Historic All-Woman Race For Mayor of Paris

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Four women, one seat. So far, the 2014 mayoral election in Paris is a single-sex contest. The two biggest parties have chosen their candidates: Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, of the center-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), and Anne Hidalgo of the Parti Socialiste (PS). Two other women are also widely expected to fight for the mayor […]

U.S. Retailers Promise Action on Bangladesh Factories – Will It Help?

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Nearly four months after the Rana Plaza factory collapse, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in history, American retailers (whose clothing is produced in Bangladesh factories) are finally announcing that they will take steps to prevent such accidents from happening again. United under the umbrella of Alliance for Bangladesh Workers’ Safety, the retailers said they […]

Face-Veil Ban Sparks French Riots

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The debate on the ban of face veils in public places in France has intensified since July 18, when police in the Paris suburb of Trappes arrested a man in connection with authorities’ efforts to check the identity of his veiled wife, triggering at least two nights of youth rioting and confrontations with police. The […]

Should You Have To Opt In for Internet Porn?

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Last week, UK prime minister David Cameron announced the introduction of an opt-in filter for online pornography on all British Internet providers. Currently the UK has an opt-out system, meaning that people must make an active effort to install a filter on their Internet to block pornographic content in their households. With the new system, […]

We’re Not Putin Up with It: Russia’s Anti-LGBT Agenda

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In California, many LGBT couples have now jubilantly exchanged vows since Prop 8 was finally overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Over in Russia, though, Putin is attempting to eradicate every right for LGBTs across the nation. On June 30. Putin signed a bill banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” On July 3 Putin signed another bill […]

Bank of England Sees Sense (and Sensibility)

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The Bank of England has announced that British novelist Jane Austen will be replacing naturalist Charles Darwin on the £10 note ($15.36). This news comes after people were outraged at the announcement in April that social reformer Elizabeth Fry would be replaced by former prime minister Winston Churchill on the £5 note, causing a total […]

Congo’s Women Turn from Atrocities to Hope

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Part 3 of a series … Rosine is 15 years old and intends to be the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo one day. In fact, she already has an action plan which she reels forth with very little prompting. She tells us that first she knows she must do well in school, […]

Women’s Tour de France Gains Speed

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Across the pond, women in sports have been making quite a splash in the media as of late. What with the Wimbledon debacle, followed by Muirfield’s sexist club membership policies, it’s about time we had some good news regarding sports in Britain. Luckily, this is looking likely to be the case. Ironman Triathlon legend Chrissie […]

Chile Denies Abortion for 11-Year-Old Rape Victim

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At age 11, Belén is 14 weeks pregnant. Her pregnancy, which occurred after she was repeatedly raped over the past two years by her mother’s partner, has been deemed by medical professionals as a danger to her health. Despite the risks involved for both her and the fetus, Belén has no choice but to see the […]

First Australian Woman Prime Minister Is Ousted

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Julia Gillard—the first woman prime minister of Australia—was ousted by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in a party vote on Wednesday, June 26 with elections only months away. In 2010 Gillard replaced Rudd as leader of the Labor Party, and now Rudd will replace Gillard as party leader. To date, there have only been two […]