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Just Group and Best & Less refuse to sign safety agreement two years after Bangladeshi factory accident

Rescue workers in the Rana Plaza factory after the collapse that killed 1129 workers.

ESTHER HAN The companies are under fire for refusing to sign a legally binding pact that protects Bangladesh's garment workers.

Girls pen handwritten letter to principal after bizarre running ban

Al-Taqwa College principal Omar Hallak.

Henrietta Cook Ex-teacher says Al-Taqwa College banned girls from running at sporting events because the principal thinks it may cause them to lose their 'virginity'.

Gender price gap

GetUp has launched a Tumblr to get us talking about the pink tax

Bonds thinks women should pay more for 'The Shirt' than men.

Jenny Noyes Now you can add your 2.25 cents to the conversation.

New study shows top companies with women on boards perform better

Boards function better with a variety of views: Chairman of Medibank Private, Elizabeth Alexander.

JUDITH IRELAND Top Australian companies with at least 25 per cent female boards perform better than those with all-male boards.


New Zealand PM forced to apologise after persistently pulling waitress' hair

John Key and wife Bronagh have a coffee the morning after the election.

Apparently John Key never graduated primary school.


Ethan Egart wins over Q&A panel by asking why 10-year-old friend with autism must be deported

Ethan Egart was so angry his 10-year-old friend with autism is being deported he decided to send a question in to <i>Q&A</i>.

Neil McMahon It took young Ethan Egart just 27 seconds to steal the show on Monday night's Q&A - and perhaps to save his 10-year-old mate from deportation.

Race furore

Fox Sports' Briony Ingerson slammed for offensive blackface Instagram post

Party time ... Briony  Ingerson and an unnamed friend in her original Instagram post.

NICK GALVIN Ingerson has sparked a fierce backlash over an offensive Instagram picture of herself and a friend in blackface make-up.

Shut it down

Young woman puts a stop to racist rant on Sydney train

Racist rant

Footage of a young Sydney woman defending a Muslim couple from racial abuse on a Sydney train has gone viral on Facebook.

Transgender acceptance

Let's not turn Bruce Jenner into a spectacle

Bruce Jenner.

Hailey Branson-Potts Things were starting to look good for transgender acceptance. And then Bruce Jenner happened.

Japan artist on trial over vagina art says fighting for free expression

Artist Megumi Igarashi paddling a kayak designed to the shape of her own vagina.

A Japanese artist on trial for obscenity after making objects modelled on her vagina says her arrest showed how far Japan was behind the West in terms of sexual equality.

Waverley mayor Sally Betts slammed for victim blaming program

Attempts to 'help' young women under scrutiny: Sally Betts.

RACHEL OLDING Sally Betts is once again attracting criticism, this time for a scheme that teaches young women how to reduce their 'risky behaviour'.

TV presenter Sue Perkins 'takes a break' from Twitter after Top Gear death threats

Sue Perkins

Perkins has been bombarded with threats on social media over reports she was replacing Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear. 

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton slammed for spraying Formula One hostess with champagne

Under fire: Lewis Hamilton sprays champagne in the face of a Formula One hostess.

The act has been condemned by anti-sexism campaigners as "selfish" and "inconsiderate".

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Facebook pulls video of Indigenous women for 'breaching nudity policy'

A still from the ABC clip which Facebook removed.

Kate Aubusson Facebook has pulled a TV trailer featuring Aboriginal women painted in ochre for a traditional ceremony over its display of nudity.

Anti-Islam group masquerades as domestic violence awareness group

 A masked individual at the Reclaim Australia barbeque.

BIANCA HALL Far-right anti-Islam group the Patriots Defence League will be investigated for claiming to authorities it is an advocacy group for domestic violence victims.

Russell Brand tweets support for Bali Nine duo

Russell Brand has tweeted his support for the Bali Nine pair.

British comedian Russell Brand has tweeted his support for saving Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from an Indonesian firing squad.

Activists push for Wicked Campers to remove 'violent, sexist' van slogans

One of the Wicked Camper vans that does not feature a slogan.

Marty Silk "They're saying it's ok to kidnap a woman, they're saying it's ok to use gaffer tape against a woman, they're pretty much saying it's ok to rape a woman: that's what their messages are."

Anti-vaccination parents will lose $2100 per child in welfare benefits

There are ways to make vaccination day hassle free.

