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Salma Hayek: Time's Up on Actors' Fat Paychecks

Says Hollywood's leading men can't grab so much of the pie if they're serious about pay equality

(Newser) - Fresh off a silent protest on the Cannes red carpet over the dearth of women-directed films to play the festival, Salma Hayek is beating the drum for pay equality, telling the Guardian that the leading men in Hollywood need to take a pay cut: "Time's up. You had... More »

Martina 'Angry' BBC Pays Her 10 Times Less Than McEnroe

'It's still the good old boys' network,' tennis star says of Wimbledon pay disparity

(Newser) - The BBC has exposed a gender pay gap taking place within … itself. And among the women getting the short end of the stick is tennis great Martina Navratilova, who said she was thrown to find out she was getting paid 10 times less than John McEnroe by the broadcaster... More »

Exec's 'Spectacularly Wrong' Remarks Spur Calls to Resign

Female executives pen letter asking for Recording Academy President Neil Portnow to step down

(Newser) - Pink told the president of the Recording Academy to step off earlier this week, and now nearly two dozen female executives in the record industry are telling Neil Portnow to step aside from his position. It all comes out of his remarks after the Grammys on Sunday, when he reacted... More »

After Exec Tells Women to 'Step Up,' Pink Tells Him to Step Off

Singer blasts Recording Academy President Neil Portnow in open letter on Twitter

(Newser) - #GrammysSoMale? That was one hashtag that popped up after Sunday night's show , in which women seemed to get short shrift during the night's proceedings. Per the AP , Lorde, the only woman nominated for album of the year, didn't perform (but males who weren't nominees did); there... More »

10 Best, Worst States for Women's Equality

Hawaii and Utah are polar opposites

(Newser) - The US still has a lot of work to do when it comes to gender equality. The World Economic Forum ranks the US all the way down at 45th in the world when it comes to gender equality, pointing to gaps in wages and unequal representation in business and political... More »

Engineer: Google Proved My Point by Firing Me

James Damore says company can't tolerate opposing views

(Newser) - The Google engineer who wrote a controversial memo about why so few women work in tech also complained in that same memo that Google had an "ideological echo chamber" and oppressed opposing views. "My firing neatly confirms that point," writes James Damore in a Wall Street Journal... More »

Google Fires Guy Who Wrote Gender Memo

He says he was canned for 'perpetuating stereotypes'

(Newser) - A male Google engineer who authored a controversial memo on why he thinks women aren't suited to tech jobs is now searching for new employment. James Damore confirmed to Bloomberg that he was fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" and that he's "currently exploring all possible legal... More »

Facebook Study on Gender Bias 'Deeply Disturbing': Employee

And Mark Zuckerberg says gender bias at the company is 'an issue'

(Newser) - An analysis of data—released internally at Facebook last September but made public by the Wall Street Journal this week—shows code written by female engineers is rejected 35% more often than code written by male engineers. They also wait 3.9% longer to get their code accepted and face... More »

UK Lawmakers to Companies: No More High-Heel Dress Codes

Parliament debates surprisingly commonplace workplace policy

(Newser) - In a debate that has gone from office corridors to Britain's Parliament, lawmakers put their foot down Monday and told employers to stop making women wear high heels as part of corporate dress codes, the AP reports. Members of Parliament debated a ban on mandatory workplace high heels, in... More »

'Free the Nipple' Campaign Wins in Colorado

Judge blocks city ordinance banning topless women

(Newser) - Women are now free to "free the nipple" in Fort Collins, Colo. A federal judge blocked a city ordinance banning women from showing their breasts in public Wednesday because it discriminates against women. City officials say the law put in place in 2015—excepting women who breastfeed—protects children,... More »

Eric Holder Gets New Job With Uber

He'll head investigation into sex harassment at Uber

(Newser) - Eric Holder isn't just preparing to fight President Trump's administration on behalf of California . He's also heading what Uber CEO Travis Kalanick calls an "urgent investigation" into claims that the ride-sharing service discriminated against a female engineer while ignoring her complaints of sexism and harassment , reports... More »

Feds Accuse Oracle of Paying White Men More

And of favoring Asians for tech roles: DOL lawsuit

(Newser) - Oracle provides contracting services for the feds via its cloud computing software, resulting in "hundreds of millions" of dollars in government contracts, per a Labor Department release. That means the tech company has to adhere to federal nondiscriminatory hiring practices, which a DOL lawsuit announced Wednesday says has not... More »

Officer Says Boss Sexually Harassed Him, and He's Suing

But Philip Kozlowski isn't suing her; he's suing Wayne County Sheriff's Department

(Newser) - If the roles had been reversed, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office might have reacted differently. But Philip Kozlowski says it outright ignored his claims that a female superior sexually harassed him over the course of a year. In a lawsuit filed in Detroit, Kozlowski, 53, says his boss offered... More »

Boys Soccer Team Forfeits Game Rather Than Play Girls

Because 'God created guys and girls differently,' says Arizona's Faith Christian high school

(Newser) - When the Foothills Academy College Prep boys soccer team was told Monday their opponents wouldn't play them because of the two girls on their roster, the high schoolers took to the field without their female players and lost in overtime, the Arizona Republic reports. But when it happened again... More »

This T-Shirt Got a Video Game Actress Fired

South Korea dealing with its own GamerGate

(Newser) - A South Korean actress' voice won't be heard in two video games after people complained about a T-shirt she wore bearing an offensive slogan: "Girls do not need a prince." Not offended? Neither is the feminist network Megalia. Splinter group Megalia4 sold the shirts to fund lawsuits... More »

'O Canada' Gets a Gender-Neutral Version

It's not all about the 'sons' anymore

(Newser) - Robert Stanley Weir worked up an English translation of the French "O Canada" in 1908, and it soon became the Great White North's most popular English version (and, in 1980, the national anthem). It's gone through minor tweaks since its first choruses, but a rather major one... More »

Taiwan President 'Extreme' Because She's Single: China Op-Ed

Tsai Ing-wen also labeled 'emotional,' 'erratic' in 'chauvinistic' Xinhua opinion piece

(Newser) - Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in Friday as Taiwan's first female president, and she's already been labeled "extreme" by the news agency for China's Communist Party—in large part because she's not married, the Guardian reports. The Xinhua-run International Herald Leader ran an opinion piece accusing... More »

2 Big Studios, No Women Directors Through 2018

That's 47 male-directed movies

(Newser) - Nearly 50 movies from two major studios are slated to come out through 2018—and there's not a female director to be found among them, according to a tally by the Wrap . It found Paramount is set to release 25 films, while 20th Century Fox will debut 22 (that... More »

Target: Use Restroom That Matches Your Gender Identity

Retailer takes a stand for 'inclusivity,' solidarity with transgender community

(Newser) - A "religious freedom" mandate in Mississippi and North Carolina's so-called "bathroom bill"—which dictates, among other things, that transgender people must use bathrooms aligned with their birth gender—has triggered big-name stars , TV and film production companies , and businesses to boycott. Now Target is taking a... More »

New Ride-Sharing Service for Women, Driven by Women

But there are risks of gender discrimination lawsuits

(Newser) - Starting April 19 in Boston, women will be able to hail a ride that may make them feel safer, the Next Web reports. In response to reported sexual assaults during Uber, Lyft, and taxi rides, Michael Pelletz launched Chariot for Women , providing ride-sharing just for women (as well as kids... More »

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