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  • *Woman in key No 10 role paid £15,000 less than men for same job
    Katie Perrior, who quit as Downing Street communications director in April, earned less than successor and predecessorMinisters are not serious about the gender pay gap, equality campaigners have said, after it emerged that the only female Downing Street communications director since 2010 was paid £15,000 less than men for the same role.A Cabinet Office list of salaries for special advisers and o…
    - 3 hours ago 14 Dec 17, 7:10pm -
  • *Why the Royal Court cancelling Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a grim joke | David Barnett
    It’s precisely because of men like Max Stafford Clark that this play should be staged. Instead, Andrea Dunbar has been silenced by his actionsEarlier this year I met the actor George Costigan on the steps of a boarded-up pub on the outskirts of Bradford. The pub was the Beacon, in Buttershaw, which featured heavily in the movie version of Andrea Dunbar’s play Rita, Sue and Bob Too; we were mee…
    - 8 hours ago 14 Dec 17, 2:10pm -
  • *El Salvador court upholds 30-year jail sentence in stillbirth case
    Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was convicted of the aggravated murder of a newborn baby in 2008, but she says it was a stillbirthAn El Salvador court has rejected the appeal of a woman sentenced to 30 years in prison over what she says was a stillbirth.Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, 37, said she was working in 2007 when she began to experience intense pain, then bleeding. She called for help before fai…
    - 12 hours ago 14 Dec 17, 10:58am -
  • *Ending domestic violence is seen as a luxury. Just like tampons
    Government criteria for the £15m tampon tax fund leaves many charities unable to bid for the cash and demonstrates a wilful ignorance of the sectorWhen George Osborne announced in 2015 that the £15m raised annually from the sale of menstrual products would be spent directly on charities that help women and girls, many expressed outrage. Fighting gender-based violence should be an issue for socie…
    - 15 hours ago 14 Dec 17, 7:06am -
  • *Mexico: murders of women rise sharply as drug war intensifies
    Of more than 50,000 killings of women since 1985, nearly a third took place in last six years, official report saysThe number of women being murdered in Mexico has risen sharply over the last decade amid the country’s drug war, more than wiping out two decades of gains when the rate fell by half, a new study shows. Related: 'Impunity has consequences': the women lost to Mexico's drug war Contin…
    - 16 hours ago 14 Dec 17, 7:00am -
  • 'Feminism' beats 'complicit' to be Merriam-Webster's word of the year
    Defined as ‘the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes’, feminism spiked in online searches after the global Women’s March and revelations about Harvey WeinsteinFeminism has been named word of the year by the American dictionary Merriam-Webster.The US dictionary said that it had seen a 70% increase in online searches for the word in 2017, compared to 2016. The la…
    - 1 day ago 13 Dec 17, 12:52pm -
  • For some women, the streets are safer than their own home | Kate Moss
    When women become homeless due to abuse, they need support. But our patriarchal society discounts their experience and renders them invisible ‘Women lie to get rehoused’: dangerous miconceptions about domestic abuseWhen the weather turns cold, homeless people get a bit more attention, but even homelessness tends to be viewed through a male lens. Women experience homelessness differently to men…
    - 2 days ago 13 Dec 17, 7:23am -
  • Samantha Fox on fame at 16, stalkers and David Cassidy: ‘I kneed him and told him where to go’
    One of the most photographed British women of the 1980s talks about feminism, her abusive father and how she battled her fears to come out as gayIn a small, unloved hotel, the receptionist greets me and Samantha Fox with pursed lips: “There will be no interview here,” she says. I feel as if I’ve wandered into the pages of Fox’s new autobiography, Forever, which is littered with bizarre ane…
    - 2 days ago 12 Dec 17, 3:50pm -
  • Cat Person going viral shows how rare it is to explore women’s sex lives | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
    The New Yorker short story encapsulates the dynamics of the #MeToo discussion, where at last the voices of women’s experiences are being heardIt is not every day that a short story goes viral. Indeed, it is not every day that many people pay attention to short stories at all. As a form, in Britain at least, they are notoriously difficult to get published, and their authors are rarely granted the…
    - 2 days ago 12 Dec 17, 1:55pm -
  • So men are afraid after #MeToo? Think about what it's like for women | Jessica Valenti
    In the breast-beating over the fallen of #MeToo, where’s the sympathy for women, who have endured harassment and lived with fear every day?American men are afraid. They’re fretting over their ability to give a colleague a well-meaning hug without it being interpreted as lecherous, worried that the scores of powerful men being fired is a sign of a full-blown “sex panic”, and that the era of…
    - 2 days ago 12 Dec 17, 1:33pm -
  • Are we ignoring an epidemic of sexual violence in schools?
