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Why the Bechdel test doesn’t (always) work

Why the Bechdel test doesn’t (always) work

The Bechdel test is the ultimate gender equality test for movies. It's simple: if a movie has even one conversation where two women are talking about anything but a man, it passes. More movies than you expect fail, and vice versa. Sadly, some hardcore feminists will watch movies based solely off the Bechdel test, which is a shame because movies like Twilight pass while Gravity (with heroine Sandra Bullock for almost 90 minutes) fails. The message is: don't make decisions off of only one characteristic, gather as much information as possible.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2016/aug/20/why-the-bechdel-test-doesnt-always-work

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What if Michael Phelps were a woman?

What if Michael Phelps were a woman?

The greatest Olympic swimmer in history, sure, but would Michael Phelps be nearly as ubiquitous if he wasn't a man? What happened to Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer and all the other swimmers I would see on Wheaties boxes at the supermarket? The media's attention span is not nearly the same for women as it is men; even Phelps's wife gets more press than the former Olympians as a former Miss California! Phelps is undoubtedly a swimming legend, but he would have been a blip on the Olympic Radar if he swam in the other pool.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/11/opinions/women-who-have-it-all-at-olympics/index.html

 

Female Leadership: The Glass Ceiling Is Cracked, Not Broken

Female Leadership: The Glass Ceiling Is Cracked, Not Broken

The political sphere has been infiltrated by women. Theresa May has replaced David Cameron as Prime Minister of the UK, and Hillary Clinton is the first presidential candidate endorsed by a major political party in the United States. Yet, women holding major roles in the business and STEM worlds are still quite rare. After centuries of struggles for women to achieve the same roles as men, equality between the genders is closer than ever, but there is still more work to be done.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/amyjadesimi/2016/08/08/female-leadership-the-glass-ceiling-is-cracked-not-broken/#5b865b7a1c2c

At the Rio Olympics, Women Athletes Bump Against a Gold Ceiling

At the Rio Olympics, Women Athletes Bump Against a Gold Ceiling

Have you heard of Katie Ledecky? If you haven't, Katie Ledecky is the best female 1,500 meter swimmer of all-time. And Katie Ledecky won't be swimming the 1,500 meter in the 2016 Rio Olympics because only men are allowed to compete at that distance. The furthest distance Ledecky is allowed to swim is 800m. Same thing with cycling; the women's track is 62 miles longer, and the issue is not about safety, it's about suppression.

Source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/at-the-rio-olympics-women-athletes-bump-against-a-gold-ceiling-1470425132

Closing the Gender Data Gap

Closing the Gender Data Gap

In many third world countries, their data on humans in insufficient; so insufficient that some population data doesn't even include women! Even if a woman works and provides income for a household, because she isn't the man in charge the data won't acknowledge the wife. More thorough and honest data on females is imperative for gender roles and respect to conjoin.

Source: http://paidpost.nytimes.com/gates-foundation/closing-the-gender-data-gap.html?WT.mc_id=2016-may-nytnative_hpmod-gatesgirls-0516-0729&WT.mc_ev=click?module=PaidPostDriver&region=PaidPostMOTH&pgType=Homepage&action=click

It's a new era for female Israeli entrepreneurs

It's a new era for female Israeli entrepreneurs

Israel, one of the more Westernized countries in the Middle East, has been accepting and encouraging women's emergence in the technology and startup fields. Known for their medicine and computer chips, Israel still remains heavily male-dominated in terms of who finances projects, but it's assuring to see the gender gap closing across the world.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/31/its-a-new-era-for-female-israeli-entrepreneurs/

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More Women Than Men Are Playing 'Pokémon GO'--By A Lot

More Women Than Men Are Playing 'Pokémon GO'--By A Lot

63% of Pokémon GO trainers are female, and the average type of player is a 25 year-old white woman with $90,000 income and a college diploma. The results were collected by Survey Monkey, so while the results aren't official from Niantic Labs (the creator of Pokémon GO), the data is certainly intriguing and suggesting an even larger gender gap between women interested in gaming to women represented in gaming.

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Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanmac/2016/07/26/more-women-than-men-are-playing-pokemon-go-by-a-lot/?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_content=529001858&utm_campaign=sprinklrWomen@Forbes%20-%20womenatforbes#366b26584f16 

The Countries Where U.S. Women Have Served As Ambassadors [Infographic]

The Countries Where U.S. Women Have Served As Ambassadors [Infographic]

U.S. ambassadors have been historically male: less than ten percent of the 4,600 diplomats have been women. Ratios have improved over time, but a significant number of countries the United States have relations with have never employed a female ambassador, including Germany, Canada, China, and Russia.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2016/07/25/the-countries-where-u-s-women-have-served-as-ambassadors-infographic/?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_content=526263844&utm_campaign=sprinklrWomen@Forbes%20-%20womenatforbes#481ee7107728

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