Gender:

Pro surfing just became one of the first US sports to pay men and women equally

The fight to achieve equal pay for both men and women has won a battle in a rather unlikely place: The World Surf League’s Championship Tour. When Stephanie Gilmore won the 2018 Rip Curl Pro competition, she earned $65,000 for her victory, while her male counterpart, Italo Ferreira, got $100,000 for his. This time around, the winners of the competitions had the exact same amount of money written on their oversized checks, making the top-tier of pro surfing one of the only US-based sporting competitions requiring equal pay for men and women. The league's decision deserves to be lauded, but…

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  • The Atlantic
  • Date:04/16/2019

This iconic image quickly became a symbol of hope for women in Sudan and beyond

Every once and a while, an image is captured that is so powerful and iconic that it remains in the memory of people for years and years. One of those images came to be this past week in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, where thousands of civilians have been protesting against an autocratic government that has long suppressed the rights of women. Women activists have been central in leading these demonstrations, and that’s clear to see in this iconic image which shows a woman in all white wearing hooped earrings standing on the hood of a car as she leads…

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  • The Guardian
  • Date:04/12/2019

Women are scoring important economic wins to close the gender-pay gap in America

In a capitalist society that values money above anything else, where the money goes defines who is in charge and who calls the shots. That’s only a part of the reason why it’s beyond time that the vast gender-pay gap in America comes to a close. Bob Hennelly, a writer for Salon, senses that radical change is in the air that indicates there’s a wave of female empowerment that’s more electric than a hashtag. Women are ascendant, he writes, and they are just not going to be denied any longer. All you have to do is look at the record…

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  • Salon
  • Date:04/08/2019

Stock photos notoriously objectify for women. This campaign is changing that

Anyone enters the search term “woman” into a stock photography site has to wade through plenty of objectifying and exclusionary images to find what they need. Nearly everything you’ll find is white skin, bikini and underwear shots, and over-sexualized glamour (trust us, we see it all the time). This is a problem for media businesses and advertisers who want to make representative campaigns that do good but can’t find the right imagery to match. To solve this issue, stock image giant Getty Images worked with photographers all over the world to create 5,000 newly available photographs that are more culturally…

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  • ADWEEK
  • Date:03/28/2019

Karen Uhlenbeck becomes first woman to win mathematics’ most prestigious award

Since its creation in 2003, the most prestigious prize in mathematics has been given to a man year after year. That all changed this week, however, when a mathematician by the name of Karen Uhleneck was awarded this year’s Abel Prize, the mathematics prize modeled after the Nobels. The Abel Prize is awarded by the King of Norway to mathematicians who have greatly influenced their field, and includes a cash reward of about $700,000. Uhlenbeck, 76, is known for her work with partial differential equations. However, her decades-long career spans multiple disciplines, including physics, geometry and quantum theory. One of…

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  • CNN
  • Date:03/21/2019

NASA has scheduled the first-ever all-women spacewalk

On July 25, 1984, cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. Now, almost 35 years later, history will once again be made as the first all-female spacewalk is scheduled to take place March 29. A total of 213 spacewalks have taken place since 1998, all of which have been either teams of exclusively men or teams involving both men and women. To say an all-female spacewalking excursion is long overdue would be a gross understatement. Just to clarify, NASA defines a spacewalk as any time spent outside a vehicle while in space, including fixing equipment and conducting experiments.…

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  • TIME
  • Date:03/14/2019

Michelle Obama’s new reign of soft power

The pavilion outside the Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon was a world of naked want. Ticket holders bounced with frantic entitlement.

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  • Date:12/10/2018

Shannon Keith is fighting sex trafficking in India, one pajama set at a time

I’ve always admired companies with a "giving-back" component, so when I started Entrepreneur's Builders Series, I knew I had to interview Shannon Keith, founder of Sudara. Sudara is a thriving benefit corporation that creates training and jobs for women who are at the highest risk of sex trafficking.

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  • Date:12/10/2018

How 343 women made French history by talking about their abortions

On April 5, 1971, in France, 343 filmmakers, writers, actresses, singers, and philosophers ended a long-held silence. “One million women have abortions each year in France,” they wrote in a manifesto published in the magazine Nouvel Observateur.

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  • Date:11/28/2018

These women are peacekeepers in one of the most dangerous places on Earth

The UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali has the grim distinction of being the deadliest active peacekeeping deployment in the world. Still, that hasn’t stopped nearly 500 women from working for the Blue Helmets. Have a look here to see what life is like for these brave women, and why the UN wants to recruit more female peacekeepers.

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  • BBC
  • Date:11/20/2018
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