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Sexist games

'Sexist' video game suggests being a 'girl' is a profession

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Radhika Sanghani 10:59am A new web-based game has come under fire on Twitter for suggesting that 'girl' is a profession, in line with being a scientist, police officer and construction worker.

100 Women of Influence: the country's highest-achieving women revealed

Claire Stewart 11:45pm This year’s 100 Women of Influence winners represent a wide cross-section of business and community life across Australia, writes Claire Stewart.

Australia's sexist climate resulting in young women curbing their ambitions

Deakin student Natalie Petrellis, 19.

MIKI PERKINS Young women are turning their backs on leadership or politics because of an overwhelming perception of growing sexism in Australia, according to a survey by child rights organisation Plan International Australia.

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Sexist joke

Twitter slams The Project for inappropriate joke about Julia Gillard's sex life

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Candice Chung Looks like 12 months on, nothing much has changed.

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Coles not allowed to call its bread 'fresh' for three years

Coles will not be able to label bread baked overseas and frozen

Supermarket chain Coles has been banned for three years from advertising that its bread was made or baked on the day it was sold.

QLD firefighters rated female colleagues' sexual performance on Facebook

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MARISSA CALLIGEROS Three Queensland firefighters are under investigation after allegedly rating which of their female colleagues would be "best in bed".

Anti-abortionists

Victoria: anti-abortionists target state's most marginal seat

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Henrietta Cook State Political Reporter Anonymous leaflets attacking a Labor MP for supporting abortion up to birth and gender selection have been sent to voters in the state's most marginal metropolitan seat.

TV host Rob Mills apologises after posting homophobic grand final picture

Australian entertainer Rob Mills in a grand final blunder.

Angelo Risso Singer Rob Mills has apologised "unreservedly" for posting on social media a photo described as vile and homophobic following Saturday's AFL grand final.

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Female Russian cosmonaut slams focus on her hair and parenting

Russian cosmonaut Yelena Serova.

Emma Barnett Russia’s first female cosmonaut in 17 years has hit out at reporters who focus more on her hair style and parenting skills than her ability to do a her job

Australia's approach to climate change condemed at UN summit

Unpopular stance: Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at the UN.

NICK O'MALLEY Nations big and small have condemned approaches such as those of Australia to climate change.

Here's what happened at Julia Gillard's book launch today

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JACQUELINE MALEY It was like a reunion of the 43rd parliament, except, well, it was pleasant. The harbour was drenched in the solar glitter of the Sydney spring. Wayne Swan looked cheerful and Tanya Plibersek, relaxed.

Is this the real reason Lara Bingle deleted her pictures of Sam Worthington?

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KASEY EDWARDS While it's been widely reported the deletion has something to do with relationship problems, it in fact probably has more to do with Sam Worthington's desire for privacy.

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Forbes fires Bill Frezza

Forbes fires contributor after column declares 'drunk female guests' are fraternities' greatest threat

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Jason Abbruzzese Forbes has removed contributor Bill Frezza from his role at the publication's website after he published an article that declared "drunk female guests" to be the biggest threat to fraternities.

26-year-old indigenous woman brings world leaders to tears at UN Climate Summit

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner addresses the opening of the Climate Summit in New York.

LISA VISENTIN The spoken word poetry of a 26-year-old indigenous woman from the Marshall Islands has brought some of the world's most powerful leaders to tears at the UN Climate Summit.

Sexism Awards

Christoper Pyne wins Ernie Award 2014 for his comments on the impact of uni fees on women

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JENNA PRICE Liberal MPs dominate the awards for Australia’s Top Sexist.

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Surprising results

I spoke to hundreds of men about rape and domestic violence

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As told to Clementine Ford VicHealth recently released a comprehensive study into Australian attitudes towards violence against women. Clementine Ford spoke to one anonymous male interviewer who worked for the telemarketing company conducting the research. Here is his experience, in his words.

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Adorable dog returns lost items for KLM Airlines

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Losing your stuff on an airplane just got less frustrating.

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JBWere female exec told: 'A woman's IQ halves when she's pregnant'

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Hannah Low A former Queensland state manager of JBWere claims she was sexually ­harassed and bullied to stand down from her high-paying job after taking time off to have two children.

After UN speech, Emma Watson hit with nude photo release threat

Chris Taylor Emma Watson's well-received speech at the UN calling for gender equality has attracted the attention of the trolls on 4Chan.

Emma Watson hit with nude photo release threat after UN speech

Emma Watson's passionate UN speech has caught the attention of hackers.

Hackers have attempted to undermine Emma Watson's 'game-changing' U.N. speech on feminism.

Muslims Launch Powerful Social Media Campaign Against ISIS With #NotInMyName

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Muslims around the world are fighting back — using the hashtag #NotInMyName to remind the world that ISIS does not represent their religion.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt wants to know what feminism means to you

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't just an actor or an entrepreneur, he's a feminist.

