Summer of Discontent

Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, more than 70 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 80 percent are down on the country’s political system, according to the latest NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll.

New Strict Dress Code Imposed in Eastern Syria Doesn’t Allow Women to Show Eyes

The jihadist Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code for women in eastern Syria, forbidding them from showing any part of their bodies, a monitoring group said on Thursday. “Women… are completely forbidden from showing their eyes,” said the statement, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said was distributed in IS-controlled areas of […]

10 Moms Who Changed the World

Mom.me profiles 10 moms who changes the world from Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize to Ann Maria Jarvis who inspired the modern day Mother’s Day and Vesta Stoudt who took her idea of sealing ammo straight to President Roosevelt creating the birth of ‘duct tape.’

‘Women should not laugh in public,’ says Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister

Women should not laugh in public in Turkey, the Deputy Prime Minister has said in a speech on “moral corruption” in the country reports the UK’s Independent. He called for chastity in both men and women and blamed television and the media for turning teenagers into “sex addicts”, the Hürriyet Daily News reported. “[The man] […]

Study: Best State to be Female? Vermont.

According to the University of Connecticut, Vermont is the best place in the United States to be female. Using The Economist magazine’s  worldwide women’s economic opportunity (WEO) index as a guide, the University of Connecticut looked at labor market conditions for women including state data  on the gender pay gap, the prevalence of women in […]

WWI Began 100 Years Ago Today

One hundred years ago today, the Emperor of Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia in retaliation for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The world’s first global conflict, the “Great War” pitted the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire against the Allied forces of Serbia, Great Britain, the United States, France, Russia, Italy […]

China: Larger parking spaces introduced because ‘women can’t drive’

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully reserved for women”, and around a foot wider than normal. The slots at the “World Metropolis” centre have sparked debate in China, which officially embraces gender equality but where old-fashioned sexism remains rampant. The 10 spaces outside the main […]

Today in Women’s History: First Women’s Rights Convention

166 years ago (1848) – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott launched the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

Today in Women’s History: Nadia scores perfect 10

38 years ago (1976) – Nadia Comăneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Today in Women’s History: First black candidate for President

42 years ago (1972) – Shirley Chisholm receives 152 votes in the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention, becoming the first black candidate for President of the United States from a major political party and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.