Companies that otherwise tout progressive stances on American social issues have been largely silent on the issue. So women’s health advocates are trying to encourage business leaders to speak up based on the relatively new premise that reproductive rights are a workplace issue.
Digital safe-tea provides women with digital safety training to confront online violence scenarios.
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A popular social meme, sometimes attributed to journalist Amy Westervelt, posits: “We ask women to work like they don’t have kids and parent like they don’t work.” The way out of this conundrum is a combination of collective cultural change and the implementation by corporate America of new policies and practices.
A Chinese woman’s allegations that Wu Yifan, a former member of the South Korean boy band EXO and brand ambassador for fashion houses from Louis Vuitton to Bvlgari, engaged in predatory sexual behavior has sparked an outpouring of support for her, and calls for the luxury world to distance itself from him.
More than 60 years after the introduction of the birth control pill, family planning remains the most important area of investment for global gender equality, and one that has suffered significant setbacks during the pandemic.
Accused of profiting from rape and selling victims on false hope, the company that offers at-home rape kits has received cease and desist notices and legal threats. Yet its founder remains convinced of the need for a more private alternative to the traditional forensic examination.
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Menopause does affect the workforce—recent studies show 20% of the current workforce is experiencing it—so employers should acknowledge it. Here’s a few ideas on where to start.
Zhao’s no-makeup look is a much-needed endorsement for women in China, where few public figures dare to break away from traditional beauty requirements.
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Biden’s plan would undoubtedly be an improvement on what exists now for most Americans: nothing. It ought to be seen as a win for gender equity—paid parental leave keeps women in the workforce—and a boon for the health and welfare of parents and newborns.
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The now defunct Women’s Design Service was a coalition of British feminist planners, architects, and urban designers who came together in the 1980s to research and lobby for improving the UK’s built environment for women.
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If you had to pick one solution to prioritize over everything else governments and companies could do to bring women back to the workforce, what would it be?
Black women are twice as likely as white women to suffer from infertility, but tend to seek medical help for infertility later than white ones. This is in some measure connected with distrust of the medical field and hesitancy in discussing fertility issues, but a major factor, too, is the belief that fertility issues don’t affect Black women due to the pernicious myth of Black hyper-fertility.