Mark Kenny and Julia Medew According to a federal government policy set to be announced before the May budget.

Leaked documents reveal 20-year cover-up of abuse of disabled patients in state-run home


Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie Whistleblower documents provide a rare insight into the treatment of disabled Victorians in the 1980s and 1990s.

Rolling Stone

How should we deal with false rape allegations?

False reports do exist, but they are often a sign of a different kind of crisis that merits serious intervention and sympathy.

Alyssa Rosenberg In the wake of Rolling Stone's botched report, it's critical to both push back against the myth that false reports are common and to work out how best to react to fabricated allegations.

The government is making a $4 million 'stop-the-boats' telemovie

A scene from anti-terrorist police show <i>Eagle Four</i>, which was largely funded by the US embassy in Kabul and aired in Afghanistan.

Kate Aubusson Because a soap opera will surely convince people in war-torn countries not to do what it takes to escape.

India's schools now have an equal ratio of girls and boys

Children at a village school in Bihar, eastern India.

Rama Lakshmi It's rare good news for a country battling widespread criticism over its treatment of women.

Obama to call for end to gay and transgender 'conversion' therapies

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Michael Shear The decision, following the suicide of Leelah Alcorn, is the latest example of Obama's continuing support for LGBT rights.

Ellen Pao

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao fights pay gap with salary negotiations ban

Ellen Pao, current interim chief of the news and social media site Reddit.

Jenny Noyes "We aren't going to reward people who are better negotiators with more compensation."

Why does Tasmania University Union have a male Women's Officer?


Jenny Noyes It's as if they haven't heard the joke about Tony Abbott appointing himself Minister for Women.

Pregnant Jehovah's Witness dies after refusing blood transfusion

A pregnant Jehovah's Witness and her baby have died after the woman refused a blood transfusion in a Sydney hospital.

AMY CORDEROY A pregnant Jehovah's Witness and her baby have died after the woman refused a blood transfusion in a Sydney hospital.

Trans rights

The injustice of transgender inmates forced into men's prisons

Ashley Diamond

Deborah Sontag Ashley Diamond has been mocked by prison officials as a "he-she thing" and thrown into solitary confinement for "pretending to be a woman."

China's women's rights activists arrested after protest over domestic violence

 Li Tingting (left) and Wei Tingting (right) in an anti-domestic violence protest.

Andrew Jacobs Creative and imaginative activism has landed five core members of China's new feminist movement in jail, accused of provoking social instability.

Successful & solo

New study shows solo households made up of 'successful women' and 'lonely men'

Inga Ting and Eryk Bagshaw Women younger than under 40 who live alone are 70 per cent more likely to have a university degree and 60 per cent more likely to have professional jobs than their male counterpart.

IVF egg donor says honesty is the most important thing

Carla Pincombe, 35, with her three children Aurora, Saskia and Reverie.

JULIA MEDEW Carla Pincombe will consider donating her eggs on one condition: the recipients tell their children about her.

Pru Goward speaks out against prominent supporters of convicted rapist Luke Lazarus

Pru Goward

Leesha McKenny, Rachel Olding "The very last thing any victim needs is to feel as though they are not only fighting back against the perpetrator, but also against other respected members of the community."

Pru Goward

Pru Goward is NSW's first Domestic Violence Minister

RACHEL OLDING The country's first dedicated Domestic Violence Minister is promising to radically shift government's focus to prevention.

The hidden penalties of being a mother in the workforce

Tough love: the financial hit women take for having children follows them throughout their lives.

Erin O’Dwyer Changes in the corporate landscape have had little impact and experts say there is an insidious bias against working mothers.

100,000 mothers could be forced out of work by childcare subsidy test

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20:  Minister for Social Services, the Honorable Scott Morrison, on February 20, 2015 in Sydney, Australia, visits

JUDITH IRELAND There are fears about what would happen if the Abbott government cracks down on the number of hours parents have to work to receive childcare subsidies.

Jacqui Lambie is starting her own political party

Senator Jacqui Lambie.

LATIKA BOURKE The Palmer United defector has formally applied to set up her own party, the Jacqui Lambie Network.

Digital life

48 hours inside Reddit, the internet's 'most toxic' community

Social media

Catilin Dewey "By the end of my allotted 48 hours, I was more than ready to log out... permanently."


