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This Week in Women’s Rights 2018–09–10


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/09/10

“Davis’s activism around gender and media began when she noticed the bias in the kids’ TV programs her young daughter watched. Program executives didn’t believe her so she set out to collect the data to prove there was bias in the onscreen depictions aimed at young children.

“I feel like this is the easiest fix. It’s the lowest hanging fruit in the panoply of problems we have and it’s also the most urgent. Why are we teaching kids something we try so hard to get rid of later on,” she said, citing the motto of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: “If they see it they can be it.”

“A girl sees Hunger Games, she goes out and buys a bow. A woman sees CSI or X-Factor, she goes into the STEM fields,” said Davis.”


“The events and the arguing and the booing that would make this a US Open final unlike any other began when Serena Williams’ coach made what she insisted was an innocent thumbs-up, but the chair umpire interpreted as a helpful signal.

It was the second game of the second set Saturday, in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, and Williams’ bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title already was in real trouble because she was being outplayed by first-time major finalist Naomi Osaka.

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos warned Williams for getting coaching during a match, which isn’t allowed. She briefly disputed that ruling, saying cheating “is the one thing I’ve never done, ever.””


“Gender equality advocates criticised a major Thai police training academy this week as “ignorant” and “on the wrong side of history” for its decision to ban women from its programmes next year.

The Royal Police Cadet Academy (RPCA), on the western edge of the capital, Bangkok, declined to explain why women candidates would no longer be accepted. It is considered the country’s main commissioning institute for budding law enforcement officers, particularly those hoping to be considered for top positions in the force.

Though women can still become non-commissioned officers at other institutes, analysts and women’s rights advocates said the decision would cut the number of women in the force and affect the treatment of female victims of sex-related crimes.”


“DETROIT — A black pastor’s controversial eulogy at Aretha Franklin’s funeral laid bare before the world what black women say they have experienced for generations: sexism and inequality in their houses of worship every Sunday.

In eulogizing the beloved artist known as the Queen of Soul, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. declared that as “proud, beautiful and fine as our black women are, one thing a black woman cannot do — a black woman cannot raise a black boy to be a man.””


“When you really think about it, the fact that women all over the world are still fighting for equal rights defies all logic. Humans have mastered flight, walked on the moon and created the internet but women still can’t be trusted to make autonomous decisions about their own bodies, be guaranteed freedom from violence or harassment or get paid the same amount as men for doing the same damn work.

When we look back on this decade, it will, in part, be defined by the multi-pronged fight for women’s rights and the incremental mainstreaming of feminism — that most revolutionary of ideas, that all people, regardless of gender, are equal. From Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s rallying cry “We Should All Be Feminists” to the galvanising success of the Me Too movement to the global impact of the intersectional feminism practised by gallant women and girls such as the Honduran indigenous and environmental rights defender Berta Cáceres, Turkish LGBTI rights leader Hande Kader, Brazilian councillor and anti-police violence activist Marielle Franco and Pakistani girls’ rights and education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, the movement for gender equality has taken centre-stage.”



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