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Riding solo

Living alone is linked to social advantage in young women but disadvantage in middle-aged men

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Miki Perkins, Social Affairs Reporter Pretty much busts the cat lady myth.

Political parity

Women are still under-represented in local government

Clover Moore has proved to be a popular lord mayor of Sydney.

Harvey Grennan At the last round of local government elections, nationally, women accounted for just 32 per cent of all candidates and were elected to 30 per cent of positions.

George Brandis censured by Senate over failure to defend Gillian Triggs from 'malicious attacks'


SARAH WHYTE "As Attorney-General his role should be to defend Professor Triggs, instead he has joined with the Prime Minister in attacking her."

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How to beat anti-choice protesters at their own game

Anti-choice protestors are picketing abortion clinics across Australia.

Rachel Eddie Their message to the woman accessing the abortion clinics is clear- we have your back.

New study highlights struggles of older LGBTI Australians

Dorothy McDonald

JILL STARK Dorothy did not see her daughter for 12 years. It was nearly three decades before she was reunited with her son.

Australia's gender pay gap hits record high


Belinda Merhab That guy checking Facebook at his desk right now? He's officially earning around $300 a week than you.

Military sexism

Army chief David Morrison says he will continue fighting sexism


Caris Bizzaca "There is no going back now... A message to those in the army, who are resistant to change: your days are numbered."

Government should fund nannies, boost support for lower income families, says childcare report


JUDITH IRELAND The proposed system would provide up to 100 hours of care per fortnight for children 13 years and under.

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This artist is using her talent to remind people that women in politics matter

Stephanie Rudig draws portraits of female politicians and pasting them around Washington DC.

Stephanie Rudig draws portraits of female politicians and pastes them around Washington DC.

New campaign asks marriage equality supporters to leave federal MPs a phone message

Same-sex marriage supporters will also be able to use the London-style phone box, which will have its debut at Sydney's Mardi Gras, to voice their concerns to their local MP.

JUDITH IRELAND About 400 messages have been recorded since Monday using the 1300 number.


Women and girls share their amazing achievements with #LikeAGirl

Like a Girl

EFFIE MANN Champion of ladezzz Amy Poehler's Smart Girls inspires a girl-power social media campaign.

Thousands protest in Turkey over murder of woman who 'resisted rape'

Protest in honour of Ozgecan Aslan.

Turkey's president on Monday described violence against women as the "bleeding wound" of the country.

QLD elections

There will be eight women in new Queensland government ministry

Premier elect of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk.

New Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has reaffirmed a commitment to create jobs in the state as she unveiled a ministry that includes eight women.

Smartphone app to reduce family violence for teens

Katherine has helped develop an app that educates young women about healthy relationships. Her friend Jacqueline spent four years in an abusive relationship.

MIKI PERKINS On Saturday, Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will launch a new smartphone app designed to prevent family violence.

#MuslimLivesMatter calls out media 'hypocrisy' after US murders

Craig Stephen Hicks appears in court.

JOSEPHINE TOVEY Social media users have accused mainstream news organisations of hypocrisy over their coverage of the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in the US.

Freya Newman will be starting an internship with the Greens

Freya Newman has landed a job with the Greens.

The former fashion school student who leaked details of a scholarship awarded to one of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's daughters will be getting into politics.

Female MPs unite over parliamentary baby boom

Amanda Rishworth, Kate Ellis and Kelly O'Dwyer at Parliament House on Tuesday.

LATIKA BOURKE Labor frontbenchers Kate Ellis and Amanda Rishworth and the recently promoted Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer are all due to give birth this year.

Tanveer Ahmed

White Ribbon Ambassador Tanveer Ahmed recommitting rather than resigning

Despite calls for his resignation Tanveer Ahmed will recommit to White Ribbon.

Despite the flood of complaints the controversial Ambassador will remain at White Ribbon.

Third gender

University of Vermont recognises a third gender: neutral

Rocko Gieselman, a student at the University of Vermont.

JULIE SCELFO A growing number of students are embracing the idea that when it comes to classifying gender, there should be more than two options

#ImStickingWithTony: The best (parody) tweets in support of Tony Abbott

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference in Sydney on February 6, 2015. Party critics of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a dramatic bid on February 6 to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN

Chloe Booker A hashtag that was started with the aim of supporting the embattled Prime Minister is trending first on Twitter for entirely the wrong reason it was intended.

