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Reddit Now Has a Female CEO. Will She Make Reddit Less Horrible to Women?

And just like that, Reddit—Reddit, of all companies—has a female CEO. Nitasha Tiku at Valleywag reports that Yishan Wong resigned as Reddit CEO, leaving Ellen Pao, the head of business and partnerships, to take over as interim CEO. Lead investor Sam Altman announced that Wong voluntarily left over a dispute over office...
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As Bryce Covert wrote for Slate in March, "Evidencesuggests that women are more likely to get promoted into leadership during particularly dicey times; then, when fortunes go south, the men who helped them get there scatter and the women are left holding the bag." Just to give more weight to suspicions that Pao is standing on a glass cliff, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who has returned to the company as executive chairman, told the Wall Street Journal, "This is technically Ellen’s job to lose." (He later backtracked on Twitter, saying the quote was "out of context" and "I have total confidence in Ellen as CEO and I’m grateful we have her.")

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Meet the model with Down syndrome who just made fashion history at NYFW

Meet the model with Down syndrome who just made fashion history at NYFW | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
Jamie Brewer just made fashion history as the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week.
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“Young girls and even young women ... [see me] and say, 'Hey, if she can do it, so can I,'" Brewer told Today. "It’s a true inspiration being a role model for any young women to [encourage them] in being who they are, and showing who they are."

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Women's rights have no country

Women's rights have no country | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
There is no blueprint for holding fast
against the arguments used to dismiss women's humanity, or defending our hard
won human rights. It's time to meet, to brainstorm and try new formats.
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There is surely more to gain than to lose in holding a Fifth World Conference on Women in 2020.

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What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women

What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | 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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Computer programmer Lauren Mosenthal and her partner, Eileen Carey, came to California attracted by that kind of possibility. The only problem with their dream is that Silicon Valley has never produced a female Gates, Zuckerberg or Kalanick. There are a few high-profile female entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, but despite the very visible success of corporate titans Meg Whitman, Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, who signed up with companies after they took off—their numbers are relatively minuscule.

 
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Malala most admired person in the world after Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie

Malala most admired person in the world after Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
Oscar winner and special envoy for UNHCR Angelina Jolie was declared most admired women in the world
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Youngest ever Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has been voted ‘World’s Most Admired’ person just behind co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates and Oscar winning star and special envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Angelina Jolie.


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15 Quotes Every Woman Should Live By In 2015

15 Quotes Every Woman Should Live By In 2015 | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
A new year is here, and with it another chance to start fresh, be bold or at the very least, bravely put one foot in front of the other. That can, of course, be far easier said than done, which is why we're turning to 15 of our favorite badass women,...
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"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." -- Maya Angelou

 
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I'm Not Pregnant. It's Just My Belly

I'm Not Pregnant. It's Just My Belly | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
As we continue to integrate in a world that so often tells us how to feel, how to look, and has a very precise definition of beauty, it is so important for each one of us to check in and see if we agree with these standards. It is time for us to crea...
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As we continue to integrate in a world that so often tells us how to feel, how to look, and has a very precise definition of beauty, it is so important for each one of us to check in and see if we agree with these standards. It is time for us to create our own standards. For me, this begins with speaking our truth, loving our bodies and rocking our bellies. We are certainly seeing this more as certain celebrities speak out about Photoshop and musicians write music about redefining beauty. But we can't rely on celebrities. We need to create change within ourselves.

 
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See How Much the "Perfect" Female Body Has Changed in 100 Years (It's Crazy!)

See How Much the "Perfect" Female Body Has Changed in 100 Years (It's Crazy!) | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
In other words, if Beyoncé lived in the 1920s, she may have been overlooked by big-shot agents.
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The media’s concept of the ideal woman’s body isn’t static. Whoever People magazine deems “most beautiful” this year is just a representation of what has bubbled up in the cauldron of pop culture. That silhouette of the “ideal woman” has been put through a series of fun house mirrors (fashion, movies, pop music, politics). It also changes year over year, so the physical qualities we embrace today are often at odds with those from previous generations.

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The Real Story Of Audrey Hepburn Will Break Your Heart

The Real Story Of Audrey Hepburn Will Break Your Heart | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
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We all remember Audrey as the cutesy call girl in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The iconic photo of her standing in front of the window at Tiffany’s became a staple of the 1960′s. But did you know she fought against the Nazi’s in WWII? She helped raise money for the Dutch resistance and hid messages in her shoes. She joined UNICEF and from 1988 to 1992 she traveled to the worlds poorest countries. Her first stop was in Ethiopia where she visited the orphanages of starving children. True story.

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Meet the largest plus-size model to score a major contract

Meet the largest plus-size model to score a major contract | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
Tess Holliday is challenging fashion's very limited view on measurements.
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Model Tess Holliday landed a major contract with MiLK Model Management in the UK on Thursday. The agreement makes Holliday (formerly known as Tess Munster) the first and largest plus-size model signed to a major modeling agency. At 5'5" and a size 22, the 29-year-old Los Angeles resident is far from your too-typical towering, slender fashion or beauty model. But her looks, perspective and charisma make her nothing short of electric in the industry. "I surround myself with positive people and make sure that I do what I love, that keeps me happy and in a good head space," Holliday writes on her website, when asked where she finds her confidence.

