February 14, 2002 |
The first female president of a group representing 800 Conservative synagogues took office, expressing hope the organization would play a central role in preserving American Judaism. Judy Yudof, of St. Paul, Minn., leads the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism as the group aims to define its role between the strict Orthodox and more lenient Reform branch. Yudof, 56, said she was pleased that her appointment would draw attention to gender equality.
November 6, 2013 |
From the land that gave the cinema world Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman comes a plan for pressuring filmmakers to correct decades of gender stereotyping and sexism. Four independent Swedish cinemas, in collaboration with the state-funded Swedish Film Institute, have begun rating the films they show on whether they pass the "Bechdel Test. " The sexism ratings exam is named for American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who introduced it in her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 1985.
August 26, 2005
Re "Nominee's Memos Critical of Gender-Equality Efforts," Aug. 19 If it is a "staggeringly pernicious" idea to pay women as much as men for work that is comparable to that of men, then it is equally staggeringly pernicious to approve the appointment of the bigot John G. Roberts Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court. President Bush has insulted all women in putting this man forward. MARCIA J. BATES Van Nuys
January 8, 2000 |
Mexican women, who have long sought gender equality, came a step closer to that goal Friday when the military said they would be allowed to join men in Mexico's military service. Unlike men, however, women's participation will be voluntary, Military Service Director Jesus Rodriguez told a news conference. Women joining the military will be required to attend six-hour training sessions every Saturday. All Mexican men must report for military service when they turn 18.
May 21, 2001
Regarding "Joe Six-Pack, Redefined" (May 7): At last, true gender equality has come! Now men can develop the body image neurosis that women have dealt with for years. Instead of having to attain Calista Flockhart-like thinness, we can torture ourselves to make our pathetic paunches match the abs of a guy who makes his living as a belly model. Is there a way I can just get my six-pack surgically enhanced? PETER PENLAND Laguna Beach
June 16, 2005 |
HAMILTON, Canada — The invitation curled from her fax machine, a courtly question scrawled above the signature of a man whose name she did not recognize. "Would you be willing to collaborate with me on studying the brain of Albert Einstein?" It was signed Thomas Harvey. Sandra Witelson did not hesitate. She wrote "yes" on the piece of paper and faxed it back. "It never occurred to me that it might be a joke," she recalled. "I knew that Albert Einstein's brain had been preserved and that it was somewhere where someone was looking after it. " For 40 years, Harvey, a retired pathologist from Princeton, N.J., had been the quixotic custodian of the 20th century's most famous brain.
August 21, 2013 |
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has an unprecedented plan to boost economic growth and shore up his country's shrinking labor force - help more women return to work. About two-thirds of Japanese women leave the workforce after the birth of their first child. Most do not return for years, if ever. It's a major reason the employment rate of Japanese women is one of the lowest in developed economies, particularly among those married and well-educated. Abe's government wants to change that situation for women such as Saori Tachibana.
May 20, 2010 |
After struggling with its definition and connotations, Sarah Palin has apparently made peace with the "F-word." She freely used it in a May 14 speech for the Susan B. Anthony List, a PAC for antiabortion female congressional candidates. And given Palin's extraordinary influence in certain circles, you can bet untold numbers of women who might once have never considered it will now be dropping the F-bomb with alacrity. The word in question, of course, is "feminist." It may be the most polarizing label on the sociopolitical stage (it makes "environmentalist" or even "gay-rights advocate" seem downright banal)
July 30, 2012 |
The smallish young woman in the black headscarf spoke just above a whisper. Tears welled in her dark eyes as she talked about competing in the 2012 London Olympics. "Yes," she said, "this is my dream come true. " It wasn't anything as trivial as victory or defeat that made Bahya Mansour Al Hamad turn emotional. The 20-year-old had just finished the 10-meter air rifle, an event not many people care or even know about. Her 17th-place finish left her well out of the medals. But three letters on her athlete's bib said it all. "QAT" stands for Qatar, a country that had never before allowed women on its Olympic team.