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Women earn less than men in most occupations, including soccer. AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Why women still earn a lot less than men

A decade ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the latest legislative effort to close the persistent gap between how much women and men earn. Here's why it hasn’t made much of a difference.
There are many genes involved in shaping not just our biological sex, but also our gender identity. Limor Zellermayer/Unsplash

How genes and evolution shape gender – and transgender – identity

It's not about trauma or how you were raised: evidence now points to a biological basis for transgender, and to the action of particular genes in that determination.
For women who work in education, the risks of workplace violence are especially high. New research shows rates of assaults have more than doubled between 2002 and 2015. (Shutterstock)

Women four times more likely to experience sexual assault at work

Violence-related injuries at work are on the rise in Canada. New research shows that it is women who suffer the most and especially those working in education.
Hindu right wing supporters backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party march to protest women entering the premises of Sabarimala temple, in South India, Kerala, Jan 3, claiming ‘respect for traditions’. KannanVM/Wikimedia

Sabarimala temple: How the Indian media fell into the trap of caste and gender stereotypes

The recent controversy, sloganeering and protests about Sabarimala temple in the Indian state of Kerala obscure the way that the media have used stereotypes of women and caste again and again.
Women scientists are under-represented in science awards with large monetary value, but over-represented in service awards. Shutterstock

Minding the gender gap in science prizes

Women scientists are under-represented in science awards with large monetary value, but over-represented in service awards.
Canada’s Minister of the Status of Women Maryam Monsef is pictured in the Library of Parliament on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Feb. 28, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

The more women in government, the healthier a population

New research shows that female politicians spend more on health and education, improving the well-being of a population.
A number of initiatives for Australian women in STEM got off the ground in 2018. Tim Gouw/unsplash

New awards, new ambassador: Australian women in STEM look to 2019

The Athena Swan charter commits research institutions to create a gender inclusive workplace, through taking action and being held accountable. 15 Australian institutions are now bronze awardees.
Twenty-nine-year-old Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman to be elected to Congress, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Criticism of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s clothes echoes attacks against early female labor activists

Striking 20th-century garment workers wore their best dresses and hats to send a message that they had the right to be taken seriously and have their voices heard.
In 2017, the reduction of gender pay gaps came to a halt at the global level. Prazis/Shutterstock

Can pay reporting help reduce the gender pay gap?

More and more countries are relying on the approach of transparency rather than regulation. Depending on local specificities, the results to date remain mixed.
For centuries, Pulter’s manuscript lay untouched at the University of Leeds’ Brotherton Library. University of Leeds Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt q 32

In the 1600s Hester Pulter wondered, ‘Why must I forever be confined?’ – now her poems are online for all to see

In a time when women were expected to be silent, no topic was off limits for Pulter, who penned verses about politics, science and loss. Her manuscript was just published in a free digital archive.
Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib became one of two Muslim women to be elected to Congress in the recent midterm elections. How voters gender-identify has an impact on how they vote. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

How sex and gender influence how we vote

Men and women are not unified voting blocs. We must consider how voters identify themselves in terms of gender to truly understand how women and men think about politics.

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