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Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde. 87Eleven, Closed on Mondays Entertainment, Denver and Delilah Productions.

Beyond Atomic Blonde: cinema’s long, proud history of violent women

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. The Cornell Daily Sun (digitally coloured image)

Meet the woman who can lay claim to being Australia’s first female judge

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.
Women singing at a South African ANC Women’s League meeting.Three senior women in ANC are contesting the presidency of the party. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Pros and cons of the three women running for South Africa’s presidency

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?
Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. BBC/IMDB

Finally, the first female Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th, and first female, Doctor Who, an announcement that has been a long time coming.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors | Hirshhorn Museum. anokarina/flickr

Global series: Talking sex, changing cultures

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.
In 2014 and 2015, about 35 per cent of aid committed by OECD donors addressed gender in some way. (Shutterstock)

How to spend foreign aid like a feminist

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. Warner Bros.

How to reduce sexism in screenplays

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.

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