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Germany's first female chancellor lagged behind in societal reforms for women
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Germany's first female chancellor lagged behind in societal reforms for women

At the end of Angela Merkel’s 16 years in office, Germany's gender pay gap remains among the highest in the European Union

Camila Cabello’s Cinderella deserves praise for its portrayal of female ambition
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Camila Cabello’s Cinderella deserves praise for its portrayal of female ambition

Our newest Ella is no regular Cinderella. She dreams of becoming a star dressmaker. Marrying the prince of her kingdom will have to wait.

Why women in South Korea are getting the pixie cut and its connection with the Olympics
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Why women in South Korea are getting the pixie cut and its connection with the Olympics

Many women in the country have adopted the style to protest the treatment of archer An San, winner of three Olympic gold medals, who was trolled online for her hair

Promising Young Woman, The Great Indian Kitchen are both films with simmering feminism and everyday oppression
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Promising Young Woman, The Great Indian Kitchen are both films with simmering feminism and everyday oppression

Things are not going to change in the space of one film. That is the stone-cold reality of a woman’s life and one that even the most realistic storytellers completely ignore.

Political equality for Iranian women remains a distant dream with an ultraconservative poised to become president
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Political equality for Iranian women remains a distant dream with an ultraconservative poised to become president

Ebrahim Raisi, who heads Iran's judiciary, is the clear favourite from an all-male field of seven candidates to replace President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate elected on promises of social and cultural reform.

Gloria Steinem awarded Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias prize for her 'tireless commitment to feminism'
Arts & Culture

Gloria Steinem awarded Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias prize for her 'tireless commitment to feminism'

The 87-year-old US journalist and activist was described "a motor of one of the great revolutions of contemporary society," in a statement from the prize organisers.

In Gracy’s Baby Doll: Stories, exploring loneliness and viewing translation as 'extended authorship'
Arts & Culture

In Gracy’s Baby Doll: Stories, exploring loneliness and viewing translation as 'extended authorship'

The stories present, to a large extent, the dark worlds of lonely characters experiencing varying degrees of tragedy, depicted through a bleak and straightforward language.

For the first time in its history, World Trade Organization names women to half of deputy leader roles
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For the first time in its history, World Trade Organization names women to half of deputy leader roles

The new director-general — herself the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO — appointed Angela Ellard of the United States and Costa Rica's Anabel Gonzalez, along with Jean-Marie Paugam of France and China's Zhang Xiangchen.

In Iran, women detailers break through Tehran's male-dominated automobile industry
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In Iran, women detailers break through Tehran's male-dominated automobile industry

A farmer’s daughter, Roohani grew up labouring on the land like most other children in Agh Mazar. But unlike her five siblings, she had her eyes on her father’s tractor, and developed an uncanny knack for driving it at an early age.

Suffragette white: Decoding the colour's 110-year-old history of being used as a protest tool by women
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Suffragette white: Decoding the colour's 110-year-old history of being used as a protest tool by women

Suffragette white was first donned en masse in June 1908 on Women’s Sunday, the first “monster meeting” hosted by the WSPU in London’s Hyde Park. The 30,000 participants were encouraged to wear white, accessorised with touches of purple and green.

R Vatsala's The Scent of Happiness speaks to women navigating politics as it plays out within home, work spheres
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R Vatsala's The Scent of Happiness speaks to women navigating politics as it plays out within home, work spheres

In an interview with Firstpost, writer R Vatsala and translators K Srilata and Kaamya Sharma reflect on the origins of Kannukkul Sattru Pazhanithu, translation as an art-driven exercise and scientific process, and how sharing experiences can light a fire.

Russian feminist artist put on trial on charges of disseminating pornography; rights groups declare her a political prisoner
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Russian feminist artist put on trial on charges of disseminating pornography; rights groups declare her a political prisoner

Yulia Tsvetkova ran a children’s theater and was a vocal advocate of feminism and LGBT rights.

Fighting patriarchy, one beautiful bauble at a time: Eina Ahluwalia turns the idea of jewellery as feminine on its head
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Fighting patriarchy, one beautiful bauble at a time: Eina Ahluwalia turns the idea of jewellery as feminine on its head

Ahluwalia's seemingly simple trinkets hold much pain, shed fear, take struggles on head-first, and celebrate womanhood that would make the fiercest feminists proud.

Nawal El Saadawi passes away: A look at the legacy of Egypt's grand novelist and activist
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Nawal El Saadawi passes away: A look at the legacy of Egypt's grand novelist and activist

El Saadawi was a global iconoclast in the best sense of the phrase. In a world that has become compartmentalised, tribal, overtly racist, anti-science and unashamedly sexist, her novels espoused truths that made her unpopular with many in the government and in the so-called establishment.

Women directly handle natural resources, important to view climate crisis through a gendered lens
India

Women directly handle natural resources, important to view climate crisis through a gendered lens

Women are affected are they are excluded from decision-making roles in water management and irrigation.

Intimate City: Looking anew at long-held feminist understandings of sex work, choice, consent and agency
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Intimate City: Looking anew at long-held feminist understandings of sex work, choice, consent and agency

It is evident that engagement with sex work has broadened feminists’ ideas of who should have ‘rights’; revealed women’s agency as being diverse and unruly; expanded and complicated conventional notions of choice and consent; and offered us another model of bodily autonomy.

Films like Kajol's Tribhanga, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare chart an interesting evolution of the Bollywood 'naari'
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Films like Kajol's Tribhanga, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare chart an interesting evolution of the Bollywood 'naari'

Films like Tribhanga and Shakuntala Devi have shown mothers, and women overall, as full and complex human beings — not melodramatic side characters, but outspoken, independent leads who are in charge of their own fates

Usha Iyer on her book Dancing Women, a deep dive into the material and cultural production of dance in Hindi cinema
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Usha Iyer on her book Dancing Women, a deep dive into the material and cultural production of dance in Hindi cinema

Through her latest book, Usha Iyer provides an in-depth and discursive study of the history of the labour of producing on-screen dance — from the 1930s to the 1990s — and how over the years it has produced unique constructions of gender, sexuality, stardom and spectacle in and around the realm of Hindi cinema.

Beyond saas-bahu sagas, how Ekta Kapoor champions intersectional feminism in her films as producer
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Beyond saas-bahu sagas, how Ekta Kapoor champions intersectional feminism in her films as producer

The perception of Ekta Kapoor as the soap-opera queen is a unidimensional thought, given the exciting envelope-pushing films she has been backing as a producer

The 'danger' of Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion's WAP: Critics are afraid of women's audacity to own their sexual satisfaction
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The 'danger' of Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion's WAP: Critics are afraid of women's audacity to own their sexual satisfaction

WAP remains an important, and in some ways familiar, discussion about the appropriate path to women’s liberation.