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The virulence of some of the contemporary sexism against female politicians reflects the unrestraint that characterises the social media age. David Foote/AUSPIC

Grattan on Friday: Sometimes, sexism gets the reward it deserves

Four years after her famous 'misogyny speech' attacking Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard reflected this week on her experience as a woman at the top.
Can machine learning help us find – and reduce – gender bias? Doctor/nurse via

Removing gender bias from algorithms

Algorithms that learn from large data sets can pick up inherent social biases. That could perpetuate the biases, or even worsen them.
Hair speaks of the past, and of cultural heritage. Steve Evans/Flickr

The heritage of hair: stories of resilience and creativity

Hair has long been modified for aesthetic and other ends. But skewed power structures have meant that women, particularly women of colour, have borne the brunt of stereotyping and prejudice.
The Australian netball team after their gold medal win at the Netball World Cup in 2015. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Is netball a feminist triumph? Let’s discuss

Netball – one of Australia's most popular sports – is on track to turn professional. Is this an exciting new chapter for female athletes? Or does netball's success draw attention from other sports, where women can smack balls, and roam freely?
After the likes of Joan Jett, Janis Joplin and Debbie Harry, why are women in rock still marginalised? Shutterstock

Harder, faster, louder: challenging sexism in the music industry

Why are women still marginalised in the rock industry? There are many reasons - from a male dominated music canon to belittling attitudes - but women are speaking up and lobbying for change.

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