Tag: 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…

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…

France Votes Gender Quotas For Executive Leadership

 Germany started the move in 2020, and now it’s France’s turn. By Avivah Wittenberg-Cox After quotas on corporate boards spread across Europe in recent years, countries are now pointing their legislation at Executive leadership. In a historic vote, France’s Parliament this week voted to introduce gender quotas on the Executive Teams and leadership pipelines of companies over 1,000 people. The targets set are…

New Superhero Movie Depicts Women as Heroes

By Jessie Tu Even before Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer appear on screen in Netflix’s latest film Thunder Force, I was teary with emotional solidarity. “I’m not a nerd, I’m smart. There’s a difference,” a young Emily Stanton (played by Spencer) shouts at her bullies. Along comes Lydia Berman, (played by McCarthy)– a strong teenager who rescues the vulnerable girl on…

10 Countries That Are Leading the World for Women in Politics

By Khanyi Mlaba Women make up half of the world’s population and yet they are still largely excluded from politics and decision-making power.  The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organization of national parliaments, released its latest annual Women in Parliament report just a few days before International Women’s Day on March 8, and it indicated that the world is not yet on track…