When a Bar Full of Women Was a Nightmarish Dystopia

Harry Grant Dart had quite an eye for the future. The early 20th century illustrator imagined women driving flying machines, the airmail of the future dropping from the sky, and even a world of robot butlers long before the word robot had even been coined. But one of Dart's illustrations from 1908 was perhaps the most… » 2/03/14 4:50pm 2/03/14 4:50pm

New UK Bill to Let Women Inherit Titles Named After Downton Abbey

Let this serve as the end of the debate over whether life imitates art or art imitates life (it's the former, but you're entitled to your entirely incorrect opinion): a new bill snaking its way through the UK's House of Lords would change a 400-year-old system of agnatic primogeniture and allow baronets to pass their… » 12/29/13 12:00pm 12/29/13 12:00pm

21 Egyptian Women Released from Jail After Harsh Sentences Appealed

Following news earlier that a court in Alexandria would be hearing the appeal of the 14 Egyptian women sentenced to 11 years in jail for their peaceful pro-Mohamed Morsi demonstration, Egyptian authorities released those women, along with seven girls who were initially ordered to be held until they turned 18. » 12/08/13 12:30pm 12/08/13 12:30pm

Ironically-Named City of Sistersville Still Bans Women from Voting

West Virginia (unfairly most of the time) seems to be the go-to backwoods state in America. Incest, murderous hillbillies, haunted coal-mining towns straddling the cave mouth to Hell, illiteracy, and prescription drug abuse are often mentioned in connection with West Virginia, as if the Appalachian squiggle-blob… » 9/14/13 4:30pm 9/14/13 4:30pm

Hell Yeah: Texas Woman Lays Into Legislators at Abortion Bill Hearing

As testimony for and against the Texas abortion bill continues, we have a new contender for most badass speech yet. Meet Texas resident Sarah Slamen, the soon-t0-be New Yorker brilliantly calls out her state's legislators, thanking them for finally doing their bullshit dirty work in the public eye for everyone to… » 7/09/13 10:10pm 7/09/13 10:10pm

A Series of Brutal Attacks in Pakistan Targeted University Women

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned a series of deadly attacks on hospital patients as well as female teachers and students at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University in Pakistan on Saturday, saying that such violence is meant to deter women “from attaining a basic right to education.” » 6/16/13 1:00pm 6/16/13 1:00pm

Young Tunisian Woman Committed To Psych Ward After Posting Topless…

A 19-year-old Tunisian girl was committed to a mental hospital by her parents after posting topless photos of herself in on a website for the Ukraine-based topless radical protest group FEMEN. Amina (last name unknown), had been corresponding online with FEMEN leader Inna Shevchenko since the end of February, mostly… » 3/23/13 2:15pm 3/23/13 2:15pm

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

Dublin Protesters Rally for Woman Who Died After Being Denied an…

In what very well may catalyze a radical change to the Republic of Ireland's particularly onerous restrictions on abortion, thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Dublin on Saturday night to pay tribute to a woman who died in October after being refused an abortion at Ireland's University Hospital… » 11/18/12 2:00pm 11/18/12 2:00pm

Irish Doctors Used to Break Women's Pelvises So They Wouldn't Miscarry

Ever heard of symphysiotomy? Probably not; my spell check doesn't even know what it is. But it's a painful surgical procedure which involves breaking a woman's pelvis during childbirth that sounds like an ancient torture method but was once an alternative to Caesareans used in maternity hospitals across Ireland in… » 11/14/12 6:30pm 11/14/12 6:30pm