Women's work around the world - in pictures
"The midnight deadline for Britain’s largest companies to publish the median pay gap between female and male employees is only hours away. Last year the World Economic Forum found, globally, the gap widening across professions for the first time since it began collating data on gender and pay in 2006. Here Agence France-Presse presents a series of photos of women whose jobs have traditionally been done by men in their country."
Saudi Arabia Holds Car Show Just for Women- Text + Audio + Pictures + Video- 16 January 2018
"Car manufacturers want Saudi Arabian women to buy their cars. The first car show specifically for women was recently held at a shopping center in city of Jeddah."
'Feminism' Is Merriam-Webster 'Word of the Year' - Text + Audio- 12 December 2017
"Covfefe, dotard, rocket man, moron, recuse, collusion, complicit, and #MeToo are among the words and phrases that dominated the news in 2017.
Yet a winner stands out. In 2017, a popular dictionary publisher says people looked up "feminism" more than any other."
Saudi Arabia Ends Ban on Women Drivers - Text + Audio -27 September 2017
"For the first time, Saudi Arabia will give women permission to drive motor vehicles. State media reported on Tuesday that King Salman ordered the change. Saudi Arabia was the only country to ban women drivers. It did not approve driver’s licenses for women and those who tried to drive were detained."
How equal are you?
"Type your country into the search box to find out how it ranks for gender equality.
The figures are based on the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s annual Global Gender Gap report, which measures countries according to where women are more likely to be able to participate fully in political and economic life and enjoy the most equal access to education and healthcare."
US First Lady Honors International Women of Courage- Text + Audio + Video- 30 March 2017
"First Lady Melania Trump presented the U.S. State Department award to 13 women from countries including Vietnam, Colombia, Niger and Papua New Guinea. The award recognizes women who have shown great courage when faced with danger and violence."
New UN Secretary-General Looks for More Women in Top Jobs- Text + Audio - 4 January 2017
"Women’s rights activists were hoping 2016 would be the year when the United Nations elected its first woman secretary-general.
But when U.N. members voted in October, they chose Antonio Guterres, former president of Portugal.
He is the U.N.’s 9th secretary-general, and, like all the others, a man."
City of Women - 11 October 2016
"“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” is a song James Brown recorded in a New York City studio in 1966, and, whether you like it or not, you can make the case that he’s right...
The biggest statue in the city is a woman, who welcomes everyone and is no one: the Statue of Liberty...
there are only five statues of named women in New York City: Joan of Arc, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman..."
Barack Obama’s letter on feminism is powerful stuff - 5 August 2016
"Barack Obama has penned an open letter on feminism and why men need to fight for gender equality too.
This isn't the first time that the President has declared himself a feminist, but his letter explains why and what men and women need to do next."
Read the letter.
A movie star and a maths expert fight for equal pay - 19 May 2016
"House of Cards star Robin Wright has revealed she demanded the same pay as her co-star Kevin Spacey - but what does fighting for equal wages look like for women who are not movie stars?"
Ovarian Psycos: A bicycle crew that rides for feminism - Article + Video - 18 March 2016
"These women wear bandannas emblazoned with Fallopian tubes and are taking to the streets to protest domestic violence and promote female empowerment, reports Christian Blauvelt." (BBC)
Women-only frustration venting store opens in Shenyang
"Breaking things to vent frustration is a normal phenomenon when people get upset, but usually such behavior would be stopped by others.
Recently, a Shenyang shopping mall opened a special store for people to break all kinds of things to relieve pressure and bad mood for a minute in Shenyang. But beware! It's for women only!" (english.people.com.cn)
Men are bigger liars than women, says poll "Men are more likely to tell lies than women and feel less guilty about it...
the average British man tells three lies every day, that's equivalent to 1,092 a year...
