The Rise of the Older, Single Female Home Buyer

Unmarried women over 55 is one of the largest, and fastest-growing, demographics of home buyers. With longer lifespans and careers, many look for homes with ‘no bad memories.’
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How Long Will TV and Film’s Boom Market for Female Stories Last?

NANTUCKET, Mass. — The #MeToo moment and the push for gender parity in Hollywood has opened doors for women artists in the film and TV business in the past year, but there are concerns that the appetite for female-led stories could be a “worryingly trendy conversation.” That’s how showrunner Sera Gamble put during a panel […]

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Whitney Houston ‘abused as a child’ by female relative

A new documentary about the life of singer Whitney Houston has claimed that the superstar was sexually abused as a child by a female relative.
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What could a female director mean for Star Trek?

Acclaimed TV director SJ Clarkson is tipped to helm the next Star Trek film.
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Briton to be first female director of a Star Trek film

British filmmaker SJ Clarkson is set to become the first female director in the Star Trek movie franchise’s history as she takes charge of the next instalment of the 2009 reboot.
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First female Bollywood superstar dies aged 54

One of India’s most famous actresses has died, aged 54.
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Female Activists, Antifur Protesters Fight Their Causes at London Fashion Week

BARE NECESSITIES: Topless, or scantily clad, female activists braved the cold February weather to stage protests during fashion week, capitalizing on the media throngs at shows to gain attention.
On Friday, both PETA supporters and advocates for a more body-inclusive runway caused scenes, shouting out for their respective causes. The antifur contingent had “wear your own skin” painted on their bare torsos, and encouraged passersby to stand up for animals by embracing a vegan wardrobe. On the subject of fur, Elisa Allen, director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: “It’s not fabric, and it’s not ours for the taking.”
Meanwhile, the pro-curves protesters held plaques that read “fashion rules rewritten” and wore lingerie by Simply Be, a plus-size brand. American model and actress Hayley Hasselhoff led the way, accompanied by eight activists who demanded to know when more curvaceous women will be seen on runways. Angela Spindler, chief executive officeroff N Brown Group plc, which owns Simply Be, said: “This isn’t about ‘skinny shaming.’ We think that shape should be celebrated irrespective of size.”
The women all got their say – and a few goosebumps.

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Top Female Music Executives Send Rebuke to Grammys Leadership

A letter to the Recording Academy’s board of trustees signed by six of the industry’s most powerful women calls the organization “woefully out of touch.”
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Oscars: First female director nod in eight years

Lady Bird filmmaker Greta Gerwig has become the first woman to get an Oscar nomination for best director since 2010.
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Fashion Review: Designs on Female Empowerment at Chanel and Dior

Surreal times call for surreal clothes. Should we play by the old rules? Plus, Iris van Herpen and Schiaparelli.
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Female scenes cut from fan-edit of Last Jedi

A fan-edited version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, featuring none of the female scenes, has been released online.
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Star Wars: ‘It’s time for a female or non-white director’

The Last Jedi director says it’s time a woman or “director of colour” took charge of an instalment.
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Whitney Cummings Comedy ‘The Female Brain’ Sells to IFC (EXCLUSIVE)

IFC Films has nabbed U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Whitney Cummings’s “The Female Brain.” The ensemble comedy is based on a book of the same name by neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine — it’s a bestseller that made the controversial argument that women’s behavior differed from that of men because of hormonal differences. “The Female Brain” […]

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Trend Union’s Li Edelkoort: Goddesses Are Emerging Female Archetypes in Fashion

DRAPED CRUSADERS: As the social message of women’s empowerment continues to gain ground, goddess-like strength and traits are turning up in fashion.
Goddesses of all different heritages and persuasions were the focus of Li Edelkoort’s spring 2019 presentation for Trend Union at The New School in New York. The way she sees it, they are at the root of the emerging female fashion archetype for the industry with individuals determining their own goddess based on individual tastes. Predicting a revolution sparked partially from draping, folding and cuts, Edelkort expects normcore and streetwear basics to dissolve. That shift calls for “designers, not influencers,” she said.
With a myriad of colorful images that drew from art history, fashion, portraiture and nature, the trend forecaster offered a crash course in goddesses. Students and industry types learned of Aphrodite, Demeter, Hestia, Gaia, Flora & Fauna, Nike and others. Edelkoort also pointed to the increasing importance of the sack dress, regal colors and majestic fabrics. She also spoke of “this child woman” who is very dominant in society, accumulating jobs as if she is accumulating pairs of shoes. “She lives her life like a ribbon, like a bracelet — there is not a clear direction. She is

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Members of ‘Death Metal’ Band Decapitated Accused of Kidnapping Female Concertgoer After Show

Four members of a Polish “death metal” band have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after an August concert in Spokane, Washington, PEOPLE confirms.

Michal M. Lysejko, 27, Waclaw J. Kieltyka, 35, Rafal T. Piotrowski, 31, and 30-year-old Hubert E. Wiecek, who are members of the band Decapitated, were taken into custody Saturday morning.

