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SARAH OAKES 10:36am 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

cr: Thom Rigney
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.


Dear Barbie

Dear Barbie, get it together. Love, female developers everywhere


Stephanie Buck "With your thin plastic hands, some creativity and some spunk, you can code whatever your heart desires."

Julia Gillard: Women should aspire to lead despite sexism

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces the September 14 election date at the National Press Club of Australia on 30 January 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Cate Broughton The former PM spoke about gender, feminism and leadership at the WORD Christchurch event last night.

'Zoe's law' bill formally lapses

Bill lapses: Brodie Donegan, who lost her unborn baby, Zoe, after being struck by a drug-affected driver in 2009.

JAMES ROBERTSON The end of NSW's 55th parliament has closed a controversial chapter on "Zoe's law" though some are looking to a newly-worded bill clarifying the legal rights of an unborn child.


Don Lemon apologises for telling Cosby accuser she could have prevented her rape


Kari Paul The anchor came under fire after suggesting in an interview that Joan Tarshis, who claims Bill Cosby assaulted her twice in 1969, could have prevented her assault.

Deborah Mailman, Margaret Pomeranz and Ita Buttrose join campaign to remove children from detention centres

Ita Buttrose is one high-profile figure involved in the campaign.

SARAH WHYTE Unlikely high profile Australian celebrities have come together with a simple message to the Australian government: remove children from immigration detention.

Virginity tests

Indonesia's female police recruits must pass virginity tests

Traumatised: Indonesian female police recruits are subject to a humiliating virginity test.

MICHAEL BACHELARD Female recruits to the Indonesian police are subjected to a "two-finger test" to assess if they are virgins.

Social experiment

Social experiment shows bystanders ignoring domestic abuse in an elevator

Domestic violence

A new video makes the case that many people would ignore domestic violence — even in a confined space.

Tanya Plibersek denied access to G20 summit

Denied access: Tanya Plibersek.

LATIKA BOURKE PM Tony Abbott has denied Tanya Plibersek permission to attend the G20 in Brisbane.

Barbara Bowman speaks out: 'Bill Cosby raped me. It has taken 30 years for people to believe me'

Rape accusations against <i>Cosby Show</i> creator Bill Cosby have gone viral.

A woman who has accused actor Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her wants to know why it has taken 30 years for people to believe her story.

Aussies stick their heads in the sand for Bondi Beach climate protest


JENNI RYALL "Tony Abbott's been doing it for years, you should be right."

Some Lady Parts

The awful things actresses hear at 'sexist' casting calls


Radhika Sanghani A new blog lifts the lid on the sort of 'sexist and backwards' adverts that professional actresses are faced with every day.

LGBT rights in Denmark take next step with rainbow nursing homes

An Israeli young woman waving the rainbow LGTB flag during the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem Israel on 18 September 2014.

Frances Schwartzkopff A quarter of a century after becoming the first country to give gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals, Denmark wants to make sure that historic moment isn’t undone at retirement.

Rape joke fail

Popular UK TV host says woman is 'gagging for rape'


Radhika Sanghani Controversial comedian Dapper Laughs has come under fire for making jokes about rape at a recent gig.

Easing of Saudi driving ban on women possible - with restrictions

female driver

It's only for women over 30 who must be off the road by 8 p.m., and cannot wear makeup behind the wheel. But it's still a startling shift.

Sam De Brito once praised Julien Blanc's school of picking up women


CLEM BASTOW It’s not been a banner day for noted male feminist Sam De Brito.

Cory Bernardi says it's OK to put a woman in a headlock

Liberal senator Cory Bernardi

LATIKA BOURKE Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has denied claims that he made remarks condoning domestic violence, after he appeared to say it was acceptable in some circumstances to put a woman in a headlock to "deter aggression".


#TakeDownJulienBlanc: Julien Blanc leaves Australia with his tail between his legs


Candice Chung Good job Australia. Next up: kicking him out of America.


#TakeDownJulienBlanc: Melbourne protesters shut down Julien Blanc substitute seminar

Candice Chung Seminar attendees flee as #TakeDownJulienBlanc protesters swarm the boat that hosted makeshift seminar held by Blanc's assistant.


More venues refuse to host pick-up artist Julien Blanc thanks to #TakeDownJulienBlanc campaign


#TakeDownJulienBlanc shuts down more pick-up artist talks in Australia and in the US.


Spelling bee winner Grace Du is the cutest person you'll see sounding out 'rhetorical' today

Jessica Edward, Amanda Hoh "Abdicate", "neurology", "stringent", ''rhetorical''. These are the words that made eight-year-old Grace Du the NSW junior spelling champion.

White Ribbon Australia is in a battle against a men's rights group who has high jacked their name

White Ribbon Australia says a US men's rights group has hijacked their name and message.

RACHEL BROWNE White Ribbon Australia accuses men's rights group of hijacking their name and message with a rival site which claims that violence against women is overstated.

There is a petition to ban pick up artist Julien Blanc's Melbourne seminar


CANDICE CHUNG The racist and sexist 'pick up artist' is heading to Melbourne's Como Hotel to teach men how to violate women. And it needs to be stopped. #TakeDownJulienBlanc

This British-Iranian woman was jailed for attending a volleyball game

Iranian-British woman Ghoncheh Ghavami photographed in London in 2012.

A British-Iranian woman arrested after trying to attend a volleyball match has been jailed for a year in Iran.

Kate McClymont's Andrew Olle Media Lecture on investigative journalism is a must-read

Kate McClymont's Andrew Olle Media Lecture on investigative journalism is a must-read

KATE MCCLYMONT 'As journalists we should have the courage to act for more than the lofty notion of freedom of speech. We have a duty to be the voice of the powerless in our society, to stand up for them.' Kate McClymont tells it as it is at the 2014 Andrew Olle Media Lecture commemorating friend and colleague Andrew Olle, who died of a brain tumour at 48.



Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in California.

Mike Isaac Timothy D. Cook says he is "proud to be gay", by far the most prominent executive of a public company to come out.


Inside #gamergate

Here's everything you need to know about #gamergate


Jenny Noyes How one guy’s post-breakup revenge blog began a war against women.

Disney princesses

'Disney needs to create a princess with Down's syndrome'


Radhika Sanghani Thousands are calling for Disney to represent children with Down's syndrome in its next film.

Roast busters

Roast busters: horrific New Zealand Gang rape case leads to zero charges


Ian Steward and Kelly Dennett A high-ranking officer has asked: "Where was the respect for these girls?"

Malala will donates prize to rebuild war-ravaged Gaza schools

Malala Yousafzai at the ceremony for the 2014 World's Children Prize for the Rights of the Child.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai is giving money she won for her work on children's rights to help rebuild schools in war-ravaged Gaza.

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