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How to Get More Women (and Men) to Call Themselves Feminists. Women’s contribution to science goes unheard.

Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics For Women’s Suffrage Group NPR Started in 1888 by suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, the National Council of Women of the United States still exists today in a small office near the United Nations. On the organization’s 125th anniversary, it teamed up with the University of Rochester to open an old safe painted with the words: “Women’s Suffrage Party.” No one knew what was in the safe or when it had last been opened.

On the website of The University of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Center, people were speculating all week about what might be in the safe. Would it be lists of secret members? Organizing strategies and protest plans? Or perhaps the original copy of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote? Perhaps love letters, perhaps photographs?

Female Politicians’ Clothing: Does It Affect What Voters Really Think? Huffington Post But what Hayes and Lawless found proved that clothes matter for both men and women, with negative coverage of their sartorial appearances hurting both genders in equal measure. In other words, voters don’t specifically care how women dress. Here’s how …

Least Convincing Study Ever: Voters Don’t Care How Lady Politicos Look Jezebel The feminist catnip title “Voters don’t care how women in politics look” precedes a piece in the Washington Post that explores the way negative descriptions of female politicians’ appearance in media coverage impacts voters’ opinions of the candidates.

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How to Get More Women (and Men) to Call Themselves Feminists The Atlantic When asked “Are you a feminist?” most Americans say no. A recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll is typical: Only 23 percent of women and 16 percent of men identified as “feminist.” Accomplished women as diverse as Taylor Swift, Sandra Day O’Connor, Marissa Mayer, and Beyoncé object to the designation. The emancipation of women is one of the glories of Western civilization and one of the great chapters in the history of freedom. Why is the term that describes that heritage in such disrepute?

Some will say the movement is receding because it has achieved its essential goals. So why not let it fade from the scene? That is an understandable but mistaken conclusion. Though the major battles for equality and opportunity in the United States have been fought and largely won, the work of feminism remains unfinished. Across the globe, fledgling women’s groups struggle to survive in the face of genuine and often violent oppression. In the West, popular culture contains strong elements of misogyny.

How Women Are Increasingly Winning Parliamentary Elections In India & World … India Spend Before India’s southern state of Karnataka went to the polls in May for legislative elections, IndiaSpend had reported on the low representation of women in the state legislature. When we analysed the data on women MLAs across India, we found that …

Women’s contribution to science goes unheard The Hindu Lower visibility of female scientists is one of many potential reasons for the under-representation of women in senior academic ranks. To succeed in academic science, researchers must produce many widely cited publications and attract independent funding.

37 Women to Run for Mayoral Elections Arutz Sheva 37 Women to Run for Mayoral Elections. The Knesset Committee for the Status of Women heard Monday some of the 37 female candidates intending to run for mayoral positions across Israel at the end of 2013. Religious Safed candidate Shira Garji said, …

Samoa parliament reserves seats for women Radio New Zealand International Talamua Online reports a flexible formula under which if no woman is elected to Parliament five women candidates who get the highest number of votes will get the allocated seats. This would mean the number of seats would be increased to 54. If less …

Epidemic Harassment of Women in Egypt Revealed by UN Women The Hammill Post A United Nations report on incidences of widespread sexual harassment of women in Egypt released May 23 has identified a comprehensive set of recommendations for reducing such harassment. According to the study, 99.3 percent of women and girls surveyed by the research team reported having been subjected to one form or another of harassment.

Sponsored by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, and Egypt’s National Council for Women, “Study on Ways and Methods to Eliminate Sexual Harassment in Egypt” was carried out by the Cairo Demographic Centre at the Institute of National Planning in Cairo. Findings of the study were based on interviews with over 3,000 women, as well as men, spanning 10 to 35 years of age in seven different governorates across Egypt.

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