 

  

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Five Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Workplace

Five Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Workplace | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
With the help of Kumpf, UNDP and the UN Foundation, I have compiled a list of some easy ways that you can take action today to help "paint the world orange" and promote gender equality in your workplace....
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"Gender issues affect us all. When you change the life of a girl you not only impact her life but also her family and community. Changing gender norms means changing dominant attitudes, power relations and also privileges. It is time for men to take a stronger stand." 5 Ways You Can Promote Gender-Equality in Your Workplace: 1. Build an inclusive culture in your workplace.  2. Encourage staff to take the HeforShe Commitment. 3. Encourage staff to tweet for change. #EqualityMonday #EverydaySexism. 4. Rally your colleagues to raise money to support a female entrepreneur in a developing country. catapult.org 5. Join a global platform for collaboration with women around the world. The Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment.

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Tesco 'gifts for boys' sign removed

Tesco 'gifts for boys' sign removed | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
A complaint from a seven-year-old girl prompts Tesco to remove a sign which referred to a superhero alarm clock as a "gift for a boy".
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Tesco has removed a sign which referred to a superhero alarm clock as a "gift for a boy" from its stores after a complaint from a seven-year-old girl. Karen Cole posted a photo of her "superhero-loving" daughter Maggie on Twitter "My superhero loving 7yo daughter not impressed when she spotted this sign in @Tesco today @LetToysBeToys"

 
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Should we be fighting gender inequality in children’s toys? Our prime minister doesn’t think so

Should we be fighting gender inequality in children’s toys? Our prime minister doesn’t think so | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
The prime minister has hit out against a campaign promoting gender equality in children's toys, saying it is too politically correct for him.
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The campaign, called No Gender December and supported by Greens Senator and spokesperson for women Larissa Waters, highlights the dangers of imposing gender stereotypes on children through marketing of toys. It advocates gender-neutral toys and marketing techniques as a way of ensuring children are not pigeon-holed into particular interests, activities or perceptions from a young age based on gender.

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I'm Brianna Wu, and I'm Risking My Life Standing Up to Gamergate

I'm Brianna Wu, and I'm Risking My Life Standing Up to Gamergate | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
My name is Brianna Wu. I develop video games for your phone. I lead one of thelargest professional game-development teams of women in the field. Sometimes I speak out on women in tech issues. I'm doing everything I can to save my life except be silen...
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Software increasingly defines the world around us. It's rewriting everything about human interaction -- I spend a lot more time on my iPhone than I do at my local civic center. Facebook, Apple, Tinder, Snapchat, and Google create our social realities -- how we make friends, how we get jobs, and how mankind interacts. And the truth is, women don't truly have a seat at the table.

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10 Things Sheryl Sandberg Gets Exactly Right In 'Lean In'

10 Things Sheryl Sandberg Gets Exactly Right In 'Lean In' | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
Before  reading Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, I didn’t think I agreed with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s take on  balancing work and family life. As a working mom myself, I felt much more sympathetic with Anne Marie Slaughter’s arguments in her much-read Atlantic magazine [...]
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But mostly Lean In is not so much about the balancing act of parenting versus working as it is about the challenges women face in trying to get ahead. Sandberg devotes only three of the book’s 11 chapters to work/family balance. The rest are about how women can take charge of their own careers and push forward at a time when gender bias is more alive and well than most of us may want to admit. Though she has been criticized for putting the onus on women to forge ahead on their own, I found her book full of careful research about how much sexism still pervades the workplace. Another strength of the book is her willingness to admit her own failings and self-doubt.

 
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(Wo)Man The F*ck Up: Stop Relying On Others For Confidence

(Wo)Man The F*ck Up: Stop Relying On Others For Confidence | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
Our generation of women is constantly fishing for positive feedback to improve our self-esteem. We need the constant reassurance of positive attention from others in order to feel confident in ourselves.
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When you stop relying on others for your confidence is when you become truly confident, and confidence is a virtue that will take you far in life.
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She Tattooed Half Her Face And You'd Never Know It. Her Skills Are Just That Good.

She Tattooed Half Her Face And You'd Never Know It. Her Skills Are Just That Good. | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
This takes camouflage to a whole new level.
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Basma is a paramedical tattoo specialist. Instead of tattooing vibrant, colorful designs, she uses special pigments that match the skin in order to conceal scars. With Basma's help, patients like Samira can see a dramatic decrease in their scar visibility and discoloration after a few treatments. She even offers free procedures for patients who are unable to afford treatment. That's because Basma knows firsthand just how life-changing her work can be for those coping with painful scars left behind.

