certification had earlier complained that the film "has abusive words, audio pornography [meaning phone sex], and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society [implying it could hurt Muslim religious sentiments]". The film's director Alankrita Shrivastava had described the ban as an assault on women's rights, and challenged it in the appeals court. She told the BBC's World Tonight programme that the censors were "bothered" by the film's female point of view.

4-21-17 Why is Russia so good at encouraging women into tech?
Why is Russia so good at encouraging women into tech?
Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times tables by the age of five. Her precocious talent, encouraged by a maths-mad family and a favourite female teacher who transformed every lesson into one giant problem-solving game, led to a degree in mathematical economics at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. "My lecturer instilled in me the power of numbers and calculation, how it gives you the ability to predict things; in that sense the subject always felt magical," she says. Now Irina, 26, is a data scientist at Russian online lender, ID Finance, enjoying a lucrative career devising analytical models to determine loan eligibility. And this isn't an unusual story in Russia. But it is in many other countries around the world. Several studies confirm that all too often girls' early interest in Stem subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths - fizzles out and never recovers.

4-18-17 Boston Marathon's first woman Kathrine Switzer competes 50 years later
Boston Marathon's first woman Kathrine Switzer competes 50 years later
The first time Kathrine Switzer stood on the starting line of the Boston Marathon, it was as the lone woman in a men-only race. The fact she dared to compete led one race official to try to rip the number 261 from her back, a few miles in. Fifty years on, aged 70, Ms Switzer returned to the starting line wearing the same number. This time, she was hailed for paving the way for women's distance running around the world. Ms Switzer has now taken part in the Boston Marathon nine times in total, and has won the New York Marathon - completing a total of 40 marathons, and numerous other races, in her career. But it is the first event in 1967 - which she entered using only her initials - which sticks in people's memories, helped by the pictures capturing the moment the official, Jock Semple, tried to remove the number and force Ms Switzer from the course. On Monday, wearing the very same number which she had almost had torn off her jumper five decades earlier, Ms Switzer completed the race in four hours, 44 minutes and 31 seconds in her "full regalia" - "the bib plus the eye liner, mascara and lipstick".

4-14-17 Geena’s war on movie sexism
Geena’s war on movie sexism
Geena Davis made an average of one movie a year from age 26 until she turned 40, said Decca Aitkenhead in The Guardian (U.K.). But then the work dried up. By 50—having had only one film role in a decade—Davis was so fed up that she decided to fight sexism head-on. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to measure the representation of women on screen. “I am completely obsessed with numbers and data,” says Davis, 61. “I have become a scientist in later life.” Ten years on, she has compiled a mountain of sobering statistics. Male characters outnumber females in family films by 3-to-1. In the 200 top-grossing films of 2014 and ’15, males had twice as much screen time as females, and spoke twice as much. “Boys and girls are getting the message that girls are less valuable to our society, because they’re not there. And if they are there, they’re not talking.” By crunching the numbers—which also show that films with a female lead make 15 percent more at the box office—Davis hopes to reform Hollywood. “There’s one children’s network that tells us, every time someone pitches a new idea, someone asks, ‘What would Geena say?’” She roars with laughter. “Which is exactly what I want!”

4-7-17 British Columbia ends high heel dress code requirements
British Columbia ends high heel dress code requirements
The British Columbia government says that women in some workplaces are unfairly required to wear high heels. In Canada, much of the debate around dress codes for female employees has centred around the restaurant industry. A Canadian province has scrapped the dress code which requires female employees to wear high heels. The government of British Columbia (BC) says the requirement is discriminatory as well as being a health and safety issue because they are dangerous. It says that high heel wearers face a risk of physical injury from slipping or falling as well as possible damage to the feet, legs and back. Footwear should be designed to allow workers to operate safely, it says. The announcement of the ban comes after a provincial Green party politician in March introduced a bill in the BC legislature aimed at preventing employers from setting gender-based footwear requirements. BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver filed a private member's bill "designed to prevent employers from setting varying footwear and other requirements based on gender, gender expression or gender identity".

4-7-17 The gender gap
The gender gap
The gender gap, after The Washington Free Beacon reported that equal-pay champion Sen. Elizabeth Warren on average pays her female staffers $20,000 less than her male staffers.