Real talk

John Oliver slams Miss America pageant and scholarship practices in sizzling monologue

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It's 2014, and John Oliver is questioning the existence of the Miss America pageant.

Equality

Australian millionaire jokes about paying women less at start-up conference

Entrepreneur Evan Thornley caused a stir with comments at a start-up conference.

BEN GRUBB Australian technology entrepreneur and former Victorian MP Evan Thornley says he "stuffed up" when he remarked at a Sydney technology start-up conference that he paid women less than men.

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Jill Meagher's husband pays tribute on anniversary of her murder

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CAROLINE ZIELINSKI The husband of Jill Meagher has paid his murdered wife an emotional tribute on the second anniversary of her death, writing that he loved her more than she loved life.

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Emma Watson: Being a feminist isn't the same as 'man-hating'

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Hannah Furness The actress said she became a feminist after being called "bossy" for wanting to direct a play aged eight.

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Hitler's last surviving female food taster tells all in new documentary

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Claire Cohen Margot Woelk is the only surviving member of Hitler's food tasting team - 15 women who risked their lives for him daily. After a lifetime of silence, she's told her story on German TV and revealed the ordeal suffered by a generation of young women.

Julia Gillard opens up about Kevin Rudd, prime ministership ahead of memoir release

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JUDITH IRELAND Julia Gillard says she fed Kevin Rudd "hope" on the night that she deposed him as prime minister in June 2010 and that she "shouldn't have done that".

Ernie Awards

Sexist politicians dominate in Ernies 2014 nominations

Clive Palmer has lost an appeal against a decision to refuse his appliation to build a rail line from the Galilee Basin to the Abbot Point coal terminal.

Damien Murphy "Politicians don't seem to have learned a thing. Bless them."

Until death...

Skeletons uncovered of a couple that has held hands for 700 years

Image via University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS).

Kari Paul Skeletal remains more in love than you'll ever be.

Voiceless women

How older, poor, single women are being overlooked

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Wendy Suiter, PHD student at Uni of Wollongong in NSW, majoring in Composing. She doesn't have much money and is single and is worried about being able to afford retirement. 
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CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A growing number of older women who are finding themselves locked out of the property market because of a lack of savings and superannuation, mainly due to a part-time or sporadic working life.

Oscar Pistorius verdict

Remembering 'humble and beautiful' Reeva Steenkamp

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Emma Barnett The world must not forget Reeva Steenkamp says Nick Boulton, the photographer who worked with the late model for a decade, as he opens up to Emma Barnett about his reactions to the verdict so far

Carry That Weight

Students support alleged rape victim by helping carry her mattress

Emma Sulkowicz (L), a senior visual arts student at Columbia University, carries a mattress in protest of the university's lack of action after she reported being raped

Radhika Sanghani Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz vowed to carry her mattress everywhere she went until her alleged rapist was expelled from university. Now, her fellow students have created a second movement in solidarity and vowed to help her shoulder the burden.

Islamic State

I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl who was given as a gift to IS

Islamic State militants shot Narin's brother and still hold her sister-in-law captive.

Mohammed A. Salih This is the story told to me by a 14-year-old Yazidi girl who escaped after being presented as a gift.

Abbott's budget will leave poorer women worse off

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GARETH HUTCHENS Women will bear the brunt of the Abbott government's budget cuts.

Everyday racism

How racist are you? Take the test

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Krati Garg and Megan Toomey A new app helps navigate the subtlety of racism for you.

#WhyIStayed

DiGiorno Pizza makes light of the #WhyIStayed domestic violence hashtag

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Todd Wasserman Known for an active, irreverent Twitter feed, the brand made a serious misstep when it jumped in on a conversation about domestic violence.

90-year-old ladies marry after 70 years in love

Together forever: Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes.

RACHEL CLUN After more than 70 years together, American couple Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes have finally tied the knot.

#whyistayed

Women share stories of abuse and survival via #whyistayed and #whyileft

Janay Rice, wife of Ravens running back Ray Rice, made a statement to the news media May 5, 2014, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md, regarding his assault charge for knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino. On Monday, Sept. 9, 2014, Rice was let go from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing the incident. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Domestic violence victims from all over the world have come together in a collective discussion – and outpouring of grief - about abusive relationships, with the hash-tag “Why I Stayed” spreading like wildfire on Twitter.

Improving before and after-school care key to women re-entering workforce

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JUDITH IRELAND An increase in before and after school programs and holiday programs could be the most efficient and effective way of helping more women re-enter the workforce, the National Foundation for Australian Women says. 

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Wendy Davis reveals personal tale of two abortions

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis makes election night remarks at her campaign headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)

Manny Fernandez The pro-choice Texas senator who became famous for her filibuster has discussed her own experience with abortion.

Malaysia Airlines launch totally misguided bucket list challenge

Marketing gaffe: Malaysia Airlines has rebranded its bucket-list competition.

