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‘Save Catholic church' by lifting ban on female priests, activists say

Women's News from the Web - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 07:23

Campaigners gather outside Vatican as church struggles with shortage of priests

Campaigners have gathered in Rome to call for the lifting of a ban on female priests that would “save the Catholic Church” where it is failing to ordain enough men.

Activists from the Women’s Ordination Worldwide (Wow) group protested outside the Vatican on Tuesday as the church’s hierarchy pondered the idea of allowing married men in the Amazon to become priests in order to plug the shortage in the region.

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Why I worry about men who marry women 40 years younger than them | Poppy Noor

Women's News from the Web - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 07:12

65-year-old Dennis Quaid is engaged to 26-year-old Laura Savoie – which will be his fourth marriage and continue an interesting pattern

Dennis Quaid, a 65-year-old man who already looks like his own waxwork, yesterday announced his engagement to Laura Savoie. At 26, she already looks like every one of his three ex-wives – if none of them ever aged. And while I do think we should all be able to date anyone we like as long as it’s consensual, I do worry about him a little bit.

In general, I worry about any man who chooses to date a woman 40 years younger – mainly because she will always outperform him in sports, but also because it’s awkward when people can’t tell if your companion is your daughter or your wife.

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Cambridge isn't the only university to fail at handling sexual misconduct complaints | Georgina Calvert-Lee

Women's News from the Web - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 00:52

The Trinity Hall harassment row is just another example of how unfit for purpose universities’ complaints processes are

Last weekend saw calls for a reform of the University of Cambridge’s collegiate system after one college, Trinity Hall, readmitted an (emeritus) fellow accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment, only two years after stating that he “will not be present in college at any time in the future”. It must have felt like a gross betrayal to the students.

This looks like a u-turn, given that the university promotes itself as a leader in tackling campus sexual misconduct through its Breaking the silence campaign. What was its response? Nothing about social responsibility or “zero tolerance”, but rather that “the colleges are all semi-autonomous” and that “the central university is not involved”.

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Sexist doctors are a stark reminder that workplaces still penalise women | Jane Dudman

Women's News from the Web - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 00:10

From patronising colleagues to inferior pensions, UK women get a raw deal. All public services must support gender equality

Inexcusable, appalling behaviour. An old boys’ club culture that treats women as of less importance and ability.

More revelations about the film industry or the charity sector? No. It turns out that male doctors – trusted, valued public servants – can’t treat female colleagues decently.

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Why Helen Mirren’s Catherine the Great is a sexual revolutionary | Jane Martinson

Women's News from the Web - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 20:59

In her portrayal of the much younger queen, the actor is reminding us that many women continue to enjoy sex as long as men do

The majestic Helen Mirren is showcasing how much more straightforward it is for a woman to play at being royal than it is to marry into royalty.

Even better, by playing, at the age of 74, the title role of HBO’s Catherine the Great, Mirren is portraying a woman “half her age”, while simultaneously reminding the world that many women actually like sex. And continue to do so as long as men do. Shocker.

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The end to Northern Ireland’s abortion ban is a triumph for grassroots activism | Anna Cafolla

Women's News from the Web - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 19:00

Decriminalisation puts an end to years of the persecution of women by a monstrous religious culture

It has been 1,009 days since the Stormont government in Northern Ireland collapsed in January 2017. While the building on the Belfast Hill has gained some mothballs and a politician here and there has been chided for morally and politically dubious holidays, Northern Irish citizens’ human rights have been dug from the bedrock of a patriarchal, religious-gilded state.

In June 2017, Belfast’s court of appeal ruled that it was up to the Northern Irish assembly to decide on the country’s restrictive abortion law. That same day, the British government monumentally announced funding for pregnant Northern Irish women to access abortion in England, pressured by Labour MP and ally Stella Creasy.

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Northern Ireland to legalise abortion and same-sex marriage

Women's News from the Web - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 13:06

Equality campaigners were celebrating before the midnight deadline for law to take effect

Northern Ireland is to legalise abortion and same-sex marriage after an 11th-hour attempt by the region’s assembly to block change collapsed into farce.

Equality campaigners celebrated on Monday as the clock ticked towards midnight when laws extending abortion and marriage rights came into force, ushering in momentous social change as Northern Ireland aligned with the rest of the UK.

