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Actress's Apparent Tattoo Causes Uproar in Iran

Is it real? She's not saying

(Newser) - Iranian social media recently was consumed by two questions: Does Taraneh Alidoosti have a tattoo, and is she a feminist? To the latter, the 32-year-old "Natalie Portman of Iran" says via tweet , "Keep calm and YES I'm a feminist." But as for the tattoo, Alidoosti is... More »

Women Enter 1K-Year-Old Building for First Time

Mosque's wooden carvings, architecture have long enchanted its male worshippers

(Newser) - For the first time in its 1,000-year history, one of India's oldest mosques opened its doors to women. Thousands of Muslim women flocked to the religious site in Kerala on Sunday, reports the Times of India , making their way into the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid to view its historic... More »

For Minorities, 'Equal Pay Day' Is Months Away

August for some, November for others

(Newser) - Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, which represents how far into the year a woman must work to earn the same as a man in the previous year for a comparable job. Some related coverage:
  • On average, a woman makes 79 cents for every dollar a man makes, but Fast Company
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Woman Sues Airline After Being Asked to Move Seats for Man

He said the Torah wouldn't allow him to sit next to a woman

(Newser) - An 81-year-old woman who escaped the Nazis in her youth is suing Israel's national airline after she was asked to switch seats because of her gender, the New York Times reports. "I’ve been around the world, and some guy can decide that I shouldn’t sit next... More »

Japan Supreme Court: Couple Must Use Same Surname

Women's rights activists say the rule is antiquated, discriminatory

(Newser) - Japan's Supreme Court issued a ruling Wednesday that maintains a longtime civil rule some say is unconstitutional and discriminatory: forcing married couples to officially choose one surname, the BBC reports. Presiding Justice Itsuro Terada said that the surname mandate wasn't discriminatory, since a couple could choose to use... More »

Saudi Women Vote—and Win— for First Time

At least 5 win council seats in historic election

(Newser) - At least five Saudi women have won seats on local municipal councils a day after women voted and ran in elections for the first time in the country's history, according to initial results Sunday. The women hail from vastly different parts of the country, ranging from Saudi Arabia's... More »

Woman Jailed for Driving in Saudi Arabia Is Now Running for Office

'I want to make a point; it's a personal thing now'

(Newser) - What a difference a year makes. In 2014, activist Loujain al-Hathloul was arrested for purposefully violating Saudi Arabia's law against women driving, the Washington Post reports. This weekend, Saudis will be able to cast a vote for her. Al-Hathloul received international fame when she live-streamed herself behind the wheel.... More »

US Military Opens All Combat Roles to Women

'It’s a thrilling day for women serving in the military'

(Newser) - Repealing a 21-year-old rule, defense secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that all military combat positions will now be open to women, the New York Times reports. According to CNN , that includes about 220,000 jobs in reconnaissance, infantry, and more that had previously been open only to men. "Women... More »

JLaw: Think I'm 'Bratty'? You Just Made My Point

'Hunger Games' star addresses one of her critics

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence returned fire Saturday in a debate about women's pay in Hollywood and the country in general, USA Today reports. Speaking at a presser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2, Jennifer Lawrence addressed a website's response to her essay about being paid less than her male... More »

Battered Woman to Stay in Jail Until 2030 for BF's Abuse

Tondalo Hall denied clemency in Oklahoma for not protecting kids from partner

(Newser) - Tondalo Hall wasn't accused of abusing her two young children but was handed a 30-year sentence for failing to protect them from her abusive boyfriend. Her partner, meanwhile, nabbed a plea deal and served just two years for breaking the ribs and femur of their 3-month-old infant; he was... More »

Husband Keeping Iranian Soccer Star From Playing

Iranian law lets husbands to stop wives from traveling abroad

(Newser) - An Iranian women's soccer star is being forced to miss a tournament in Malaysia this week because her husband, an Iranian sports journalist, is refusing to sign paperwork to renew her passport, Yahoo Sports reports. Iranian law allows husbands to forbid their wives from traveling outside the country, according... More »

If 2 Women Conquer Florida Swamps, It's Army History

They'll be first females to earn Army Ranger title

(Newser) - Two women tomorrow will begin a grueling 17-day stretch in the swamps of Florida, and if they make it out OK, they'll become the first females to earn an Army Ranger title. The pair have advanced to the final stage of the Ranger school, having gotten through the arduous... More »

Girl, 17, Sues for Right to Register for Military Draft

Files class-action suit against Selective Service

(Newser) - A teenage girl in New Jersey is suing the federal government for the right to be drafted. Or at least the right to register for the draft, which hasn't been used in decades. Though identified only as E.K.L. in the federal class-action suit, the Star-Ledger identifies the... More »

Like Sheryl Sandberg, Her Husband Leaned In

New York Times calls him 'perhaps the signature male feminist of his era'

(Newser) - Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, is known as a champion for women. What's less well-known is that her husband, Dave Goldberg, who died unexpectedly Friday at the age of 47, spent his life working to strengthen women's voices, reports the New York Times , which calls Goldberg... More »

Women, It's Time to Ditch Silicon Valley

Guardian's Jess Zimmerman loves angry new sentiment brewing

(Newser) - Women in the tech field get all kinds of advice on how to succeed in the boys' world of Silicon Valley. But at the Guardian , Jess Zimmerman thinks the days of "leaning in" or whatever the trendy slogan of the day is should come to an end. She loves... More »

Unsavory Donors Put Clinton in Bind on Women's Rights

Saudi Arabia has provided some $10M to Clinton Foundation since 2001

(Newser) - Next month will likely see Hillary Clinton announce she's running for president, the New York Times reports, and women's rights are set to be a theme of her campaign. Though she has long championed the issue, things have recently gotten complicated: The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation... More »

Number of Countries With Gender Equality: 0

UN women's agency head slams lack of progress since 1995 commission

(Newser) - The head of the UN agency promoting equality for women is lamenting that a girl born today will be an 81-year-old grandmother before she has the same chance as a man to be CEO of a company—and she will have to wait until she's 50 years old to... More »

Girl Agitates for Female Superheroes, Becomes One

DC Comics pays tribute to Rowan Hansen

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl in Illinois made headlines last month when she wrote to DC Comics wondering why there weren't more female superheroes and why the ones who did exist got stuck with "not very practical" costumes. The company first answered Rowan Hansen via tweet , "Thanks, Rowan. We... More »

Saudis Send Women Drivers to Terror Court

Defendants spoke out online against driving ban

(Newser) - Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month for defying a ban on women driving were referred yesterday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants say. The cases of Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, were sent to the anti-terrorism court in... More »

Would-Be Cops Face Indonesia's 'Virginity Test'

Female applicants still undergo 'demeaning' test: human rights group

(Newser) - Women hoping to become police officers in Indonesia need to be strong, healthy—and should have an intact hymen, officials say, to determine whether or not they are moral. The revelation has sparked a new round of debates about women's rights in this highly conservative nation, the New York ... More »

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