Mums are the people mostly likely to be lied to." + MEN'S TOP 10 LIES - 1. I didn't have that much to drink
+ WOMEN'S TOP 10 LIES - 1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine (BBC)
What is Women's Equality Day ?- August 26 "The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote..." (nwhp.org)
GENDER PAY GAP:
Almost three-quarters of large charities pay women less than men - with pictures - 2 May 2018
"The average median pay gap in the voluntary sector is 5.4% but PDSA and Marie Stopes have gaps above 35%, Guardian analysis shows...
In the charities sector, almost three out of four companies pay their female employees less than men...
The pay gap at the animal charity PDSA is 44% in favour of men, despite 85% of the workforce being female."
Final gender pay gap figures revealed- 5 April 2018
"Final gender pay gap figures for large companies in the UK have been revealed after the deadline expired for firms to report their findings."
+ Video: Gender pay gap: What do women think?
Gender pay gap: what we learned in week two - 7 March 2018
"As big firms are required for the first time to reveal their inequalities, we digest the results...
This year, for the first time, all public and private sector organisations in Great Britain with more than 250 employees
will have to reveal the difference between what they pay men and women."
Six ways to tackle the gender pay gap- Article + Photos- 23 August 2016
"Women in the UK who return to work after having a baby continue to earn less than men for many years afterwards, according to a new report.
Part-time working, missed promotions and less experience are all contributing to what is being branded a "mummy tax"."
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL:
October 11 Marks International Day of the Girl - Text + Audio + Video - 11 October 2017
"The United Nations established the day to bring attention to the needs and difficulties that girls face around the world.
It also calls for empowerment and improved rights of the world’s 1.1 billion girls."
International Women's Day: The objects that empower me- 8 March 2018
"For International Women's Day, we spoke to ten females from across the generations about the objects that empower them.
The group, from across the south of England, are aged between seven and 76."
Empowering Women a Top Goal for International Women’s Day- Text + Audio + Video - 7 March 2018
"International Women’s Day events are being held Thursday in many cities around the world.
This year, empowerment and activism are important as #MeToo and other social media movements are making news.
Also, you will hear from a group helping women in countries affected by war."
NGO leaders and workers at a rally to demand equal rights
for women in the work place, with safety and a fair salary.
Thousands of demonstrators attend a rally calling
for decolonisation of Australia, end to racism,
economic justice for all women and reproductive justice,
as well as supporting the struggle for the liberation
of all women around the world.
'Fearless Girl' Statue Appears on Wall Street- Text + Audio + Pictures - 8 March 2017
"People in the United States marked International Women’s Day in different ways. Some went on strike and stayed home from work.
Others wore the color red. One investment group in New York City, however, celebrated in a different way. It put up a symbolic statue on Wall Street."
Happy International Women's Day 2017! - 8 March 2017
"This International Women's Day, we’ve chosen to look to the past to celebrate some of the female pioneers who paved the way to where we are today."
- with a slideshow
"We hope you enjoy the journey through time and space to learn about these phenomenal women! Visit Google Arts & Culture to continue the celebration and explore photographs, videos, and more of the heroines featured in today’s Doodle. Explore the Doodles of the women featured today (in order of appearance)..." (google.com)
Do you celebrate International Women's Day (8 March) where you live?
Children can find out about three important women from British history with our stories about Beatrix Potter, Emmeline Pankhurst and Florence Nightingale.
You can find all of these 'British tales' stories and more in our UK topic. (learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)
International Women's Day (IWD), "originally called International Working Women's Day, is marked on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements." (Wikipedia)
Million Women Rise: thousands march through central London - Article + Pictures + Video - 11 March 2017
"Annual rally to campaign for an end to violence against women celebrates its 10th anniversary...
Gathering for the 10th annual Million Women Rise march, the protesters marched through Oxford Circus chanting:
“Whatever I wear, wherever I go, yes means yes and no means no”." (theguardian.com)
People take part in the Million Women Rise march through central London.
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE
AGAINST WOMEN :
Psychological violence a criminal offence in France
"The French parliament has approved a law that makes psychological violence a criminal offence.
This means that couples who insult each other repeatedly could now be charged and face up to three years in prison... " (BBC)