4-5-17 Iceland set to tackle gender pay gap with world's toughest law
Iceland set to tackle gender pay gap with world's toughest law
Iceland tops the tables for having the lowest gender pay gap but the problem still persists. Iceland's parliament is examining a bill that would require companies to prove they offer equal pay to employees. The law, which is set to become a world first, aims to close the wage gap between men and women. Companies face auditing and possible fines if they do not comply. Iceland was ranked first in the World Economic Forum's 2015 Global Gender Gap Index, followed by Norway, Finland and Sweden. However, according to Iceland's statistics for the same year, the unadjusted gender pay gap remained at 17%. The bill, which was presented on Tuesday, is supported by the centre-right coalition government and the opposition. Applying to both the public and private sector, it would prohibit any discrimination not just on gender, but also on race, religion, disability, occupational disability, age and sexual orientation grounds. (Webmaster's comment: If the males who don't support gender pay equality get with the program THEN LET'S DO IT BY LAW!)

4-4-17 Republic of Ireland women's team could go on strike in row over treatment by FAI
Republic of Ireland women's team could go on strike in row over treatment by FAI
The Republic of Ireland women's football team have threatened to go on strike in a row over treatment by the Football Association of Ireland. Their game against Slovakia on Monday is now in doubt. "We have been getting changed in public toilets on the way to matches," said Republic forward Aine O'Gorman. Players representative Stuart Gilhooly said that they were being treated as "fifth-class citizens, the dirt on the FAI's shoe". The Professional Footballers' Association Of Ireland solicitor accompanied women's team members at Tuesday's news conference. "There is a possibility that the game against Slovakia will not go ahead. The last thing the women's international team want is to not play a game," added the PFAI official.

4-4-17 The Big Bang Theory is trying to fix the gender pay gap in all the wrong ways
The Big Bang Theory is trying to fix the gender pay gap in all the wrong ways
Last month, as expected, CBS announced that it will be renewing its top sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, for two more seasons. Yet though the 11th and 12th run of the the most watched comedy on television are now confirmed, there are some significant elements still up in the air. That's because two of the women on the show — Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch — are negotiating a raise, and their highly paid castmates have reportedly agreed to take a pay cut to make that happen. Variety has called this an "extraordinary gesture" on the part of the five original cast members: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg. At Mic it was described as "a show of unity and parity," while others have especially focused on the actions of the four leading men, wondering if their choices might be a hopeful sign of changing times — men in power willing to put their weight behind pay equity.

3-29-17 USA women's ice hockey team call off boycott over pay
USA women's ice hockey team call off boycott over pay
The US women's ice hockey team have called off a boycott of their home world championships - just two days before the event is due to start. The team had been in a long-running dispute with governing body USA Hockey over equal pay and support. The two sides have reached an agreement but are keeping the terms private. "We stood up for what we thought was right and USA Hockey's leadership listened," said women's team captain Meghan Duggan. As well as a pay deal, the new agreement will see more marketing, promotion and fundraising for the women's team and extra support at grassroots level, USA Hockey said. Many players had complained during the 14-month dispute that they were paid only $1,000 (£800) a month during a six-month Olympic period and nothing for the remaining three-and-a half years. They also cited the extra support structure in place in the men's game.

3-28-17 New York's Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018
New York's Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018
The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street's iconic bull will stay in place until next March, New York's mayor has said. Bill de Blasio said the relevant municipal agencies had backed the idea. The bronze Fearless Girl statue was placed on 8 March to draw attention to gender inequality and the pay gap in the corporate world. The statue - which has become an instant tourist draw - had been due to be removed on Sunday. The statue was "standing up to fear, standing up to power, being able to find in yourself the strength to do what's right", he added. It added that one in four of the 3,000 largest traded US companies did not have even one woman on their board.

3-24-17 Females fired for misconduct
Females fired for misconduct
Female financial advisers and brokers are 50 percent more likely to be fired for misconduct than their male colleagues, according to a new study, even though men are more than twice as likely to engage in bad behavior.

