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Gender Inequality

The Not-So-Secret Reason Why Women Lack Political Power

Charlotte Hill | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

When these economic elites are predominantly male -- the names of Jeb Bush's super PAC donors read like a bachelor party guest list -- this means that American public policy is disproportionately influenced by men. Decisions about whether to prioritize issues like paid sick leave, affordable child care, birth control access and equal pay are not ultimately made by the people they impact most: women.

Wimbledon, the (Women's) World Cup, and Gender Equality

Michael Kimmel | Posted 07.17.2015 | Sports
Michael Kimmel

What a week for gender equality, huh? Let's compare the two for a moment. At Wimbledon, the male and female champions played on the same courts, received the same massive paycheck (over $2.9 million each), which was handed to each of them by the Duke of Kent, the president of the All-England club.

'When Yo Girl' Memes Turn Feminist

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 07.17.2015 | Comedy

The phrase "when yo girl" is one of those early indicators that a sentence is headed down a dangerously tasteless path. Other examples include, "I'm n...

Women and Natural Disasters: Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.14.2015 | College
Ariel Smilowitz

Over ten years ago, on December 26, 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia triggered one of the deadliest tsunamis ever recorded, an event that ushered the destruction of over 200,00 lives -- and even more livelihoods -- throughout Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the east coast of Africa.

Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Françoise Girard | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Françoise Girard

Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.

Who Am I to Be Financially Feminist? (A Guide for Female Entrepreneurs)

Leisa Peterson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Leisa Peterson

Feminists are given a bad wrap. When I was growing up, women who wanted to excel in the workforce were demonized as anti-family, bra burning egoists.

Ava DuVernay On Why She Owns Being A 'Black Woman Filmmaker'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

In the latest installment of AOL’s MAKERS series, Ava DuVernay, the director of “Selma," shared her thoughts on the disparity of women in film, an...

13 Products That Didn't Need To Be Gendered

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.15.2015 | Women

Apparently lip balm is designed for women -- at least according to the dude who founded a chapstick for men. Behold, the "Dude Stick." The creator...

What We Can All Do To Close A Gap That Matters

Sallie Krawcheck | Posted 05.28.2015 | Women
Sallie Krawcheck

There's been plenty written about what boards and senior management can do to drive greater diversity. And there's even more what women can do to advocate for themselves. But what can each of us do, individually, on a day-to-day basis, to advance this?

'Poverty Is Sexist' Gets #Strengthie Support From Malala, Shonda Rhimes

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact

A group of celebrities and global activists are flexing for the camera to remind the world "poverty is sexist." The ONE campaign's #Strengthie move...

A New Deal for Moms

Alyson Gounden Rock | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
Alyson Gounden Rock

Caring for us came at a cost to mom's career. Workplace attitudes and practices continue to penalize mothers and keep the gender pay gap wide, even as it is narrowing for young women pre-motherhood.

What I Really Want for Mother's Day Is to Say 'I Am Sorry'

Sothy Eng | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Sothy Eng

Women are told that they can do it all. They can have a profession, a family, and a life of their own. They can be engineers, CEOs, even fight for our country on the front lines during war. Yet, tributes to motherhood neglect ways in which they can honor the diversity that motherhood has come to represent.

This Is How Ridiculous Gender Inequality Sounds

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 05.06.2015 | Women

Sexism seems even more absurd when applied to everyday situations. Created by Girl Pants Production, a new video called "How Gender Inequality Sou...

The Global Search for Education: An Education in Africa

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"When I visited a local village, what everyone told me -- the chiefs, the parents, the children -- was that girls weren't in school because it was th...

Gender Inequality and Poverty

Asma Lateef | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Asma Lateef

President Obama's 2015 Women's History Month Proclamation recognized the contributions that women in the United States are making to the economy. It also highlighted benefits of their participation in the workforce to their families. It also recognized that we need to do much more to support working women.

Don't Call Me 'The Cutest Weightlifter'

Ravishly | Posted 06.20.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Four years ago, I not only entered the national weightlifting scene, I also crossed the threshold into the land of the Internet. GIFs and memes captured my most unflattering movements, Tumblr artists offered their best renditions of me.

A Golden Opportunity to Tackle Gender Inequality

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Tewodros Melesse

We think we need to move the debate even further so we can try to tackle these challenges and at this moment, we have a golden opportunity to do that.

For U.S. Women, Inequality Takes Many Forms

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 06.14.2015 | Women
Ariel Smilowitz

The road to achieving gender equality in the U.S. is quite clearly checkered with significant potholes.

5 Ways To Take Your Confidence Into Your Own Hands

ShimmerTeen | Posted 06.14.2015 | Teen
ShimmerTeen

The truth is that each of us can have a greater, stronger, longer-lasting effect on our self-esteem than the cultural influences -- negative or positive -- we encounter. How? True confidence actually grows from adopting various self-esteem-boosting habits over time.

Alice in Promised Land: Being Born Female in a Conservative Religion

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Monica Stevens-Kirby

I cheated at church. My best friend and I explored every corner as children. She led me to secret passageways, and we somehow slid through. These abstractions surface in my dreams occasionally, passages in wrinkled waves, lit with golden honeysuckle and bitter dandelions.

Thousands Of Indian Schools Implement Gender Classes To Fight Inequality

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Some boys in India are questioning why their girl classmates have much more housework than they do. And according to some, those questions could le...

Powerful Ad Campaign Reminds Women That 'We're Not There Yet'

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women

On International Women's Day, women started disappearing. They disappeared from billboards, posters and magazine covers. But before you start gett...

'House of Cards' and Gender Equality

Matt Hartman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Matt Hartman

rancis' remarks show his gendered bias; he believes that Claire owes him her position. Yet, he forgets, all too easily, that he owes his position to Claire.

How Selma And Women's Inequality Got Tangled At The Oscars

Kathy Gill | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Kathy Gill

It didn't hurt Sunday night's ratings to have only one angry white woman of a certain age refuse to turn that dial (so to speak). We won't get Hollywood's attention -- or any other institution of power -- until all of us are angry.

What Muhammad Would Think of Saudi Arabia's "Leadership"

Craig Considine | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Prophet's message was one of tolerance and diversity. It is hard to argue that the Saudi royal family has ever followed in his path or walked in his footsteps.