Kirsten Dunst (centre), Winona Ryder (left), Trini Alvarado, Susan Sarandon and Clare Danes in Little Women (1994). The book is now being made into a film by director Greta Gerwig.
Columbia Pictures Corporation,DiNovi Pictures
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an enduring classic for girls, soon to be a major Hollywood film. Yet many of the book's themes and morals were imposed by the author's father.
Anne Summers on #MeToo and women in politics.
Anne Summers is concerned about the slow progress in Australia in addressing sexual harassment and assault.
Independent Kerryn Phelps’s roll call of “decency, integrity, humanity” harked back to the women who fought hard for female enfranchisement in the early 20th century.
The early suffragists would be rolling in their graves to know that women joining the ranks of parliamentarians barely changed their male colleagues’ outlook and demeanour at all.
‘Women for Trump’ listening to President Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally in Wheeling, WV, in September.
AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
The GOP's handling of sexual assault allegations against prominent GOP figures has led some to conclude that the party does not respect women. But GOP women are sticking with their party.
Oceans 8 New York premiere.
There are so many opportunities for women in Hollywood these days, as long as they play roles that were originally intended for men.
Behind the rose-coloured tales of well-matched couples falling deeply in love, Austen’s novels vigorously critique the patriarchal structures of her day.
Though she created her stories more than 200 years ago, Jane Austen's novels were forerunners of feminism.
Political protests in Hungary against the recently elected government.
Gender studies degrees in Hungary will no longer receive funding at state universities.
The British government is consulting on changes to the Gender Recognition Act, including whether to allow gender self-identification.
Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as an MI6 agent and a psychopathic assassin.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's funny, sassy, violent script doesn't make a drama out of the two strong female leads, it normalises them.
In her new book, Ford examines how boys are inducted into ‘toxic masculinity’ – and argues we need to raise boys better.
Ford works toward dismantling the idea that feminism is harming men. Instead, she proposes that a patriarchal society can be as harmful and destructive for individual men as it can be for women.
The culture of science is premised on the idea that there are no barriers; that everybody is treated equally as long as they put in the effort.
Parliament has a problem retaining experienced women – and so does science. Working in STEMM places women in an ideological dilemma that is exhausting to confront, and feels impossible to change.
What sort of signal does holding a door for a woman send?
Social psychologists have been busy documenting the harmful effects that this brand of chivalry has on women. But are they missing something?
Perfectionism-driven social anxiety means young men will also be susceptible to ideological scripting of behaviour on TV.
Care work isn’t confined to the home, or care professions such as nursing or childcare, it also happens in professional life – and it’s mostly done by women.
Once artificial intelligence takes over task-based and calculative jobs, the invisible care work that underpins our offices, marketplaces and institutions could finally become more visible and valued.
Dorrit Black, The Bridge, 1930.
Oil on canvas on board,
60.0 x 81.0 cm.
Bequest of the artist, 1951, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Dorrit Black, Grace Cossington Smith and Grace Crowley were some of many talented modernist women artists. But only with the advent of second wave feminism in the 1970s was their work properly acknowledged.
We need to know more about what is going on for women in sex – what makes them suffer and what gives them pleasure.
In 1968 the idea of the ideal American family was the father as breadwinner, stay-at-home mom, two kids and a white picket fence. But the women's movement and other forces were beginning to change this – and inspire a conservative backlash that persists to this day.
Girls are often the target of ‘moral’ dress codes, like no tank tops or ‘no bra straps.’
Dress codes in schools can mask a lot of inequality issues around gender, race and religion. Why not go with a simple policy that applies to everyone equally and discuss the underlying issues instead?
If vintage city design used to trap women in suburbia, what’s the modern city looking like?
In the 1970s, a young urban planning professor, Dolores Hayden, believed that city design was the key to unlocking patriarchal structures that trapped women in the home. How much has the city changed?
A woman in Saudi Arabia drives to work for the first time in Riyadh.
AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty
Saudi Arabia has arrested a number of feminists, while bringing in reforms for women. An expert argues why this goes to show that the kingdom remains adamant on not opening space for more voices.