    In three years, 5,500 sexual offences against pupils have been reported to police. Too often staff seem ill-equipped or unwilling to deal with the problem – now pressure is mounting for the government to take action“I want to die.” Rob and Claire Johnson’s daughter was screaming, hysterical and inconsolable.Ten-year-old Emily told them a boy at school had slapped her, hard, across the face…
    - 3 days ago 12 Dec 17, 7:00am -
  • Lady Bird, my mum, my daughter and me | Eva Wiseman
    In Greta Gerwig’s wonderful new film it’s the mother rather than the teenage daughter who grows upGreta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird has become the best reviewed film of all time. Until now, Toy Story 2 was number one on Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates critics’ reviews, but since its release in the US, Lady Bird – a film about a teenage girl who wants more – has leapt ahead.…
    - 5 days ago 10 Dec 17, 6:00am -
  • My younger son is doing his own washing! It’s a revolution
    At university, Zac is finally learning to fend for himself. Well, with help from the women in his lifeI wasn’t sure how much we’d hear from our youngest child once we’d dropped him off at university. But he’s in regular contact. He may not be calling for long chats, brief texts being his preferred form of communication, and he never inquires about my wellbeing, or anyone else in the family…
    - 6 days ago 9 Dec 17, 6:45am -
  • ‘I never knew whether I’d take my two premature babies home’
    The premature birth of twins Albie and Reuben set off four traumatic months as they struggled to survive and their parents fought to cope. Giulia Rhodes talks to the boys’ mother, Courtney Bryant, as this gruelling time finally endsHolding a new baby for the first time is, for any parent, a very special moment. It was one for which Courtney Bryant and her partner, Daniel, had to wait five week…
    - 6 days ago 9 Dec 17, 6:30am -
  • The joys of bringing a child into the world | Letters
    Pamela Major responds to Mona Chalabi’s article on parenthoodMona Chalabi’s piece on the impact of parenthood (Read this before you have a baby (especially if you’re a woman), theguardian.com, 8 December) was well researched and interesting. It is good that people are realistic about the demands of child-rearing. But, when considering motherhood, the kinds of questions I would ask are: do I…
    - 6 days ago 8 Dec 17, 7:05pm -
  • What older, wiser women can teach us
    Our pop culture expert shares words of wisdom from her mentorsOne of the perks of this job is the arrival of unsolicited books before they’re seen by the general population. And the biggest perk of that is when it’s the new book from one of your favourite authors. I first stumbled upon the work of American writer Meg Wolitzer several years back, thanks to the magic of my local library. On a wh…
    - 41 days ago 4 Nov 17, 6:00am -
  • Miss Peru contestants subvert tradition to highlight violence against women – video
    Contestants in the Miss Peru 2017 beauty pageant read out facts and statistics about violence against women in Peru instead of the traditional measurements of bust and hip sizes in an effort to draw attention to the mistreatment of womenMiss Peru contestants accuse country of not measuring up on gender violence Continue reading...
    - 43 days ago 1 Nov 17, 5:25pm -
  • Dead or imprisoned for having an abortion: fighting El Salvador's brutal laws – video
    The total ban on abortion in this deeply religious Central American country means that women have been jailed over miscarriages, or died as a result of unsafe terminations. But amid growing protests, politicians may finally bow to pressure to overturn El Salvador’s draconian anti-abortion laws Continue reading...
    - 51 days ago 25 Oct 17, 7:00am -
  • Endometriosis is always a feature in relationships – video
    EndoActive interviewed 15 women about their experiences of sex, intimacy and living with endometriosis. Sex for women with endometriosis will be discussed at EndoActive’s Endometriosis Conference on 9 September in Sydney Continue reading...
    - 4 Sep 17, 3:51am -
  • Osbourne juggling jobs is just what women have always done
    Why all the fuss about handling more than one job?One of the oddest pieces of news this month is the indignation of the constituents of Tatton, who insist that their MP George Osborne should not become the editor of the Evening Standard if he wants to go on representing them politically: about 6 in every 10 think he has a moral imperative to have only one job.Sure – if what they’re worrying ab…
    - 10 Apr 17, 11:00am -
  • Harriet Harman: ‘I believe in not breaking your word to children. Even if it costs you your job’
    The Labour politician on growing up in a tight-knit sisterhood, her mother giving up her career as a barrister and why Robin Cook thought she was having an affairI grew up with three sisters. We were extremely close but highly competitive. It was a joy and a torment, but they filled up my world and we are still really close. Jan is the eldest, then Sarah, then me and finally Virginia. I’m very…
    - 24 Feb 17, 1:00pm -
  • 'Think about the bigger picture': life lessons from Meryl Streep and other successful women
    They’ve won Oscars, Pulitzers and Nobel peace prizes: eight women at the top of their game tell us how they got thereMeryl Streep has been nominated for more Academy Awards than any other actor, and has won for Kramer vs Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady. In 2015, she sent every member of Congress a letter supporting a proposed amendment to the US constitution to mandate equal rights…
    - 21 Jan 17, 10:00am -
  • A day in the life of an executive coach
    ‘My job is helping people become aware of their strengths and the mindsets that sabotage them.’ Continue reading...
    - 1 Jul 16, 8:06am -
  • Obama on feminism and other lessons from the first United State of Women summit

    - 30 Jun 16, 7:00am -
  • Women's talk: why language matters to female entrepreneurs
    When Sue Stockdale set out to find women business-owners with fast-growth companies she found the language we use to offer opportunities to women is key“Wanted – successful women entrepreneurs running fast-growing companies”. You would think that an advert like this would have hordes of women making contact wouldn’t you? Well, that’s not the case. A few years ago I was involved in an ini…
    - 29 Jun 16, 12:47pm -
  • Three simple steps to better employee engagement
    With nearly a quarter of UK employees feeling as though they are ‘coasting’ at work, how do managers create a workplace where staff actually want to work?A recent study from Aon Hewitt revealed that among 250 international organizations, those that reported the highest levels of employee engagement demonstrated a 58% higher return for shareholders. With results like this, employee engagement s…
    - 27 Jun 16, 7:57am -
  • 'If diversity means giving white men more work writing about black women, we've failed'
    Black women need to be in control of their own stories says screenwriter Misan Sagay – and that means hiring more black talent across all aspects of film and tvScreenwriter Misan Sagay doesn’t identify with the “sassy black women” portrayed in films and on television. “I have never met a black woman who behaves like that. I wouldn’t know how to be sassy,” says the Anglo-Nigerian, a f…
    - 16 Jun 16, 7:24am -

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