3-20-17 This is women's work
This is women's work
Empowering portraits of women working in male-dominated fields around the world. Experts agree: Gender equality in the workforce is a social and economic good. But the world is a long way off. Globally, less than half of women work, compared to nearly three-quarters of men. And for those who do, occupational inequality — from wage gaps to discrimination — persists. For women who work in traditionally male-dominated fields, inequality is a part of the job. Reuters photographers all over the world interviewed women pioneering these paths — from a priest in Japan to a firefighter in Nicaragua — to find out what inequality looks like for them. View their empowering portraits and commentary in this article.

3-20-17 Tokyo 2020: Olympic golf venue votes to admit women as full members
Tokyo 2020: Olympic golf venue votes to admit women as full members
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf venue has voted to admit women as full members. The Kasumigaseki Country Club risked being stripped of the event if it did not change its membership policy, after being warned by the International Olympic Committee earlier this month. Women were previously not allowed to become full members or play on Sundays. The Tokyo 2020 organising committee says the club's regulations have been changed following a unanimous decision by the executive board. "On behalf of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, I'd like to extend my gratitude to the members of the club for their understanding and cooperation," said committee president Yoshiro Mori.

3-17-17 Female Billionaires
Female Billionaires
China is home to 56 of the world’s 88 self-made female billionaires. The U.S. has 15, the U.K. has eight, and nine other countries have one apiece.

3-14-17 Saudi Arabia launches girls' council - without any girls
Saudi Arabia launches girls' council - without any girls
It was an encouraging initiative for a country not known for giving women a platform in public life. But when Saudi Arabia wanted to show off its inaugural girls' council in al-Qassim province, they overlooked one thing: the women. Pictures released to mark the first Qassim Girls Council meeting showed 13 men on stage, and not a single female. The women were apparently in another room, linked via video. The male-dominated photos have been circulating widely on social media, after the meeting took place on Saturday. It has been compared to another viral hit - an image of US President Donald Trump, surrounded by men, signing an abortion policy in January. (Webmaster's comment: Women not allowed. They are simply breeding machines for men in Saudi Arabia and also in America!)

3-8-17 Women's Day: A US gender ceiling far from shattered
Women's Day: A US gender ceiling far from shattered
Female leadership in politics and business has made strides, but there's still a long way to go. Female US leadership: A cracked ceiling, far from broken. It's much better than it used to be, but female leadership in the United States - in politics and business - has still a long way to go to achieve parity. Here's my take. By Katty Kay.

3-8-17 US lawmakers in walk-out for Women's Day
US lawmakers in walk-out for Women's Day
US congresswomen have walked out of work, joining women around the world who are going on strike as part of International Women's Day. The move by House Democrats is part of a "Day Without a Woman" strike, designed to highlight how crucial women are to the US national workforce. "I think it's important women in Congress show our solidarity," said Congresswoman Lois Frankel. Schools in some districts were forced to close after staff walked out. International Women's Day has grown from a labour movement with its roots in a 1908 protest to a UN-recognised annual event. On Wednesday, thousands of women in the US are expected not to work or spend money, to demonstrate their economic strength and impact on society. Mr Trump has been accused of sexism and denied a series of claims of sexual assault. Millions took to the streets after his inauguration for the Women's March. In Ireland, women across the country went on strike and wore black to protest against the country's restrictive abortion laws. Solidarity protests were held in London, Amsterdam and elsewhere to call for Irish laws to be changed.

2-18-17 Hidden Figures: How Nasa hired its first black women 'computers'
Hidden Figures: How Nasa hired its first black women 'computers'
The Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures tells the story of African-American women whose maths skills helped put a US astronaut into orbit in the 1960s. But the history of black women working for Nasa goes back much further - and they were still struggling to get the best jobs in the 1970s. In 1943, two years after the US joined World War Two, Miriam Daniel Mann was 36 years old. She had three children, aged six, seven and eight - but she also had a Chemistry degree. Job opportunities for married women were limited then, especially for those with children, and even more so for African-American women. But as men went off to war, there was a skill shortage in vital industries. The president signed an executive order allowing black people to be employed in the defence sector for the first time, and Nasa's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), started looking for black women to work on mathematical calculations. Through her husband, a college professor, Mann heard about the recruiters visiting black college campuses. She registered to take an exam, passed it, and became one of the first black women to work as a "human computer" at the NACA aeronautics research facility at Langley in Virginia. These were the days before the machines we now know as computers were available to crunch numbers - and when they were invented, they took their name from the humans who had done the job before them. (Webmaster's comment: Not one in a hundred white male power neo-nazis could ever figure this stuff out. They are still good for nothing but unskilled labor! They are the reason America is not great again!)

