I am not a masochist, and clearly as a singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band I prefer the roar of the stadium’s affection to the whistles and boos of town-hall politics. But I must say I quite enjoyed the trouble I got into about a year ago when I was the lone man honored as part of Glamour’s Women of the Year awards. My favorite trash-talking tweet came from a woman who said that in my defense, my glasses did make me look like a 75-year-old granny from Miami. Or another who said it was inspiring how I’d overcome “the adversity of being a millionaire white dude.”
Reaching out to listeners and passers-by on a public address system, he stops over at highways, dhabas, colleges addressing motley groups of curious listeners on everything that is wrong about gender bias. His trigger for taking up the cause – a chance encounter with acid attack victims, who lost their faces following this crime – mostly from near and dear ones.
Since 2014, the American actress has helped put a global spotlight on the need for equality between women and men as an “Advocate for Political Participation and Leadership” for the women’s agency of the United Nations. In her role for UN Women, Markle spent time at the World Bank and with the team of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton learning more about the issue. She also visited Rwanda, which has the highest percentage of women in parliament and where she also met with female refugees.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the world’s youngest female leader, says her government aims to achieve pay equity for women in the public service within four years as a catalyst for widespread change. More than 120 years after her nation granted universal suffrage, Ardern hopes it can again be a flag-bearer for equal rights. “If New Zealand is seen as a champion of issues around gender pay gap and pay equity, I would be proud of that,” Ardern, 37, said in an interview Tuesday in Wellington. “I know, though, that we will only be seen as a world leader if we’re able to make inroads ourselves.”
“While it is great that India has improved its ranking in doing business, and young entrepreneurs will benefit from it, we are overlooking the importance of gender equality. It's not possible for India to become a global economic power if half of its population is ignored, and not given more economic oppurtunities,” says Shipra Dawar, founder of ePsyclinic, an online clinic for mental health. “Government and businesses have to join hands to make women a key in India’s growth story.”
Despite the fact that women have higher college graduation rates than men (this is true in the U.S. as a whole but heightened in Puerto Rico), Puerto Rico still faces major gender inequality issues, including high incidences of violence against women (which normally increase after natural disasters and times of economic stress), a high number of female heads of households, and low representation of women in politics and government. Most experts attribute these disparities to overall poverty in Puerto Rico and to the way the U.S. has structured Puerto Rico’s economy, which has been hard on families and left women to bear the brunt.
Ms. Gates has emerged as a vocal champion of gender equality in recent years. She is leading an effort to bring more women into technology jobs. In the Gateses’ annual letter this year she reiterated a commitment to providing birth control to hundreds of millions of women in the developing world, calling the use of contraceptives "one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations in history."