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Girls Matter
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Girl guides venture into the political jungle: Movement calls for school lessons in 'body confidence' and equal numbers of men and women in Parliament in first manifesto
The Girl Guides once taught young women to cope away from civilisation with camping trips and nature skills. Now, they are more concerned with helping them face the challenges of modern life. The youth group yesterday took its first step into...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
McCaskill: Why Does A Disagreement Between Two Women Get So Much Attention?
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Wednesday suggested that her disagreement with fellow Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on how best to prosecute sexual assault in the military has gotten outsized attention because of their gender. "I'm a little upset...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The women of Westminster have had enough
Are the women of Whitehall and Westminster so hacked off with our degraded way of doing politics that they are finally going to force some revolutionary changes? I’ve never known so many senior women so dismayed by the one-upmanship games of male...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
David Cameron's 'Women Problem' - Time for Quotas?
It is worth saying again: Prejudice against women fulfilling their professional promise is one of the most pernicious discriminations still tolerated in the UK. Even politics, supposedly the bedrock of representation in our democracy, is riddled...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Tanzania's Anna Margareth Abdallah: 'They say, "Don't vote for the woman, she wears lipstick"'
When Anna Margareth Abdallah entered the Tanzanian parliament in 1975, she was one of only five female MPs. Today, she is one of 126 – more than a third of the total – and the first woman to chair the standing committee on defence and security. But...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Who would be a woman in politics?
Pioneers may be picturesque figures, but they are often rather lonely ones. Or so said Nancy Astor, who certainly should have known: as the first female MP to take a seat in the House of Commons, Samantha Cameron's step great-grandmother surely...
Friday, December 06, 2013
Sexist MPs aren't macho. They're pathetic dweebs
The MPs making obscene gestures at Sarah Champion and other women in the Commons are the backbench nonentities. There is a scene in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights when porn star Rollergirl (played by Heather Graham) is at college, and a male...
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Women MPs must man up. We need more battleaxes, fewer shrinking violets
As yet another female Tory MP announces she is to stand down, the soul-searching has begun about why women still find life in the Commons so unbearable. Laura Sandys says she is leaving politics because of "family demands". But the impression given...
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Women and Israeli deMOCKracy
A little while back a lawsuit was filed with the Supreme Court to disallow funding of political parties that do not include women in the party list. I do not know what happened with that suit - I have not yet heard that it has been discussed or...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Does Nick Clegg really need to introduce 'sexist' all-women shortlists? UK
On the face of it, what could be more sexist? A system where women aren’t allowed to compete alongside men but only amongst themselves – presumably because nobody thinks they will manage to beat the blokes. We invite you to read the full article...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Why the police and the Tories should beware of 'that woman' Theresa May
Yesterday I sat through three hours of evidence trying to get to the bottom of who said what at a meeting about who said what during a five minute altercation a year ago. Keeping track of the twists and turns of “plebgate” isn’t easy, so spare a...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
French MP clucking at woman in parliament sparks anger over sexism
It's raining machismo in France. Chucking it down, in fact. From parliament to local councils, via national media and regional newspapers, storms have erupted as French men indulge in misogynist outbursts that could have come from the cave age. Now...
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
City council candidate 'too attractive' for Iranian politics
Despairing news from Iran... Nina Siahkali Moradi, 27, was barred from taking up her seat in Qazvin by the conservative electoral review board. An electoral candidate who won a place on a city council in Iran has reportedly been barred from taking...
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin and the politics of marriage, USA
Women are defined in American society by the men who are or aren't in their lives. From the time we're little girls into young adults, we're encouraged to find our prince charming and never let him go. People quietly frown upon single women,...
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Kate Ellis Speaks Out Against Sexism
Continuing our series on women in federal politics, we meet the Hon Kate Ellis MP (ALP), Federal Member for Adelaide, Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth, Minister for Employment Participation and Minister for the Status of Women. The...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Funny how gender never came up during Bernanke’s nomination. Or Greenspan’s. Or Volcker’s. USA
When I wrote my article on the subtle, sexist whispering campaign against Janet Yellen, my example of a rare not-so-subtle sexist comment came from Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve. Asked about Yellen on CNBC, he worried that...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Sandra Fluke to Join Political Training Program for Women, USA
The Georgetown law student Rush Limbaugh labeled a "slut" and "prostitute" because of her comments before congressional leaders about insurance coverage of contraception in 2012 has joined a training program for Democratic women with ambitions of...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: we have to become smarter on women's issues, UN Women
If women are not at the centre of the fight against poverty, we won't achieve what we want to, warns new head of UN Women.Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has just witnessed blatant sexism on her doorstep. The Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe, castigated...