The alleged incident took place on September 1 just before 2 a.m. after the band performed at The Pin, Spokane Police Department Cpl. Teresa Fuller tells PEOPLE.

Fuller says the woman, who was a concertgoer, contacted the police.

Additional charges may be pending, Fuller says.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested the band members just after midnight September 9. The band had been performing at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California.

“Our personnel were asked to assist Spokane in arresting four suspects with warrants for kidnapping out of Spokane,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Juanita Navarro tells PEOPLE.

(It was not immediately clear why the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department was in Santa Ana, which is in Orange County.)

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Navarro says the four Polish nationals are currently being held in Men’s Central Jail on no bail in downtown Los Angeles.

The band members are awaiting extradition back to Spokane, defense attorney Steve Graham tells PEOPLE.

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Graham told the Spokesman-Review that his clients are innocent. “There was another side to this,” he said. “We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit the band of her own free will and left on good terms,” he said.

Graham said the band members won’t fight extradition.

The band, which has 55,000 followers on Instagram, has been touring to promote its latest album, Anticult. “Death metal” is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal.


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Her film, In Between, depicts three young Arab women drinking and taking drugs.
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Lord of the (female) Flies criticised

The film remake of William Golding’s book will have girls stranded on the island instead of boys.
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Seth Meyers’ Female Writers Troll Absent LGBTQ Champion Ivanka Trump

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‘The Simpsons’ Predicted A Female Doctor Who And Knew Some Fans Would Freak

Previously, the show predicted Donald Trump’s presidency and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance.
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BBC pay: Male stars earn more than female talent

Of the BBC stars earning more than £150,000 last year, 62 were male and 34 were female.
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All Hail Bellatrix Lestrange, The ‘Female Monster’ ‘Harry Potter’ Needed

Women like their villains powerful, rotten and complicated, too.
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What To Know About The First Female Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker

The “Broadchurch” star is ready to hop in the TARDIS.
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‘Doctor Who’ Breaks the Mold With Female Lead

Jodie Whittaker will be the first woman to play the Doctor, taking over from Peter Capaldi, the BBC said.
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Jodie Whittaker becomes first female Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker will become the first woman to play the Time Lord in Doctor
Who, ending months of speculation over who will replace current lead Peter Capaldi.
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We Are Not Hysterical: 18 Strong Female Voices You Should Read

Strand Book Store staff recommends reads by outspoken women.
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We Are Not Hysterical: 18 Strong Female Voices You Should Read

For every positive attribute a woman may possess ― strength, persistence, decisiveness ― there seems to be a popularly used synonym that casts the same quality in a negative light. Women who lead may be painted as curt, loud or cold ― or, worst of all, hysterical.

To combat this message, the staff at New York City’s Strand Book Store compiled a list of strong female voices who, like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), refuse to be silenced. 

Writes Strand: “On the heels of yet another female U.S. Senator being told to more or less ‘calm down’ while passionately doing the job she was elected to do, we are again wondering this: why are outspoken women so quickly accused of being hysterical? Being unapologetically loud and standing firm on your values are viewed very differently among genders, and when this perceived ‘hysteria’ halts progress, we have a problem.”

Below are 10 titles by women with strong, clear voices, as selected by Strand Book Store:

Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

In a tone that is incisive, challenging and more than a little disturbing, Solnit speaks volumes on women who refuse to be silent, the gender binary, and so much more. She is fearless in addressing misogyny, the casualness of rape jokes in contemporary comedy, and the need for men to join the third wave. Reassuring and honest, this essay collection embraces modern day feminism and voices that celebrate it. Looking for more leadership? Check out Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, or as we consider it, the bible of “mansplaining.”

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

When we grow up, we want to be like Malala. With a strength that many will (thankfully) never need to channel, Malala offers forgiveness to the members of the Taliban that shot her in the head at just 15 years old in Pakistan. Her miraculous recovery can only be overshadowed by her determination to voice the need for girls’ education in a world of suppression. Through education, these girls can pursue the lives they dream of and the independence they may only read about. With her own education and determination, Malala is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts. 

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Another example of strong women in our government, Sonia Sotomayor was the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. As many stellar female role models, Sotomayor learned early in life to depend on herself if she wanted to succeed. She was inspired by television characters in her career choice, and her sheer determination ensured that she became a lawyer and earned a degree at Yale Law School. Her memoir inspires us to take further steps to see women in every role of federal government.

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women by Siri Hustvedt

A beautiful collection of essays from novelist and feminist Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World and What I Loved. In the first of three sections, Hustvedt investigates how gender biases affect our perception of the world in a most timely fashion. Her feminist perspective is combined with elegant writing as she draws connections between the oft incompatible humanities and the sciences.

Plenty Ladylike by Claire McCaskill

A wonderful story that is pro-feminine ambition, Plenty Ladylike explores the life of a woman who has faced it all. Paying her way through law school as a waitress (a trying job on its own), McCaskill has faced and overcome opposition her entire career. When seeking support on her way to the Missouri House of Representatives, voters would suggest she just go get married instead. Once she was elected, secret meetings were held by fellow politicians to block her efforts. When given every opportunity to give up, she refused, and that persistence definitely makes us a fan.

