The Year in Women’s Health News From Around the World
17-year-old education activist and Taliban assassination survivor Malala Yousafzi makes history as the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Our Digest of Global Feminist News
Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Web, has been pushing against anti-abortion legislation since her days aboard the ocean’s first mobile clinic. On a mission to reduce suffering, Gomperts took to the sea, providing women with vital healthcare information and safe, supervised abortions when they were otherwise unattainable. Now fully landlocked, Gomperts and her team are still supplying information and medication online. Their past ventures offer a haunting glimpse into what the U.S.’s female population can expect if recent restrictions on women’s health clinics continue at their current pace.
Female architects are finally being recognized as a global mainstay, after decades of misogyny-fueled oppression and discrimination.
Our Bi-Monthly Digest of Women’s Sporting News
Thirteen-year-old Mo’ne Davis is far more than just a novelty: she’s a force to be reckoned with in a sport that’s been historically accommodating to white males. At 5’4, Mo’ne throws 70 MPH and is the first girl to ever pitch a shutout in Little League World Series. The fame brought by the anomaly of a female player advancing so far will no doubt provide Davis with ample opportunities for future play, but many look forward to the day when the presence of girls and women in official baseball play isn’t such an anomaly.
Our Bi-Weekly Digest of Global Feminist News and Opinion
Will feminists ever unanimously advocate on behalf of sex workers? While the freedom to choose the world’s oldest profession may inspire an avid discussion, it’s the keyword “choice” that conveys much of the problem. Women who opt to enter sex work are disproportionately outnumbered by those who are trafficked or exploited into the industry, a detail The Economist makes light of in a recent article focused on the “luxury” and “safety” of internet-based sex work.
Our Digest of Women’s Sporting News
What constitutes a woman? Invasive, humiliating sex testing—still the norm in competitive women’s sports—has some concrete guidelines. Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, the most recent athlete to be discriminated against, was banned from participating in the 20th Commonwealth Games due to “excess levels” of testosterone in her blood. Disqualification may seem to be an absurd course of action, and it is—almost as absurd as determining someone’s gender from the hormones in their blood.