LISA VISENTIN It has been a year of unfathomable catastrophe for Malaysia Airlines, which suffered the twin tragedies of the MH370 and MH17 crashes.

Protester storms stage, spills fake blood, yells at World Congress of Families

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 30:  Protesters rally against the World Congress of Families at the Catch The Fire Ministry in Hallam on August 30, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hopkins/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Farrah Tomazin, State Politics Ninety per cent of poverty could be solved through the affirmation of marriage between a man and woman, a contentious conference in Melbourne has heard.

Abolishing sexism

ABBA-backed feminists poised to make history in Swedish vote

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Johan Carlstrom Sweden’s feminist party may make history by becoming the first political group to get into a nation’s legislature with a primary goal of abolishing sexism.

Sexual assault

Woman vows to confront 'cowards' after being punched for challenging groper

The 22-year-old has shared images of her injuries on Facebook and claimed she would be punched again rather than let the

Claire Carter and agencies Mary Brandon was left with horrific facial injuries after a man punched her in the face because she told him to stop groping her.

Women at war

Life in the all-female Peshmerga unit in Iraqi Kurdistan

Women from the female-only 106 unit of the Peshmerga's 2nd Battalion on parade at the Genral Command Peshmerga base in Sulimaniyah in eastern Kurdistan. Andrew Quilty / Oculi.

Francesca Recchia “We are emancipated women and we do what we want. And, besides, we are the ones with the guns so they better be happy with what we do!”

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Australian men's magazines are on the way out

Anachronism: Magazines peddling the tired old format of glamour models and quirky stories belong in a different era.

Damien Murphy Zoo Weekly and its ilk are going the way of the dinosaurs and not just because of the internet.

Australian woman breaks her silence over sexual assault on Malaysia Airlines flight

Laura Bushney tells of her alleged sexual assault.

TOM DECENT Laura Bushney will speak about a sexual assault that took place on a Malaysian airlines flight earlier this month after it is alleged she was attacked by the chief steward.

Troops ignore ban of topless barmaids at SAS base

Topless barmaids photographed entertaining soldiers at a government recreation club.

RORY CALLINAN Troops disregarded a command to ban topless barmaids from a government military recreation club adjoining Australia’s main special forces base in Perth, the Defence Department has admitted.

Undercover as a surrogate mother

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Kajsa Ekis Ekman How rigorous and complex is the process to carry a child for another couple?

Clive Palmer's racist spray against China on Q&A

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Clive Palmer has delivered an extraordinary tirade against Australia's biggest trading partner, describing the Chinese government as "mongrels" who shoot their own people.

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The awkward moment when you park your motorhome outside a drug lab

NEWS: Chris Convine of O'Connor with his '84' SOUTHWIND that is parked near to where the drug lab in hume was.  . 18th August 2014 .  Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

HENRY BELOT Life imitated art last week as police confronted a look-alike of Breaking Bad's Crystal Ship in a Hume drug raid.

Ireland

Woman legally forced to give birth by caesarian after being denied abortion

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Douglas Dalby A young woman who was refused an abortion despite claiming to be suicidal and protesting with a hunger strike has had her baby delivered by cesarean section in a case that has reignited the controversy over a relatively new Irish law that allows for abortion in limited circumstances.

Speaking up about sexual abuse: Jess's message of courage and hope

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ADAM COOPER Jess Clark's biggest step stemmed from the smallest thing. It began when she forgot to log out of Facebook on the home computer and her younger brother, Brandon, got nosy.

Transgender history

Was this Australia's first transgender person?

Big Switch - images of Ellen Tremaye, Australia's first transgender person

Olga Khazandec An Irish maid by the name of Ellen Tremaye caused an incredible stir, circa 1860.

Sydney school kids take a stand against children in detention

Students taped their mouths to protest the fact that asylum seekers don't have a voice.

AMY MCNEILAGE Catholic schools across Sydney are taking a stand against children in detention, which they say violates basic human rights and is inconsistent with their Christian values.

#OtherThingsPoorDontDo: Joe Hockey's comments on poor people not driving cars sparks Twitter storm

LUCY CORMACK A loud Twitter chorus has responded to Treasurer Joe Hockey’s suggestion that Australia’s “poorest people either don't have cars or actually don't drive very far in many cases”.

Fields Medal

Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani is first woman to win Fields Medal for mathematics

Maryam Mirzakhani's work involves the behaviour of dynamical systems.

An Iranian mathematician has become the first woman to win a prestigious global prize known as the Fields Medal.

Victim blaming

Uni's rape advice: wear runners, carry whistle

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Talia Shadwell Students in New Zealand have taken umbrage at a university's advice to evade rapists by carrying a whistle and wearing running shoes.

Melbourne boy writes letter to Tony Abbott asking why he won't let his two mothers marry

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CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A 10-year-old Melbourne boy has written a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, asking him to explain why Mr Abbott won't let his two mothers marry.