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein

The title alone reminds us that now is not a time to be timid and quiet. Klein’s new release offers real action and strategy for countering the surreal world of politics currently dominating the U.S. She also draws a strong correlation for readers between shock politics and climate change based on two decades of extensive research. A great read on in-depth information of the current administration and how to continue the resistance.

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of The Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen

Turn brazen into a compliment with this soon-to-be-released fireball by Buzzfeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen. Inside, she examines pop icons who are known for their unruly attitudes (think Lena Dunham or Nicki Minaj) and tops us off with a no-nonsense analysis of why this has become a make it or break it point for today’s celebrities. Plus, you can meet Anne Helen Petersen in person at Strand for the book’s release on June 20th.

Hunger: A Memoir of [My] Body by Roxane Gay

Freshly released and on the coattails of her heartbreaking collection of short stories, Difficult Women, Roxane Gay has captured us again with the new memoir, Hunger. In it, with bravery and honesty that is raw as it is resilient, Gay catalogs a lifetime with being at odds with her own body. In a society where being bigger can actually make you invisible, this book provides a voice to an underrepresented population of women here and around the world.

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano

As an activist, professional biologist, and transsexual woman, Julia Serano provides a unique perspective on gender, tying together the social and science perspectives in one well-crafted book. She hits hard on the theme of femininity, emphasizing our predisposition to equate it with weakness and passiveness, and she explores where this theme stems from. She encourages feminist and transgender activists to reclaim “being feminine,” turning it into an empowering term for all.

Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti

A New York Times bestseller, Sex Object is praised as “an antidote to the fun and flirty feminism of selfies and self-help” by New Republic. Valenti is unabashed in nailing down the ways that sexism affects all areas of our lives. Using the her young adult life in NYC as a foundation, the personal becomes political in a memoir that is less about storytelling and more about a society that still puts women in second place.

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Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Adichie speaks on Feminism with Strand

Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Shrill by Lindy West | Lindy West on Shrill at Strand

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy

Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen

Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way by Reshma Saujiani

Double Bind: Women on Ambition edited by Robin Romm | Watch Strand’s Double Bind Panel

Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

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‘Women Photograph’ Honors The Female Photojournalists Documenting Our World

Photojournalism is far removed from its glory days ― the so-called Golden Age of the 1930s to 1960s ― when photographers toted Leicas and experimented with the first flash bulbs. Back then, behemoths like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and other founding members of Magnum Photos dominated the field, delivering onto the public historic images of military events, far-away countries, and images of the world people would otherwise never see.

Decades later, after magazines began to decline in popularity, so too did the prestige of photojournalism. Nonetheless, those left on the front lines of professional photojournalism are still responsible for capturing some of the world’s most captivating images. Take, for example, Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici’s photo snapped seconds after the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey

“Photojournalism is responsible for dictating how the general public sees the rest of the world,” documentary photographer Daniella Zalcman told HuffPost. “The photos in our newspapers and magazines expose people to issues and places and individuals they’ll likely never interact with personally.”

However, much like the early days of Cartier-Bresson, Capa and co., another aspect of the photojournalism scene has persisted: The majority of our chief storytellers are also still white men, Zalcman explained.

According to The New York Times, women have consistently accounted for only 15 percent of the entries to the prestigious World Press Photo awards in the last five years. Furthermore, around 80 to 100 percent of the images contained in publications’ roundups of most significant photos in 2016 belonged to male names. Incredible (and mostly white) female figures like Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange and Inge Morath managed to overcome the stale assumptions of their time ― that women couldn’t handle the necessary equipment or fend for themselves in conflict-ridden areas. Yet their success stories can register as outliers today.

Women in the 21st century aren’t getting the most valuable assignments from wire services, newspapers or magazines, Zalcman told the Times, suggesting that gender disparities in the industry are alive and well. She cited a few obstacles contemporary women photojournalists face in particular, such as biased hiring practices, a gender-based confidence gap, the difficulties of balancing personal lives with careers, and sexual harassment in the field. 

In an attempt to help women overcome these obstacles ― and educate publications unaware of the many, many female photojournalists available for hire ― Zalcman founded Women Photograph, a database promoting 400 women photojournalists from 67 countries across the globe. Described as “a resource for female* documentary and editorial photographers and the people who would like to hire them,” the site links directly to the portfolios of women from Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Cameroon, Chile, Russia, Canada and beyond. It also provides resources and grant information to aspiring photographers who might frequent the page.

(The asterisk denotes that “gender nonconforming, transgender, and genderqueer friends are all welcome” on the site.)

“We can’t just look at war and politics and human rights stories through the eyes of men,” Zalcman told HuffPost. “If we want to be responsible storytellers, our community needs to be as diverse as the voices it represents.” 

Zalcman is aware that a mere list of female photojournalists won’t erase the gender-based obstacles women encounter in their line of work. But “Women Photograph” is a succinct retort to any editor who claims not to know any women in the business. 

Below is a preview of some of the photojournalists on display at “Women Photograph.” To see more photojournalism from women today, head to the database here

All captions were provided by “Women Photograph.”

