US mid-term elections: Women break records for nominations

US mid-term elections: Women break records for nominations

More women candidates than ever will contest US governorships and House seats in November’s mid-term elections. After Tuesday’s primaries across four states, there are now 11 female nominees for governor and at least 182 for the House of Representatives. The results were hailed as a continuing success story by activists for women in politics. There […]

Abortion Rights Are in Serious Peril, But Women Just Won a Small Victory in Iowa

In a 5-2 decision Friday, Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled that a 2017 law requiring women to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion was unconstitutional—siding with the appellant, Planned Parenthood. The organization sued the state over the law last year, temporarily preventing it from taking effect.  The court’s decision is a big win for reproductive rights activists, during […]

Seventy Years After Korea’s Division, Women Lead Push for Peace

Seventy Years After Korea’s Division, Women Lead Push for Peace

South Korean and women representing more than 16 other countries gathered this week in Seoul for the #WomenPeaceKorea symposium and Women’s DMZ walk. (Photo: Jeehyun Kwon) In light of the US-North Korea scheduled summit being cancelled by President Trump, the May 26 women’s peace walk along the Korean Demilitarized Zone emphasizes the vital role women […]

Despite Its Recent Postmortem, the New York Times Obituaries Desk Is Still Overlooking Women and People of Color

Despite Its Recent Postmortem, the New York Times Obituaries Desk Is Still Overlooking Women and People of Color

Fading black and white images help illustrate “Overlooked,” a recent series of freshly penned obituaries for long-dead women who the New York Times forgot or failed to memorialize in their day. Through a gauzy lens of history and seeming regret, America’s paper of record finally acknowledged the likes of poet Sylvia Plath, photographer Diane Arbus, and […]

Women Were usually Better Manifested in Traditional Classic tomes Than Modern day Ones

Women Were usually Better Manifested in Traditional Classic tomes Than Modern day Ones

Since the birth of modern English-language novels in the 1700s, male and female characters from Paul Atreides to Elizabeth Bennet have laughed, grinned, felt and acted through their pages. A new study conducted using a machine learning algorithm has offered fresh perspective on their histories. “The Transformation of Gender in English-Language Fiction,” published this week […]