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Listen up, women are telling their story now | Rebecca Solnit

Listen up, women are telling their story now | Rebecca Solnit | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
The long read: Despite the ongoing pandemic of violence against women, the threats online and the harassment on the streets, women’s voices assumed an unprecedented power in 2014, writes Rebecca Solnit
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"In Wanderlust, my book on the history of walking, I described my own experience as a young woman: “It was the most devastating discovery of my life that I had no real right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness out of doors. It was, and still is, a sort of blame-the-victim framework, this insistence that women modify their presence in public space, or just give up and stay in, rather than that we transform public space (or men) so that women have the right to walk down the street unharassed."' 

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Men Couldn't Handle It When A Woman Agreed With Compliments They Gave Her Online

Men Couldn't Handle It When A Woman Agreed With Compliments They Gave Her Online | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
The next time someone sends you a "you're so hot" opening line on a dating app, try simply saying "Yeah I am." That's exactly what one college student started doing, and she got some... interesting reactions.

Claire Boniface, a...
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Claire Boniface, a 20-year-old student, began conducting a social experiment she called "agreeing with boys when they compliment you." Rather than profess thanks and gratitude to suitors offering compliments via online dating sites, Boniface politely agreed with them. She quickly found out that most dudes did not like this. Boniface said she thinks that the negative response might have "a lot to do with how some men believe that they have the power to tell women what they are, without considering that women have already acknowledged this themselves."

 

 

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Real Women Have Back Fat

Real Women Have Back Fat | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
After losing half my body weight, I somehow thought that life would get easier. Somehow, I thought that all of this would be easier. But as it turns out, it's harder. It's more frustrating and far more painful living in this body than it ever was liv...
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Real women have back fat. Real women also don't have an ounce of back fat. Real women, in fact, have all kinds of curves and wrinkles and pockets and lines. Every single body is different and has its own flaws and perfections, the result of a complex play of socioeconomic factors, heredity, health issues, lifestyle choices and a myriad of combinations of those factors. Women, just like men, come in every imaginable shape and size.

 
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Gorgeous Photos Show Women Confronting Their Insecurities Stripped Bare

Gorgeous Photos Show Women Confronting Their Insecurities Stripped Bare | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
"What is a beautiful woman?"

Lithuanian photographer Neringa Rekasiute's powerful new photo project poses this very question. Through her work, she is trying to put the power to decide what makes a "beautiful woman" back in our...
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In a photo series titled "We.Women," Rekasiute captures 12 women confronting parts of their appearance they have been taught to see as "problematic." The photo shoot allowed the women to confront their insecurities and the types of destructive behaviors negative self-perception can promote. "Women were writing about bulimia, anorexia, fat-shaming, skinny-shaming, violence from men," Rekasiute said. "This project showed us lots of deep scars in our society."

 

 

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‘This Girl Can’ Reminds Us to Sweat Like No One’s Watching

‘This Girl Can’ Reminds Us to Sweat Like No One’s Watching | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
The internet fell in love with this video last week, and so did we at MyFitnessPal HQ. “In ‘This Girl Can’, we wanted to tell the real story of women who exercise and play sport. They come in all s...
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“In ‘This Girl Can’, we wanted to tell the real story of women who exercise and play sport. They come in all shapes and sizes and all levels of ability” says Sport England’s CEO Jennie Price. “It really doesn’t matter if you are a bit rubbish or completely brilliant, the main thing is that you are a woman and you are doing something, and that deserves to be celebrated.” The company, which is focused on helping people across the UK create a fitness habit for life, did a study on what stops women from exercising. Price said they found that women “worried about being judged for being the wrong size, not fit enough and not skilled enough.”

 
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Feminist blogger posts 157 abusive tweets — from just one week

Feminist blogger posts 157 abusive tweets — from just one week | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
The tweets included at least 24 rape or death threats.
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Sarkeesian's project "Tropes vs Women in Video Games," which dissects the objectification of women in the medium, is what first made her a target of #Gamergate, the controversial social media movement that ostensibly started as a critique of gaming journalism. It has since largely devolved into a misogynistic reactionary mob that swarms anyone critical of it, particularly women, with insults and rape or death threats. Sarkeesian is nowhere near alone in regularly facing cyberattacks based on gender. A Pew Research report released last fall analyzed a sample of 3,000 tweets and found that a disproportionate amount of online abuse is aimed at young women. Much of this abuse is in the form of sexual harassment and cyber-stalking.

 
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Make gender equality an international mass movement: Maneka

Make gender equality an international mass movement: Maneka | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has called for making gender equality an international mass movement, saying it should go beyond being a mere slogan.
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Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has called for making gender equality an international mass movement, saying it should go beyond being a mere slogan. "The world needs a movement spanning across centuries to fight for parity, therefore, the issue of gender equality must become something more than a slogan". 

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Farhan Akhtar calls for gender equality

Farhan Akhtar calls for gender equality | Reflecting on Gender Equality and Pushing Forward | Scoop.it
The Bhaag Milkha Bhaag actor is a South Asia Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women
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Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, the first man to be appointed a UN Women’s South Asia Goodwill Ambassador, called for gender equality on International Men’s Day 2014. Farhan has voiced several important issues of gender equality through his Men Against Rape and Discrimination (Mard) campaign.

  
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