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Bloom: Bourne-like female hero ‘long overdue’

Orlando Bloom told Sky News that lead roles for women like in his latest film Unlocked have been a long-time coming.
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Facebook’s Female Engineers Claim Gender Bias

An analysis last year by a longtime engineer at Facebook found female engineers received 35% more rejections of their code than men, setting off an internal debate over gender bias. A later study rejected those findings.
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Egg freezing offered as perk to female employees

British companies are in talks with IVF clinics about offering egg freezing as a perk for female employees.
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How a Former Nurse Became Playboy’s First Female Photographer to Shoot a Full Frontal

The true story of pioneering nurse-turned-erotic-photographer Suze Randall.

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Two Female Playwrights Arrive on Broadway. What Took So Long?

Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel, both Pulitzer winners, will finally make their Broadway debuts this spring. What does that say about the plight of women writing for the stage?
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Clare Waight Keller Is Named First Female Designer of Givenchy

The appointment signals changes ahead in multiple ways for the storied French brand.
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Nike Is Releasing the ‘Pro Hijab’ for Female Muslim Athletes

It’s the first American athletic brand to create one.

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Fashion Review: Redefining the Female Silhouette at Comme des Garçons

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Ann Taylor Rolls Out Feel-Good Female Empowerment Campaign

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE: Ann Taylor is releasing a new campaign to kick off March’s National Women’s History Month,. The video, called “This Is Ann,” highlights the personal, professional and political struggles women have experienced over the past 60 years.
“As a brand, we believe that behind every great woman is another, and another,” Holly Tedesco vice president of marketing at Ann Taylor said. “We have a rich history of connecting with inspiring women — it all starts with our clients. Recent partnerships have allowed us to truly celebrate the accomplishments and creativity of women who are ground-breaking entrepreneurs and powerful forces in their fields. This Is Ann is a moment to reflect on the women who inspire us and the real lives they lead, honoring the generations of women who came before us, and the women who stand beside us.”
The 50-second spot juxtaposes black-and-white photos of everyday moments with archival images as narration connects the footage. “Before there were power suits, there were picket signs. Pantyhose, bodysuits, lawsuits,” the video begins. “Behind every conference call, there have been catcalls, calls from school, tough calls, wake up calls. For every double latte, we’ve seen double standards, pulled double shifts, been double booked.”
The video was made by Ann Taylor’s

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A Scientific Breakthrough Sheds New Light on the Female Orgasm

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6 Hilarious Illustrations That Sum Up The Bonds Of Female Friendship

Illustrator Sarah Andersen is known for capturing the good, the bad and the downright hilarious parts of being a lady. And in her upcoming book, Big Mushy Happy Lump, she hits the nail on the head when it comes to female friendship. 

As Andersen explained to The Huffington Post, she draws inspiration for her comics from her own life.

“I try to write about my personal experiences that I think are universal, and I think women connect to that and enjoy seeing themselves in comics,” she said. “I also try to write about experiences that send a message of personal acceptance.”

Scroll below to see six hilarious illustrations from Andersen’s Big Mushy Lump that sum up just how awesome having a BFF(AEAEAEAE) really, truly is. 

All illustrations are from Big Mushy Happy Lump (c) 2017 by Sarah Andersen (Andrews McMeel Publishing).

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Ad Imagines A World Where We Treat Female Scientists Like Celebrities

What if we treated female scientists the way we treated famous actors, TV personalities and models?

That’s the question General Electric (GE) asks in a new spot celebrating women in science. The video, which was published Wednesday morning, imagines the first woman to win the National Medal of Science in Engineering, Millie Dresselhaus a.k.a. the “queen of carbon science,” as a star.

In the one-minute spot, children dress up as Millie for Halloween, parents name their kids after her and there’s even a Millie emoji. 

The ad is part of a new announcement from GE that the global corporation is committing to hiring more women in technical roles. The company set a goal of helping 20,000 women fill more STEM roles in GE by the year 2020 and obtaining 50:50 representation for all of their tech entry-level positions.

In a press release, the company explained that they’re taking a holistic approach to bringing more women into GE and retaining current female employees.

“Our goal is clear: Attract, grow and retain a GE technical team that reflects the world in which we live,” Lorraine Bolsinger, VP of Accelerated Leadership Program, told The Huffington Post. “From a recruitment perspective, this means doing things like expanding the number of colleges and universities from which we recruit to include institutions with a more competitive gender mix. From a retention standpoint, this includes instituting processes to capture more ongoing feedback from our technology function, expanding access to bias training and continuing our work in delivering innovative benefits to improve the overall employee experience.” 

The ad’s description on YouTube sums up the company’s goal perfectly: “At GE, we’re not just imagining a world where brilliant women are the stars ― we’re helping create it.” 