2-17-17 Is Sweden's feminist agenda working?
Is Sweden's feminist agenda working?
"The first feminist government in the world" - that is how the Swedish government describes itself. So how is that feminist agenda taking effect? David Crouch, a journalist and media lecturer based in Sweden's second city Gothenburg, investigates. Dozens of women lined up in Stockholm's central square to form the figure 1600 on 15 February. Representing women's organisations, political parties and trade unions, they wanted to highlight the pay gap between men and women in Sweden, as a result of which women effectively work their final hour, after 16:00, for free. "Gender equality is about shifting power, and it takes time. But even I am impatient," Equality Minister Asa Regner told the event. Since this annual protest began five years ago, the calculation of women's unpaid daily working time - relative to men's pay - has ticked forward from 1551. Things are getting better for women under the "feminist government", declared when a centre-left coalition of Social Democrats and Greens took power in 2014. But there is still a long way to go, critics say.

2-8-17 Women with a thicker brain cortex are more likely to have autism
Women with a thicker brain cortex are more likely to have autism
The outer layer of the brain is usually thicker in men than in women. Brain scans have found that having a thicker cortex is linked to autism spectrum disorder. Having a thicker outer layer of the brain is linked to an increased likelihood of having autism. The cerebral cortex is the wrinkled outer layer of the brain that is responsible for many of our most human traits, including thought, language and consciousness. This layer is typically thicker in men than in women, and its structure has been linked to differences in personality. Now brain scans have shown that women who have a more male-like brain structure are three times more likely to have been diagnosed with autism. The study compared the brains of 98 men and women with high functioning autism with those of 98 people who don’t have autism. These findings provide new insights into the brain’s role in sex differences in autism, according to the team that did the study. Autism is thought to be two to five times more common in men than in women, and some think the condition is caused by having an “extreme male brain”.

2-4-17 Is Sweden's deputy PM trolling Donald Trump in Facebook photo?
Is Sweden's deputy PM trolling Donald Trump in Facebook photo?
Sweden's deputy PM is causing a stir after posting an image appearing to parody Donald Trump's signing of an anti-abortion executive order. Isabella Lovin, who is also the country's climate minister, published a photo that shows her signing a new law surrounded by female colleagues. The image has drawn comparisons with Mr Trump's photo in which no women were present. Within hours the post was shared and liked thousands of times on Facebook. "Wonderful Picture! Hope you sent it to the man on the other side of the ocean," writes one user. "Make the Planet Great Again!" writes another. Facebook user Kimini Delfos said in a post that such an image should not spark the reaction that it has, suggesting that people "calm down". "Why is it so difficult to see a picture with just women and not difficult to see a picture with only men?" she questioned.

2-3-17 Analysis finds gender bias in peer-reviewer picks
Analysis finds gender bias in peer-reviewer picks
Both men and women ask too few women to review scientific papers. Scientists often pride themselves on avoiding bias. But when asked to pick scientific reviewers, scientists tend to suggest too few women, a new study shows. Gender bias works in subtle ways, even in the scientific process. The latest illustration of that: Scientists recommend women less often than men as reviewers for scientific papers, a new analysis shows. That seemingly minor oversight is yet another missed opportunity for women that might end up having an impact on hiring, promotions and more. Peer review is one of the bricks in the foundation supporting science. A researcher’s results don’t get published in a journal until they successfully pass through a gauntlet of scientific peers, who scrutinize the paper for faulty findings, gaps in logic or less-than-meticulous methods. The scientist submitting the paper gets to suggest names for those potential reviewers. Scientific journal editors may contact some of the recommended scientists, and then reach out to a few more.

