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Maternal rights

ANZ employee disciplined after refusing pelvic exam tells her side of the story

A heavily pregnant Katherine Bashour appears at the Federal Court for an urgent injunction hearing involving ANZ Bank on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Bashour claims that she suffered sexual harassment and was discriminated against after she was sacked by ANZ while on maternity leave.

JENNA PRICE Katherine Bashour has now resigned from her job and can speak freely about her treatment.

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No burqa ban

Parliament House dumps burqa ban

The non-issue of burqa or niqab-wearing Muslim women switches the argument away from the central issue of how to deal with those who are radicalised.

The controversial plan to segregate Muslim women wearing burqas into glassed enclosures at parliament house has been ditched, after a fierce public and political backlash.

'I am Liberian, Not a Virus': Video fights stigma against people from countries battling Ebola


Liberian-American television host Shoana Clarke Solomon ecided to combat misinformation about Ebola in a powerful clip.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham quotes Jill Meagher's husband on Instagram

Lena Dunham has been vocal about violence against women on social media.

JANE LEE "Tom Meagher used his wife's unspeakable death to create dialogue, so bless the f--k out of him."

High-tech stalking: The newest domestic violence challenge

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The Age. Photo:EDDIE JIM.

JUDITH IRELAND "That was pretty scary for us as refuge workers to realise that this is a brave new world."

Julia Gillard

15 best pieces of advice from Julia Gillard's biography

Julia Gillard

In her new biography My Story our first female Prime Minister details the challenges of being a minority leader whose own party was unravelling because of toxic internal politics. It's bascially the toughest leadership gig that could be designed for a politican. Her biography gives an insight in to how she coped - with a particular focus on purpose and resilience. These are the key take outs:

Lesbian kiss-a-thon

Hundreds turn up at Sainsbury's kiss-in protest in support of LGBT rights


Hundreds of protesters swarm the British supermarket after a lesbian couple kicked out for sharing a kiss.

Sexist burger flipper

Fast food restaurant owner to female reporter: 'I would love to see my meat in your mouth'

Kansas City

Effie Mann Do you want a serve of sexual harassment with that?

ABC refuses to apologise after airing 'transphobic' Q&A tweets about Catherine McGregor

Catherine McGregor

TOM DECENT The ABC has defended a series of controversial tweets aired on its Q & A program on Monday night amid social media firestorm.

98,000 Hacked Snapchat Photos and Videos Posted Online

Pictures that appear to have been stolen from a Snapchat-related app have shown up online, although the scope and explicit nature of the leak may have been exaggerated.

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai "The content that has been released over the last 48 hours is an invasion of personal privacy."

Woolworths pulls racist singlets from shelves


BEAU DONELLY Supermarket giant Woolworths has pulled a range of "racist" and "offensive" singlets from its shelves after a social media backlash.

Malala Yousafzai

Why the world loves Malala Yousafzai

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10:  Malala Yousafzai speaks during a press conference at the Library of Birmingham after being announced as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, on October 10, 2014 in Birmingham, England. The 17-year-old Pakistani campaigner, who lives in Britain where she received medical treatment following an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012, was jointly awarded the Nobel peace prize with Kailash Satyarthi from India. Chair of the Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland made the announcement in Oslo, commending Malala for her 'heroic struggle' as a spokesperson for girls' rights to education.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Radhika Sanghani As Pakistani schoolgirl education activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, wins the Nobel Peace Prize, we re-live her most significant moments.

Man attempts to have female Supreme Court judge disqualified because of suspected 'feminist' and 'leftist' views


MICHAELA WHITBOURN A Sydney man has tried to have a female Supreme Court judge disqualify herself from hearing a matter because he suspected she was a "feminist with leftist leanings".

Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai

hildren's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday.

Women bear brunt of Islamophobia in Australia

RACHEL OLDING It is the little things that Sara misses the most: driving around with the windows down, taking her kids to the park, ducking down the street for groceries.

Lateline host Emma Alberici masterfully handles fiery interview with Hizb ut-Tahrir

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has applauded Lateline host Emma Alberici over a fiery TV exchange with a spokesman for the radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

TMZ: 7th Heaven dad Stephen Collins allegedly confesses to to child molestation

Stephen Collins (centre) and the 7th Heaven cast.

Television dad Stephen Collins, best known for his role as minister Eric Camden on the long-running family drama 7th Heaven, has allegedly confessed to molesting underage girls.

Naomi Wolf condemned for posting 'unhinged conspiracy theories' on social media

Under fire: Naomi Wolf is standing by what she wrote.

SARAH BERRY Bestselling author Naomi Wolf has hit back at claims she is advancing ''unhinged conspiracy theories" after she questioned whether the recent videos of beheadings by Islamic State militants were real.

Allison Langdon: hard work and heart break

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Allison Langdon photographed for Sunday Life.

