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28 Women's Inequality News Articles
from 2015 1st Half
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6-25-15 Sexism isn't just bad for scientists – it hurts science too
Sexism isn't just bad for scientists – it hurts science too
The Tim Hunt furore is a stark reminder that inequality in the lab needs addressing. And not just for the important reason of social justice.
6-19-15 The women whom science forgot
The women whom science forgot
A quick web search for the world's most famous scientists lists, among others, Galileo, Einstein, Newton, Darwin, Stephen Hawking and Alexander Fleming. The list of women is also long, but unmentioned.
6-11-15 Sir Tim Hunt resigns from university role over girls comment
Sir Tim Hunt resigns from university role over girls comment
A Nobel laureate has resigned from his position as honorary professor at a UK university after he made comments about the "trouble with girls" in science. University College London (UCL) said Sir Tim Hunt - a Royal Society fellow - had resigned from his position within its faculty of life sciences. He told a conference that women in labs "cry" when criticised and "fall in love" with male counterparts. He told the BBC he "did mean" the remarks but was "really sorry".
6-10-15 'Female scientists looked aghast' at Sir Tim Hunt's remarks
'Female scientists looked aghast' at Sir Tim Hunt's remarks
A Nobel prize-winning scientist has sparked outrage by making chauvinist remarks at a conference of senior women scientists and journalists in South Korea. Sir Tim Hunt told the conference that there are three problems with having women in the laboratory: "You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry."
6-10-15 Scientist 'sorry' over girls comment
Scientist 'sorry' over girls comment
A Nobel laureate has apologised for any offence after he made comments about the "trouble with girls" in science - but said he had "meant to be honest". British Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt has apologised for suggesting "girls" should stay out of the laboratory because they distract men. Discussing women in science, he told a conference in South Korea: "Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry.”
6-3-15 Beyond the headscarf: Turkey's women struggle for equality
Beyond the headscarf: Turkey's women struggle for equality
Turkey is gearing up for a general election on 7 June and women are pushing to make gender equality an issue. Only 28% of Turkish women participate in the workforce, compared with the European Union average of 63%. Turkey ranks 125 out of 140 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index 2014, published by the World Economic Forum.
6-1-15 Bryce Dallas Howard: Hollywood's attitude to women 'antiquated'
Bryce Dallas Howard: Hollywood's attitude to women 'antiquated'
Hollywood's ageist attitude to actresses is "antiquated, backward and discriminatory", Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard has said.
5-27-15 Only men at your event? This blog will shame you
Only men at your event? This blog will shame you
How often have you looked around at a meeting or in the office, lecture hall or event space and seen a room full of just men? Now one website is pointing out this phenomenon by publishing photos of all-male panels, or "manels". The site is a Tumblr blog, sarcastically called, Congrats! You Have an All-Male Panel.
5-21-15 Silicon Valley attracting women to technology
Silicon Valley attracting women to technology
Silicon Valley in California is known as the heart of high-tech. Many women working in the industry feel they are not taken seriously. New programmes are in place to train more women to become leaders in this field. It is hoped they will gain the confidence to compete in this male-dominated environment. For years women have been a minority in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley. Geeky, laddish culture has come to dominate. But the voice provided by social media, books by high-powered women in tech, and the realisation that it is bad business to discriminate against half of the world's biggest brains is forcing change.
5-12-15 Florence Nightingale: Saving lives with statistics
Florence Nightingale: Saving lives with statistics
Florence Nightingale was so much more than a lady with a lamp. The legend of the saintly nurse has long obscured the truth – that her mathematical genius was what really saved so many lives.
5-7-15 Female Bosses Are More Engaging Than Male Bosses
Female Bosses Are More Engaging Than Male Bosses
Employees of Female Managers Outscore Employees of Male Managers on Most Engagement Items. In 1953, Gallup first asked Americans, "If you were taking a new job and had your choice of a boss, would you prefer to work for a man or a woman?" At that time, two-thirds of Americans said they preferred a male boss. Five percent said they preferred a female boss, and 25% volunteered that it made no difference to them. Fast forward a little more than six decades later, and the contrasts are striking: Gallup asked Americans the same question and found that now one-third would prefer a male boss while 20% would prefer a female boss, and 46% say it doesn't make a difference to them. Though women are more likely than men to say they would prefer a female boss, they're still more likely to say they would prefer a male boss overall. (Webmaster's comment: I'm not surprised. Women are the relationship experts, it's even in their genetics.)
4-30-15 Egyptian woman's life as a man
Egyptian woman's life as a man
A woman in Egypt has been dressing as a man for 42 years in order to earn money for her family. Sesa Abou Douh's husband died while she was pregnant. Where Sesa lives in rural Upper Egypt, traditional gender roles meant it was easier for her to find work as a man. Now 64 and still shining shoes, Sesa Abou Douh told BBC News about how she disguised herself to make ends meet.