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The Shifting Landscape Of Gender
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2-3-17 Behnaz Shafiei: Iran's trailblazing female biker makes history with women's race
Behnaz Shafiei: Iran's trailblazing female biker makes history with women's race
When Behnaz Shafiei crosses the finish line on Friday at the end of a dusty, rock-strewn race track in Karaj, near Tehran, it will mark the end of both a simple motorbike race and a three-year campaign for women's rights in Iran. Whether she wins the race or not, it's a victory. The 27-year-old has got a concession from Iran's sports ministry to stage the country's first ever all-female motorbike race, despite women being barred from motorbike riding by modesty laws. Fifteen women will nose their front wheels to the start line on Friday, drawn from 30 applicants. As with many firsts, there won't be much of a fanfare to herald it, or possibly much of an audience. Men will be barred from the race track for the duration, by order of the sports ministry. "This event is being handled only by women, from the organisers to the spectators to the racers," said Behnaz. "And God willing, tomorrow it will take place." But the risks across the country are real. Just last week, two women were arrested in the city of Dezful after being filmed riding a motorbike. Police accused them of committing an "obscene act". And when Behnaz returns home from the track, after the dust has settled, it will still be illegal for her to ride her bike on the streets. Not that she ever really let that stand in her way.

1-17-17 The Dwindling Female Labor Force in the US
The Dwindling Female Labor Force in the US
From 1975 to 2000, the labor force participation rate -- the percentage of the population that is either employed or unemployed and actively seeking work -- among U.S. women rose dramatically. But at the turn of the millennium, it began to decline and has been falling ever since. A study conducted by Maximiliano Dvorkin and Hannah Shell for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found that 59.9% of women aged 15-16 and older were in the labor force in 2000. By 2010, that figure fell to 58.6%, and at the end of 2015, it was even lower, at 56.7%.Retiring female baby boomers account for a percentage of the shrinking labor force, as does the increasing number of young women enrolling in college. But these demographics don't tell the whole story. Dvorkin and Shell also discovered a decrease in labor force participation among women in their "prime age" -- between 25 and 54. The U.S. used to have one of the highest labor force participation rates among women in this age group, but now it has one of the lowest rates compared with eight developed countries in the study. It is impossible to define one single underlying reason why women are opting out of work. But this slow, steady exodus certainly calls into question the appeal of U.S. workplaces and what they provide for women.

  • Labor force participation among U.S. women rose from 1975 to 2000
  • Slow, steady exodus calls into question the appeal of workplaces
  • Women seek synergy between career and life

1-13-17 Girls must swim with boys
Girls must swim with boys
The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a Swiss ruling that a Muslim couple must pay a fine for refusing to let their daughters attend swimming classes with boys. In 2008, school officials in Basel ordered the parents, Turkish-Swiss dual nationals, to enroll their girls, 9 and 7, in the mandatory mixed-sex swimming class. The parents said the requirement violated their right to religious freedom and barred their daughters from the lessons, even after Swiss authorities said the girls could wear the full-body-covering swimsuits known as burkinis. The ECHR said the co-ed swimming requirement was legitimate because it encouraged social integration, and was especially important for children of foreign origin. The parents will have to pay a fine of nearly $1,400.

1-6-17 Do women make better doctors?
Do women make better doctors?
Female physicians earn less than their male colleagues—and clearly aren’t paid what they’re worth: A new study shows that patients treated by women had higher survival rates and were less likely to be rehospitalized. In fact, the researchers at Harvard School of Public Health estimate that if all doctors were female, 32,000 fewer Americans would die every year. The team analyzed records from more than 1.5 million hospital visits involving Medicare patients. People treated by a female had slight but statistically significant lower risk of dying in the following month and and of being admitted to the hospital again than those treated by male doctors. “If we had a treatment that lowered mortality by 0.4 percentage points or half a percentage point,” study leader Ashish Jha tells The Washington Post, “we would think of that as a clinically important treatment we want to use for our patients.” It’s unclear exactly why female doctors outperform their male counterparts. Previous studies suggest women spend more time with their patients and are more likely than men to offer reassurance, follow clinical guidelines, and provide preventive care.

1-2-17 Do women make better doctors?
Do women make better doctors?
A US study claims that female physicians kill fewer patients than their male counterparts. Dr Ashish Jha, author of the study, suggests women use medical evidence more effectively. Dr Scarlett McNally, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon says after years of trying to prove women doctors are just as good as men, "it's nice to have a study that proves maybe we're better."

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