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James Corden joins female cast of Ocean’s Eight

James Corden will have a supporting role in Ocean’s Eight, the female spin-off of hit heist movie Ocean’s Eleven, it has been announced.
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Female Business Owners Host Pop-up for Planned Parenthood

HOLIDAY POP-UP: Hero New York, Runway Passport, AMCONYC, Tech Style and Rossi & Rei are hosting a holiday pop-up shop today through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 168 Bowery in New York.
The pop-up features fashion tech, artisanal styles from around the world, kids’ fashion and accessories.
All participating brands are women-led companies, and each female founder is pledging 5 percent of all process to Planned Parenthood.
“In the face of challenge, our only choice is to carry courage. This holiday season, I’m honored to carry the causes that Planned Parenthood fights for alongside a group of game-changing female founders,” said Alissa Lentz, founder of Hero New York, a backpack line.

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Rogue One’s Felicity Jones says female action heroes are now ‘the norm’

Rogue One actress Felicity Jones hails “a wonderful moment for cinema” with so many female action heroes.
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America’s First Black Female Prisoner Of War Opens Up About Her Struggle 13 Years Later

With dreams of being a chef and looking for a way to pay for culinary school, Shoshana Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1998. Then, while serving as a cook in a support unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Johnson’s life changed completely. 

It was March 23, 2003, and Johnson was in a convoy traveling through the city of Nasiriyah. The convoy, however, made a wrong turn and came under enemy attack. No one in Johnson’s unit, including Private First Class Jessica Lynch, was a combat soldier, yet they found themselves in a deadly firefight.

“We lost 11 in the ambush,” Johnson tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”. “Eight of us were taken as prisoners of war; two died in captivity. Jessica was kept in Nasiriyah and five of us were taken to Baghdad.”

While in captivity with her fellow prisoners of war, Johnson ― the first African-American female POW in U.S. history ― says her mind kept racing. She thought of her 2-year-old daughter, her terrified family and whether or not she would survive long enough to see any of them.

“There were lots of times when I thought in captivity, ‘This is it. I’m going to die,’” Johnson says. “I also thought, ‘Well, I made it through the ambush. Why did God take me through the ambush to let me die now? I just got to hold on.’”

After 22 frightening days of facing the unknown, Johnson’s ordeal finally ended. “It was like a miracle,” she recalls. “Basically, the heavens opens up and these giant Marines came in to the rescue.”

Upon returning home, Johnson prepared for the long road to recovery, which included rehab due to the gunshot wounds on both her legs as well as psychiatric care for the mental and emotional trauma she endured.

“It wasn’t easy ― the Army actually gave me quite a difficult time about acknowledging my PTSD,” Johnson reveals. “I had to fight them in order for them to acknowledge that I was suffering from the condition and it was a direct result of my time in Iraq. I do have post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s something I deal with on a daily basis.”

Johnson says her PTSD also impacts her daughter, who is now 16.

“It’s me and her, every single day. She has to deal with the effects of living with someone with PTSD also,” Johnson points out. “So, I also make sure she gets regular counseling.”

In the years following her rescue, Johnson enrolled in culinary school to continue her dream of becoming a chef. She has also written a book about her experience as a prisoner of war and continues to use her story to raise awareness about the mental health needs of soldiers and their families.

“Volunteering in the veteran community is important because it gives me a sense of purpose. I’m here to help other veterans get through the struggle,” Johnson says. 

Ultimately, the Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient is grateful for her life today.

“I know for sure that I am blessed. I get to see my daughter grow up and I’m pursuing culinary [work], which I absolutely love,” Johnson says. “And I know for sure that the bond that I have formed with my fellow prisoners of war will be with me until I am laid to rest.”

Another veteran’s story:

Army Specialist Robert Andrzejczak shares an inspiring update six years after being wounded in a grenade attack in Iraq

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Women behind some of the year’s most acclaimed films are considered longshots for Academy Awards attention.

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Visions of a Female Paraplegic

At 17, my high school friend Taylor broke her back. Without authorization she became a paraplegic poster child, reiterating her story to friends and entitled strangers alike again and again. Now, four years later, Taylor has a more intricate perspective of the female disabled experience; how the wheelchair can deter potential suitors, the truthful intersection of beauty and disability, and the dehumanization of women paraplegics. Taylor’s is not broken — despite what many people assume — she is a content woman who exhibits serenity, confidence, and resilience.

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“Skinny Legs” visualizes the multi-dimensional experience of a female paraplegic while depicting pellucid layers of self-love, frustration, faith, and mortality. My aim for this collection was to create an intimate storyline from the perspective of a single individual, allowing the viewer into Taylor’s existence. I purposefully captured varying angles to demonstrate a fluctuation of growth, emotions, and disposition. These photographs express Taylor’s humanness by deconstructing the fictitious notion that she’s broken or fragile.

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NBC Sets an Incredible Female Cast for The Wiz Live and More Major Moments for Women in Hollywood This Week

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I Transitioned From Female to Male as a Teen. Here’s My Story

Lots of people are confused by me. First I was a girl who liked girls, and then a boy who liked girls, and now—finally—a dude who likes other dudes. I get it—it is kind of confusing. The best way I’ve heard it explained: Gender is who you want to sleep as, and sexuality is who you want to sleep with. It took me some time to figure out that last part.


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Powerful Women And Female Pleasure: Exploring The Feminist Themes Of ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Female viewers flocked to the theaters to watch “Magic Mike XXL” when the flick hit the big screen last week. And many of its fans have praised the film for its feminism.

