Emma Watson Sent Steve Carell the Nicest Note About His Fashion Choices

While she wasn't at The Oscars last night, Emma Watson sure was keeping a good eye on the proceedings. And after she saw what Steve Carell was wearing, she sent him a really nice note about his choice of cufflinks for the ceremony. » 2/23/15 11:30pm 2/23/15 11:30pm

President Obama Bigged Up the Ladies in India, Indians Loved It

During a speech on U.S.-India relations in New Dehli on Tuesday, President Obama said the two countries will only succeed if they empower women and the crowd of 1,500 lost their minds cheering like Beyoncé had just left the stage. Gen-der Equa-lity! Gen-der Equa-lity! » 1/27/15 12:30pm 1/27/15 12:30pm

​As Countries Become More Developed, So Do Women's Cognitive Abilities

Just in case you needed yet another reminder about how pressing and important the issue of gender equality is, a new study has honed in on the effect of gender equality in developing countries on men and women's cognitive ability. » 8/04/14 3:00pm 8/04/14 3:00pm

In Praise of Television Peen

I watch a lot of television. From ABC to HBO, AMC to FX, Netflix and Starz and more but most of my shows are missing something — penis. Oh, there are plenty of breasts, female backsides in dim lighting or girls emulating blow jobs or back shots, but as a heterosexual women I am tired of thinking ‘Where’s the peen?’ or… » 3/21/14 6:00pm 3/21/14 6:00pm

Writing in The Shriver Report, Beyoncé insists that it's time to stop pretending that we've achieved gender equality: "Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable,… » 1/12/14 2:25pm 1/12/14 2:25pm

One Small Step for 'The Last of Us,' One Big Step for Gender Equality

Turns out video games are pretty close t0 ye olde Disney movies, where a female character often needs to be saved by a man. But in a new game called The Last of Us, lead female character Ellie is saving herself. User interface designer Alexandria Neonakis, who works for Naughty Dog, the company that created The Last… » 12/31/13 5:00pm 12/31/13 5:00pm

Iceland Is the Still Best Place to Live if You're a Woman

If you're the type of person who makes choices according to the New York Times Travel section, you already knew Iceland was too hot to handle. The country's got some other notable qualities besides being a hip place to visit right now: it's held its position as the most egalitarian place for women to live for the… » 10/28/13 10:40am 10/28/13 10:40am

Gender Equality Groups in the UK Push to Rid Retailers of Nudie Mags

This morning, while many coastal and lake-adjacent Americans were still busy recovering from the summer season’s first hearty dose of sun poisoning, gender equality groups and lawyers in the fog-blanketed British Isles (pip, pip, guv’nah!) launched a vigorous campaign to force retailers to comply with the Equality Act… » 5/27/13 11:30pm 5/27/13 11:30pm

Film Criticism Is a Really Nerdy Boys’ Club, Study Finds

Women still have a hard time gaining traction behind the camera in Hollywood (no thanks to these paleolithic attitudes), a statistical fact underscored by a new study confirming some of your naggiest of nagging suspicions about the phallocentric film criticism dominating the splattered tomato viscera at Rotten… » 5/26/13 1:30pm 5/26/13 1:30pm

Saudi Arabia Will Actually Let Girls in Private School Play Sports

Girls attending private school in Saudi Arabia will soon be allowed to participate in sports, a move that many observers see as a further indication that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is quietly trying to modernize his ultra, mega conservative country. The announcement comes on the heels of a statement last month from… » 5/05/13 4:30pm 5/05/13 4:30pm

Saudi Prince: Women Should Drive Because of the Economy, Stupid

Women can drive. I mean, of course women can drive. Anyone with the required faculties can drive, and the only possible reason a government can have for divesting women of the basic human right Henry Ford gave people to own a Model T and idle away hours of their lives in rush hour traffic is to limit their means of… » 4/16/13 9:30am 4/16/13 9:30am

Daughters of Communist Party Leaders in China Might Finally Benefit…

As you've watched the Chinese Communist Party leadership age over the last two decades, you've probably kept yourself awake at night fretting about who will produce the next generation of Communist propaganda. Well? Will the Politburo of tomorrow be full of more stodgy and corrupt old dudes, or, by some unforeseen… » 3/19/13 6:40pm 3/19/13 6:40pm

Learn All About Lady Leader Quotas

Sorry for the buzzkill, but we can't honor International Women's Day without thinking about how fucking far we still have to go in practically every department. (Related: this exists.) » 3/08/13 6:10pm 3/08/13 6:10pm

On Her Last Day as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton Stresses Gender…

Hillary Clinton is on her way out the door (sob), but she's leaving with a bang by reminding the Council on Foreign Relations how crucial women's rights are: » 2/01/13 3:20pm 2/01/13 3:20pm

Saudi Government Now Monitors Women Leaving the Country by Sending Text…

A funny — and by funny, we of course mean so absolutely terrifying that the only reaction is to hold yourself and laugh like a committed Batman villain — thing happened last week in Saudi Arabia. Saudi women's male guardians began receiving helpful text messages informing them when the women under their charge leave… » 11/23/12 3:45pm 11/23/12 3:45pm

Awesome New Program Aims to Connect Young Women with STEM Mentors

Of all the various schemes to encourage more young women to pursue careers in STEM fields, a new six-week online mentoring program that aims to connect young women with female mentors already established in STEM fields seems especially promising. » 9/17/12 1:15pm 9/17/12 1:15pm

About 100 Lingerie Shops in Saudi Arabia Close for Having Dudes on Staff

In its ceaseless effort to "provide a safe environment for working women," i.e. keep the workplace entirely segregated, Saudi Arabia's labor ministry has ordered about 100 lingerie shops in the capital of Riyadh to close for having male staff members. » 9/16/12 4:00pm 9/16/12 4:00pm

Shockingly, Undeserved Praise Improves Men’s Navigation Skills

Science, as it is wont to do sometimes, has landed like an innocent little butterfly on the shoulders of a pretty dismal finding: appealing to certain gender stereotypes can be just as confidence-boosting for men as it is confidence-sapping for women, even and especially when those stereotypes have no basis in truth.… » 9/12/12 3:50pm 9/12/12 3:50pm

European Parliament Not Thrilled That Euro Leaders Failed to Nominate a…

The European Parliament has delayed a hearing on a nominee to one of the overwrought European Central Bank's top posts in an effort to underscore the fact that there's a glaring absence of female leadership when it comes to the eurozone's monetary authority. According to the AP, Yves Mersch, the head of Luxemborg's… » 9/12/12 10:30am 9/12/12 10:30am