Tag: Women’s Rights

Michael Bloomberg Has a History of Demeaning Comments About Women

It was a cheeky birthday gift for a hard-charging boss, a 32-page book of one-liners compiled by colleagues at his company. “The Portable Bloomberg: The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,” presented in 1990 to the future mayor of New York City, even featured drawings of its namesake in gladiatorial garb. One remark attributed to […]

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Rapper T.I.’s Daughter Should Never Have Had a ‘Virginity Test’

The rapper and actor T.I. prompted widespread outrage after revealing on a podcast that he accompanies his 18-year-old daughter to a doctor’s appointment each year to insure that her hymen is still intact. Scientists have long condemned so-called virginity testing as a violation of a woman’s rights, as well as a sham procedure unsupported by […]

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In China, Working Mothers Say They Are Fired or Sidelined

The women’s accusations briefly lit up the Chinese internet. Three employees of a big Chinese logistics company said their bosses had fired them or cut their pay after they became pregnant. In one case, the company, China Railway Logistics, did not send a representative to an arbitration proceeding. The company then went to court to […]

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Overlooked No More: Olive Morris, Activist for Black Women’s Rights in Britain

This article is part of Overlooked, a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. Olive Morris learned early in life the consequences of fighting injustice. She was just 17 in November 1969 when she became caught up in an incident of police brutality. One minute she […]

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‘A Very Unwelcome Feeling’: The First Women at Yale Look Back

When the first undergraduate women to be admitted to Yale arrived on campus 50 years ago this fall, they were outnumbered seven to one. To prepare, Yale installed full-length mirrors in the women’s dorm rooms and, to the dismay of many men, banned nudity in the gym. But there were no women’s studies classes, no […]

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In Myanmar, a Nonprofit Icon Enjoyed Foreign Funding Despite Allegations of Sexual Abuse

In November 2013, government officials and women’s rights activists gathered for Myanmar’s National Women’s Dialogue. In a glittering hotel ballroom in Yangon, they discussed the role of women in peace building and the need to eliminate gender-based violence. Zinmin Thu, a young activist from the Myanmar countryside, surveyed the decorations on the walls, and one […]

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New York’s Race to Build Monuments Runs Into Friction on the Ground

A vote this month over one of New York City’s new, more inclusive monuments became so combative — with audience members shouting “How dare you!” — that the acclaimed artist who won the commission walked away from the job. And many Catholics were incensed when City Hall omitted Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, […]

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A Liberal Uneasy in the World of #MeToo Feminism

THE PROBLEM WITH EVERYTHINGMy Journey Through the New Culture WarsBy Meghan Daum Here’s the problem with Meghan Daum’s electrifying new book, “The Problem With Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars.” It’s a critique of feminism’s “fourth wave,” a social media-driven movement articulating not just the rights of women, along with microaggression concepts like […]

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A Body in a Manhole, and Other Grisly Finds

Weather: Heavy rainfall could start in the morning, with thundershowers and flash flooding later in the day, and increasing winds through the night. The high may be in the mid- to upper 60s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Shemini Atzeret). ImageThe corner where a body was discovered wrapped in a carpet outside a Starbucks […]

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Women of a Certain Age, Gail Collins Has Your Back

NO STOPPING US NOW The Adventures of Older Women in American HistoryBy Gail Collins I opened The New York Times the other day, and the phrase “Let’s be trivial for a minute” caught my eye. It was the lede of an Op-Ed column by Gail Collins that wasn’t trivial at all. It was a characteristically […]

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FIFA Must Pressure Iran to Let Women Attend Soccer Matches

I grew up in the Iranian city of Shiraz after the 1979 revolution. Girls like me were barred from going to stadiums to watch sports because, our religious leaders said, it would be an improper mixing of men and women. Still, I grew up loving soccer. I would watch matches on television with my family, […]

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Tina Tchen Takes Charge: Michelle Obama’s Former Chief of Staff Is the New President and CEO of Time’s Up

Times Up Legal Defense Fund, Tina Tchen speaks onstage during the New York Women’s Foundation’s 2018 “Celebrating Women” breakfast on May 10, 2018, in New York City.Photo: Monica Schipper (Getty Images for The New York Women’s Foundation) Eight months after the untimely departure of former Time’s Up President Lisa Borders, the women’s advocacy organization has […]

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The Forgotten Father of the Abortion Rights Movement

I first met Bill Baird in Hempstead, Long Island, on a freezing December night in 1968. This was 18 months after he was arrested and jailed for handing a can of contraceptive foam to an unmarried coed at Boston University. And it was some four years before the Supreme Court would hand down its decision […]

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Afghan Town’s First Female Mayor Awaits Her Assassination

MAIDAN SHAR, Afghanistan — Zarifa Ghafari, who at 26 became one of Afghanistan’s first female mayors, has said that she fully expects to be assassinated. Not that she is keeping a low profile. After taking office in March in Maidan Shar, a town of 35,000 in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province, she had a banner hoisted with […]

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Let More Foreign Tourists Have Visas

So, who wants to go to Saudi Arabia? The government is about to find out. The country said on Friday that it would open up the country to international tourists, announcing a new visa program for citizens of 49 countries that is intended to diversify the economy and reduce the kingdom’s dependence on oil. Under […]

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Journalist Behind France’s #MeToo Movement Loses Defamation Case

PARIS — A court in Paris found on Wednesday that the journalist who had started France’s equivalent of the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment defamed a former television executive she had accused of making salacious and humiliating advances to her. The court ordered the journalist, Sandra Muller, who is based in New York, to pay […]

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Who Gets Arrested for Having an Abortion?

On Aug. 31, six plainclothes policemen arrested a woman named Hajar Raissouni outside the office of her obstetrician-gynecologist in Morocco’s capital, Rabat. She was detained along with her fiancé, her doctor, his anesthesiologist and his secretary. Her doctor was compelled to hand over her medical records while Ms. Raissouni was forced to undergo a medical […]

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