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Michael B. Jordan Answers Frances McDormand's Call

His production company will require inclusion riders for its projects

(Newser) - Michael B. Jordan, obviously in need of some good press after indirectly breaking that poor woman's retainer , has announced his production company will require inclusion riders for all of its projects, Mashable reports. According to the New York Times , the Black Panther star is the first major actor to... More »

Best State for Women: the 'North Star' State

Minnesota is the best state to live in for gender equality; Louisiana needs to do some work

(Newser) - Amid the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, WalletHub did some digging to see which US states proved best for women (and which didn't fare so well). The site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia across two main metrics: women's economic and social well-being—which includes... More »

Johnnie Walker May Soon Have a Lady Friend

Parent company Diageo has reportedly filed trademark documents for Jane Walker

(Newser) - Tarzan had his Jane, and so, too, will Johnnie. Thanks to the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements, gender equality is gaining new awareness in the workplace, and now perhaps in your whisky: TMZ reports that Diageo, parent company of the Johnnie Walker brand, put in the... More »

This Country Made It Illegal to Pay Women Less Than Men

Iceland is 1st country in world to do so

(Newser) - Iceland just made it illegal to pay women less than men for the same work, becoming the first country to do so, HuffPost reports. According to Quartz , the new law was passed following little opposition and went into effect Jan. 1. Now public and private employers with more than 25... 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 »

Hollywood Has Little Room for Women, On and Off-Screen

Women were two-fifths of characters and only one-twelfth of directors since 2007

(Newser) - In 2017, Hollywood films continue to look less like Girls Trip and more like the Entourage movie. "Every year we're hopeful that we will actually see change," researcher Stacy Smith tells the AP . "Unfortunately that hope has not quite been realized." Researchers at USC used... 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 »

On Equal Pay Day, Good News and Bad News

Tuesday is Equal Pay Day

(Newser) - It takes a woman until the following Tuesday to earn what a man does in a single week, and more than 15 months to earn what a man does in a year, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity. That's why Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, representing how... 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 »

'Real Women?' Many Aren't Happy With This NC Billboard

Protest organizer says it slams gender equality

(Newser) - Women are planning this weekend to protest a North Carolina billboard with a message they say is a slam on gender equality, according to media reports. A billboard on a highway between Winston-Salem and Greensboro reads, "Real men provide. Real women appreciate it." It's on Business 40,... More »

Texas Mayor: 'I am Transgender'

New Hope Mayor Jess Herbst says she will live as a woman from now on

(Newser) - Eight months after taking office, the mayor of a North Texas town has announced that she is transgender. Jess Herbst of tiny New Hope is believed to be the first openly transgender mayor in Texas, reports the New York Times. In an open letter posted Jan. 23 on the town... More »

Wonder Woman Just Got Fired by UN—Maybe for Her Looks

People didn't think how she dressed, looked made her appropriate female empowerment rep

(Newser) - A United Nations spokesman has confirmed to Reuters that Wonder Woman's reign as an honorary ambassador for gender equality will be ending Friday, even though originally she was meant to punch a card for the UN through 2017. The "scantily clad, curvaceous comic book superhero," as the... More »

10 Best US Cities for Working Women

Time to look for work in Topeka

(Newser) - The gender pay gap in the US stands at around 28% for workers over the age of 15, Smart Asset reports. That means women earn 72 cents for every dollar a man makes. But it's not equal everywhere. For example, women in Provo-Orem, Utah, earn just 45% of what... More »

On Glamour's List of Inspiring Women: Bono

He's 'grateful,' but plenty of women are peeved

(Newser) - Glamour's 2016 Women of the Year list honoring inspiring females includes Gwen Stefani, Simone Biles, model Ashley Graham, the woman sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, and … Bono. For the first time in 27 years, the magazine has named a Man... More »

Finally, Equal Pay for Women ... in the Year 2186

WEF report shows progress on gender wage gap is slowing—or even reversing

(Newser) - Women may now be equal with men in terms of their drinking , but it could take another 170 years for them to achieve pay parity, Reuters reports. The World Economic Forum said Tuesday that even though last year's guesstimate put gender paycheck equality at around the year 2133, that... More »

Teens Fired After Girl Asks for Equal Pay

Manager claims employees aren't allowed to discuss wages with co-workers

(Newser) - When Jensen Walcott and her good friend, Jake Reed, both got hired at Pizza Studio in Kansas City, Kansas, on the same day, the 17-year-olds were initially excited. Then Reed mentioned to Walcott that he'd be making $8.25 per hour. Walcott would only be making $8 per hour,... More »

Sheryl Sandberg: Stop Saying Women Are Catty

This 'myth' is a dangerous one, Facebook COO writes

(Newser) - Women are very familiar with the concept of teenage "mean girls" and adult "catty" women who don't support other women. It's a popular idea, but in the real world, women help each other, "professionally and personally," writes Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in a New ... More »

O Canada Looking to Go Gender-Neutral

'In all thy sons command' no more if bill passes Parliament

(Newser) - Canada is about to give its national anthem a minor tweak aimed at gender neutrality, reports USA Today , with a bill in support of the change wending its way through Parliament and looking likely to become law by summer or fall. The proposed change to O Canada: Making the line... More »

Robin Wright Threatened Her Way to Equal Pay on House of Cards

'You better pay me'

(Newser) - In a bit of scheming that would do Claire Underwood proud, Robin Wright says she threatened her way into getting equal pay on House of Cards, Sky News reports. After seeing data that Claire was at points more popular than fictional husband Frank Underwood, she decided it was time she... More »

Army Announces First-Ever Female Combat Officers

They'll lead armor and infantry units

(Newser) - The Army announced Friday it has 22 women nearly ready to be commissioned as officers within its infantry and armor units—a historic first, USA Today reports. The Pentagon ordered all combat positions be opened to women three years ago, and that rule takes effect this year. The 22 women—... More »

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