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Sexualised images of women persist in sport media, despite the changing demographics of fans. Srdjan Suki/EPA

Why stereotypes of sexy women fans persist at the World Cup

Women now make up a sizeable share of football audiences, but unless decked out in short shorts and cropped jerseys, they are barely visible in the media.
The pilot, Jessie Maude Miller (right), became the first woman to fly between Australia and England, before moving the US. Wikimedia

The Australian women expats who found liberation in the US

Thousands of Australian women took flight to the US in the early 20th century, escaping sexism at home for success overseas. They included architects, artists, dentists and an economist who advised JFK.
Many women in this caravan of Central American migrants said they were fleeing physical and sexual violence. The Trump administration has overridden an Obama-era ruling that domestic abuse may be grounds for asylum. Reuters/Edgard Garrido

Do abused women need asylum? 4 essential reads

Countries have some flexibility in interpreting UN agreements on refugee rights. But Sessions' decision that abused women don't qualify for asylum in the US is an extraordinarily severe ruling.
Women make up just 1% of the workforce in the construction, engineering and automotive trades in Australia. Shutterstock

The female tradie shortage: why real change requires a major cultural shift

Bringing more women into the trades requires challenging social stigmas and improving mentoring programs and workplace culture.
During the war, the poster on the left, painted by J. Howard Miller, was only on display for only two weeks. Norman Rockwell’s, on the other hand, was seen by millions. Nick Lehr/The Conversation

How one ‘Rosie the Riveter’ poster won out over all the others and became a symbol of female empowerment

During the war, few Americans actually saw the 'Rosie the Riveter' poster that's become a cultural icon.
Circe and Her Swine: Character sketches of romance, fiction and the drama, 1892 , New York, E. Hess. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer/University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries

#BalanceTonPorc: the story behind pigs and lust

France's answer to #MeToo was #BalanceTonPorc -- "denounce your pig". An analysis of the idioms linking to sex and pigs provides some insights into why the hashtag hit home.

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