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Three women win Nobel Peace Prize 2011

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This year's Nobel Peace Prize 2011 has been awarded to three pacifist activists and defenders of women's rights: Three women win Nobel Peace Prize 2011 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,...

Women's issues in American politics: 1988 - 2008

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Women have been campaigning for equal rights in America since the mid 1800's. The right to vote was brought in as early as 1893 in some states but there is yet to be a female...

'Get Your Arse Out!' What Happens When Women Turn The Tables On Men

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It is a sad fact that women are subjected to sexism on a daily basis, and many consider it as a normal part of life. The Guardian decided to investigate what would happen if a...

Human Barbie STOPS Eating Food To Live On Air Alone

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Women sacrifice a lot to look good but living on air rather than food might be taking things a bit too far. Not for ‘human Barbie’, Ukranian model Valeria Lukyyanova who has admitted...

Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' inspires all-female theatre show

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With lyrics like ‘you’re an animal’ and ‘I know you want it’ it’s no surprise people are still riled by Robyn Thicke’s sexist song of the summer. The Blurred Lines video has been...

WATCH: Disney Channel welcomes its first same-sex couple on ‘Good Luck Charlie’

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / WATCH: Disney Channel welcomes its first same-sex couple on ‘Good Luck Charlie’

And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the first Disney-affiliated same-sex couple! In the next to last episode of the popular Disney Channel sitcom Good Luck Charlie...

Making A Stand Aginst FGM: Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

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The 6th February marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, more commonly known as FGM. This refers to the destructive removal or partial removal...

Sod Neknomination! Bare your breasts for charity instead! The latest craze sweeping social networking

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / Sod Neknomination! Bare your breasts for charity instead! The latest craze sweeping social networking

Women are finding more ways than one to put their boobies to good use. As women swap booze for breasts they've gone from photographing their nips for NIPnominate and now they're...

The girl effect: Investing in girls for the future

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We've all heard of girl power, but what about the girl effect? This is a declaration for the rights of girls which is being presented to the UN secretary-general this Friday,...

The name game: Why did J.K. Rowling use a male pen name?

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J.K Rowling was publicly outed as the author of the brilliant detective thriller The Cuckoo’s Calling. It was revealed that what was at first believed to be a modestly successful...

Haifaa Al-Mansour director of WADJDA chats to sofeminine

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WADJDA is a ground-breaking film for many reasons. It’s the first full-length feature from Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour, the Kingdom’s first female filmmaker and it’s...

This Is What Barbie Would Look Like If She Was Based On A Real Woman

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Most of us know that looking like a Barbie doll just isn’t going to happen in the real world…unless you’re pumped full of plastic of course. But new photos of what the average...

The rise of the male feminist: Why men are finally embracing the F-word

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Anyone notice the sea level rising? It could be global warming yes, but another reason might be the icy attitudes towards feminism are starting to thaw, and now more than ever...

The Reason Why Women Are Sharing Photos Of Their Bellies

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On this day, women everywhere are lifting up their tops, baring their bellies, scrawling female-related health conditions across them and sharing their photos on social media...

Swimsuit Designer Body Shamed Amy Schumer And The Internet Clapped The Hell Back

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If anything restores our faith in humanity, it's how quickly women come to the defence of other women when someone is hella rude to them. That is this story's saving grace after...

This Body-positive Blogger Clapped Back To Trolls Who Slammed Her For Gaining Weight In The Best Way

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / This Body-positive Blogger Clapped Back To Trolls Who Slammed Her For Gaining Weight In The Best Way

Body-transformation photos have become somewhat of a social-media phenomenon in recent times and by now, most of us are tuned into the fact personal trainers who spend their lives...

This Disturbing Photo Shows The Terrifying Reality Of Living With Domestic Abuse

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The last thing you expect when you meet the person you love is for that special someone to end up abusing you, but that's sadly a reality for many women - both in this country...

Mexico City Metro Installed A 'Penis Seat' To Raise Awareness For Victims Of Sexual Assault

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Mexico City have installed a penis seat on one of their trains in order to raise awareness for the huge number of women who are victims of sexual violence in the country's capital...

Women Walk Out Of Church In Protest Against Priest's Support Of Abortion Ban

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Women in Poland have been seen walking out of a church during a priest's reading of a letter that supports the plan to tighten up laws on abortion. Meanwhile, women's rights activists...

Here’s Just 3 Examples Of Why The International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women Is So Important

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / Here’s Just 3 Examples Of Why The International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women Is So Important

In 1993, the UN General Assembly Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women was created to take action against the epidemic. But more than 20 years on UNWomen.org...

'Overweight Haters Ltd' Are Handing Fat-Shaming Cards To Women On The Tube

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As if our morning commute wasn't stressful enough, now we have to deal with a bunch of d*cks who think it's their prerogative to print off a load of fat-shaming cards and hand...

