Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s record on women’s rights has been mixed.
The international media and her supporters continue to hoist Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf up as the matron of African women's rights. But she does not deserve this title.
Leia's little-known academic standing can help challenge patriarchal notions about gender roles.
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Two plays about the way men and women talk about each other with their own are both illuminating and disappointing
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The women’s magazine formula runs deep in many online publications branded as 'feminist'. While the personal was once deemed political, the emphasis now is on adapting to the status quo - not changing it.
Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde.
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From Kill Bill to The Hunger Games, women have been kicking butt in films (and in real life) forever. But we still act surprised when they do, because deep down we still see women as the passive sex.
Judge May Lahey (left) with actor Jean Harlow in 1932.
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Dame Roma Mitchell is remembered as Australia's first female judge. But Queenslander May Lahey beat her to the punch when she became a judge in Los Angeles in 1928. Her lack of recognition is symptomatic of how Australia remembers expats, particularly women.
Matty J, the current Bachelor in the Australian version of the franchise, prepares to reward one of his suitors with a rose.
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A pattern of male leadership and female passivity in heterosexual romance is woven into the formula on the popular TV show The Bachelor.
Criminalising an entire industry because of isolated examples takes away choice from free-will participants based exclusively on the behaviour of abusers.
The sex industry doesn’t need your admiration, but nor does it deserve your condemnation.
Women singing at a South African ANC Women’s League meeting.Three senior women in ANC are contesting the presidency of the party.
All three female contenders for the presidency of the ANC and South Africa have strong liberation struggle credentials and have also contributed to democracy. But, are they up to the job?
Valesca Fora do Eixo, Brazilian funk artist.
The sounds and sights of Brazilian feminist funk.
The relevance of the female gaze is brought sharply into focus in this funny, shocking and groundbreaking drama
Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor.
Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th, and first female, Doctor Who, an announcement that has been a long time coming.
The versatile, controversial piece of clothing has come to symbolise both the oppression of women and their empowerment.
Fat stigma harms the health and wellbeing of fat people.
Evidence shows fat-shaming health campaigns have little effect on promoting healthy lifestyles and weight loss among fat people.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors | Hirshhorn Museum.
By speaking their truths in societies that would rather not know, queer painters, female rappers and other outsider artists are pushing the bounds of gender and sexuality in the developing world.
Madonna and fashion designer Jeremy Scott arrive at this year’s Met Gala in New York.
Why is Cher, 71, celebrated when she wears a near-nude costume while Madonna, 58, receives revulsion? 19th century women's magazines reveal how the double standards of beauty for older women came about.
Nikki Shiels in The Rover.
The Rover begins with 17th-century playwright Aphra Behn inviting those who don't like the idea of a female writer to fuck off, setting the tone for a hilarious and utterly relevant romp through Naples.
Tales of levitation tend to belie stark inequalities and various forms of violence (often upon women).
In 2014 and 2015, about 35 per cent of aid committed by OECD donors addressed gender in some way.
Canada is making a major commitment to foreign aid that will help girls and women. But will its new aid policy have the unintended consequence of shutting doors to other much-needed aid?
Sandra Bullock in Gravity (2013) portrayed a female protagonist well, but the industry has a long way to go.
Only 10% of films have a gender-balanced cast, and getting more women on screens starts with the screenwriters. The solution can be as simple as giving minor characters female names.