Women and Society

Africa’s Women Embrace Modern Birth Control As Experts Hail Rapid Rise In Contraception Use

By Sarah Newey Condoms, implants and the pill are among the contraceptives being rapidly embraced by women and girls in Africa, according to a major report tracking family planning in developing countries. Since 2012 roughly 53 million women and girls have started to use modern forms of family planning in 69 of the poorest countries across the globe.  It means…

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…

Yara Shahidi’s Metric for Success and Purposeful Living.

Written by Lola Ogunnaike Yara Shahidi: ‘My Metric for Success Is Having an Impact on Something Greater Than Myself.’ Meghan Markle is a fan. Michelle Obama wrote one of her college recommendation letters. Oprah Winfrey believes she’ll be president of the United States one day. Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, tells me, only half-jokingly, “I want to be her when I grow up.” They’re…

‘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;…