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  Despite the last decades’ progress, we have a ways to go before we live in an equal world: “we [women] make less money, have more difficulty accessing education and affordable healthcare and face much more violence,” writes TIME’s Jessica Roy. UN Women, a sector of the UN that spotlights women’s issues, recently released a new ad campaign that expresses just how unequally the global community treats women.    The ... Read More
  BRB, moving to Vienna. Following the discovery that women in Vienna, Austria’s ninth district used far more of the city’s public transit than men, city planners began to draft a plan to improve not only pedestrian mobility, but also access to public transit. This innovative idea came about in 1999, after the distribution of a questionnaire to residents of the ninth district asking how often and why they used public transportation revealed that, ... Read More
Gone are the days of toy stores with a visible dividing line down the center! Barbie and G.I. Joe are now free to mingle! Abolished are the sparkly pink aisles and the Hulk-decaled linoleum floors! Well...at least that’s the plan. On Friday, the U.K. branch of Toys R Us met with Let Toys Be Toys, an organization committed to changing the gender-inclusive labeling and marketing that has dominated the toy industry for, well, as long as it has been an industry. ... Read More
Activist Malala Yousafzai is unstoppable. In the past year, she has gone from surviving an assassination attempt to speaking at the United Nations to being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Did we forget to mention the fact that she just celebrated her 16th birthday? Malala’s powerful message is one of gender equality, especially in the world of education.   Yesterday, in her self-proclaimed second home of Birmingham, Malala continued her quest for ... Read More
Some people really have a problem with referring to him- or herself as a feminist. Generally, even if someone still believes in gender equality, they still tend to get defensive when someone calls them a feminist. This is clear in first segment of an article published in the Guardian written by a man who, when asked by a fellow journalist to answer some questions about male feminism, agreed to speak, but was adamant about not being labeled a “feminist." He ... Read More
If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you consider yourself a feminist. There’s also a good chance when you tell someone you’re a feminist you then have to launch into a pre-packaged spiel about what exactly that means (“No, it doesn’t mean I think females deserve more rights than men, it’s about equality blah blah blah...” )  Sound familiar? Then please read on! Abigail Rine, a college professor ... Read More
Here’s a Facebook page that’s worth liking: The Kurd Men for Equality campaign. Kurdish men in Iran started the campaign in response to what they believed to be misogyny in a local court case.  A man who was convicted of domestic abuse was forced to parade the streets in a dress and hijab, the traditional women’s clothing, as public humiliation. To express their disapproval of the judge’s degradation of women, local men began posting ... Read More
In a progressive and unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has sworn 30 women into the Shura Council.  The Council, a previously all-male body, is in charge of advising the king on issues that affect Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah amended the council’s statute last month by requiring that 20 percent of the 150 members be women.  King Abdullah’s female appointments mark the first time in Saudi Arabia’s history that women ... Read More
  Academy Award-winning documentarian Freida Mock’s new film Anita premiered at Sundance on Saturday, January 19. The film revolves around one of the most famous senate hearings of the late twentieth century, in which attorney Anita Hill accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Over twenty years later, it's easy to forget the controversy of the Thomas  hearings; I was totally unprepared for the gale-force emotions that came from ... Read More
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem   Maybe the US should take a page out of France’s book. The French government has recently made what the Global Post calls “a series of sexist blunders” – pretty much everything Dominique Strauss-Kahn has ever done or said, male legislators catcalling the entire time a female government minister spoke in July, and, in October, the agriculture minister’s statement that, “I’ve tried to promote ... Read More
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