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"How are women around the world finding their own voice.... between ingrained traditions and pop culture stereotypes"
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Dress code repression: Kerala's history of breast tax for Avarna women

Dress code repression: Kerala's history of breast tax for Avarna women | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Even as media across the globe hotly debates on how much women should cover up - or should not - our own history has a disturbing and dark story of how those in power had at one point in time, taken it upon themselves to decide on how women should dress.
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Sex toys for women find more acceptance in Indian society

Sex toys for women find more acceptance in Indian society | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
The sex narrative in India is fast undergoing a shift as more women are having their say in an estimated Rs 2,500 crore sexual wellness products business.
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Iranian director Moujan Taher "I am not a slave"

Iranian director Moujan Taher "I am not a slave" | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
On March 31, Iranian theater and film actor and director Moujan Mohammad Taher staged a nude protest near Tehran’s Milad Tower. Soon after, the protest attracted widespread attention, with videos and photographs being posted across social media, views of Tehran clearly visible in the background. “I am not a slave,” the 36-year-old wrote across her body. She modeled her protest on public acts by Femen activists, known for their topless protests against religion, authoritarianism and the sex industry. According to Mohammad Taher, this is the first nude protest in Iran, a defiant “no” to th
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"There Is a Problem with Sexual Assault in the Music Industry"

"There Is a Problem with Sexual Assault in the Music Industry" | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
A prominent publicist is accused of sexual misconduct, confirming something we already knew: The music industry has a big issue with attitudes towards women.
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Silicon Valley Has a Gender Discrimination Problem—and These Women Can Prove It

Silicon Valley Has a Gender Discrimination Problem—and These Women Can Prove It | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Let’s address the elephant in the Valley
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70 years ago, six Philly women became the world's first digital computer programmers

70 years ago, six Philly women became the world's first digital computer programmers | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
In 1945, the U.S. Army recruited six women working as computers at the University of Pennsylvania to work full-time on a secret government project. For the next year, they used their creativity, tenacity and solid backgrounds in mathematics to become the original programmers of the world's first electronic general-purpose computer, called ENIAC.
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Cuba's Female Skaters Ride for a More Open Future on the Island

Cuba's Female Skaters Ride for a More Open Future on the Island | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
As Cubans anticipate huge shifts in the wake of President Obama's move to restore ties, it's not just the economy and politics that stand to change.
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In India, a Small Band of Women Risk It All for a Chance to Work

In India, a Small Band of Women Risk It All for a Chance to Work | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
The Indian Constitution guarantees equality under the law. But for women facing a patriarchal social order, strict caste rules and centuries of traditions, that guarantee means little.
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The Syria peace talks would have a better chance with one key addition: women

The Syria peace talks would have a better chance with one key addition: women | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Peace is more likely to prevail and hold if women are fully involved in building it
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This Google Chrome extension alerts women to stop saying "sorry" at work

This Google Chrome extension alerts women to stop saying "sorry" at work | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
So far, 53,000 users have downloaded the free app, which can be used with Gmail on the Google Chrome web browser.
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What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women

What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
The sexism in Silicon Valley is sordid and systemic. It’s going to take a revolution to bring it down—or a woman’s touch.
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Speaking while female....

Speaking while female.... | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
If a man talks in a meeting, he gets heard. A woman just gets interrupted.
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"Women who worry that talking “too much” will cause them to be disliked are not paranoid; they are often right."

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The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women

The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it

If television brought the brutality of war into people’s living rooms, the Internet today is bringing violence against women out of it.

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What I Learned Having Sex as a Young Woman in Pakistan

What I Learned Having Sex as a Young Woman in Pakistan | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
How the country's secretive hookup culture warped my sexuality and how moving to Canada helped change that.
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Computer science now top major for women at Stanford University

Computer science now top major for women at Stanford University | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Computer science has for the first time become the most popular major for female students at Stanford University, a hopeful sign for those trying to build up the thin ranks of women in the technology field.
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All the women who have run for US president—starting before they could even vote

All the women who have run for US president—starting before they could even vote | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton could become the first female president in US history. But she won't be the first woman to have tried. Several women have run for the top job in American politics, beginning long before they were even allowed to vote. (Women got the right to vote in 1920.) Still, there remains a massive disparity between the number
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YouTube's New Content Program Targets Women Filmmakers

YouTube's New Content Program Targets Women Filmmakers | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
With the launch of a new initiative through its Spaces program, YouTube is giving female filmmakers opportunities to create woman-centric content through its site.
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"Women talk about feminism = white noise. Men talk about feminism = INTERNATIONAL NEWS!"

"Women talk about feminism = white noise. Men talk about feminism = INTERNATIONAL NEWS!" | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
What's interesting is that Ross Putman getting all this attention for doing something that's been done before - by women.
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28 Queens Of Black History Who Deserve Much More Glory

28 Queens Of Black History Who Deserve Much More Glory | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Let's not forget about these trailblazing women this Black History Month.
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Witness to revolution: the women of Iran 1979

Witness to revolution: the women of Iran 1979 | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
In 1979, Hengameh Golestan was on hand to photograph thousands of women protesting against the compulsory hihab ruling on the streets of Tehran
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Plunging oil prices mean Venezuelan women are running out of birth control

Plunging oil prices mean Venezuelan women are running out of birth control | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Shortages of basic goods such as milk, rice, corn and diapers have been a problem for years in the South American country. Now sex and health are at risk.
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Indian Women Seeking Jobs Confront Taboos and Threats

Indian Women Seeking Jobs Confront Taboos and Threats | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
The Indian Constitution guarantees equality under the law. But for women facing a patriarchal social order, strict caste rules and centuries of traditions, that guarantee means little.
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On Perilous Migrant Trail, Women Often Become Prey to Sexual Abuse

On Perilous Migrant Trail, Women Often Become Prey to Sexual Abuse | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it

Along with all the perils refugees face, women have added accounts of being assaulted, traumas that do not end with their arrival in Europe.

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"Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox...." #thisgirlcan

This Girl Can celebrates the women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get. They’re here to inspire us to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.#thisgirlcan
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Policing women’s bodies is never about decency, and always about power #MydressMychoice

Policing women’s bodies is never about decency, and always about power #MydressMychoice | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
The lower down you go on the power (and income) ladder, the more likely men are to try and exert forceful control over women’s bodies
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