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Single-sex schools in transition as transgender students gain acceptance

"I felt so much more comfortable": Jeremy Beach became the only boy in his Catholic girls' school.

Henrietta Cook   Jeremy Beach was the only male student at his Catholic girls' school.

Duncan Storrar to buy $6000 'toaster' for the homeless

Duncan Storrar poses his question on Q&A.

Larissa Ham   After a rollercoaster ride from hero to 'villain', infamous Q&A questioner Duncan Storrar has found a way to disperse the $60,000 he never asked for.

DV leave

Domestic violence leave would mean fewer jobs for women: Cash

Michaelia Cash has explained why she opposes domestic violence leave provisions for public servants.

Noel Towell   Minister for Women's comments are "beyond bizarre" says public service union.

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Marital rape no longer allowed and suicide, homosexuality not a crime at Nauru

More than 900 men are in the Manus detention centre and almost 500 men, women and children remain in the Nauru ...

Nicole Hasham   The isolated island republic has updated its antiquated criminal code.

Emotional Nova Peris slams critics

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces her endorsement of Nova Peris as Senate candidate, during a press conference at ...

Fergus Hunter   Outgoing Northern Territory senator Nova Peris has rebuked critics of her shock resignation, defending her legacy and pointing to the challenges faced by Indigenous Australians.

Anti-trans violence

Transgender activist dies after being shot six times and then denied treatment

23-year-old transgender activist Alesha.

Max Bearak   That Alesha faced the same neglect and discrimination at the hospital, and ultimately died from it, seems a sad foregone conclusion.

DIY abortion

Up against strict laws, Texas women are learning do-it-yourself abortions

Women participate in a rally in New York to condemn Donald Trump's remarks about women and abortion.

Ellen Wulfhorst   So far, the number of Texas women who have taken the option of a self-induced abortion could be as high as 100,000 to 240,000.

Sexist attack on Taiwan's new president scrubbed from Chinese state media

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen: since her swearing-in she has been the focus of attacks in Chinese media.

Philip Wen   An editorial that said Taiwan's president has "extreme" political views because she is unmarried and childless has sparked a backlash on Chinese social media.

Age of consent

Queensland finally catching up on age of consent laws

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Amy Remeikis   After decades of inaction, the Palaszczuk Labor Government will introduce legislation to standardise the age of consent, bringing an end to one of the State's most discriminatory laws.

Veteran affairs

Female WWII pilots no longer barred from US's Arlington National Cemetery

Air Force veterans F.G. Reynolds, Elaine Harmon and Barbara Squire at Arlington in 2006.

Rachel Weiner   "I had to leave work early because I couldn't concentrate - that's how happy I am," the granddaughter of a pilot who died last year said.

Abortion access

Greens pledge $15m to make abortions easier

Larissa Waters is the Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women.

Cameron Atfield   The Greens have pledged to make it safer, cheaper and easier for women to get abortions.

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Campus rape

A brutal initiation into campus life

Emma Hunt is still dealing with the trauma of an on-campus sexual assault.

Henrietta Cook and Timna Jacks   Emma Hunt's first taste of university life was brutal.

Surprising backer joins marriage equality cause

Handmade craft items at a CWA show.

Michael Koziol   The Victorian branch of the Country Women's Association has become the latest high-profile group to throw its support behind marriage equality.

International students 'silent' victims of assault and harassment

A foreign student at UNSW has reported sexual harassment from a fellow student.

Cosima Marriner   It was 3am when Sabeena Mozaffar started getting Facebook messages from a fellow student offering to pay her for sexual favours.

Abortion rights

Oklahoma legislature passes bill making it a felony to perform abortions

A person who performs an abortion will be punished with between one and three years in the state penitentiary.

Mark Berman   According to the measure, a person who performs or induces an abortion will be punished with between one and three years in the state penitentiary.

Sydney Uni cracks down on colleges

Elizabeth Broderick at the National Press Club.

Eryk Bagshaw   A joint task force is being set up to tackle the culture of the university's residential colleges.

Airbnb sued for ignoring host racism

Gregory Selden

Erik Larson and Andrew Harris   Airbnb is being sued for allegedly ignoring complaints of a black man that his room reservation was rejected because of his race.

Women likely losers from July 2 vote

A page on the Liberal Party's candidate website.

Tom McIlroy   Outgoing Liberal MP Sharman Stone✓ has warned the number of women in Parliament is likely to fall after the July 2 election.

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Military progress

US Senate confirms first openly gay Army Secretary

The swearing in of the Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning.

Karoun Demirjian   Eric Fanning is the first openly gay leader of any US military service, five years after the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

'I don't remember anything'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18:  Kendra Murphy a student at Sydney University who is speaking out about being incident at ...

Eryk Bagshaw   Kendra Murphy was horrified when her name was broadcast on the weekly ''lolly buffet''.

Transgender rights

Canada is legislating to formally ban discrimination against transgender people

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29:  Canadian Prime minister, Justin Trudeau makes a statement during a press conference next ...

Ian Austen   Discrimination against transgender people will be formally banned, and crimes against them will be included in the country's hate crimes law.

