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Source: Fox News

Nevada to become first state with majority-female Legislature

Today 13:36 GMT

Come February, Nevada will be the first state in the country to have a majority female Legislature after the Clark County Commission appointed two women Democrats to open seats in the state Assembly, the Nevada Independent reported.

Previously, New Hampshire's state Senate had a female majority between 2009 and 2010, and U.S. territory Guam had a majority female Legislature elected in 2018, the Independent reported.

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Source: Common Domain

Amnesty International teams with AI firm to quantify abuse targeting women of color on Twitter

Tuesday 23:39 GMT

Amnesty in the report called out Twitter TWTR, +0.93% for not making “meaningful and comprehensive data” available about abuse on its platform. The concept of a “problematic” tweet, though, “warrants further discussion,” said Vijaya Gadde, a Twitter executive with responsibility over legal, policy, and trust and safety matters.

What Amnesty and Element AI found: 7.1% of tweets sent to women in the study were considered either “problematic” or “abusive.”

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Source: BBC

'Being called a mumpreneur is patronising'

Today 12:40 GMT

Her family is now grown up and she admits she has never been called a mumpreneur, but she's thrown her weight behind criticism of the stereotype.

"But as I've gone through my business journey I've realised that it's a bit patronising," because it implies it's "someone with a little hobby". She's not alone: A survey of 500 female business founders showed that nearly two thirds of them regarded mumpreneur as a "negative" term.

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Source: BBC

TV star and director Penny Marshall dies

Today 13:36 GMT

Penny Marshall, star of US TV series Laverne & Shirley and director of hit films Big and A League of Their Own, has died at the age of 75, her publicist has said.

Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday at her home in Hollywood Hills, California, her publicist told Reuters news agency in a phone interview.

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Source: Common Domain

Working women are underrepresented in the C-Suite — and in Google Images

Today 09:54 GMT

• Approximately 28% of CEOs were women, according to federal data, yet images of female CEOs showed up in just 10% of Google searches for CEOs.

• The two biggest overrepresentations of working women relative to their actual numbers, according to federal data, were for images of singers and mechanics. • Although 71% of bill collectors are female, they showed in 20% of the searches, making for the biggest image search underrepresentation.. • Medical record technicians and bartenders were the second- and third-largest underrepresented jobs for women.

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Source: Global News

Penny Marshall dead: ‘A League of Their Own,’ ‘Big’ director dies at 75

Today 13:35 GMT

Penny Marshall, the Bronx-born director of such movies as A League of Their Own and Big, passed away at her home in California on Monday night.

A generation before the current crop of female directors Penny Marshall made such memorable films as ‘Big’, ‘A League of Their Own’ and ‘Awakenings’.

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Source: Fox News

Playmate Jordan Emanuel says it’s ‘empowering’ to be a Bunny for new Playboy Club

Today 13:36 GMT

Emanuel, a Bunny who has been working at the club since its September opening and who also happens to be a co-founder of the nonprofit organization Women with Voices, said there shouldn’t be concern over the new club’s intentions because it’s a liberated, empowering space for its new Bunnies and female fans.

The Guardian labeled the Playboy Club and its cottontail-wearing servers “tone-deaf” at the height of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement.

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Source: DW

Afghanistan: peace without women's rights?

Today 12:41 GMT

Peace may be an achievable goal in Afghanistan, where the Taliban and government delegates are intensifying talks to reach an agreement.

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Many influential actors are now pressing for a solution for peace, but how would women's rights look like under an Afghan government with the participation of the Taliban? Former Taliban member Sayed Akbar Agha has an answer: "I believe that the Taliban wants to guarantee women's rights only within the Sharia [Islamic law].

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Source: The Week

Hollywood's disappearing actresses

Today 11:46 GMT

Whenever Hollywood goes looking for a woman who can kick butt with charisma — you know, a badass — Dushku has often been on the short list of stars who can deliver.

Harassment occurs in all corners of society — politics, religion, education — but perhaps it's easier to understand what it costs all of us when one of our favorite actresses suddenly and inexplicably disappears from the screen. This stuff matters in our media-saturated society, but these issues aren't limited to Hollywood.

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Source: The Week

The new identity politics of Hollywood

Today 10:50 GMT

One of the enduring preoccupations, for artists and audiences alike, was the need to discover and to cling to an identity.

Black Panther became the highest-grossing American film of 2018 because it's an unusually complex and stylish superhero picture, but also because it inverts the clichéd "cast of white heroes with one or two black supporting characters" paradigm. But one of the enduring preoccupations, for artists and audiences alike, was the need to discover and to cling to an identity.

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Source: The Week

The perils of our Great Awokening

Today 10:50 GMT

Plato, who suggested that the best political system should either expel artists or strictly censor their work, would certainly have thought so.

Would the original Puritans settlers of New England, as well as the Americans who supported the many forms of state and local censorship that prevailed across the United States for much of our history until the mid-20th century. And so, of course, would the feminists and progressives who have lately directed their attention, and ire, toward the old 1940s duet of wintertime seduction (and, possibly, menacing threat), "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

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Source: The Guradian

Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell on being 2018’s funniest character

Today 04:15 GMT

“She’s the only character on that show who’s not obsessed by a man, getting a man, or getting over a man,” notes Natasha Rothwell over the phone from LA. She’s also the only one getting fingered under the table in a restaurant. Earlier this year, the website Refinery 29 even published an online guide to Being a Kelli: (“We’re thinking Kelli binges on something unlikely before going to bed, like Snapped, the series about women committing murder”).

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Source: Common Domain

Why some women are OK with men picking up the check on dinner dates

Tuesday 00:35 GMT

The researchers defined “benevolent sexism” as involving “positive” chivalrous feelings, like the idea that women should be cherished by men — or that men should pay for dinner dates and hold doors for women. “Hostile sexism” on the other hand involved overt discrimination against women.

They measured how women responded to men in dating and workplace contexts, and had the women rate the men’s attractiveness, warmth and willingness to provide.

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Source: BBC

'Lazy' Tumblr porn rules now in force

Monday 23:40 GMT

However, in response to concerns about the accuracy of its software, Tumblr acknowledged it currently often wrongly blocked content because of poorly performing algorithms.

The rules have led to fears that the site would no longer be able to accommodate what has become a thriving community of non-mainstream sexual expression. In 2015, Cosmopolitan magazine referred to Tumblr as a place where women "can explore their sexuality with the support of women without judgement or fear”.

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Source: The Guradian

Fifty shades of g'day: MP sexting scandal turns Australians off beloved greeting

Today 07:00 GMT

This week, the nation’s most beloved piece of vernacular took an unexpected, cringeworthy hit when it became embroiled in a sex scandal involving a fruit conference in Hong Kong, a website for “sugar babies” and an assistant government minister. Andrew Broad, a married federal MP and assistant minister to the deputy prime minister, resigned from politics on Tuesday after it was revealed that he allegedly sent the beloved phrase “g’day mate”, in a sexually charged context, to a woman who claims she met him on a dating website.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte