There are five women in the Turnbull government cabinet, making up just 24% of members.
Setting targets is one way to attain more female MPs, but it must be accompanied by cultural change.
Kaylee Wedderburn-Pugh, a SPURS student, working to help find answers to Huntington’s disease.
Affirmative action programs at universities are under threat by the Trump administration. That could be especially damaging to medical education. Who knows who holds the idea for the next great cure?
Race-neutral affirmative action can help identify first-generation students like Blanca Diaz and LaQuintah Garrett.
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Race-conscious admissions policies are still the best way to achieve diversity on campus. Yet, some race-neutral methods could help colleges improve diversity – and stand up to legal scrutiny.
Could legal intimidation threaten race-conscious admissions in the U.S.?
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For colleges and universities that lack the multi-billion-dollar endowments of schools like Harvard, the mere threat of legal action may be enough to put an end to race-conscious admissions policies.
Educafro, a Brazilian black activist movement, protested in 2012 to demand more affirmative action programs for higher education.
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'Positive discrimination' policies around the world are on the rise. What might other countries teach the U.S. about attaining racial, economic and gender equality in higher education?
Protest against racial quotas during a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 2015.
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Scholars argue that the complaint of bias against Harvard reflects a flawed understanding of affirmative action policies.
A woman leaves a polling station after casting her vote during the 2013 Kenyan elections.
Kenya's progressive 2010 Constitution brought improved women's representation in Parliament and public life. But historical prejudices remain, always more intensely apparent during elections.
The rising talk about 'white monopoly capital' as an obstacle to economic inclusion in South Africa is a red herring.
Trump celebrates African-American History month.
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Despite an entrepreneurial heritage, black self-employment rates are about half that of whites. Could a rising economy lift their boats too?
Protesting against laws limiting access to abortions.
Recent Supreme Court rulings played a crucial role in the cultural politics that got Donald Trump elected.
Students for Fair Admissions filed suit against Harvard College on behalf of a Chinese-American applicant.
Here's why disagreement about affirmative action will not end any time soon. Coming up next is a lawsuit brought by Asian-Americans challenging Harvard's race-conscious policy.
Why race-conscious policies matter.
Three scholars reflect on the Supreme Court decision in the Fisher case and why institutions need to consider race.
Does it need to be so hard to be a mom and a professor?
The limits of fertility and an elongated academic career path are currently at odds. If the choice to bear children contributes to the 'leaky pipeline' of women in STEM, what can be done?
Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent comments have provoked a lot of reaction.
Scholars argue that the affirmative action case could have consequences for the educational success of students of color.
People queue up outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC to hear the case of Fisher v University of Texas, Austin.
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As the affirmative action case comes up before the US Supreme Court again, the question being asked is how much diversity is enough?
Could the decision in the Abigail Fisher case exacerbate racial tensions on campuses?
Limiting the use of race in higher education admissions policies for institutions can have harmful consequences for the diversity of the student body.
For the first time in a long time, South Africans are hearing stories about those who have been silenced.
Student protests in South Africa, as well as an unrelated clash between lawyers, have offered a chance for the country to hear voices that are usually marginalised.
White men still rule South Africa’s corporate landscape.
White males still dominate South Africa’s boardrooms 17 years after legislation was passed to foster the inclusion of black executives and women. Companies have not yet embraced employment equity.
Despite criticism from segments of the community, affirmative action helps many disadvantaged Asian-Americans.
Not all Asian-Americans are high-achieving model minorities. What happens when the myth of Asian disadvantage hurts some of the most marginalized students in the US?
An important affirmative action case comes back to Supreme Court.
Could the Abigail Fisher case, which is back before the Supreme Court, further limit the use of race in higher education admissions policies for institutions across the nation?