The sequel, which follows Channing Tatum and his band of male entertainers as they make their way to their final performance at a stripper convention, has been applauded for its progressive depiction of women of various ages, body types and races, its  powerful female characters and its positive embrace of female sexuality. As the Washington Post’s Soraya Nadia McDonald noted, “Magic Mike XXL” even passed the Bechdel test.

As entertainment writer for Cosmopolitan.com Patti Greco told HuffPost Live, the film’s writers may have intended to make buddy comedy, but the end result was completely different.

“Ultimately, what came out of it was a movie that centered on the idea that women’s pleasure really mattered very much,” Greco told host Caroline Modaressy-Tehrani. “[There were] a bunch of great female characters who actually helped write their parts. Jada Pinkett-Smith, [who was] a revelation in this and arguably was the most empowering and feminist part of the movie, really brought that role to the table, same with Andie MacDowell.”

Greco also applauded the character development of the film’s male stars and responded to the critique that “Magic Mike XXL” objectifies men and promotes unrealistic body standards.

“If these guys were just chiseled lunks, nobody would be that attracted to them. They actually have personality,” she said. “They actually have sensitivity and so they are feminine in some ways and it plays with the idea that you can’t just be a hunk of meat. You also have to be sensitive to satisfy a woman.”

Still the movie had its flaws, Deadspin senior culture editor Puja Patel noted.

“There are times where the film is clearly pandering a little bit,” she said. “These women kind of become a prop to tell the males character development or the story that these men are healers in some way.”

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Powerful Women And Female Pleasure: Exploring The Feminist Themes Of ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Female viewers flocked to the theaters to watch “Magic Mike XXL” when the flick hit the big screen last week. And many of its fans have praised the film for its feminism.

The sequel, which follows Channing Tatum and his band of male entertainers as they make their way to their final performance at a stripper convention, has been applauded for its progressive depiction of women of various ages, body types and races, its  powerful female characters and its positive embrace of female sexuality. As the Washington Post’s Soraya Nadia McDonald noted, “Magic Mike XXL” even passed the Bechdel test.

As entertainment writer for Cosmopolitan.com Patti Greco told HuffPost Live, the film’s writers may have intended to make buddy comedy, but the end result was completely different.

“Ultimately, what came out of it was a movie that centered on the idea that women’s pleasure really mattered very much,” Greco told host Caroline Modaressy-Tehrani. “[There were] a bunch of great female characters who actually helped write their parts. Jada Pinkett-Smith, [who was] a revelation in this and arguably was the most empowering and feminist part of the movie, really brought that role to the table, same with Andie MacDowell.”

Greco also applauded the character development of the film’s male stars and responded to the critique that “Magic Mike XXL” objectifies men and promotes unrealistic body standards.

“If these guys were just chiseled lunks, nobody would be that attracted to them. They actually have personality,” she said. “They actually have sensitivity and so they are feminine in some ways and it plays with the idea that you can’t just be a hunk of meat. You also have to be sensitive to satisfy a woman.”

Still the movie had its flaws, Deadspin senior culture editor Puja Patel noted.

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Powerful Women And Female Pleasure: Exploring The Feminist Themes Of ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Female viewers flocked to the theaters to watch “Magic Mike XXL” when the flick hit the big screen last week. And many of its fans have praised the film for its feminism.

The sequel, which follows Channing Tatum and his band of male entertainers as they make their way to their final performance at a stripper convention, has been applauded for its progressive depiction of women of various ages, body types and races, its  powerful female characters and its positive embrace of female sexuality. As the Washington Post’s Soraya Nadia McDonald noted, “Magic Mike XXL” even passed the Bechdel test.

As entertainment writer for Cosmopolitan.com Patti Greco told HuffPost Live, the film’s writers may have intended to make buddy comedy, but the end result was completely different.

“Ultimately, what came out of it was a movie that centered on the idea that women’s pleasure really mattered very much,” Greco told host Caroline Modaressy-Tehrani. “[There were] a bunch of great female characters who actually helped write their parts. Jada Pinkett-Smith, [who was] a revelation in this and arguably was the most empowering and feminist part of the movie, really brought that role to the table, same with Andie MacDowell.”

Greco also applauded the character development of the film’s male stars and responded to the critique that “Magic Mike XXL” objectifies men and promotes unrealistic body standards.

“If these guys were just chiseled lunks, nobody would be that attracted to them. They actually have personality,” she said. “They actually have sensitivity and so they are feminine in some ways and it plays with the idea that you can’t just be a hunk of meat. You also have to be sensitive to satisfy a woman.”

Still the movie had its flaws, Deadspin senior culture editor Puja Patel noted.

“There are times where the film is clearly pandering a little bit,” she said. “These women kind of become a prop to tell the males character development or the story that these men are healers in some way.”

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about the feminist themes in “Magic Mike XXL” here.

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“Klittra” — Sweden’s unofficial new term for female masturbation — combines the words “clitoris” (klitoris) and “glitter” (glittra) in an effort to encourage a positive outlook on women’s sexual pleasure.

