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Gender discrimination and dominance of male culture top the list of constraints that women face in entering the construction industry. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

How women are locked out of Nigeria’s construction industry

Women need to know what opportunities exist for them in the construction industry.
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Why this academic got a radio ad banned

Gender stereotyping might be funny, but it’s no joke. A public health professor explains why she took action against everyday sexism when she heard it in a radio advert.
In ads in women’s weekly mothers have gone from guided by experts to gaining expertise, all the while still limiting maternal knowledge to the domestic sphere. Shutterstock

Keeping mum in the kitchen – representations of mothers in ads haven’t changed in six decades

Ads depicting mothers in the UK and Australia between 1950 and 2010 continue to limit maternal knowledge to the domestic sphere and reinforce gender stereotypes of ‘professional’ expertise
Two female models face off in a production of The Magic Flute at Texas A&M University. Above, the Queen of the Night is up to no good, while the passive Pamina awaits her rescuer. Wikimedia

The tale of two queens: flipping the script on the ‘princess culture’ in opera

Princess movies and opera alike reveal the limited number of models available to women. “Le Dernier Sorcier”, composed by Pauline Viardot in 1869, shows that a much richer world is possible.
No, a DNA swab can’t tell you if you’re gay, or likely to be obese, or depressed. And it can be damaging to believe so. Shutterstock

‘Gay gene’ testing apps aren’t just misleading – they’re dangerous

Genetic apps claim to reveal fundamental insights about your health, well-being, and even intellect. But it’s not just spurious science - believing these traits are genetic can have harmful consequences.

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