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Japan Medical School: We Altered Scores to Limit Women

Tokyo Medical University apologized for manipulating results since at least 2006

(Newser) - A Tokyo medical school apologized Tuesday after an internal investigation confirmed that it altered entrance exam scores for years to limit the number of female students and ensure more men became doctors. Tokyo Medical University manipulated all entrance exam results starting in 2006 or even earlier, according to findings released... More »

In a First for Miss America, All Top Spots Held by Women

Women hold the top 3 leadership positions after email scandal

(Newser) - The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal in which male officials were caught making vulgar and insulting comments about past winners of the beauty pageant. The organization tells the AP it is appointing Regina Hopper as president and CEO of... More »

Our Bodies, Ourselves Will No Longer Be Published

Organization can no longer afford to publish iconic book

(Newser) - The most recent new edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves will be the last. The organization that publishes the iconic book announced last week that it can no longer afford to update the book and put out new editions. Instead, it will transition to a volunteer-led organization "that will mainly... More »

Women Trying to Save Man's Life Ordered Out of Sumo Ring

Sports official apologizes in Japan after incident

(Newser) - A jarring incident in a sumo ring has triggered a national conversation in Japan about how women are treated. On Wednesday, women who rushed to save a man who collapsed were ordered to leave the ring because of the sport's tradition that women are "impure" and cannot enter... More »

Branding Misfires on Women's Day 2018

McDonald's, Mattel come under criticism, and Spain's women go on strike

(Newser) - Thursday is International Women's Day, an annual event getting more attention than usual in 2018 because it's the first in the wake of the #MeToo movement. As expected, brands ( including McDonald's ) are looking to capitalize, though critics are calling out examples of perceived misfires. Here'... 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 »

Serena Williams Calls for Action After Scary Birth Experience

We need to make the world safer for all moms and newborns, she writes

(Newser) - Serena Williams nearly died after her daughter was born via emergency C-section last year; a pulmonary embolism "sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived," the tennis star writes for CNN . Living through the experience made Williams realize even though it was terrifying,... More »

Those 'You Are Beautiful' Signs Are Pretty Problematic

Research indicates they won't make women feel beautiful: psychologist

(Newser) - Signs reminding people "you are beautiful" often pop up in public places, and at first glance, it may be hard to take issue with such a seemingly positive message. But in Psychology Today , psychologist and body image researcher Renee Engeln explains there are actually numerous problems with those signs,... More »

7 Companies Have 0 Women in Leadership Positions

In contrast, Chico's FAS leads the way for female execs

(Newser) - Some companies are better than others—much better—when it comes to cracking open the glass ceiling for women. Using data from research group LedBetter, 24/7 Wall St . has come up with the best and worst companies on this front among 237 global corporations. Factors include the number of women... More »

Jessica Chastain Calls Out Cannes

For 'disturbing' representation of women in film

(Newser) - Jessica Chastain was a jury member at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but that didn't mean she automatically approved of what she saw. At the final press conference when the festival closed Sunday, the actress responded with criticism when a reporter asked about the female filmmakers at the... More »

Best, Worst States for Working Moms

WalletHub puts Vermont at top, with Alabama at bottom

(Newser) - With Mother's Day upon us, WalletHub has looked at data to determine the best and worst states for working moms. Factors include gender pay gaps, the availability of child care, parental leave policies, and the number of women in executive positions. Here are the 10 with the best scores... 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 »

Ivanka Greeted With Boos at Women's Summit

Audience didn't care for her gushing about President Trump's 'advocacy' for women

(Newser) - Media access to the first family may be somewhat controlled in the US, but Ivanka Trump found such a buffer doesn't exist in Germany. Trump took the stage in Berlin on Tuesday at the W20 summit on women's entrepreneurship, at Chancellor Angela Merkel's invite, and she was... More »

Ivanka Had Secret Meeting With Planned Parenthood

Her relationship with Cecile Richards has since soured: Politico

(Newser) - Not long before explaining that "lack of public denouncement" does not equal silence , Ivanka Trump secretly met with the head of Planned Parenthood, reports Politico . After indicating she wanted to know more about the organization, Trump sat down with Cecile Richards in the weeks following her father's inauguration,... More »

Female Workers Should Check Out These Countries

Get thee to the Nordic nations

(Newser) - International Women's Day means global protests , "defiant" statues , and examining which countries are the best ones to work in if you're female. The Economist looks at the latter via its "glass ceiling index," which merges data on higher education, child care expenses, and salary, among... 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 »

Lady Gaga Is Not Having It With Body Shamers

'I'm proud of my body,' she writes after Super Bowl performance

(Newser) - Whether Lady Gaga made a political statement was one big topic of conversation following her Super Bowl performance . Another? How she looked. "I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours... 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 »

Lena Dunham to Glamour: Thanks for Not Photoshopping

'Girls' creator talks body image

(Newser) - Lena Dunham appears on the cover of Glamour magazine's February issue with her Girls co-stars, wearing booty shorts, and she has something to say to the magazine for not Photoshopping her thighs to smooth perfection: thanks. "Here goes: throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms,... More »

Women's Rights Advocates: Get Your IUDs Now, Before Trump

Amid fears of stripped reproductive rights, ObamaCare repeal, women look for long-term birth control

(Newser) - Donald Trump's statements on abortion caused no small outcry, and now some women worried about what reproductive health rights look like under a Trump administration are looking toward long-term contraception. The Washington Post reports there's been a recent uptick in various media—including Jezebel and Elle —and... More »

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