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A woman has just won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the first time in 55 years

The Nobel Prize in Physics has just been awarded to three scientists for their “groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics.” And, for the first time in more than half a century, a woman — Donna Strickland — is one of the winners.  SEE ALSO: Scientists learn bacteria in your gut can produce electricity Canadian...CONTINUE READING
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Women’s Equality Day is the anniversary of women getting the right to vote. Here’s how to celebrate.

Women’s Equality Day, celebrated annually on August 26, marks the date the Constitution was amended to include women’s right to vote.   “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex,” the 19th amendment read, as...CONTINUE READING
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13 women rode every stage of the Tour de France before the men did to make a point about equality

There’s a rather notable absence from Le Tour de France — women. Not only are women not allowed participate in the men’s only cycling event, but an equivalent race for women doesn’t exist.  This year thirteen women rode every stage of the Tour de France before the men did to make a point about equality...CONTINUE READING
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Barack Obama says that ‘men have been getting on my nerves lately’

Barack Obama has officially joined the countless women in 2018 who are annoyed by men. On Wednesday, while speaking to leaders of the Obama Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama got real about the recent behavior of powerful men, admitting he’s straight-up annoyed. Extreme same. SEE ALSO: America’s moms, Michelle Obama and Tina Lawson,...CONTINUE READING
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Why I’m giving up and bringing a space heater to work this summer

Like many young women my age, I have come to fear my office air conditioner and all the pain and misery it brings. It’s a familiar story. In 2015, scientists found that the math typically used to set the temperature in most office buildings was biased in favor of men. The formula uses the metabolic...CONTINUE READING
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Carrie Gracie donates backdated BBC pay to help other women fighting for equality

Carrie Gracie — the BBC journalist who resigned after learning she was paid 50 percent less than her male colleagues — has donated her backdated pay from the BBC to other women fighting for equality.  SEE ALSO: BBC journalist quits after discovering she earns 50% less than male counterparts In a joint statement, the BBC...CONTINUE READING
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Two surfers, same waves. But people aren’t cool with the difference in pay.

Over the weekend, surfers competed in the Ballito Pro, which takes place in South Africa’s east. In the Billabong Junior Series, the under-18 mens winner was Indonesia’s Rio Waida, while the womens competition was won by South Africa’s Zoe Steyn. SEE ALSO: Barbie has a brand-new STEM career, and it’s pretty cool While the news...CONTINUE READING
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Barbie has a brand-new STEM career, and it’s pretty cool

The fantasy world of Barbie dolls just got more high-tech. On Tuesday, Mattel, the company that makes the famous stick figurine, announced Barbie’s new career: robotics engineer.  The “Career of the Year” Barbie is now available online for $13.99. She comes with safety goggles, a doll-sized laptop computer, and a small humanoid robot.  SEE ALSO:...CONTINUE READING
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Spain’s new female-dominated government has just made history

Spain’s new government has only just been sworn in, but it’s already made history. That’s because the women in this cabinet outnumber the men.  King Felipe VI of Spain swore in the new government on Thursday, with women occupying 11 of the 17 cabinet posts.  SEE ALSO: Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is 50% female...CONTINUE READING
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Professor ranks ‘Star Wars’ movies for female character screen time and the results are very telling

A film studies professor ranked the Star Wars movies based on the screen time of female characters and, well, the results weren’t great.  Dr Rebecca Harrison — a lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow — undertook the somewhat mammoth task of analysing the screen time of female characters in the...CONTINUE READING
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