Actress Jessica Biel Launches Sex-Ed Video Series To Educate Women About Their Bodies

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Quick question: how well do you know the female anatomy? Could you tell the difference between labium majus and the labium minus? It seems many women don't actually know their...

Page 3 Is No More! 5 Other Issues We Still Need To Change

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The Sun has finally gotten rid of their topless Page 3 tradition after 44 years following intense opposition from the No More Page 3 campaign. Since it was never all that necessary...

I Went To Therapy For A Year And This Is What I Learned

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Therapy may not be the most comfortable topic in the world to talk about, but it exists for a reason people. Sometimes it takes hearing from somebody who did it to feel like it...

The Feminist Remix Of "All About That Bass" Absolutely Slays It

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The girls over at Columbia Business School in the US just got a whole lot sassier with their new song "Bitch In Business" the epic remix of "All About That Bass." The lyrics are...

The 7 Rules To Staying Safe During Party Season

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We don’t mean to be a spoilsport or sound like your mother, but staying safe during the party season is pretty important. With many of us dancing the night away and having a little...

Keira Knightley Poses Topless And Photoshop-Free

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Keira Knightley is over Photoshop and you should be too! In an unexpected move, Keira Knightley decided to bare all in the September issue of Interview Magazine. Her reasoning...

Why All Women Should Remember Reeva Steenkamp

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As the world reacts to the dramatic news that Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to 5 years for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, it's important to remember...

These Japanese Porn Stars Are Offering Up Their Boobs For AIDS Research

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taught us that people will do ridiculous things in the name of charity, so why not squeeze a willing porn star's boobs in the name of AIDS research...

Honour Based Violence: Why You Need To Remember #BritainsLostWomen

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Choice: the one word that defines our generation is often the one we take the most for granted. But what happens when that choice is brutally taken away? Karma Nirvana and Cosmopo...

Everyday sexism

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Have you ever walked down the street and been wolf whistled by a pervy guy? Has a waiter ever given the bill to your boyfriend even though you asked for it? Everyday sexism: Tell...

Women Are Squishing Their Boobs Into Hearts On Social Media For No Apparent Reason

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I'm all for body-positive trends, although I'm yet to be so brave as to publicise my many imperfections on social media, but the latest one doing the rounds is a little more contr...

Tess Holliday Has A Few Things To Say About Robbie Tripp's 'Curvy Wife' Tribute

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / Tess Holliday Has A Few Things To Say About Robbie Tripp's 'Curvy Wife' Tribute

Robbie Tripp's Instagram pic dedicated to his 'curvy wife' made the Internet hella mad mostly because of the congratulatory nature of the post, namely the bit where he brings...

This Woman Posts 'Unflattering' Pic To Show Her Daughters Why She Loves Her 'Bubblegum Belly'

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / This Woman Posts 'Unflattering' Pic To Show Her Daughters Why She Loves Her 'Bubblegum Belly'

The process of having a baby isn't always the easiest, especially when it comes to your self confidence. With so many changes to your body, it's easy to become upset about any...

Picture-proof Toned AF Personal Trainers Have Cellulite, Too

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With all the retouching, photoshopping and Facetuning saturating our social-media feeds, it's easy to take everything we see for face value, including the impossibly flat stomachs...

10 Black Women Who Have Changed History

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This month is Black History Month, and what better way to celebrate than learning more about the women who have helped us get to the position we are at now. In the face of extreme...

15 Reasons Tampons Are So Effing Luxurious

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Because tampons are a girl's best friend. Not diamonds. Always tampons. Period tax sucks but rather than get eggy about it we thought we'd give those people who don't bleed from...

YAS! Science Says Plus Sized Women Are Having A Positive Impact On Our Mental Health

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / YAS! Science Says Plus Sized Women Are Having A Positive Impact On Our Mental Health

We all know the scarily thin women on the catwalk and fashion spreads don't resemble women IRL, but that doesn't stop us comparing ourselves to them and feeling hella bad as a result...

This Model Shared A Pic Of Her Cellulite And Instagram Just Can't Get Enough

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Charli Howard is a woman after our own hearts. If she's not posing with a cupcake in hand, she's showing us real, honest pictures of her cellulite, and we can't get enough of it...

This Woman Wants To Open A Vagina Museum And We're All For It

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Florence Schechter is a woman after our own hearts - and our vaginas. The UK-based science YouTube star is launching a campaign to open the world's first vagina museum, all in...

These Texts Show The Terrifying Reality Of Life As A Domestic Abuse Victim

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One Imgur user's post is going viral for its horrifying and very real portrayal of domestic abuse which she experienced at the hands of her ex-husband. She has now been divorced...

