• #WITWTX

    Tickets on Sale Now For WITW Texas

    Tina Brown’s Women in the World Texas to feature Gloria Steinem, Diane von Furstenberg, Eva Longoria, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Women in the World is taking its signature live event on the road to the Lone Star State. Tina Brown will co-host the October 22 event in San Antonio, TX, with Gloria Steinem, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ambassador Karen Hughes, Diane von Furstenberg, Sonya Medina Williams, Marie Brenner, Aaronetta Pierce, Guillermo Nicolas, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley and San Antonio’s brand-new mayor, Ivy R.Taylor.  

    Tickets for Women in the World Texas are now on sale and available at Ticketmaster and at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre box office. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the Foundation for Education of Young Women. Those interested in joining the Lone Star Leaders host committee should write witwtexas@tinabrownmedia.com.  

  • A prison officer stands outside Birmingham Prison in Winson Green Prison, Birmingham, which is one of three to be selected for privatisation on March 31, 2011 in Birmingham, England. Prison officers have threatened to strike over the plans to allow private security company G4 to run the prisons. (Getty)

    ABUSE

    The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

    While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

    Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wales were victims of sexual assault each year, mirroring a study of the U.S. penal system published in early 2014.

    With the UK authorities placing the number of sexually assaulted inmates at just 170 per year, there is evidently a major disparity at play between what politicians sees fit to report and the reality of the abuse. The government has yet to dispute the figures, merely stating that “sexual relations between prisoners are not common place,” according to Prisons Minister Andrew Selous. “Reported incidents of sexual assaults in prison are rare,” he says.

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    NEVER AGAIN

    I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

    Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

    I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.

    To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the face, so hard it felt like a punch.

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    It’s Complicated

    The Christian Case for Abortion

    Wendy Davis’ abortion revelations raise the question: Can abortion be the most compassionate choice? Some religious leaders say yes.

    When news broke that Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis had previously terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons, she received words of compassion from a surprising source. A spokesperson for Texas Right to Life called “the value of life precious” but nevertheless also stated, “Our heart goes out for the decision she had to make.” Part of what has struck a chord about Davis’ story is that it serves as a potent reminder that the factors that go into the decision of whether to have an abortion are rarely as black and white as public political debates pretend they are.

    Her story highlights the moral, ethical, and spiritual uncertainty that many Americans feel on the issue of abortion, particularly when confronted with the harrowing details of real women’s stories. In Davis’ case, one pregnancy was a danger to her own health, thus necessitating termination. But in another her fetus, if she survived birth, would have emerged deaf, blind, with a deformed brain, and in a permanent vegetative state.

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  • The Emmys

    We Must #AskHerMore on the Red Carpet

    Jennifer Siebel Newsom, CEO of The Representation Project, points out how the Emmys – and the red carpet media – treated women like bodies, not artists. They deserved more.

    Despite being an awards ceremony dedicated to celebrating the highest artistic achievements of the television industry, the lasting image of Monday’s Emmys had very little to do with the best TV of the year. It was Sofia Vergara’s body spinning on a pedestal – the star of ABC’s Modern Family, and one of the most successful women of color in Hollywood, reduced to set decoration while the CEO of the Television Academy, Bruce Rosenblum, raved about his industry’s “diversity” and ability to give audiences “something compelling to watch.” Though Vergara has defended the incident as a harmless joke, thousands on Twitter criticized the Emmys for perpetuating the sexual objectification of women and Rosenblum's tone-deaf assertion of “diversity” during a program that gave no awards to women of color.  

    But the Emmys' decision to use Vergara’s body as a statue just underscores what was essentially a theme of the night: women as bodies, not artists. After all, the event also began with women spinning on virtual pedestals while their appearance was assessed by millions, thanks to E! Entertainment’s 360º “Glam Cam.” And while few men of Hollywood are ever subjected to the same level of judgment on the red carpet, nearly every one of the women in attendance walked up and smiled for the critiquing reporters and cameras - accustomed to people paying more attention to what they look like than what they say or do.  

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  • OPINION

    A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

    Psychologist and mother Dr. Monique Moore argues that, if women hope to achieve true equality, the time has come to unapologetically call for: extended paid maternity leave, more part-time work options (especially for mothers with children under school-age), flexible schedules and greater access to affordable, high-quality childcare.

    Women’s Equality Day, celebrated this week, commemorates the passage of a woman’s right to vote. Starting with our right to weigh in at the polls, the feminist movement has certainly come far. However, for mothers especially, the movement has not come far enough.  

    American women are increasingly divided along a schizophrenic split.  Unemployed, on the one hand. Over-worked and over-stressed, on the other. This can hardly be what our hard-fighting suffragists and feminist forebearers dreamed of when they fought to open up opportunities for women.  

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  • The Daily Beast

    Deep Pockets

    NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights. Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there’s more where that came from.

    Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia, there’s a guy who runs guns with a French name having a bad day. With good reason.

    It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Melinda, have given $1 million to Initiative 594 in Washington state. The ballot initiative, if passed by voters on November 4 (and it currently enjoys overwhelming support), will require universal background checks for all firearm purchases in the state.

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  • Jason Merritt

    Beyond Sex

    An Equal Rights Amendment for Our Time

    Since the United States is hitting a "transgender tipping point," the existing Equal Rights Amendment must expand its protections to include gender--with two simple words.

    The historic Emmy nomination of transgender actor Laverne Cox has spurred growing talk of a “transgender tipping point” in the United States, reflecting soaring popular support for those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. 

    While Cox did not win this year—the Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series went to her Orange is the New Black co-star Uzo Aduba—her nomination highlights a fast-accelerating trend, as seen in phenomena ranging from the use of transgender models by Barneys New York, an iconic luxury department store, to President Barack Obama’s signing of an executive order that bars federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.       

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  • The work of Iranian counterculture artist Morteza Pourhosseini, such as this photo, depicts the denigration of women in Iran today.

    Religious Evolution

    Can Women in Iran be Equal?

    Modern theologians are offering new interpretations of the Koran, hoping to win equal rights for Iranian women.

    Can religion evolve? To some, this question is blasphemous. But its answer is crucial to addressing another question: Can women in Iran be equal?  

    Two recent statements by Iranian leaders show the constant tension defining life in Iran. Elected in 2013, President Hassan Rouhani made campaign pledges of increased social freedoms. Not long ago he said, “Women should enjoy equal opportunities, security, and social rights.” Yet, after one year in office, there has been zero movement for the women of Iran, because pulling in the opposite direction is Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has claimed that gender equality is “one of the biggest mistakes of Western thought.”  

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  • GOAL...?

    500 Days and Counting

    The millennium development goals expire in 500 days. Equality Now asks what still needs be achieved when it comes to gender equality.

    As of earlier this week, only 500 days remain before the millennium development goals (MDGs) expire.  This final phase of a 15-year campaign, which aimed to achieve eight key targets ranging from gender equality to ending extreme poverty, gives us an opportunity to reflect on progress to date and identify what major challenges continue to exist.  

    Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls so the goal relating to gender equality is of most direct relevance to our work.  However, we recognize too that gender inequality is a key component of most – if not all – of the other targets.

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