Women and Society

Women In Japan Were Told Not To Wear Glasses To Work. Their Response Has Been Fiery.

Glasses, say some companies in Japan, are just not right for women to wear to work. In recent reports by Japan’s Nippon TV and Business Insider Japan, women from a range of industries described being instructed by their employers not to wear glasses. One receptionist recalled being told that glasses for her were not allowed, while a male receptionist was permitted to don…

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‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream’ by Sharmeen comes to Netflix

Netflix will release the animated short Sitara: Let Girls Dream from two-time Oscar-winning and three-time Emmy-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Titled Sitara: Let Girls Dream, the moving story centers on a 14-year-old girl named Pari who dreams of being a pilot, while growing up in a society that doesn’t allow her to dream. “Young girls everywhere still face considerable hurdles in achieving their dreams. Sitara embodies that struggle;…

Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture. Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22, 2019, according to the Cambridge, Massachusetts school’s Hutchins Center for African and African…

Growing Women’s Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh

Forty-year-old Parveen Akhter is the founder and Managing Director of Glamour Boutique House and Training Centre, the only small factory run by a woman in Jessore, a small town in the southwestern region of Bangladesh. The 4,000 square feet-factory produces textile and clothing and employs 52 women. For Akhter, this is not a small win. Twelve years ago, when she…

In Defense of Old-School Feminism

A new book, Feminism’s Forgotten Fight, pushes back on the notion that second-wave feminists only cared about sexual liberation. They fought for family values, too. By Ashley Fetters I spoke with Swinth about the still-relevant lessons of second-wave feminism presented in Feminism’s Forgotten Fight. An edited and condensed version of our conversation is below. Ashley Fetters: One of the central theses of the…

The Day Women Went on Strike

BY SASCHA COHEN  On Aug. 26, 1970, a full 50 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote, 50,000 feminists paraded down New York City’s Fifth Avenue with linked arms, blocking the major thoroughfare during rush hour. Now, 45 years later, the legacy of that day continues to evolve. Officially sponsored by the National Organization for…