Female Victoria Liberals bullied in their own party, asked who would cook for their families

Upper house MP Inga Peulich says she was bullied within her own party.

BENJAMIN PREISS Women standing for preselection in the Victorian Liberal party were asked who would cook their family's meals, while female MPs reported being bullied, threatened and intimidated.

Jill Meagher tragedy disguises domestic violence struggle

Jill Meagher was raped and murdered by Adrian Bayley in September 2012.

CHRIS JOHNSTON "People think this is what rape is and it disguises intimate partner violence."

DV cuts reversed

Abbott government reverses cuts to domestic violence and indigenous legal services

Attorney-Metadata laws passed: General Senator George Brandis.

Latika Bourke, Michaela Whitbourn and Jane Lee Sweeping cuts will no longer go ahead after another backdown from the federal government.

Indian student Pradnya Mandhare drags drunk attacker to police by his hair


HARRIET ALEXANDER An Indian student has been hailed as a heroine for standing up to a man molesting her at a train station in the middle of the day, and dragging him by the hair to the police – while dozens of people did nothing to help.

The 'good guys' who are fuelling revenge porn

Caitlin Dewey Revenge porn and domestic violence spring from the same psychological wells of power-seeking and misogyny.

Dr Jo Wainer

What it's like to run the first abortion clinic in the 60s


ALICE WILLIAMS "Back then, abortion was such a taboo subject people didn't even use the word."

Michelle Obama: It's an injustice 62 million girls are being kept out of school

Michelle Obama in Tokyo

Anna Fifield "It's about whether fathers - and mothers - think their daughters are as worthy of an education as their sons."

Ashley Judd pens op-ed to shut down hateful trolls

Actress Ashley Judd at the University of Kentucky Wildcats college basketball game this week.

"What happened to me is the devastating social norm experienced by millions of girls and women on the Internet."

The American evangelicals attacking gay rights abroad

Anti-gay protesters from the Religious Right in America.

RUBY HAMAD The last few years have seen a significant tidal change in favour of LGBTI rights throughout the West. Although Australia's parliamentarians drag their feet on marriage equality, the United States, has seen the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 36 states as well as the striking of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell provision. This progress has come about despite active and well-funded opposition.

NZ midwife

Midwife told teenage mum to be "ladylike" while recovering from childbirth


Selina Powell After the birth, the midwife told the new mum to change her pads frequently and keep her legs together.

Five women's rights activists are formally detained in Beijing

5 Women's Rights Activists Are Formally Detained in Beijing

EDWARD WONG The police in Beijing have put five young female activists under formal detention on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble."

Robert Durst, subject of HBO's 'The Jinx', has been arrested on murder charge

'Nobody tells the whole truth': Durst.

Richard Winton The arrest comes as authorities were interview new witnesses in the 2000 murder of a Los Angeles writer, Susan Berman.

Abuse survivor speaks out about domestic violence in the 'nicer suburbs'

Survival story: Kay Schubach, a  successful eastern suburbs woman who was abused by her partner and almost killed, has become a domestic violence ambassador.

RACHEL OLDING "No one ever wants to admit the fairytale lifestyle has gone wrong," says Kay Schubach.

Health officials say Pete Evans' Paleo cookbook 'not safe' for babies

There are health concerns about a baby cookbook co-authored by Pete Evans.

Staff Writers A baby and toddler cookbook co-authored by Pete Evans has been held back from publication.

Breastfeeding mothers fight airline discrimination

Unfriendly skies: Mothers in the US are hitting back at airlines asking them to cover up while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding mothers are hitting back at airlines who make them feel like they have to cover up during flights.


Hospital sexism

Dr Caroline Tan speaks out about sexism in Australian hospitals

Surgeon Caroline Tan has spoken out over sexual harassment in hospitals.

A neurosurgeon whose career was derailed after she reported a sexual assault has spoken out about the poor treatment of female doctors in Australia’s hospitals.

Paid parental leave

NAB will give new dads 12-week paid parental leave

Belinda Merhab "Parenting is not a women's issue, it is a parenting issue."


Afghan men march through streets wearing burqas for women's rights

Demonstrators organised the march ahead of International Women's Day this Sunday.

Krista Mahr and Mirwais Harooni The demonstrators said they organised the march ahead of International Women's Day this Sunday.

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.

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