Erin O'Dwyer It comes with a lifestyle of action and sometimes terrifying situations, but for 60 Minutes reporter Allison Langdon it’s the job she always dreamed of. She talks with Erin O’Dwyer about her life in the fast lane.

Sexist games

'Sexist' video game suggests being a 'girl' is a profession


Radhika Sanghani A new web-based game has come under fire on Twitter for suggesting that 'girl' is a profession, in line with being a scientist, police officer and construction worker.

100 Women of Influence: the country's highest-achieving women revealed

Claire Stewart This year’s 100 Women of Influence winners represent a wide cross-section of business and community life across Australia, writes Claire Stewart.

Australia's sexist climate resulting in young women curbing their ambitions

Deakin student Natalie Petrellis, 19.

MIKI PERKINS Young women are turning their backs on leadership or politics because of an overwhelming perception of growing sexism in Australia, according to a survey by child rights organisation Plan International Australia.


Sexist joke

Twitter slams The Project for inappropriate joke about Julia Gillard's sex life


Candice Chung Looks like 12 months on, nothing much has changed.


Coles not allowed to call its bread 'fresh' for three years

Coles will not be able to label bread baked overseas and frozen

Supermarket chain Coles has been banned for three years from advertising that its bread was made or baked on the day it was sold.

QLD firefighters rated female colleagues' sexual performance on Facebook

Qld fire

MARISSA CALLIGEROS Three Queensland firefighters are under investigation after allegedly rating which of their female colleagues would be "best in bed".


Victoria: anti-abortionists target state's most marginal seat

Labor MP Danielle Green

Henrietta Cook State Political Reporter Anonymous leaflets attacking a Labor MP for supporting abortion up to birth and gender selection have been sent to voters in the state's most marginal metropolitan seat.

TV host Rob Mills apologises after posting homophobic grand final picture

Australian entertainer Rob Mills in a grand final blunder.

Angelo Risso Singer Rob Mills has apologised "unreservedly" for posting on social media a photo described as vile and homophobic following Saturday's AFL grand final.

Yelena Serova

Female Russian cosmonaut slams focus on her hair and parenting

Russian cosmonaut Yelena Serova.

Emma Barnett Russia’s first female cosmonaut in 17 years has hit out at reporters who focus more on her hair style and parenting skills than her ability to do a her job

Australia's approach to climate change condemed at UN summit

Unpopular stance: Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at the UN.

NICK O'MALLEY Nations big and small have condemned approaches such as those of Australia to climate change.

Here's what happened at Julia Gillard's book launch today

Julia Gillard

JACQUELINE MALEY It was like a reunion of the 43rd parliament, except, well, it was pleasant. The harbour was drenched in the solar glitter of the Sydney spring. Wayne Swan looked cheerful and Tanya Plibersek, relaxed.

Is this the real reason Lara Bingle deleted her pictures of Sam Worthington?


KASEY EDWARDS While it's been widely reported the deletion has something to do with relationship problems, it in fact probably has more to do with Sam Worthington's desire for privacy.

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Forbes fires Bill Frezza

Forbes fires contributor after column declares 'drunk female guests' are fraternities' greatest threat

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Jason Abbruzzese Forbes has removed contributor Bill Frezza from his role at the publication's website after he published an article that declared "drunk female guests" to be the biggest threat to fraternities.

26-year-old indigenous woman brings world leaders to tears at UN Climate Summit

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner addresses the opening of the Climate Summit in New York.

LISA VISENTIN The spoken word poetry of a 26-year-old indigenous woman from the Marshall Islands has brought some of the world's most powerful leaders to tears at the UN Climate Summit.

Sexism Awards

Christoper Pyne wins Ernie Award 2014 for his comments on the impact of uni fees on women


JENNA PRICE Liberal MPs dominate the awards for Australia’s Top Sexist.

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Surprising results

I spoke to hundreds of men about rape and domestic violence


As told to Clementine Ford VicHealth recently released a comprehensive study into Australian attitudes towards violence against women. Clementine Ford spoke to one anonymous male interviewer who worked for the telemarketing company conducting the research. Here is his experience, in his words.

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Adorable dog returns lost items for KLM Airlines


Losing your stuff on an airplane just got less frustrating.


JBWere female exec told: 'A woman's IQ halves when she's pregnant'

JB Were

Hannah Low A former Queensland state manager of JBWere claims she was sexually ­harassed and bullied to stand down from her high-paying job after taking time off to have two children.

After UN speech, Emma Watson hit with nude photo release threat

Chris Taylor Emma Watson's well-received speech at the UN calling for gender equality has attracted the attention of the trolls on 4Chan.

Emma Watson hit with nude photo release threat after UN speech

Emma Watson's passionate UN speech has caught the attention of hackers.

Hackers have attempted to undermine Emma Watson's 'game-changing' U.N. speech on feminism.

