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WW1: Why was women’s football banned in 1921?

BBC News – Friday December 11, 2014 Women’s football was huge during World War One, drawing crowds of 53,000 even after the war had ended. So why did it disappear so dramatically, asks Gemma Fay, captain of the Scottish national female football team. She had a shot so hard she once broke the arm of […]

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India’s Farming Women Use Cameras to Share Lessons

Bianca Vázquez Toness – Bloomberg Businessweek – Wednesday November 26, 2014 Kavita Devi has spent 50 years farming the way her elders taught her. Until recently, that meant working other people’s land in the northeastern Indian village of Gosaibigha in exchange for 10 pounds of rice once a season. But since July, twice a month she’s been […]

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Kenyans protest over Nairobi miniskirt attack

BBC Africa – Monday November 17, 2015 At least 200 people have protested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after a group of men tore off a woman’s clothes for wearing a miniskirt. The protesters chanted “Shame on you” and handed out flowers at a bus rank where the attack took place, the BBC’s Anne Soy reports […]

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London exhibition celebrates female [leaders] empowerment through fashion

Li-mei Hoang – Reuters News UK – Wednesday November 12, 2014 (originally published Nov 7) (Reuters) – From a jade green wool dress suit worn by former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher to the suffragettes’ lace blouses, clothes have been a defining feature of women’s empowerment, according to a new exhibition in London. “Women Fashion […]

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[U.S.] Women of Color: A Growing Force in the American Electorate

Maya Harris – Center for American Progress – Tuesday November 4, 2014 (originally published 30 Oct) One of the intriguing questions that lingered in the aftermath of President Barack Obama’s 2008 election was whether the voters who turned out to elect him were a historic but transitory phenomenon or whether they foreshadowed a dramatic and perhaps permanent change […]

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Technology helps Africa’s women farmers close the gap

Sophie Mbugua – Thomson Reuters Foundation – Monday October 27, 2014 (originally published 23 Oct) Women farmers are the backbone of food production in much of Africa, but have long suffered from limited access to information and advice. In the continent’s east, new technologies and conventional media are now being used to help fill that […]

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New campaign to Stop Female Genital Mutilation in Africa builds traction

Efua Dorkenoo – WNN Featured Editorial (WNN/EN) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: Writing about the global situation that continues to plague millions of girls worldwide, Program Director Ms. Efua Dorkenoo with the launch of The Girl Generation: Together To End FGM shares her belief that Female Genital Mutilation can be completely and fully eradicated around the globe […]

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Climate change hits [women] banana farmers

Clayton Masekesa – The Zimbabwean – Monday October 13, 2014 (originally published 8 Oct) A swiftly shifting landscape in rural Honde Valley has changed the lives of many women – especially those who are small-scale banana farmers and who depend, almost exclusively, on rainfall for their water supply. In an interview with The Zimbabwean last […]

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State-by-State Look at Gay Marriage Bans

ABC News via Associated Press – Monday October 6, 2014 State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court Monday cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking […]

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‘Against My Fear, I See That You Hope’ A Professor’s Open Letter to Her Hong Kong Students

Denise Y. Ho – Asia Society China File – Thursday October 2, 2014 (originally published 29 Sept) A week ago today I sat together with you outside the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s library, a teacher among other teachers, a university member beside students, 13,000 strong. The weeks before had felt quiet: at the three […]

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