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New York’s Central Park to erect first sculpture honoring women

Women's News from the Web - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:10

Monument will depict three pioneers in fight for women’s rights: Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth

New York’s Central Park has 23 statues of men, who left their mark in history, but not a single one honoring the accomplishments of a woman.

That will change after a city commission voted on Monday to erect a monument depicting three pioneers in the fight for women’s rights: Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth.

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Gone in seven seconds: 'Spiderwoman' breaks women's climbing speed record

Women's News from the Web - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 06:40

Indonesia’s Aries Susanti Rahayu breaks women’s speed climbing world record, finishing the 15-meter course in 6.995 seconds

Despite nagging hand and finger injuries, Indonesia’s Aries Susanti Rahayu broke the women’s speed climbing world record at this weekend’s IFSC Climbing World Cup in Xiamen, China. Rahayu’s 6.995 seconds eclipsed the record set by her challenger – China’s Song Yiling – who finished the 15-meter course in 7.101 seconds in April.

So what is speed climbing exactly? And how difficult was Rayahu’s accomplishment?

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It’s Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Awareness Month: And Black Babies Carry the Burden

Women's eNews - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 05:19

Across the infant death spectrum, black babies are disproportionately affected. Too many cities across the US, including my home city of Detroit, have disproportionately high black infant mortality rates. In 2016, the black infant mortality rate in the United States was 11.4 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to 4.6 deaths per 1,000 for white infants. That includes a disproportionate number of sleep-related infant deaths among black and brown babies from either Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB.)  Both of the tragedies fall under the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) category.

Every year, about 3,500 infants die from sleep-related deaths, according to the CDC. It is any family’s worse nightmare to lay their baby down to sleep at night and the baby does not wake up. But the rates of SIDS and accidental suffocation are two to three times greater among black and brown babies. Nationwide, SUID rates per 100,000 live births for American Indian/Alaska Native (205.8) and non-Hispanic black infants (181.0) were more than twice those of non-Hispanic white infants (85.0). Black infants die from SIDS at nearly twice the rate of white infants.

Racial disparities in infant mortality, whether from the complications of pre-term birth or low birthweight or the complexities of SIDS, should not exist. As the most advanced nation in the world, we owe it to our most precious and vulnerable citizens to work harder to find solutions that work. As many health organizations talk about “equity” it’s time to move past business as usual practices to achieve it.

To be clear, public health campaigns have had considerable success in reducing the rates of SIDS overall. But some have demonized co-sleeping in all forms without understanding the cultural nuances of bed sharing or the impact of those messages on the breastfeeding relationship.

In the US, black mothers became the targets of sensationalized public health campaigns warning about the dangers of co-sleeping. For example, a highly criticized  2011 Milwaukee Department of Health campaign featured an infant lying alongside a butcher knife! Similar efforts sought to scare black mothers, but never educate or trust that black women could co-sleep safely. This not only impacted black women’s breastfeeding rates but ignored research that co-sleeping helps regulate infant breathing and thereby can be protective against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

It’s time to develop approaches that are actually “culturally relevant” beyond the buzz talk and center communities by listening to families and not just handing out pamphlets.

Community-centered approaches can include efforts like First Candle’s Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep program, which uses trained community ambassadors to work with providers to explore the role of implicit bias in how new and expecting parents are engaged around safe sleep practices. The program also includes a mobile unit, that decanters the hospital or doctors office, and goes directly into the community to talk about safe sleep and breastfeeding with moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers, and provides them with links to community resources. 

For those who have unfortunately lost a baby, we must stop normalizing infant death in our communities. The Black Infant Remembrance Memorial, is a black-led movement to make sure no black baby is forgotten and to provide resources and a community of peer-support online. The interactive virtual community is a source of solace for families looking to keep the memories of their young babies alive.

My organization, Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) has been centering black moms for twelve years by servicing, advocating for and amplifying the voices of black mothers. In our work we listened to moms when we created the Black Mothers Breastfeeding Club, a national model that brings mothers of a similar socio-cultural background together for mother-to mother support and encouragement for pregnancy, parenting and breastfeeding. The success of that club model allowed us to think creatively about how we could use technology to maximize the group experience. Earlier this year we received a $100,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to develop an app that will enhance parenting and breastfeeding groups by simplifying and streamlining participant interaction, data collection and reporting activities. All of these innovations came from listening to mothers and families and their needs.

