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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.

'The Wolfpack': seven Children, one apartment, no access to the outside world

 The Angulo family as featured in the new documentary The Wolfpack.

Brooks Barnes Seven children, a messy four-bedroom apartment in Manhattan and they are hardly ever allowed to leave the house. For years. Their father has the only key to the front door.


#Gamergate: Victim of video games trolling launches anti-harrassment network

Zoe Quinn, a games developer, is launching an online support network to fight trolls.

Claire Cohen Video games developer Zoe Quinn is fighting a hate-filled online campaign against her by launching Crash Override - a service dedicated to helping other whose lives are made miserable by online abuse and threats.

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.

Female world leaders Photoshopped out of Paris rally picture

Missing... Angela Merkel and other women photoshopped from a line-up of 40 world leaders in rally photo.

Claire Cohen An Israeli newspaper has been criticised for allegedly editing Angela Merkel and other women from a line-up of 40 world leaders in rally photo.

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.

Maddu Kinnar

Transgender woman Maddu Kinnar elected mayor in India

Madhu Kinnar, a transgender woman, has been elected mayor

Claire Cohen Maddu Kinnar, 35, who previously made her living dancing on trains, is expected to be the first transgender mayor to avoid a legal battle.

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.

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt wants to be called John. How should parents react to children questioning gender roles?

Brad Pitt with children Pax, Shiloh, Maddox.

Radhika Sanghani Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's daughter Shiloh dresses as a boy and wants to be known as John. What's the best way for a parent to react?

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.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian woman arrested after dressing-up as a man to watch football match

A woman has allegedly been arrested for watching a football match in Saudi Arabia.

Claire Cohen Police have confirmed that a woman, filmed sitting alone in the Al-Jawhara stadium on footage posted to YouTube, was seen and identified to the authorities.

#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'.

Gender gap

'Wikibombs' redressing gender imbalance of online encyclopedia

Writing women into Wiki history: Ira Ferris makes entries and amendments to Wikipedia.

Megan Toomey "We're trying to get more women involved [in Wikipedia editing] because it's about the sum of all knowledge, not the sum of all male knowledge."

'Uber gives British woman £20 credit after driver sexually harasses her'

Taxi app company Uber has reportedly given a woman a refund and small credit after she complained that her London driver had asked to perform a sexual act on her.

Taxi app company Uber has reportedly given a woman a refund and credited her account after she complained that her London driver had asked to perform a sexual act on her.

Peta Credlin

Tony Abbott 'plays the gender card' on morning TV

Tony Abbott 'plays the gender card'

Calls critics of Peta Credlin sexist.

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Photos of bare-legged woman walking in Kabul cause outrage, go viral

Thousands of people are theorising about why the woman is baring her legs.

ROSE POWELL Wearing a knee-length dress is so common many may be surprised a photo of a young woman wearing one has sparked local outrage and global curiosity.

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi receive Nobel peace prize for child campaigns


Balazs Koranyi Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel peace prize for their work for children's rights.


There is a petition to ban Mark Latham's sexist AFR columns

Mark Latham.

"No quality news organisation should publish dangerously personal, underhanded attacks on female journalists and pretend they are legitimate comment."

Stella Young

Remembering Stella Young: disability advocate, social commentator, comedian

Everybody's Buisness: Taking action to prevent and respond to violence against women with disabilities conference. Pictured Keynote Speaker Comedian Journalist and Disibility Advocate Stella Young. 140814LP16 Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

SARAH OAKES One of our favourite writers and activists Stella Young passed away on Sunday.

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Vagina kayak

Vagina kayak: Japanese artist arrested over 'obscene' boat shaped like her genitalia

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

Radhika Sanghani, and agencies Japanese artist Megum Igarashi has been arrested after designing and making a kayak based on the shape of her vagina, and for sharing the images online.

Wrongfully accused

Wrongfully accused: the tainted trial of Farah Jama

Farah Jama leaves the Court Of Appeal after being acquitted.

Julie Szego On 14 July 2008, a young Somali man stood trial in the County Court of Victoria for the rape of a forty-eight year old woman...

Lady Gaga

"I was so traumatised" Lady Gaga reveals she was raped

OPENING UP: Lady Gaga at the Howard Stern Show.

Lady Gaga has revealed she was raped by a music producer when she was a teenager

Women filmed fighting back after sexual harrassment on bus in India

The sisters fight back against their alleged attackers on the bus in India.

Two sisters who were being harassed by a group of men on a bus in India have been filmed beating off one of their attackers before they were thrown off the moving bus as other passengers looked on.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman's feminist backstory that no one ever knew

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Darryn King A new book unveils the true origins of the superhero with the beauty of Aphrodite, the wisdom of Athena, the strength of Hercules and the speed of Mercury.

Louise Upston

New Zealand's Women's Minister thinks beauty pageants are great for girls

Women’s Minister Louise Upston.

She might be New Zealand's new minister for women but don't call Louise Upston a feminist.

Rosie Batty

How Rosie Batty has become a symbol of grace in the face of harrowing loss

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Rosie Batty, photographed for Good Weekend by Thom Rigney. November 2014

Fiona Harari Since her son, Luke, was murdered by the boy's father in February, Rosie Batty has become a powerful voice against domestic violence.

Melbourne woman posts photo of attacker on Facebook, leads to arrest

Erica Moloney, 32, who was allegedly punched in the face.

BEAU DONELLY A Toorak woman who was punched in the face in an unprovoked attack in Melbourne's CBD has used social media to help catch the man who allegedly assaulted her.

Domestic violence by numbers

This is what domestic violence looks like in Australia

Domestic violence statistics

One woman is killed almost every week by her current or former partner.

Budget cuts protests

Thousands gather across country to protest ABC cuts

Protesters gather in Federation Square to voice anger at cuts to the ABC.

ANDREW P STREET "No ifs, no buts, no ABC cuts"

Unilever set to ban face scrub product polluting harbour

Polluted: Micro-plastics used in scrubs and exfoliants are flowing into Sydney Harbour.

Tim Barlass A pharmaceutical giant says it will ban a product that has been polluting Sydney Harbour.

Former Miss World: 'I'm not scared to talk about my rape. But I hope men will be afraid'

Linor Abargil

Radhika Sanghani When Israeli Linor Abargil collected her Miss World crown, she was in floods of tears. Why? She'd just been raped. Now, 16 years later, she tells Radhika Sanghani why she's made a film, encouraging female rape survivors to share their experiences

Women should aspire to lead despite sexism - Gillard

HUMOUR INTACT: Former  Australian prime minister Julia Gillard speaks to an audience at St Margaret’s College as part of her book tour of New Zealand.

Cate Broughton As someone who took on the uglier side of sexism and misogyny, ex-Australian PM Julia Gillard showed it is possible to survive.


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