Loose Women's Unphotoshopped Underwear Shoot Is The Body-confident Campaign Women Need

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / Loose Women's Unphotoshopped Underwear Shoot Is The Body-confident Campaign Women Need

We're hailing the Loose Women ladies our new heroes after the panel stripped down to their underwear for a new, body-positive campaign and it may just be our favourite one yet...

This Woman Live-blogged The Aftermath Of Her Rape

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Amber Amour is a 27-year-old woman from New York. Whilst on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa with her 'Stop Rape. Educate' campaign, she was raped in a the shower of a hostel...

How The World's So-Called 'Ugliest Woman' Turned Online Hate Into The Most Inspirational Campaign Ever

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We’ve all experienced some form of bullying at one point in our lives but imagine being in high school and stumbling across a video on Youtube about yourself. Now imagine that...

Meryl Streep And Co-stars Face Backlash Over Suffragette T-Shirts

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‘I’d rather be a rebel than a slave’ T-shirt used to promote Meryl Streep's new movie gets attention on Twitter for all the wrong reasons. To promote her upcoming movie Suffragette...

Do lads mags make men hostile to women?

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Harmless banter or the stuff of sexism? Lads mags are something that every teenage boy and young man dabbles with, flicking through the pages of Loaded, FHM and Nuts can seem...

The #YesAllWomen's Manifesto: How The World NEEDS To Change Post-Elliot Rodger

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / The #YesAllWomen's Manifesto: How The World NEEDS To Change Post-Elliot Rodger

There’s a 141-page manifesto going around that details why women caused a 22-year-old educated and extremely privileged man to kill six people and injure thirteen others. Why...

'I'm Not Bossy - I'm The Boss' - Beyonce Challenges Labels Against Women

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A girl stands up for herself and she gets called pushy, a boy does it and he's ambitious. We all know it happens. We all know it's bulls**t. But Beyonce and the rest of these...

Ukraine Woman Calls For Help From Kiev: Share Her Story

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This young woman from the Ukraine has created a powerful plea for help, asking people to watch and share her video, and help spread the message about her country's plight. From...

Pussy Riot members beaten and jailed in Sochi

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Two women were beaten in Sochi on Tuesday. No, we’re not talking about athletes, and this definitely didn’t happen in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda...

If London Became Syria For A Moment, This Is What It'd Look Like

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We all know that Save The Children do an amazing job providing aid to children suffering in war-torn countries across the world. But sometimes we forget that this is day to day...

How sexist are we in 2013? Turns out very...Google suggest shows sexist search terms

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / How sexist are we in 2013? Turns out very...Google suggest shows sexist search terms

You might assume that the idea that women should vote, work, or have rights is, you know, obvious - but think again. If you really want to know how much of a sexist place the...

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines parody banned for indecency?! Oh the irony.

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / Robin Thicke Blurred Lines parody banned for indecency?! Oh the irony.

We're not gonna lie. We find Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video to be a piece of complete sexist crap - the naked version and the mainstream version. But we're failing to understand...

The top ten funniest feminist videos ever

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Feminism doesn’t have to be all straight-faced seriousness. Sometimes it can be more powerful to put a point across by tickling your funny bone rather than by being told off –...

Fewer UK women are changing their name after marriage - would you?

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Women in the UK are increasingly refusing to take their husband’s name after marriage research shows. In a study by conducted Facebook, of their 33 million UK users, a third of...

This Teenager Is Teaching Us A Valuable Lesson In Body Positivity After Facing Her Biggest Fear

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In a world where women are bombarded with unrealistic beauty ideals, we welcome preachers of body-positivity with open arms. Teenagers may get a bad rep 'cos hormones but this...

This Artist Creates The Best Middle Finger Up Response To The Thigh Gap

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We are all perfect in our own way and nothing makes us happier than inspiring females celebrating that fact. Or poking fun at those unrealistic ideals which try and question it...

Woman Shows The Reality Of Losing Nine Stone In Brave After Photos

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Texas-born Jordaan Spark is an inspiration to us all. The mother has lost a whopping 130 pounds which has not only improved her overall health but she's happier than ever as evidenced...

Irish Teenager Is Sectioned After Asking For An Abortion

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It seems crazy that in this day and age, some women still are unable to have an abortion if they should need one, but sadly that is still the case in Ireland, where abortion is...

Woman Frankly Explains Why We Shouldn't Feel Like Sh*t If Our Boyfriend's Got A Better Body

Home / Women in Focus / Key debates / Woman Frankly Explains Why We Shouldn't Feel Like Sh*t If Our Boyfriend's Got A Better Body

The pressure for women to achieve and maintain a perfectly-proportioned size 8 body is more rife than ever but can you imagine just how inferior you'd feel if your partner was...