Uni assaults

One-quarter of Sydney Uni students harassed

Sydney University, main quadrangle.  Photo: Fiona-Lee Quimby

Kelsey Munro   ''Any incident that goes unreported is a cause for concern'', university says.

'Illiterate and innumerate' refugees 'would take Australian jobs'

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Latika Bourke   Illiterate and innumerate refugees will take Australian jobs or languish on the dole and use free health services provided by Medicare, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has warned. 

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Duncan Storrar

Duncan Storrar has broken his silence after being viciously targeted by media

Duncan Storrar on the Q&A panel.

Jenny Noyes   News Corp outlets knew he had serious mental health issues but went after him anyway. All for asking a simple question.


Bullied kids told to stop playing the victim

Brighton Grammar has been accused of "victim blaming" after it released advice about bullying.

Henrietta Cook   Children who are bullied are whingers that need to "stop playing the victim", according to a resilience coach hired by an elite Melbourne private school.

Uniform row

Girls should wear pants at school too: mother

1st Use AFR                   Private Schools  Tuesday 6th December 2005  Photo Michele MOssop  AFR Features  St Charles ...

Emily Woods   A Melbourne mother has launched a campaign calling for gender equality in school uniforms.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump's history of questionable behaviour with women revealed

Donald Trump

Frank McGurty   The New York Times has interviewed dozens of women who have worked for Donald Trump, revealing a pattern of unsettling personal behaviour.

Campus harassment

'Systemic': uni students reveal assault and harassment on campus

Sydney uni student Blythe Worthy was the subject of sexual assault/harassment while studying in Fisher Library.

Cosima Marriner   Blythe Worthy was tucked away on a deserted floor of the uni library studying, unaware an older man was watching her and masturbating.

The rich-poor divide in abortion numbers around the world

Planned Parenthood supporters attend a September rally in Los Angeles to campaign for access to reproductive health care.

Ariana Eunjung Cha   A new analysis of global abortions shows a stark divide between what's happening in wealthier, developed countries versus their their poorer and less developed counterparts.

Election 2016

Bill Shorten commits $65m to family violence services

Bill Shorten

Adam Gartrell   Bill Shorten has promised Labor will provide funding certainty to the organisations delivering family violence services if it wins government.

Inappropriate or not? Board member resigns after gay ex-student kicked out of private school event

Angus's 'inappropriate' clothing

Emma D'Agostino, Liam Mannix, Ebony Bowden   A board member at an exclusive Christian private school has quit after a  young gay man has been thrown out of an event – for dressing inappropriately.

Elizabeth Warren emerges as slayer of Donald Trump on Twitter

Senator Elizabeth Warren has taken to Twitter to bash Donald Trump

Ashley Parker   A liberal, 66-year-old first-term Democratic senator from Massachusetts, seems to have come up way to rattle the New York billionaire - attack him on his home turf, Twitter.

Feeling unsafe

Should girls go out after dark? One in three young women say no

"I've done nothing wrong". Sherry Xu, 18, is frustrated that young women feel unsafe at night.

Miki Perkins   Do you feel safe going out at night? Many young women feel it's their responsibility to change their behaviour and stay alert in public places.

Tara Moss: 'The sexual abuse stories I'll never forget'

"There are [stories] I'll never forget": Tara Moss.

Rosemarie Milsom   After hearing too many horrifying confidences in response to her first non-fiction book, Tara Moss now urges women to speak out against abuse of all kinds - and explains how they can make themselves heard.

DPP calls in independent legal advice to review tragic death of Lynette Daley

Lynette Daley

Ava Benny-Morrison   The Director of Public Prosecutions has taken the rare step of calling on independent legal minds to review the death of NSW mother Lynette Daley following growing criticism. 

'She could avoid this incident happening by sitting in the back seat'

Perth taxi drivers could boost their income by doubling as a courier from Thursday.

Adam Cooper   Victim could have avoided assault 'by sitting in the back seat', defence lawyer tells court.

Anti-abortion extremism

Judge declares Planned Parenthood suspect unfit for trial

Robert Lewis Dear, the gunman who burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic in November.

Jack Healy   The judge said Robert Lewis Dear Jr. had delusions and paranoia that impaired his understanding of the proceedings.

Wesley College

Female students defamed, slut-shamed in Wesley College journal

Yet another college has been exposed for its shocking culture of sexual harassment.

Jenny Noyes   Yet another Sydney University college has been exposed for its shocking culture of sexual harassment - this time in print.


Philippines elects first transgender politician to Congress


Elahe Izadi   "The politics of bigotry, hatred and discrimination did not triumph," Geraldine Roman said. "What triumphed was the politics of love, acceptance and respect."

Duncan puts human face on budget battle

Duncan Storrar with his daughter Indica, wife Cindy-Lee and daughter Jakalah-Rose.

Michael Koziol, Daniel Cherny   The post-budget back-and-forth between government and opposition can easily seem vague, with both sides trading soundbites about "growth" and "fairness" that probably leave most voters unmoved.