4-25-15 Stiglitz: Inequality a 'key issue' for US election 2016
Stiglitz: Inequality a 'key issue' for US election 2016
Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has said that inequality appears to be emerging as a key issue for both Democrats and Republicans in the US 2016 election campaign. He was speaking to the BBC World News America's Katty Kay about his latest book, The Great Divide, in which he examines the roots of inequality in the United States.
4-22-15 Exercising equality - The story of the sports bra
Exercising equality - The story of the sports bra
How sports bras helped transform women's approach to sports.
4-20-15 Kathrine Switzer story: When only men ran marathons
Kathrine Switzer story: When only men ran marathons
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run in an official marathon race when she ran in the Boston race, which is being held on Monday. Until then it had been assumed that women could not run the distance but with the help of her trainer, Switzer set out to prove them wrong.
4-13-15 Which country has the least sexist banknotes?
Which country has the least sexist banknotes?
There are calls for the US and Canada to put a woman on a banknote. A similar campaign in the UK successfully convinced the Bank of England to put Jane Austen on the £10 note. But is just one woman per country enough? The candidates included civil rights activist Rosa Parks, birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger, suffragette Susan B Anthony and Harriet Tubman who escaped slavery and went on to lead other slaves to freedom.
4-6-15 Factory working conditions for women in Lesotho
Factory working conditions for women in Lesotho
Lesotho's textile industry is the biggest employer in the country. The tiny country, which is surrounded by South Africa, relies on this industry which generates exports worth $340m a year. But what are working conditions like for women - who make up 80% of the workforce?
4-3-15 China refuses to release 'guerrilla feminists'
China refuses to release 'guerrilla feminists'
China is refusing to release five female activists detained just before International Women's Day in March, despite international criticism. The women have been held for almost four weeks on charges of disturbing the public order.
3-28-15 Ellen Pao loses sexism case against Silicon Valley firm
Ellen Pao loses sexism case against Silicon Valley firm
A California jury has found that a venture capital firm did not discriminate against a female partner in a closely watched case in Silicon Valley.
3-25-15 Cuba's only woman boxer leaves to pursue her dream
Cuba's only woman boxer leaves to pursue her dream
Cuba's only woman boxer leaves to pursue her dream. Cuba is famous for its boxers. It has won more Olympic boxing golds than any other country.
3-23-15 Sexism on trial in Silicon Valley
Sexism on trial in Silicon Valley
A judge has ruled that a woman may seek punitive damages from a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley on the grounds of sexual discrimination.
3-20-15 Dutee Chand: Indian sprinter starts appeal against 'gender test' ban
Dutee Chand: Indian sprinter starts appeal against 'gender test' ban
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has started an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against her indefinite ban from competition. Chand, 19, has not been allowed to compete since last summer after failing a gender test. The test revealed her body produced natural levels of testosterone above International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) guidelines.
3-13-15 Indian bridegroom dumped over failed maths test
Indian bridegroom dumped over failed maths test
An Indian bride has walked out of her wedding after her bridegroom-to-be failed to solve a simple maths problem, according to police in Uttar Pradesh. The bride asked the groom to add 15 and six. When he replied 17, she called off the marriage. Reports say the groom's family tried to convince the bride to return, but she refused saying the man was illiterate.
3-12-15 Female contemporaries of famous artist get their due
Female contemporaries of famous artist get their due
Raise your hand if you've heard of Elaine de Kooning. Now raise your hand if you've heard of her husband Willem de Kooning, whose paintings attract some of the highest prices on record. Both were artists at the cutting edge of the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York. But Elaine, like so many other women of her generation, has languished in the shadow of her more famous husband.
3-4-15 Nearly 2 Billion Women Worldwide Are Struggling, Suffering
Nearly 2 Billion Women Worldwide Are Struggling, Suffering
While International Women's Day this Sunday will focus mostly on how the world thinks women are doing, it's important to understand how the women of the world think they are doing. The best way to find this out is to ask them. This International Women's Day, more than one in four women worldwide -- or about 620 million women -- rate their lives positively enough to be considered "thriving." The life ratings of the rest -- or about 2 billion women -- place them in a category of "struggling" or "suffering." These ratings have been remarkably stable for the past several years. (Webmaster's comment: It maybe OK in the United States, but it could be better, and worldwide it's awful. 2 billion is a lot of misery.)
3-4-15 What impact has Lean In had on women?
What impact has Lean In had on women?
Eight professionals are seated around a conference table on the 36th floor of a sleek Manhattan office tower on a recent weekday evening. For two hours, they talk about work. This is a Lean In Circle, one of thousands born out of Sheryl Sandberg's best-selling 2013 book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. The book, co-written with Nell Scovell, calls on professional women to "lean in" by striving for leadership positions in their jobs and examines what factors often deter women from doing so.
2-21-15 US first women-only 'mosque' opens in Los Angeles
US first women-only 'mosque' opens in Los Angeles
The first women-only mosque in the US is causing controversy among the American Muslim community and beyond. The Women's Mosque of America in Los Angeles holds prayers in a building that used to be a synagogue, but is now a multi-faith space. Founder Hasna Maznavi told the BBC the intention was not to compete with other mosques, but to give women a place where they can "grow inspired and empowered".