Gender Equality

By Malliga Och | Discussing gender (in)equality in business, politics, and other public places in the US and around the world.

Marijuana's Female Pioneers Are Being Pushed Aside in the Legal Weed Boom

In the business of medicinal marijuana, there are strains for almost anything that ails you. So far, though, female entrepreneurs have yet to find a …

Cannabis

Seattle Elects Jenny Durkan As Its First Female Mayor in Nearly a Century

With a healthy 61% of the vote, Democrat Jenny Durkan is projected to become the first female mayor of Seattle since 1926.<p>The city’s leader was bound …

Elections

Despite reforms, sexual assault survivors face systemic barriers in India

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> When 25-year old Kajal went to the police station to file a complaint that two men had raped her, she says she was beaten by the police.<p>Later, when she went to a government hospital for a medical examination, she says the doctor asked her: "Why did you go out alone?"<p>Yet Kajal, a …

India

Women in politics discuss online harassment - Women’s Media Center

Women in politics discuss online harassment<p><b>#NameItChangeIt</b><p>Anyone can be targeted by online harassment but studies reveal that violent, sexualized …

In City Hall, Women Make History

More women are on track to be elected mayor in the top 100 cities than ever before—in some major cities, for the first time. But not before overcoming some major hurdles.<p>The last time the mayor of Seattle was a woman was in 1926. When Bertha Knight Landes ran, local papers assured voters that she …

Cities

Photo essay: Climate change is a women’s issue

Climate change is a women’s issue<p>Scroll to<br>learn more<p><b>Video:</b> Sky News/Film Image Partner<p>We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve …

Climate

A politician cracked that women belong in the kitchen. A ‘furious’ woman just took his job.

Ashley Bennett didn’t make it to the Women’s March on Washington in January. She badly wanted to be there, but couldn’t take the day off her job, screening a 24-hour emergency crisis hotline in New Jersey.<p>Still, the 32-year-old Egg Harbor Township resident watched the march on television, inspired …

Danica Roem

Shalane Flanagan Solves N.Y.C. Marathon for American Women

The simple thought crossed Shalane Flanagan’s mind as she raced alone through Central Park: Just keep it together, keep it together.<p>She would not dare look over her shoulder. Her gaze remained ahead, on the prize that had eluded an American female marathon runner like herself since 1977.<p>Flanagan, …

Sexism on America’s Front Lines

Six top national security pros sound off about an adversary closer to home: piggish men.<p><i>Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>Laura Rosenberger remembers telling a senior State Department official that she was going on a beach vacation. He responded …

Foreign Policy

10 Companies Leading the Way on Global LGBTI Rights

In the last decade, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people around the globe have witnessed incredible progress in both legal …

LGBTQ

Some sexual harassment issues not yet in public domain, says PM

Theresa May defends response to Westminster scandal and says ‘a number of issues were raised with me that didn’t appear in the press’<p>Theresa May has defended her approach to the sexual harassment scandal sweeping Westminster, saying she has been made aware of more issues that are not yet in the …

John Bercow

I left the misogynist film industry after I was raped

I’m not the only woman whose career has been thwarted. But with so few women in the industry, we’re missing important female-led narratives<p>I’d like to be clear: my rape did not take place within the context of the film industry.<p>But the day after it happened, in post-traumatic shock, I dragged …

Feminism

Catalyst Champions are Advancing More Women into Leadership

A Catalyst report reveals that this group of 50+ companies is outperforming the S&P 500 on advancing women. “Why? They deliberately step up and show …

Women in the Workplace 2017

More companies are committing to gender equality. But progress will remain slow unless we confront blind spots on diversity—particularly regarding …

What It Was Like Being A Working Mom In The Public Eye, When That Whole Concept Was Still New

Acting Gov. Jane Swift goes over her notes before addressing the people of Massachusetts from the Statehouse in Boston, October 2, 2001.<p>Massachusetts …

Western Massachusetts

Women Entrepreneurs Are Driving Economic Growth

The ability to chart one’s own economic destiny by becoming an entrepreneur is one of the hallmarks of capitalism. Many of today’s most recognized companies and brands began as the brainchild of an individual who embraced the risks of entrepreneurship with hopes of realizing their entrepreneurial …

Entrepreneurship

17 Years On: Commitments to Increase Women’s Contributions to Peace and Security

Seventeen years after the passage of the first United Nations Security Council resolution to acknowledge that women’s participation in conflict …

World Politics

It’s going to take more than 200 years to close the workplace equality gap. Here’s why it’s getting worse.

It may take women around the world more than two centuries to achieve workplace equality, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum.<p>Since 2006, the organization has tried to figure out whether the world is becoming more or less equal for women. This year, for the first time, it says …

Gender

Women in politics are also saying #MeToo

In the wake of the sexual violence allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, survivors across the globe and from all types of industries …

Iceland campaigners to redress drop in women MPs

<b>Iceland's general election has seen a sharp fall in the number of female MPs, prompting a group of activists to launch a campaign to make sure the new parliament doesn't ignore women's issues - perhaps going as far as to set up a new political party.</b><p>More than 120 women gathered in the capital …

Gender

Women’s Participation in Peace Processes | Council on Foreign Relations Interactives

Women’s Participation in Peace Processes<p>Peace negotiators often overlook a proven strategy to reduce conflict and advance stability: include …

It will now take 100 years to reach gender equality

The gender gap is actually getting wider; the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimates it’s going to take a century for women to achieve equality in political empowerment, economic participation, health, and education.<p>In its latest Global Gender Gap report that benchmarks 144 countries on their …

Female lawmakers allege harassment by colleagues in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Republican Rep. Mary Bono endured the increasingly suggestive comments from a fellow lawmaker in the House. But when the congressman approached her on the House floor and told her he'd been thinking about her in the shower, she'd had enough.<p>She confronted the man, who …

5 charts that will change how you see women's equality in 2017

<b>1.</b> The global gender gap has widened for the first time since the World Economic Forum’s Global <i>Gender Gap Report</i> was first published in 2006, …

Diversity

Why Europe Puts Women in Top Defense Roles

Europe's five female defense ministers reflect changing priorities and new vision of the military's role.<p>At Thursday's meeting of European Union defense ministers all five of the bloc's biggest economies (minus the U.K.) were represented by women -- a coup completed by the fresh appointment of …

War

Gender fight night: boxing film-makers go three rounds for industry equality

At the closing night of For Film’s Sake festival 12 amateurs take to the all-women boxing ring, many of them film-makers with a personal crusade<p>It’s Sunday night in Waterloo, Sydney. In an old warehouse, standing on a cold concrete floor, a crowd whoops and hollers as punches are thrown. In the …

Boxing

Don't Hire Me. Hire A Female Composer Instead

As a composer, I entered a profession in which I knew I could actively alter our fractious present using the incomparable tools of art. After all, the intellectually curious and essentially progressive landscapes of our concert halls and opera houses seem like the perfect arenas in which to harness …

The Arts

Newlywed Women in India are Being Given Wooden Bats to Prevent Domestic Violence

Newlywed women in one Indian state are being given state-issued wooden bats to ward off drunk or abusive husbands, amid nationwide efforts to …

India