Women and Society

How Going Digital Enables Success Of Female Entrepreneurs

Even before the pandemic, more and more people were spending their time and money online, and businesses were increasingly going digital to reach them. By Sheryl Sandberg Shifting businesses online has become much easier than it was just a few years ago– and that’s especially good for women and communities who have historically had fewer opportunities to succeed. After having her first baby,…

Female Muay Thai Fighters Make History in Male-Dominated Sport

By Teirra Kamolvattanavith Since opening in 1956, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium has become one of the world’s most prestigious sites for Thailand’s martial art of Muay Thai. But the venue in Bangkok has traditionally forbidden women from fighting there—or even touching the ring—due to entrenched superstitions about menstruation and its potential to “pollute” the sacred space.  Signs placed around the ring are clear:…

Barbie Launches Doll of COVID Vaccine Designer Sarah Gilbert

By CATRIONA HARVEY-JENNER Barbie is an icon, but it’s not ‘one-size-fits all’ where the famous doll is concerned these days. Mattel, which manufactures Barbie, has just launched a special release doll modelled on the scientist who created the Oxford coronavirus vaccine: Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert. Now that’s iconic. The traditional image you might have of Barbie may be the slim, white, blonde doll that first launched in…