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Saudi Women Move to Dump Male Guardians

More than 14K women have signed petition so far

(Newser) - In Saudi Arabia, women are hamstrung from doing certain tasks many of us take for granted—including marrying and vacationing abroad—without permission from their male guardians. Now, more than 14,000 Saudi women are trying to change that with a petition to the government that they hope will put... More »

She Served 10 Years Because Her Boyfriend Killed Her Son

Arlena Lindley got out 35 years early: BuzzFeed

(Newser) - The crime itself is unthinkable: A decade ago, Arlena Lindley's boyfriend beat her 3-year-old son to death. But for Lindley, the aftermath managed to get worse: She was convicted of failing to protect her child, and after prosecutors asked for a sentence of 10 years, the judge gave her... More »

Best, Worst US States for Women

Hawaii comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - WalletHub set out to find which states do best when it comes to providing equality for women, and the results are good news for Hawaii and bad for Utah. They are at the top and bottom of the list, which uses factors from the workplace (including the pay gap... More »

Egypt State TV to Female Hosts: Lose Weight or Lose Job

Women's rights groups are calling mandate sexist

(Newser) - Eight female TV hosts in Egypt have been suspended, and they've been given one month to win their jobs back—if they come back a few pounds lighter. Via the BBC , the Al-Yawm al-Sabi website reports the state-run Egyptian Radio and Television Union issued the slim-down mandate, though the... More »

Ivanka: Trump Will Fight for Equal Pay for Equal Work

She hails 'people's nominee' in introduction speech

(Newser) - Ivanka—the penultimate Trump to speak at the GOP convention—hailed her father as "the people's nominee" and the "single most qualified person to serve as chief executive of an $18 trillion economy" in an introduction speech clearly aimed at winning back women voters. In the Trump... 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 »

Senate: Women Must Register for Draft

Whether it will survive negotiations with House is unclear

(Newser) - The House and Senate will soon begin wrangling over their versions of the annual defense bill, and one component in particular is generating lots of heat: whether young women must register for the military draft. The Senate bill that passed on Tuesday requires them to do so, but the House... More »

London Axes Body-Shaming Ads on Tube, Bus

Mayor Sadiq Khan tells Transport for London to stop running them

(Newser) - Londoners sick of being bombarded by pictures of the supposedly ideal "beach body" every time they jump on the tube may soon be vindicated. The city's mayor, Sadiq Khan, says he's banning body-shaming ads from London's mass transit system, the Guardian reports. An example of such... More »

Why Rose McGowan, Others Are Outraged Over X-Men Billboard

Using violence against women to market movie is not OK, critics say

(Newser) - Billboards advertising X-Men: Apocalypse are raising hackles because they depict a scene in the superhero movie in which the villain, Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, chokes the character Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence. "There is a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual... 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 »

Seismic Shift in US Politics: Single Women

New Yorker piece looks at this ever-growing population

(Newser) - Candidates of the present and future might take note of a New Yorker story anointing single women "the most powerful voter this year." And writer Rebecca Traister makes the case that because the number of women opting to skip a walk down the aisle is only growing, the... More »

Why Amy Schumer Posed for 'Ugly, Sexy' Nude Pic

The Pirelli Calendar departs from usual soft-core photos

(Newser) - Amy Schumer, posing in her undies with tummy folds? Serena Williams, similarly dressed while showing off her buff physique? The Pirelli Calendar—which usually shows skinny models and actresses in soft-core poses—is breaking from tradition this year by using photos of successful women across various fields, the Daily Beast... More »

Gabrielle Union: Barrenness Is Price Career Women Pay

'You feel like you're wearing a scarlet letter'

(Newser) - Actress Gabrielle Union doesn't have any kids at age 42, and she doesn't hold back when discussing the issue with Redbook . "So far, it has not happened for us," she says of herself and 33-year-old husband Dwyane Wade. "A lot of my friends deal with... More »

For Wrongfully Convicted Women, Justice Is More Elusive: Lawyers

Lawyers start Northwestern Women's Project to overturn cases

(Newser) - Exonerating women who are wrongfully convicted of violent crimes is no easy task—just ask Kristine Bunch. She got 60 years for supposedly setting the fire that killed her 3-year-old son in 1995, and struggled to find anyone who could help, Mother Jones reports. Finally, lawyers at the Center on... More »

Office Temperatures Are 'Sexist'

Temperatures are based on the male metabolism, study says

(Newser) - A man and woman work in the same room all day long. One is perfectly comfortable while the other is freezing her tush off. Sound strange? Nope, it's just daily life in offices, according to a new study that says our average building temperature is outdated and favors the... More »

She's Really Not Mad: an Examination of 'RBF'

'Resting bitch face' is so much of a thing it's an Internet meme

(Newser) - The latest meme to grace the Internet isn't exactly putting a happy face on it: It's RBF, or Resting Bitch Face, or its precursor, Bitchy Resting Face, first made famous in a Public Service Announcement parody that's been viewed more than 6 million times on YouTube . "... More »

Fired: Female Marine Who Pushed for Equality

Former Lt. Col. says her superior undermined her authority

(Newser) - An officer who pushed for female integration into the Marine Corps is calling foul after being fired last month. Former Lt. Col. Kate Germano admits to being a tough commander at the all-female boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, but tells the New York Times she was no more... More »

Stewart: Media Already Objectifying Caitlyn Jenner

'Welcome to being a woman in America'

(Newser) - If you were concerned that the media wouldn't embrace Caitlyn Jenner as a woman, well, fear not: Media figures were quick to not only embrace her, but to comment on how "sexy" and "hot" she is. "It's really heartening to see that everyone is willing... 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 »

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