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Joyce Banda

Malawi's first female president says African women don't need lectures from the West

Dr. Joyce Banda, former Malawi president.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani   Former president Joyce Banda said leadership training she'd received in New York had backfired, and what African women leaders need instead is financial support to do it their way.

Lessons in diversity

Ebony from the Australian documentary Gayby Baby.

Farrah Tomazin   It was the home-grown documentary that was temporarily banned in NSW schools, won the acclaim of a Victorian Premier, and placed same-sex parenting under the public spotlight.

Sadiq Khan elected London's first Muslim mayor after bitter campaign

Sadiq Khan and his wife, Saadiya, after casting their votes in London's mayoral elections. Mr Khan went on to win the ballot.

William James and Elizabeth Piper   Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver, became London's first Muslim mayor on Friday, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism.

Federal Court finds Australia owes Nauru rape victim a duty of care

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Bianca Hall   Immigration Minister Peter Dutton owes a young African refugee raped on Nauru a duty of care, and must not force her to terminate her pregnancy in Papua New Guinea, the Federal Court ruled on Friday.

Trafficking risk

Steep increase in girls living on Mumbai's streets raises trafficking concerns, says local charity

Young girls play in the street in Dharavi in Mumbai, India.

Rina Chandran   Life on the streets puts girls at a greater risk of trafficking and sexual abuse, says Mumbai-based education charity Pratham.

Questions raised over police union paying legal fees of officer pleading guilty to family violence

The case raises serious questions about how the powerful police union decides which members it will back in court.

Miki Perkins   The case of a police officer who beat his wife and son raises serious questions about who the powerful police union defends in court.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump offends again on Cinco de Mayo: 'I Love Hispanics!'

Donald Trump has offended yet again on Twitter, this time with over his taco salad tweet.

Chris Zappone   Billionaire shows no shame despite slurs against Mexican migrants having been central to his bid for the White House.

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Me time

Why the idea of taking 'meternity' leave would benefit us all

businesswoman standing in city back view

Meghann Foye   Meghann Foye explains why taking some me-time out from the work schedule is essential for all workers, not just those with children.

Malcolm Turnbull defends advising wealthy parents to 'shell out' to buy their kid a house

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces down Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Latika Bourke   Joe Hockey's advice for buying a good home was regarded as an insult. Is Malcolm Turnbull's any better?

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When Dutton's face became an ever-evolving meme

The image of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Timna Jacks   You'd think that the staffers of of the most prominent Australian politicians, our Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, would have known by now, that asking a journalist to censor content - and then allowing them to report this - will almost certainly trigger immediate intrigue.


Conservative male 'activists' are lingering in women's bathrooms in 'protest'

Dylan Harrington visited a Target in Columbus, Ohio.

Travis M. Andrews   Wow, what brave men they are.

DV screening

'Do you feel safe?': family violence screening for pregnant mums

A pregnant student was told to "stop rubbing her belly and wear looser clothing".

Miki Perkins   All women coming in for antenatal appointments at the Royal Women's Hospital will be asked how safe they feel at home in a groundbreaking program aimed at tackling family violence.

Woman card

Hillary Clinton issues 'Woman's Card'

Hillary Clinton's 'Woman Card' inspired by a Donald Trump's comment.

Elizabeth Wasserman   Donald Trump Sunday repeated his claim that Hillary Clinton is using the "woman's card" to win the Democratic nomination for president.

Trump card

Elizabeth Warren: ‘Asking if Trump is sexist is like asking if he has bad hair’

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Jenny Noyes   Senator Elizabeth Warren delivers a Veep-worthy slapdown.

Sex party candidate says religious extremists threatened to kill his female dog Bruce

The letter sent to Steven Baily threatening his female dog Bruce.

Henry Belot   The Australian Sex Party's candidate for the ACT election has claimed religious extremists threatened to kill his female dog Bruce, unless he stops meddling with the church.

Despair on Nauru

The Nauru refugee who set himself alight has died in a Brisbane hospital

A photo believed to be of the victim, Omid.

Nicole Hasham   An Iranian refugee at Nauru who set himself on fire over despair at his life on the island has died.


Attorney-General calls out bigotry after Muslim woman appointed to court

Urfa Masood in 2006.

Benjamin Preiss   The appointment of the first Muslim woman to a Victorian court has prompted bigoted tirades criticising the government's decision.

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The v-word

This teacher says she was fired for saying the word 'vagina' to her middle school art class

Allison Wint said "vagina" while talking to eighth-graders about Georgia O'Keefe's flower paintings.

Jenny Noyes   She was talking to eighth-graders about Georgia O'Keefe's flower paintings, famous for their resemblance to female genitalia, when she 'violated' the school policy.

Trump, Clinton sparring on 'woman card' previews election theme

Mary Pat Christie, wife of governor Chris Christie, reacts to Donald Trump's 'woman card' claim.

Margaret Talev   "If fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in," said Clinton on Tuesday.

Australia should 'respect PNG's decision' on detention

Australian Human Rights Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs during an estimates hearing at Parliament House in ...

Alexandra Back   The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission said the federal government should respect Papua New Guinea's decision on detention, and she hoped the people held on Manus Island would be brought to Australia.