Russell Brand

Watch: Russell Brand slams Tony Abbott and Australia's asylum seeker policies

Russell Brand has hit out at Tony Abbott in his latest YouTube video.

"Tony, why are there even white people in Australia? How did white people get to Australia?’

'Mansplain' is the Macquarie Dictionary word of the year

mansplain (v.): (of a man) explain something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronising.

Luke Malpass Take that, patriarchy!

Gay couple seize in-flight moment to kiss in front of homophobic Russian MP

Two women seized an opportunity to protest homophobia.

Su-Lin Tan Notorious Russian homophobe, Vitaly Milonov, has struck again, this time in a photobomb with two kissing lesbians.

Tony Abbott prepares to dump paid parental leave scheme

Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme could be the next election promise to be revised.

MATTHEW KNOTT Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to radically water down, or dump entirely, his paid parental leave scheme in a bid to shore up support among frustrated backbench MPs.

Rosie Batty

Rosie Batty condemns PM for budget cuts that endanger women

Australian of the Year Rosie Batty questions the funding cuts.

JENNA PRICE Rosie Batty has questioned the government's double standard undervaluing the roles axed workers play in front line community services. Jenna Price reports.

Colleen McCullough

Twitter reacts to The Australian's sexist Colleen McCullough obituary

Author Colleen McCullough, Wednesday 17th September 2008.

EFFIE MANN An obituary for author Colleen McCullough published in The Australian newspaper has sparked anger this morning, with readers labelling it "sexist".

DJ Tatiana Alvarez

DJ Tatiana Alvarez: Why I had to dress as a man to get ahead

Tatiana Alvarez had to pretend to be a male so people would take her DJing skills seriously.

Helena de Bertodano Tatiana Alvarez says she struggled to get a break in dance music - until she created a male alter ego. Sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie? It soon will be.

10 women who 'became men' to get ahead

George Eliot, who was born Mary Ann Evans, and DJ Tatiana Alvarez, who spent a year as a man called Matt Muset.

Siân Ranscombe From the mother in search of her missing husband to the journalist who went to extreme lengths to become a war correspondent, these women found that the only way to get ahead as a woman was as a man.

Rosie Batty

Rosie Batty is the 2015 Australian of the Year

Daily Life's Woman of the Year, Rosie Batty.

Lisa Cox and Elise Scott One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Adam Baldwin

There's a petition to keep the Sci-Fi actor who started #Gamergate out of Australia

American actor Adam Baldwin.

EFFIE MANN American actor Adam Baldwin, who is credited with starting the hashtag prompting the harassment of women in gaming, is invited to the upcoming Supanova Pop Culture Expos in Australia.

Pharrell Williams and Al Gore will do Live Earth climate concert in Sydney

Former US vice-president Al Gore and <i>Happy</i> singer Pharrell Williams announce the concert at Davos.

Richard Ingham More than 100 artists will perform on every continent - including Australia - to raise awareness of climate change.

Baby steps

UK's Sun drops topless models from Page 3

TOPLESS MODELS NO MORE? The Sun is reportedly banning bare breasted women from its Page 3.

"This could be a huge step for challenging media sexism."

Caitlin Stasey

Melbourne actress Caitlin Stasey encourages women to reclaim their bodies with new feminist website

One of the portraits of Caitlin Stasey, posted on her new website

Frances Vinall Melbourne actress and former Neighbours star Caitlin Stasey has launched a new website called to empower women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, sexualities, and gender identities.

Feel free to breastfeed here, pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told the mothers to feel free to breastfeed them if they cried or were hungry.

Philip Pullella; Editing by Mark Heinrich Pope Francis baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told the mothers to feel free to breastfeed them if they cried or were hungry.

Children return to school after Taliban massacre in Pakistan

Girls carry their school bags as they walk along a road while heading to their school after it reopened in Peshawar January 12, 2015.

Maria Golovnina; additional reporting by Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Syed Raza Hassan Children streamed back to school across Pakistan on Monday in an anxious start to a new term following last month's massacre of 134 students at an army-run school in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar.

Twitter reacts to Rupert Murdoch's 'jihadists' tweet

Adam Hills: "Maybe all Australians lovely but until we recognise and destroy the growing pus sore that is @rupertmurdoch we must be held accountable."

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

Limits changed: An IVF embryo.

KIRSTY NEEDHAM A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos has been dropped after complaints the deadline was distressing couples.

Anti-vaccination advocate's tour in tatters after most venues cancel


JACQUELINE MALEY The Australian tour of controversial American anti-vaccination advocate Sherri Tenpenny is in tatters, after 9 out 11 venues pulled out.

