If you haven’t read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale before, it’s follows a dystopian world in which fertile women are forced to become breeders for the rest of society. One bill discussed at the chambers will effectively ban common procedures used for second trimester abortions, and another would allow doctors to withhold information regarding fetal anomlies from pregnant women. Heather Busby, executive director at advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice Texas told The Huffington Post that the law would effectively allow doctors to “lie to their patients” – the idea being that if a medical professional discovered severe abnormalities and feared the mother might choose to terminate the pregnancy, there wouldn’t be negative consequences for the doctor for failing to tell them.
Wednesday is International Women’s Day so Yahoo Style is highlighting a few of the powerful women who are living by the year’s IWD theme, #BeBoldForChange, which calls on women to help forge a more gender-inclusive world. Just a few weeks ago, Brooklyn-born Nelini Stamp, 29, an Occupy Wall Street alum and national membership director for the progressive Working Families Party, and Elizabeth Zeldin, 37, a mom of two and nonprofit housing worker with little activist background, didn’t know each other.
On January 21st millions of marchers all around the world gathered together in peaceful protest and to get their voices heard on a whole spectrum of causes: women’s rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, violence, LGBT rights, workers rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, and on and on. In London we had hoped that there would be 50,000 – we could see the numbers growing as the date approached.
It wasn’t just animal rights that were being fought for this morning at London Fashion Week. The protest brought up some worrying facts surrounding the fashion world. The average age of a catwalk model is now 17 with older models coming few and far between.
UPDATE: Another protest has hijacked the second day of London Fashion Week. Activist group, Surge, have embarked on a big anti-fur campaign with activists standing outside the home of LFW wearing rabbit and fox masks and holding signs showing the real horrors of the fur industry. It wouldn’t be Fashion Week without a PETA protest.
“It feels like everything I stand for is under threat, especially after Trump and Brexit. No sooner had Donald Trump assumed the mantle of the White House than millions of protesters took to the streets in women-led marches across the world. The world is wary of Mr Trump, he’s poised and ready to roll back the years on Women’s reproductive rights, his handpicked cabinet of climate change deniers pose a real threat to the future of our planet, oh, and he’s a well documented racist, homophobe and misogynist who thinks it’s okay to “grab” women “by the pus*y”.
Women are using their bodies to make a stand against a particular misogynistic comment presidential candidate, Donald Trump made during a taped conversation back in 2005. It is by no means the only sexist comment Trump has made, but this particular statement really got women riled, so much so that they’ve decided to fight back in a pretty unique way. The brainchild of photographer, Anja Shütz, the campaign really started gathering pace over the weekend following a call out that Anja put on Facebook urging other women to take part.
We may be used to Kanye West sparking controversies every 0.2 seconds by now, but this doesn’t make them any less shocking or eye-roll worthy.
Supposedly introduced to protect women from oppressive practices, the ban has resulted in women being ordered by police to remove their swimwear in public, and fined for wearing covering clothing on beaches. It shows how illogical it is that individual items of clothing can be worn (legally) individually by a woman, but how as soon as they’re worn in combination, the outfit is breaking the law.
Mary Numair has become something of a hero after single-handedly stopping a protest against Planned Parenthood. The 29-year-old from Portland, Oregon, stood her ground against those protesting abortion outside the non-profit US organisation that provides reproductive health and family-planning support. After attempting to reason with the protestors, Numair decided to take a stand – by chanting “yeast infections” until the protestors dispersed.
In addition to its financial woes, AA has been facing ongoing unrest between those employees who continue to support ousted founder Dov Charney, and those who do not. Last week, a sizable group of Charney supporters, wearing shirts reading “I
Some 200 people joined the “Breast Walk” protest, in solidarity with 30-year-old Ng Lai-ying, outside Wan Chai police HQ on Sunday. The event was calling for Chinese mainlanders to stop visiting Hong Kong to buy cheaper and better quality produce. Ng claimed that the policeman had gone to grab her bag, but ended up putting his hand on her breast - and accused him of indecent assault.