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A New Role Awaits Men in Coal Country

In one Kentucky county, it's women who bring home the bacon

(Newser) - Welcome to Letcher County in Kentucky, where coal's decline is changing time-honored gender roles. As men struggle to find work, women are entering a field in need of people—health care—and bringing home relatively small but still invaluable paychecks, the New York Times reports. "The mines have... More »

Honored Women Address Legacies, Issue Challenges

Women's Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2019

(Newser) - Angela Davis says her "consciousness has been enabled always by shared endeavors and collective consciousness." At critical points in her life, the former Black Panther Party leader said, "I’ve always been one of many," the AP reports. Davis made the point Saturday when she was... More »

This Version of Monopoly Gives Women an Edge

Hasbro out with 'Ms. Monopoly'

(Newser) - Hasbro is out with a new version of Monopoly that has a twist: Girls and women have a built-in edge. For example, female players of Ms. Monopoly get $1,900 from the bank at the start of the game, while male players gets $1,500, reports USA Today . Similarly, female... More »

New Coast Guard Expense: Breast Milk Shipping

Service members to be reimbursed up to $750 per year

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is following through on a promise to introduce changes aimed at keeping women in the service. Service members on duty or other official business who send breast milk back home will be reimbursed for shipping costs of up to $750 per household per year under a program... More »

Here's How to Fix Trump's Neglect on Women

Cathy Russell wants to see new women's adviser

(Newser) - Dozens of countries have a Cabinet-level official charged with tackling women's issues. It's about time the US—in which that role is spread across government agencies—gets one, too, according to Cathy Russell, whose former role as US ambassador-at-large for global women's issues hasn't been filled... More »

A Big First for Female Lawmakers in the US

More than half of state legislature is female in Nevada, a historic moment

(Newser) - In the US, more than half of the population— 50.8% —is female. But it wasn't until this year that a state legislature has been made up of more than 50% women. In Nevada, which began its legislative session Monday, 50.8% of state representatives and senators are... More »

50-Year-Old Author, TV Host Says Women Over 50 'Not Extraordinary'

Yann Moix under fire for saying he's 'incapable' of loving women over 50

(Newser) - A popular French author, who just so happens to be 50 years old, recently told a magazine he would never get romantically involved with anyone his age or older. "That’s not possible … too, too old," Yann Moix said during his interview with the French edition of... More »

Nevada Ditches the 'Pink Tax'

Eliminates sales tax on menstrual products

(Newser) - No more "pink tax" in Nevada: Voters on Tuesday amended the state's 1955 tax act to remove the sales and storage tax on menstrual products. Feminine hygiene products are already exempt from sales taxes in nine other states and the District of Columbia, and in an additional five... More »

Julia Roberts, Done at 51? 'I Think That's Made Up'

The veteran actor talks ageism and gender parity

(Newser) - Julia Roberts just turned 51, and for her it's the biggest shrug—why would anyone care? "I think that’s made up, that at a certain age, the bell is going to ring and you are done," she says, per ABC News . "I don’t think... More »

CERN Scientist Suspended Over 'Unacceptable' Comments

Professor Alessandro Strumia said 'physics was built by men' during a presentation

(Newser) - A scientist with one of the world's most respected research facilities who says "physics was invented and built by men, it’s not by invitation” has been suspended over seemingly misogynistic comments he made during a presentation. Per the BBC , Professor Alessandro Strumia of Pisa University was speaking... More »

Students In This Country Get Tampons for Free

'After all periods are not exempt from poverty,' official says

(Newser) - Good news for female students in Scotland: All your pads and tampons will now be free, the Guardian reports. The Scottish government has allocated $6.7 million to pay for the sanitary products of some 395,000 school, college, and university students—an effort to banish what's called "... More »

Female ESPN Host: That's It, I'm Done With NFL

Michelle Beadle says league doesn't care about women

(Newser) - Michelle Beadle has some more free time on the weekends—and the ESPN pundit says she has the NFL to thank for it. The co-host of the network's Get Up! program tweeted an image of a cringing Jerry Seinfeld Wednesday along with the line: "Me, pretending to be... More »

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 »

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