Miscarriages will be formally recognised by NSW government


ROSE POWELL From this month, women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their loss.

Jeremy the koala

Everyone is hoping Jeremy the koala recovers from his serious bushfire burns


Chloe Booker While still critical, vets say Jeremy the koala is a "lucky boy".

Women-only bus service launched to combat sexual assaults in Nepal

Transport authorities in Nepal have launched a women-only bus service

The new route will operate during rush hour in Kathmandu and aims to protect the capital's young female population from sustained harassment

Doctors calling to bar anti-vaccination campaigner


JULIA MEDEW Doctors are trying to ban high-profile US anti-vaccination campaigner Sherri Tenpenny's Australian tour in March.

Melbourne group attempts to expose paedophiles in Tinder experiment


TAMMY MILLS A group of young Melburnians say they are exposing paedophiles grooming underage girls on Tinder by creating a fake profile and filming their encounters.

Prince Andrew: claims from alleged sex slave won't disappear

Buckingham Palace has denied

Gordon Rayner Prince Andrew has been named in a lurid account told by an alleged one-time sex slave, who claims she was paid nearly $19,000 by convicted financier Jerry Epstein, to have sex with the royal in 2001 when she was 17 years old.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin's son standing on a dog has started quite a backlash

Sarah Palin's son Trig steps on the family dog.

Katie Zezima Sarah Palin to animal-lovers: at least my son Trig didn't eat the dog

Backlash after Oprah describes movement against police brutality of African-Americans 'leaderless'

Oprah Winfrey has been criticised by African-American protesters for being out of touch.

Sandhya Somashekhar Key organisers of the wave of recent US protests over police treatment of African-Americans have lashed out at Oprah Winfrey over comments she made to People magazine criticising their movement as "leaderless."

Same-sex marriage

Advocates plan same-sex marriage push in federal electorates for 2015

Newly weds Sarah Midgley and Shirleene Robinson making a new life together in Newtown.

JACQUELINE MALEY Same sex marriage advocates are planning a 2015 blitz on western Sydney as part of a push across 50 key federal electorates for the enactment of marriage equality legislation before the next election.

Turkish president calls birth control "treason"

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan calls birth control a form of "treason" that threatens the country's bloodline.

PM says the carbon tax repeal is his top achievement as Minister for Women

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended the number of women in senior positions in his government.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared the repeal of the carbon tax as his biggest contribution for women in 2014.


Daily Life during the holidays

SARAH OAKES Over the holiday period we will be running "best of" stories from our favourite contributors.

Disability activist, journalist and comedian Stella Young to be remembered at public service today

Stella Young.

Stella Young's life and activism will be honoured with a public memorial service at Melbourne Town Hall on Friday.

Woman of the Year

Rosie Batty: 'There is a lot more strength and courage in us than we realise'

Daily Life's Woman of the Year, Rosie Batty.

JENNA PRICE Daily Life's Woman of the Year on life without Luke and the campaign to change the way Australia approaches domestic violence.

Rosie Batty is Daily Life's Woman of the Year 2014

Rosie Batty

JENNA PRICE Rosie Batty is Daily Life's Woman of the Year.

Sophie Mirabella returns to Parliament to petition for more female MPs

Former MP Sophie Mirabella with her children Kitty and Alexandra at Parliament House.

LATIKA BOURKE Sophie Mirabella is campaigning for more women to be represented in Federal Parliament.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai sends message to victims of Pakistan school attack

Malala Yousafzai was in chemistry class when the prize was announced.

Female education advocate and Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai has condemned the slaying of students in her homeland.

#IllRideWithYou is the antidote to racist commentary we all need tonight

Cover of this afternoon's Daily Telegraph.

The hostage crisis continues at Martin Place tonight. And while most of us are focused on hoping and praying for a resolution there's been no shortage of racist and inflammatry commentary both from our media and from indivudals on Twitter and Facebook.


Men are more likely than women to be idiots*

BMJ's mock study: Men are more likely than women to be idiots

Rachel Feltman *so says a mock study by the British Medical Journal.

Couples ban

Japanese restaurant bans couples on Christmas Eve to stop single customers feeling lonely

A hand-written message in the Tokyo restaurant advises couples could also cause staff 'severe emotional trauma'.

Julian Ryall A hand-written message in the Tokyo restaurant advises couples could also cause staff 'severe emotional trauma'.