Today in history: Nation’s first pre-nuptial? Newlyweds sign statement denouncing woman’s loss of legal existence after marriage…on this day in 1855

Lucy Stone is known to women’s history not only as one of the most important workers for suffrage and other women’s rights in the 19th century and as a prominent abolitionist, but also as the first woman to keep her own name after marriage. When Lucy Stone married Henry Blackwell on May 1, 1855, the […]

Countries that work the most and their satisfaction rates

“Men and women are increasingly pressed for time and, as a result, struggle to meet their work and family responsibilities.” So stated a June 2014 White House report entitled Nine Facts About American Families and Work. The report revealed that 46% of working Americans said their job demands interfered with their family life “sometimes or often,” […]

Countries where you’re more likely to have a female boss

  According to US research firm Expert Market, which looked at data from the International Labour Organisation Statistical Office (ILO) 2014, there are three countries that have a higher percentage of female CEOs than men.   Jamaica gets top ranking where almost 60% of women are in managerial positions.  Columbia and St. Lucia rank second and […]

Around the world, there’s still work to be done on women’s rights

While progress on women’s rights has been made globally, there is still work to be done.  The Independent’s Felicity Morse takes a look at some statistics concerning women around the world. Violence Globally, about one in three women will be beaten or raped during their lifetime. On average, 30% of women who have been in […]

Crazy Anti-Women Laws Around the World

Can a man abduct a woman, marry her, and immediately become impossible to prosecute?  Believe it or not, the answer is Yes.  The Daily Beast rounds up some of the craziest anti-women laws around the World. India —“Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen […]

UN: Schoolgirls Facing More Threats

Attacks against girls attending school or seeking access to education appear to be increasing around the world despite legal protections of gender equality, the United Nations said in a report issued on Monday and reported by the NYT. The report, posted on the website of the United Nations Human Rights Council, said attacks on schools have occurred in […]

Lung Passes Breast as Top Cancer Killer of Women

For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries reports the UK’s Daily Mail. The reason is smoking, which peaked years later for women than it did for men. Lung cancer has been the top cancer killer for men for decades. ‘We’re […]

Beijing looks to women-only subway cars to protect women from sexual harassment

Two high-ranking political advisors are calling on Beijing to start offering women-only subway cars during rush hour as a way to protect women from sexual harassment. China’s capital is one of several cities around the world to consider women-only public transportation writes Quartz, but they should know that it’s no cure: more than 100 years […]

Best Super Bowl Ad – #LikeAGirl

If you were hiding under a rock last night and didn’t watch the Super Bowl, then you missed quite a show.  There was the game itself which was fun to watch with a most exciting finish even if you aren’t a Patriots or Seahawks fan (especially if you aren’t a Seahawks fan).  The bravery award […]

Girls Outperforming Boys Academically

A new report from Dr. Gijsbert Stoet of the University of Glasgow in Scotland and David C. Geary of the University of Missouri found that in 2009, high school girls performed significantly better on an international standardized test in 52 out of 74 studied countries.  As reported by the Huffington Post, the study notes the results extend to strict Muslim […]