Muslims Launch Powerful Social Media Campaign Against ISIS With #NotInMyName

Not in my name

Muslims around the world are fighting back — using the hashtag #NotInMyName to remind the world that ISIS does not represent their religion.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt wants to know what feminism means to you


Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't just an actor or an entrepreneur, he's a feminist.

Real talk

John Oliver slams Miss America pageant and scholarship practices in sizzling monologue

JOhn Oliver

It's 2014, and John Oliver is questioning the existence of the Miss America pageant.


Australian millionaire jokes about paying women less at start-up conference

Entrepreneur Evan Thornley caused a stir with comments at a start-up conference.

BEN GRUBB Australian technology entrepreneur and former Victorian MP Evan Thornley says he "stuffed up" when he remarked at a Sydney technology start-up conference that he paid women less than men.


Jill Meagher's husband pays tribute on anniversary of her murder

Jill Meagher

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI The husband of Jill Meagher has paid his murdered wife an emotional tribute on the second anniversary of her death, writing that he loved her more than she loved life.

UN Speech

Emma Watson: Being a feminist isn't the same as 'man-hating'


Hannah Furness The actress said she became a feminist after being called "bossy" for wanting to direct a play aged eight.

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Hitler's last surviving female food taster tells all in new documentary

Margot Woelk

Claire Cohen Margot Woelk is the only surviving member of Hitler's food tasting team - 15 women who risked their lives for him daily. After a lifetime of silence, she's told her story on German TV and revealed the ordeal suffered by a generation of young women.

Julia Gillard opens up about Kevin Rudd, prime ministership ahead of memoir release

Julia Gillard.

JUDITH IRELAND Julia Gillard says she fed Kevin Rudd "hope" on the night that she deposed him as prime minister in June 2010 and that she "shouldn't have done that".

Ernie Awards

Sexist politicians dominate in Ernies 2014 nominations

Clive Palmer has lost an appeal against a decision to refuse his appliation to build a rail line from the Galilee Basin to the Abbot Point coal terminal.

Damien Murphy "Politicians don't seem to have learned a thing. Bless them."

Until death...

Skeletons uncovered of a couple that has held hands for 700 years

Image via University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS).

Kari Paul Skeletal remains more in love than you'll ever be.

Voiceless women

How older, poor, single women are being overlooked

Wendy Suiter, PHD student at Uni of Wollongong in NSW, majoring in Composing. She doesn't have much money and is single and is worried about being able to afford retirement. 
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Pic by Andy Zakeli Attn Age reporter, Caroline Zielinski

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A growing number of older women who are finding themselves locked out of the property market because of a lack of savings and superannuation, mainly due to a part-time or sporadic working life.

Oscar Pistorius verdict

Remembering 'humble and beautiful' Reeva Steenkamp


Emma Barnett The world must not forget Reeva Steenkamp says Nick Boulton, the photographer who worked with the late model for a decade, as he opens up to Emma Barnett about his reactions to the verdict so far

Carry That Weight

Students support alleged rape victim by helping carry her mattress

Emma Sulkowicz (L), a senior visual arts student at Columbia University, carries a mattress in protest of the university's lack of action after she reported being raped

Radhika Sanghani Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz vowed to carry her mattress everywhere she went until her alleged rapist was expelled from university. Now, her fellow students have created a second movement in solidarity and vowed to help her shoulder the burden.

Islamic State

I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl who was given as a gift to IS

Islamic State militants shot Narin's brother and still hold her sister-in-law captive.

Mohammed A. Salih This is the story told to me by a 14-year-old Yazidi girl who escaped after being presented as a gift.

Abbott's budget will leave poorer women worse off

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GARETH HUTCHENS Women will bear the brunt of the Abbott government's budget cuts.

Everyday racism

How racist are you? Take the test

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Krati Garg and Megan Toomey A new app helps navigate the subtlety of racism for you.


DiGiorno Pizza makes light of the #WhyIStayed domestic violence hashtag


Todd Wasserman Known for an active, irreverent Twitter feed, the brand made a serious misstep when it jumped in on a conversation about domestic violence.

90-year-old ladies marry after 70 years in love

Together forever: Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes.

RACHEL CLUN After more than 70 years together, American couple Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes have finally tied the knot.


Women share stories of abuse and survival via #whyistayed and #whyileft

Janay Rice, wife of Ravens running back Ray Rice, made a statement to the news media May 5, 2014, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md, regarding his assault charge for knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino. On Monday, Sept. 9, 2014, Rice was let go from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing the incident. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Domestic violence victims from all over the world have come together in a collective discussion – and outpouring of grief - about abusive relationships, with the hash-tag “Why I Stayed” spreading like wildfire on Twitter.

Improving before and after-school care key to women re-entering workforce


JUDITH IRELAND An increase in before and after school programs and holiday programs could be the most efficient and effective way of helping more women re-enter the workforce, the National Foundation for Australian Women says.