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It's Better to Be a Girl in Algeria Than the US

The makeup of Congress doesn't help

(Newser) - Norway, Slovenia, Israel, Algeria, and Kazakhstan are among 31 countries where it's better to be a girl than the United States of America, according to the "Opportunity Index" in a new Save the Children report on the welfare of girls worldwide. Denmark was in first place and Niger... More »

Girls Saddled With Far More Chores Than Boys

Worldwide, they spend 40% more time on them than boys

(Newser) - In every corner of the world girls do more housework than boys, and this gender gap starts young and only widens with age. So reports UNICEF in a global analysis that finds girls on average spend 40% more time on household chores than do boys, and that this amounts to... More »

After Daughter Elopes, Mother Burns Her to Death

Zeenat Rafiq was doused in kerosene and set on fire

(Newser) - A Punjabi mother in Lahore, Pakistan, was so enraged when her daughter married an ethnic Pashtun that she tricked her into returning home, doused her with kerosene, and set her on fire, reports the Guardian . "After killing her daughter, Perveen went out on the street, took off her shawl... More »

Family Welcomes 1st Baby Girl Since 1914

'I didn't know what an Underdahl girl looked like'

(Newser) - The great chain of hand-me-downs has been broken after an Idaho family welcomed its first baby girl in more than a century, BuzzFeed reports. Since Bernice Underdahl was born in 1914, seven male Underdahl babies had been born across four generations, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press . That changed... More »

Yearbook Photos Show Our Smiles Have Changed

Photographers used to tell their subjects to say 'prune' instead of 'cheese'

(Newser) - "These days we take for granted that we should smile when our picture is being taken." So write University of California Berkeley researchers, who note that photographers used to tell their subjects to say "prunes" instead of "cheese." That's because it was more fashionable... More »

2 Teens Arrested for Raping Toddler in India's Capital

In separate incident, 3 men are arrested for gang-rape of 5-year-old

(Newser) - Police arrested two teenagers Sunday for allegedly raping a toddler in New Delhi, the latest incident of sexual violence against a young child in the Indian capital. Police said they questioned more than 250 residents of the western Delhi neighborhood where the 2 1/2-year-old girl was raped and left bleeding... More »

Our Juvenile Justice System Is Failing Girls

Vast majority have been victims of abuse

(Newser) - A new report on the plight of girls in the nation's juvenile justice system has some shocking numbers: In some states, about 80% of them have been the victims of either sexual or physical abuse, reports the New York Times . It's often the abuse that triggers behavior that... More »

First Lady Inspires Schoolgirls in London

Obama tells excited students to stick with their education because 'we need you'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's visit to a girls' school today in an East London neighborhood turned into a love fest when she was greeted with singing, poetry, and interpretative dance on her mission to promote education for girls. In return, the first lady spoke about the role education played in her... More »

Little Girl to Ted Cruz: 'The World Is on Fire?'

Texas senator's remarks surprise child in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Ted Cruz sure got a little girl's attention in New Hampshire yesterday when he claimed that the world was on fire—and repeated his point when she asked about it, the Concord Monitor reports. Speaking to more than 100 people at a turbomachinery company, the Texas Republican was typically... More »

Mean Girls? Boys Are Even Worse: Study

Researchers survey 620 kids through middle, high school

(Newser) - A journal called Aggressive Behavior has published research disputing the widely-held theory that boys will beat you up, whereas girls will talk behind your back. Actually, the study suggests, boys do both: In scientific terms, they are both "physically" and "relationally" more aggressive than girls. The study followed... More »

Suck It, Barbie: You're Not Most Popular Anymore

More parents want merchandise from 'Frozen'

(Newser) - Bad news, Barbie: Parents these days kinda prefer Queen Elsa and her animated co-stars from the movie Frozen, CNBC reports. A holiday toys survey finds that one in five parents plan to purchase merchandise from the Disney flick for their girls, while Barbie ranks second (for the first time in... More »

Sandberg's Next Target: Ban 'Bossy'

Facebook COO launches campaign to stop shaming assertive girls

(Newser) - Having introduced "lean in" into the lexicon, Sheryl Sandberg is looking to take another term out: The Facebook COO, bestselling author, stirrer of controversy, and unabashed feminist launched a campaign this morning to " Ban Bossy ." It's a move to strip the stigma often associated with assertive... More »

Red Stripe Slammed Over New Fruity Beer

Red Stripe Burst being marketed to those under 24

(Newser) - Jamaican beer maker Red Stripe's latest concoction is a fruity beer whose goal, according to the company, is "recruitment-driven": The company is hoping to win over 18- to 24-year-olds (18-year-olds can legally drink in Jamaica, Jezebel notes). Activist group Alcohol Justice wants to keep the raspberry-flavored Burst from... More »

Young Engineers: Toy Chain Busts Gender Stereotypes

Girls invade the 'pink aisle' for GoldieBlox

(Newser) - A new ad from a new company called GoldieBlox is drawing rave reviews for its stereotype-busting premise: It shows little girls invading the "pink aisle" of a toy store to demand toys that set them on the path toward becoming engineers and scientists, reports the Mary Sue blog . GoldieBlox... More »

Boys May Shorten Their Moms' Lives

And not just because they become teenage boys

(Newser) - Are sons bad for your health? A Finnish study finds that women who had several don't live as long after the last birth as do women who have daughters. The research, however, may be a bit dated: Researchers reviewed 300 years of parish data, and most of the women... More »

NJ School Bans Cursing —If You're a Girl

Staff wants 'ladies to act like ladies'

(Newser) - New Jersey's Queen of Peace High School would like girls to stop cursing, saying it wants "ladies to act like ladies," a teacher tells the Record . So the Catholic school asked the girls, but not the boys, to take a pledge not to swear, NBC10 reports. The... More »

Pakistanis Probe 'Girl Trade' to Settle Tribe Dispute

13 girls were part of 'restitution'

(Newser) - The Pakistani supreme court is investigating accusations that a tribe in the middle of a dispute with another tribe agreed to hand over girls to settle the row. A tribal council in the western province of Balochistan reportedly ordered that 13 girls, ages 4 through 16, be given to the... More »

Boys Really Do Throw Better

And it may be because of our primitive ancestors

(Newser) - Female softball players, you might want to stop reading now. Researchers say that girls are indeed inherently worse at throwing than boys, reports the Washington Post . The gap in ability starts at a young age and gets progressively bigger. Some say it's all about nurture, because boys are usually... More »

150 Schoolgirls Poisoned in Afghan Attack

Militants suspected of striking again

(Newser) - About 150 Afghan girls were poisoned today after drinking the water at their Takhar province school, in what officials believe was a deliberate attack by Islamist militants opposed to educating girls. "We are 100% sure that the water they drunk … was poisoned," an education department spokesperson tells... More »

Girls: 'Unstoppably Irritating' or 'True to Life'?

New HBO show sparks reviewer battle at 'Mother Jones'

(Newser) - Two reviewers at Mother Jones have locked horns over HBO's new hipster all-female series, Girls. "Hipsters are really going to like this show," sneered Asawin Suebsaeng a few days ago. "Which is to say that it is as profoundly bland as it is unstoppably irritating."... More »

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