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Serena Fined for Her Outburst

But Billie Jean King and NOW take her side

(Newser) - The US Tennis Association fined Serena Williams $17,000 Sunday for her outburst in the US Open final as tennis legend Billie Jean King and the National Organization for Women rallied to her defense, the Washington Post reports. The tournament referee's office said the 23-time Grand Slam champion was... More »

'We Don't Have a Single Friend': World Leaves Canada in the Cold

Neither the US nor UK backs Canada in Saudi spat

(Newser) - Canada's growing rift with the US has included tense trade talks and tit-for-tat remarks . Now the US is among countries leaving Canucks in the diplomatic cold over their spat with Saudi Arabia, the Guardian reports. "It's up for the government of Saudi Arabia and the Canadians to... More »

Angry Saudis Order Canadian Ambassador to Leave Country

Country had criticized arrest of women's rights activists, Riyadh is not having it

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia on Monday ordered the Canadian ambassador to leave the kingdom within 24 hours after his nation criticized the recent arrest of women's rights activists. The Saudi Foreign Ministry also said it would freeze "all new business" between the kingdom and Canada, the AP reports. Some 10%... More »

Saudis 'Opposed to the Right to Drive' Torch Woman's Car

She was threatened as soon as she started to drive

(Newser) - Saudi women are now finally allowed to drive —and not everybody in the conservative kingdom is happy about it. Salma al-Sharif, a 31-year-old cashier who used to spend close to half her salary on car services for herself and her elderly parents, says driving a car caused her to... More »

It's a Big Day for Saudi Women

The driving ban is finally lifted

(Newser) - Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday, the AP reports. It's a euphoric and historic moment for... More »

Only 1 More State Needs to Ratify Equal Rights Amendment

Illinois just became the 37th to back ERA

(Newser) - Illinois has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment a mere 36 years after the deadline for ratification, 46 years after it passed Congress, and 97 years after it was introduced. The amendment, which calls for men and women to have equal rights under state and federal law, was approved by 35... More »

Abortion Vote in Ireland Is a Landslide

Pro-choice side wins by two-to-one margin

(Newser) - Irish voters cleared the way for abortions to be legal in their country for the first time by repealing a constitutional ban on the procedure and authorizing legislators to reflect the popular will by giving pregnant women a choice, results from a landmark referendum showed Saturday. Voters in Friday's... More »

Women Lawyers Sue to Stop Masturbating Inmates

Even pizza didn't get them to stop

(Newser) - Public masturbation is so rampant in Chicago's Cook County Jail that officials offered inmates pizza to stop, a federal lawsuit claims. Hundreds of female public defenders and law clerks working at the jail and other lockups have had to endure "on an almost daily basis" inmates who "... More »

Saudi Prince to Open Sports Stadiums to Women

'What’s next? Night clubs?' one critic tweeted

(Newser) - First came driving , now Saudi women will be allowed in sports stadiums. Saudi authorities on Sunday tweeted that stadiums in three cities—Riyadh, Jeddah, and Damman—"will be ready to accommodate families from early 2018," AFP reports. The move was the latest effort by 32-year-old Crown Prince... More »

Man Who Beat 'Adulterous' Wife Escapes Jail Time

Activists slam 'revolting' court ruling in Portugal

(Newser) - Women's rights groups reacted with outrage after a Portuguese court quoted the Bible in a ruling that justified a suspended sentence for a man who attacked his "adulterous" ex-wife with a nail-spiked bat, NPR reports. The appeals court judges in Porto called adultery a "serious attack" on... More »

Rebel Behind the Wheel: Saudi Woman Flouts Driving Ban

She was summoned, though reportedly not arrested, for cruising in advance of ban being lifted

(Newser) - A Saudi woman who appeared in a video driving a car in Riyadh was briefly detained for violating the country's ban on women driving, which is set to be lifted in June , per the AP . The state-linked Sabq news website reported on Monday that the woman in the video,... More »

Saudi Police Arrest Woman in Miniskirt Video

She ignited a debate on Twitter after her post

(Newser) - Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a young woman who wore a miniskirt in public and who had posted the video online, sparking an outcry from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom's conservative Islamic dress code. Saudi Arabia's state-run TV reported Tuesday that police in the... More »

Irish Girl Sent to Psych Ward After Trying to Get an Abortion

She and her mom thought they were traveling to Dublin for the procedure

(Newser) - When a girl in Ireland went with her mother to try to get an abortion last year, she was instead detained against her will in a psychiatric clinic. CNN reports that the girl, who is a minor, had said her pregnancy was making her suicidal. But instead of being granted... More »

Website Debuts to Help US Women Carry Out DIY Abortions

SASS counselors will help Americans who've decided to end pregnancies with drugs

(Newser) - A Dutch organization that advises women on reproductive rights has now launched a website to help US women terminate pregnancies on their own. The Guardian reports on the "Self-Managed Abortion: Safe and Supported" portal, or SASS , set up by Women Help Women . Through it, 23 trained counselors will answer... More »

A Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Rapists May Be Eliminated

Jordan's Article 308 allows rapists to marry victims to avoid jail time

(Newser) - Jordan's Cabinet took the first steps to undo a loophole protecting rapists on Sunday by revoking Article 308, a law that allows the criminals to escape punishment by marrying their victims and staying in that marriage for at least three years. Activists are celebrating this victory, with one calling... More »

Teen's Texts With Dad About Hijab Go Viral

Young Muslim woman shuts down critic

(Newser) - An exchange between a Muslim teenager in Pennsylvania and her father in Saudi Arabia has gone viral after it opened up an intimate window into the hijab debate. The teen, Lamyaa, was debating politics in a chat group when she was told by one stranger: "B---- shut up. You... More »

What to Expect During 'Day Without a Woman'

Some schools are closing for Wednesday's protest

(Newser) - International Women's Day is March 8, and coinciding with the occasion this year is another event that's prompting some schools to close for the day. BuzzFeed reports that hundreds of teachers in North Carolina and Virginia indicated they'd be absent for Wednesday's "Day Without a... More »

Officials Face Backlash After Women's March Insults

Some described marchers as 'fat women walking'

(Newser) - More than 3 million women joined women's marches around the country and around the world on Sunday—and more than one elected official appears to have forgotten that women vote. In several states, lawmakers and other official faced angry backlashes after insulting marchers. A roundup:
  • Judge Bailey Moseley, who
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Women's Marches Against Trump Held Worldwide

DC numbers could surpass those for inauguration

(Newser) - Donald Trump was the target of women's marches worldwide on the first full day of his presidency. As the pre-march rally kicked off in Washington, DC, where numbers might exceed those that turned out of Trump's inauguration, marches were already underway or over in cities including London, Prague,... More »

Women's Marches Will Be Held on All 7 Continents

'Sister marches' planned in Kenya, New Zealand

(Newser) - On his first full-day in office, President Trump will get the message that "women's rights are human rights"—or that's the hope of some 400,000 people expected to attend the Women's March in Washington on Saturday. Here's what to know about the event:... More »

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