Despite its proximity to central Mumbai, the women in Aarey Milk Colony remain deprived of basic necessities—education and employment opportunities, and access to bank accounts. "When we surveyed the women, we realized that almost none of them own bank accounts," says Soma Datta, an activist who has recently helped dozens of indigenous women from the area open bank accounts under the Indian government's Jan Dhan Yojana scheme.
Arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court is the highlight of any attorney's professional life. But if you get such an opportunity, should you emphasize facts and logic, or appeal to emotion? New research suggests the answer depends upon whether you are a man or a woman. An analysis of 313 Supreme Court cases found "male justices evaluate counsel based on their compliance with traditional gender norms, rewarding male counsel for cool, unemotional arguments, and rewarding female counsel for emotionally compelling arguments," writes a research team led by Idaho State University political scientist Shane Gleason.
Launched as a pilot program in partnership with the National Network for Safe Communities, it will both offer more government support to victims and provide offenders with resources like anger management counseling and job training. Abusers are warned that, if their violent behavior continues or gets worse, legal action will be taken. In essence, abusers are being held accountable by prosecutors, police, and community victim advocacy groups. The program is the first of its kind in New York state.
Dyan Mazurana and a cohort of professors, students, and leadership are fighting gender discrimination and inequality around the world by transforming what schools like Fletcher—a leading international relations and security studies policy school—teaches and who teaches it. Fueling the work is the growing recognition that national security and international relations policymakers can't be effective without understanding how policy programs and strategies affect the genders (and other identity groups) differently, and how that blind spot can lead to worse or unexpected outcomes. Gender dynamics influence everything from peace processes to terrorism recruitment strategies. The greatest predictor social science has for a nation's security and stability, it turns out, is how it treats its women.
The idea of the cooperative was born after a workshop on gender equality organized by the Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, whose work was supported by Heifer International, a charity focused on tackling hunger and poverty. The aim was to bring the women of the community out of their houses, where they were mainly doing housekeeping and childcare, empowering them to develop their potential.
Over the past few weeks, a number of women who work in children's literature have described encounters in which Handler made inappropriate sexual comments in front of and about them. They are all quick to distinguish his behavior from more overtly predatory conduct, but still talk about being made to feel "small." The combination of Handler's power and fame and his habitual "joking" about sex reveals consistent conduct that has had a harmful impact on multiple female children's writers and children's librarians.
Paid family leave is slowly but surely becoming something of a bipartisan issue as politicians recognize its effects on voters across the political spectrum. According to a report published last year by the Urban Institute, only 14 percent of American civilian workers had access to paid family leave through their employers in 2016. This makes the United States a prominent outlier among other developed, industrialized countries.
Porter and Serra found that women in the classes who had been visited by career women were 12 percent more likely to take the next-level economics class, and were 6.7 percent more likely to report intention to major in economics. The effect of strong female role models was even stronger among high-performing female students who had a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. For them, researchers saw a 26 percentage point increase in enrollment in the next-level economics class.
Women are at greater risk of violence while using public transportation everywhere, and Mexico is no exception. Taxis are only marginally safer, with many women wary of hailing a cab off the street at night. So-called "pink taxi" programs have been launched in Puebla and other cities over the years, but they appear to be mostly defunct today. Mexico City has tried to address the issue by designating women-only cars on many buses and on the metro, but still, when Uber launched here in 2013, many women welcomed it. With driver profiles and GPS tracking, it seemed to be a safer option. But when a woman accused a Mexico City Uber driver of rape last year, the hope for a safer way to get around dimmed.
As the country looks ahead to general elections in 2018, she stresses the importance of creating a safe environment for women to participate equally in the political process. "For many years, we've been saying there is a need to create the platform for women to be able to participate in politics in the same way as men without intimidation or fear because of one's gender," she says. "In 2018, this will be very important if women are to make strides in politics."
According to a National Women's Law Center report, black girls make up about 15 percent of public school enrollment, but represent 52 percent of multiple suspension offenders among girls. Comparatively, white female students make up about 50 percent of enrollment, yet only represent 22 percent of multiple suspension offenders among girls. Taken as a whole, black girls are seven times more likely to be suspended than white girls in public schools. Expanding into the school to prison nexus, the Department of Justice reports that black girls are nearly three times more likely than white girls to be referred to juvenile justice, and generally more likely to be detained than their white peers.