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Emile Durkheim who taught at Sorbonne University is considered a founder of modern sociology. School of Life/You Tube

Pioneering sociologist foresaw our current chaos 100 years ago

Emile Durkheim helped to lay the foundations of sociological thought and theory. He spoke of our current condition as being influenced by social structures and institutions.
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 at 150 and the patriarch who shaped the book’s tone

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.
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. AAP/Chris Pavlich

More than a century on, the battle fought by Australia’s suffragists is yet to be won

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

Republican women are just fine, thank you, with being Republican

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.
Behind the rose-coloured tales of well-matched couples falling deeply in love, Austen’s novels vigorously critique the patriarchal structures of her day. Shutterstock

In Jane Austen, fairy tales meet biting feminist critiques

Though she created her stories more than 200 years ago, Jane Austen's novels were forerunners of feminism.
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. from www.shutterstock.com

‘Walking into a headwind’ – what it feels like for women building science careers

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.
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. Shutterstock

Yes, AI may take some jobs – but it could also mean more men doing care work

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.

How our art museums finally opened their eyes to Australian women artists

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.

Fear of a Non-Nuclear Family

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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.’ Pan Xiaozhen/Unsplash

It’s time to address the hidden agenda of school dress codes

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?

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