In 2014, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) declared a need for more open dialogue about women and masturbation. “When it comes to masturbation, people mostly think about just men doing it and we don’t think of it as common for women. If we don’t have a word in the language, how can we even talk about it?” asked RFSU spokeswoman Kristina Ljungros.

Ljungros was referring to the fact that there is no Swedish word for female masturbation (nor is there in English, for that matter). Progressive Nordic nation that it is, Sweden just happened to decide that it needed one.

RFSU held a competition calling upon women to submit ideas for a new way to describe flicking the bean. They received over 1,200 responses, but “klittra” won the gold, pulling ahead competitors such as “pulla,” “runka” and “selfa.”

As RFSU tries to induct the new word into Sweden’s dictionary, we’ll be here cheering them on — and hopefully moving Merriam-Webster in the same direction.

“We are trying to put sexuality on the agenda — the positive aspects,” Ljungros said. “We want to focus on the good parts, the lust.”

You do you, Sweden. We could certainly part with a few of awkward slang terms of our own.

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RBG Says Natalie Portman ‘Insisted’ On Female Director For Biopic

Natalie Portman reportedly refused to sign on to the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic until it had a female director.

Portman is set to play the Supreme Court justice in “On the Basis of Sex,” which will chronicle Ginsburg’s early days as a lawyer.

In conversation with California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu at this year’s American Constitution Society convention on June 13, Ginsburg revealed that that Portman was adamant a women direct the movie, putting the project on pause.

“Natalie Portman came to talk to me about this, and we had a very good conversation,” Ginsburg said. “And one thing interesting that she insisted on, it held up the project for awhile. She said, ‘I want the director to be a woman. There are not enough women in this industry. There are many talented [women] out there.’ And now they do have a woman director.”

In May, it was reported that Marielle Heller, director of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” is currently in talks to direct the movie, though the director of the film has not been formally announced.

Beyond pushing for more women calling the shots, Portman discussed the need for more dynamic female narratives with Elle UK in 2013: “The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.”

(Though we can all agree that Notorious R.B.G. totally kicks ass.)

Portman recently directed her first feature film, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

H/T MSNBC

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Female Genitalia Police

I recently wrote a humorous piece on things I would never subject my vagina to (key word here being humorous). One of the things on my list was waxing. I have nothing against it personally, I am just a quaking coward and at 59 don’t feel the need to bare it all.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered there are actually Female Genitalia Police, lots of them, stalking the Interwebz for any and all slang references we ignorant sluts have been venomously spewing to reference our nether regions. Their job is to comment and admonish the author and those commenting for their complete and utter disregard for all things vulva.

In order to earn your Vag Badge, you must pass a daunting test, including labeling a chart of the female reproductive system. I have heard that there are over 532 areas that must be correctly labeled. GASP!

Other than an advanced degree in Latin, the only other requirement is:

Absolutely and with no exception, you may not possess a sense of humor. Ever.

Some have gone so far as to have frontal lobotomies to meet this stringent requirement.

SO listen up ladies! From here on out, we are to use the correct terminology for anything related to our “situation”. No more crass references like, snatch, poonanie, love muffin, cooter, beaver, minge, snapper, honey pot, snake charmer, hot pocket….you get the idea.

I hear you snickering and damn it, this is no laughing matter, especially to the Female Genitalia Police (herein referred to as IDIOTS).

Until such time as we have all been properly educated and enlightened, check-in for your next Mimsy Maintenance (doh! I’m going to get a Vulva Violation ticket for that mimsy reference!) may sound something like this:

WALK INTO SPA

Miss Mimsy: “Hi, yes, my name is Miss Mimsy and I have a 2:00 appointment for a Vulva Molten Magma Maintenance.”

Receptionist: “Uh, what? We don’t do that here, you need to see your OB/GYN for that kind of thing!”

Miss Mimsy: “No, no, you do, you see, because that IS what you are actually waxing. Your vagina is the inside part, dear, the tunnel of love, the sausage shroud, you know, the love glove! You must use the proper terminology. One cannot wax a vagina, silly one, it’s the VULVA that actually gets waxed.

Oh, and I want you to tell my technician to be particularly attentive when it comes to me left Labia Majora (leaning in whispering) – there was a Spanx elastic snapping “incident” that is simply still to traumatic for me to speak of.

Also, my Mons Pubus area is quite sore, I slept with a very vigorous lover, he was, well, how shall I put this,….an over-zealous humper. My God, he was like the Energizer Bunny on methamphetamine but alas, I digress.

Receptionist: I’m so sorry to hear that ma’am, I don’t mean to be rude but I think you are in the wrong place.

Miss Mimsy: Dear, I am in the proper place, this is The Landing Strip – the one that advertises “We don’t scare, there’s nowhere we won’t dare to bare“, yes?

Receptionist: Yes, ma’am we are but we are a spa, you know, a salon. We do hair, nails, and waxing. We don’t so any major pubus stuff. I don’t even know what that is and I’ve worked here six whole weeks! I think you want the clinic two blocks down on the right.

