These women helped power India’s mission to Mars

These women helped power India’s mission to Mars

Devjyot Ghoshal – Quatz  – Tuesday, 30 September 2014 (originally published 24 Sept) The face of India’s space program has always been a man. The seven chairmen, including the incumbent, of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)—India’s equivalent of NASA—have all been men, and it is typically male scientists who front the serious press conferences ISRO conducts after […]

The most influential women over 55 in Britain

The most influential women over 55 in Britain

Nancy Honey and Hattie Garlick – Guardian – Monday, 22 September 2014 (originally published  21 Sept) American photographer Nancy Honey traveled the country to compile a remarkable portfolio of portraits of the 100 most influential women over 55. Her project shows how much women’s lives have changed – and also how much there still is to do. Here are […]

Nothing But Gold: First Woman Wins Math's Nobel Prize

Nothing But Gold: First Woman Wins Math's Nobel Prize

Anushay Hossain – Forbes – Thursday, 14 August 2014 (originally published 13 Aug) My personal interest in the field of mathematics was pretty much non-existent until this week when Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman ever to win the prestigious Fields Medal, considered to be the equivalent of mathematics’ Nobel Prize. The Fields Medal is given every four years, […]

Does masculinity really matter for men?

Does masculinity really matter for men?

Sebastián Molano – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: It is about 11.25 pm, the middle of a long weekend in the District of Columbia. It is a Saturday summer night, perfect for shorts, flip flops and sweating mercilessly, thanks to the inclement humidity. U Street looks more crowded tonight, and it seems […]

‘I feel empowered, in control of my body’: four [UK] women on fighting cancer with alternative therapies

‘I feel empowered, in control of my body’: four [UK] women on fighting cancer with alternative therapies

Anna Moore – Telegraph – Tuesday, 22 October 2013 (originally published 20 Oct) Cancer is on the rise. According to a recent report by Macmillan Cancer Support, nearly half of all Britons will receive a diagnosis during their lifetime. Billions of pounds are spent researching and trialling conventional medical treatments, and health advances are made […]

Women Shooting on the Front Lines

Women Shooting on the Front Lines

James Estrin – New York Times – Monday, 04 February 2013 (originally published 28 Jan) Lynsey Addario, a  photographer for The New York Times, has extensively covered the war in Afghanistan, often focusing on female soldiers. She spoke with James Estrin about the Pentagon’s recent lifting of the ban on women in combat. The conversation, […]

Tiny jar identifies mighty Maya queen [Guatemala]

Tiny jar identifies mighty Maya queen [Guatemala]

Alan Boyle – NBC News – Tuesday, 09 October 2012 (originally published 03 Oct) Glyphs carved into a tiny alabaster jar have led archaeologists to conclude that the tomb in Guatemala where the jar was found belonged to one of the greatest queens of the Classic Maya civilization, known as Lady K’abel. “She was not […]

Malawi’s solar micro-finance initiative builds business for women entrepreneurs

Malawi’s solar micro-finance initiative builds business for women entrepreneurs

Jessica Buchleitner –  WNN Features (WNN) Kasungu, Malawi: In the small landlocked southeastern African nation of Malawi only 8% of its growing 15.263 million people are connected to the national power grid, a source of power that has become increasingly unreliable. For many women and their families this often means only one thing – complete […]

Yemen’s women: out from the shadows

Yemen’s women: out from the shadows

Despite great risks to them in a sexist society, thousands of women have stood up to demonstrate against President Saleh Nadya Khalife – The Guardian News – Tuesday, 10 May, 2011 “Security forces in civilian clothes have threatened me with the jambiyya, not just during demonstrations, but everywhere I go,” the protest leader and journalist […]