Women and Society

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…

Academic Elisa Loncon to Rewrite Chile’s Constitution

By Jessie Tu The Mapuche are Chile’s largest indigenous group. Historically, they have been unacknowledged in the country’s rule book. On Sunday, one of its own, Mapuche woman Elisa Loncón, was elected by its constitutional delegates to lead a group to draft a new text to replace the Pinochet-era constitution. Of the 155 Constitutional delegates who make up the constitutional body of…

German Gymnastics Team Apparel Promotes Empowerment

By Madeline Hislop The German women’s gymnastics team elected to wear full length bodysuits at the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers on Sunday, a decision they made to push back against the sexualisation of women in gymnastics. The team, comprised of Sarah Voss, Pauline Schaefer-Betz, Elisabeth Seitz and Kim Bui, wore red and white full length unitards that covered their legs down to…

Pilot Wally Funk Carries 60 Years of History to Space

Funk, 82, finally saw her aspiration come to life Tuesday when she launched on aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin’s first crewed spaceflight alongside billionaire Jeff Bezos and two other people. By Marisa Iati Floating in the isolation tank, Wally Funk felt weightless. She couldn’t see or hear. There was nothing to taste or smell. When she patted the eight feet of water surrounding her, she…