Miss Mimsy: As I indicated before, I will need some firm assurance that my Posterior Labial Commissure and my Labia Minora will most definitely not be touched, not touched at all. While we are being so brutally honest here, I must report to you that my overly enthusiastic lover of which I spoke earlier was also a bit clumsy in his desire to please and inadvertently entered my rectum. Oh my, it was quite the surprise, I must say, painful really, he was quite well endowed and hard as rock. He was stabbing and poking me with that giant penis like a plastic surgeon with his lipo wand – but to my point, dear, I will need my anus handled with the utmost delicacy. I can tell you that while I am not a gymnast and could not view the area with my magnifying hand mirror, the entire region is quite inflamed already.

Receptionist: Lady, look, I am really busy here. I don’t have a fucking clue what you are talking about and I have a lot of shit to do so what exactly is it you expect me to do here?

Miss Mimsy: OH ALRIGHT, DAMNIT!!

Gimme a full on Brazilian snatch wax, easy on the butthole! And no inexperienced little twat tech trainee, I need an experienced carpet cleaner for this hag shag! I did get shitfaced the other night and went home with a dude who was hung like a horse and took quite a pounding so I’ll also be needing a bottle of Merlot and a 10mg valium.

Receptionist: Damn, lady, why didn’t you just say that in the first place!

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Paolo Ballesteros, a 32-year-old Filipino actor, model and makeup artist, wowed the Internet last year with his jaw-dropping ability to transform himself into seemingly any female celebrity under the sun — with little more than some deftly-applied makeup.

Ballesteros is making waves yet again this month with several new transformations. He made himself up as Kylie Jenner and as the newly-blond Kim Kardashian, as well as Dakota Johnson, the star of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

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Are you ready for this ground-breaking queer female music duo?

Siamese Spots hit the scene earlier this month with their debut track “Banter” — and we’re big fans.

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    Recently there seems to be a growing conversation around women in the art world and the unequal playing field at all levels of the game. Over the past two years, I’ve personally focused a great deal of my attention on highlighting and interviewing women working in the art world and one thing most seem to agree on is there needs to be more women collecting art. Many women in the art world believe if more women began collecting art as well as supporting women artists, there would be a drastic change in how women are viewed and respected in the art world. Unlike their boisterous and boastful male counterparts, most female collectors are very discreet in their purchasing habits and rarely make public announcements about the works or artists they are collecting. However, it is also a common belief this stealth like approach needs to change if women are to gain their due as well as global respect within the galleries and auction houses. When I recently asked the famed artist Marilyn Minter how she thought women could have a greater impact in the art world she simply replied, “It is time for female collectors to lean in.”

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    Mrs. Phelps de Cisneros along with her husband Custavo, are also known as the most important and prominent collectors of Latin American Art which they generously share with museums and institutions around the world.

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    While in certain circles Dasha Zhukova may better known as the wife of Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovic, however, within the art world she is known as the formidable founder of the most influential private art foundation in Russia, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. Currently housed in a temporary space designed by architect Shigeru Ban in Moscow’s Gorky Park, the Garage Center will soon be moved to an old Stalinist era compound to be reimagined by the famed architect Rem Koolhaas. Once this conversion is completed it is anticipated it will house one of the greatest contemporary and modern art collections in the world. This impressive collection will be purchased and curated by Ms. Zhukova and her top-notch international staff that includes Hans Ulrich Obrist and Kate Fowle the former director of Independent Curators International.

    Dasha Zhukova has been at the forefront of the conversation of modern culture in Russia by organizing contemporary art and architecture exhibitions, residency programs for artists and curators.

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    Beth Rudin de Woody is a true blue New Yorker and arguably one of the most influential art collectors on the scene today. Ms. Rudin de Woody is the President of The Rudin Family Foundations and Executive Vice President of Rudin Management Company. Not only is Beth a tremendous collector and champion of emerging artists, she has also curated brilliant shows in New York City and across the United States.

    Her passion for collecting the work of young and emerging artist not only serves to support these artists at the beginning of their careers, but once Beth de Woody gives a particular artist her blessings and financial support, the rest of the art world soon follows her lead.

    Beth Rudin de Woody sits on the boards of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Creative time as well as New Yorkers for Children, Inc. and a host of other charitable and philanthropic organizations.

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    The Swiss art collector Maja Hoffmann is considered to be one of the greatest patrons and engaged philanthropist living and working in Europe today. She is the founder of the LUMA Foundation in the Provençal city of Arles, France. Ms. Hoffman is the daughter of the pharmaceutical magnate Luc Hoffman and comes from a long line of art collectors and patrons. Through her philanthropic efforts she supports contemporary artists, filmmakers and environmental programs around the world.

    She currently serves on the board of Vincent Van Gogh Foundation in France as well as The New Museum in New York for which her contributions have earned an entire floor dedicated to Ms. Hoffman. Maja also heads up the Tate Gallery in London’s international council and funding of their film and documentary program. And if all that isn’t enough, Ms. Hoffman also serves as the vice president of Basel’s Emanual Hoffmann Foundation, whose art collection was started by her grandparents and is now part of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Basel.

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