Earlier this year another innovative model unfolded in Detroit with the first Birth and Breastfeeding Hackathon. which took place during Black Breastfeeding Week (August 25-31). The hackathon model itself has been around for years, used by creatives and engineers to create a marathon-like environment to generate solutions. The idea of a multi-disciplinary approach that includes out-the-box thinkers and non-traditional thought partners is exactly what the black maternal and infant mortality crises needs.

We partnered with the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Project team, which has a successful track record for developing hackathons focused on breastfeeding. Their previous events hacked the breast pump, an important technology for moms, and later, the policies that enable breastfeeding. But the Detroit hackathon brought a new evolution—centering community innovations. The concepts and solutions presented were from Detroit moms—they were the “experts” and the others skills were there to support them. The two days of events, activities and team designing, concluded with a judging panel and prizes for the winning ideas.

We saw creative solutions for lactation support, plans for  Birth Detroit, the city’s first free-standing birthing center and even ideas to improve nutrition options for pregnant and lactating women. All of these came from Detroit mothers. I’m confident every other city has similar solutions in their communities, if only we would ask and create opportunities for those ideas to be supported and developed.

To make sure this is a replicable concept, the Black Breastfeeding Week leadership team created a powerful resource, “How to Run Your Own Hackathon or Innovation Event Toolkit,” a step-by-step toolkit, adapted from the Detroit hackathon. We need other communities across the country to choose innovation over business as usual.

This model of community first and acknowledging black mothers as the experts on the issues that impact them the hardest, merits national replication, not just in hackathons but in federal policies, in state and city public health offices and by community-based organizations. Instead of assuming that academic research holds all of the answers, we should first look to the community for solutions and as equal partners.

This isn’t rocket science, but it does mean disrupting power systems that have long favored scientific research over experiential knowledge. And it means centering black women as we continue to address racial disparities in birth, breastfeeding and infant death rates that have persisted for decades. SIDS Awareness Month is an important time to think about how systems have failed black babies and the time of culturally-tone deaf public health messaging must end. When communities lead, we all win.


Kiddada Green is a Detroit native and the founding executive director of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA). Ms. Green is a member of the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network Fellowship Program. As an expert in community-centered approaches, her recommendations were included in The U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding and the State of Michigan’s Breastfeeding Plan. She has been featured in various media, including Ebony Magazine. 

Samira Ahmed takes BBC to court over claim of unequal pay

Women's News from the Web - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 03:29

Presenter alleges she was paid less than male colleagues for equivalent work at broadcaster

One of the BBC’s most prominent female presenters is taking the broadcaster to an employment tribunal over claims she was paid less than male colleagues for doing equivalent work, in a landmark case against the corporation.

Samira Ahmed’s equal pay case against the BBC is expected to be the first of a number of claims from female staff members to make it to court, in what could be an embarrassing hearing for the corporation featuring a well-known journalist detailing claims against BBC management.

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DUP to return to Stormont to protest against abortion rights

Women's News from the Web - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 19:00

Members to stage what is expected to be a largely symbolic recall of the assembly

Members of Northern Ireland’s assembly are due to return to the mothballed chamber on Monday for the first time in almost three years to protest against the extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

The Democratic Unionist party (DUP) and other anti-abortion members will stage what is expected to be a largely symbolic recall of the assembly at Stormont.

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Domestic abuse within police force to be investigated

Women's News from the Web - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 21:45
The ‘boys’ club’ that protects officers has come under scrutiny

An official “super-complaint” is to be launched into the “boys’ club” culture within certain police forces that allows officers to abuse their spouses and partners without fear of arrest or prosecution.

The complaint, to be brought by the Centre For Women’s Justice, will describe myriad failings of forces when officers are reported for domestic violence against women they are in relationships with. Central to the complaint are at least 12 cases where women have made allegations of domestic abuse and sexual violence against an officer, only for the case to be dropped and, on occasion, for the alleged victim to be arrested and intimidated.

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When it comes to blusher don’t be bashful | Funmi Fetto

Women's News from the Web - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 19:30

Not just for the young, rouged cheeks can revitalise your complexion

There is something “girlie” about blusher. Hence, there is an idea it has an age limit. Total nonsense, of course, as shown at Chanel AW19. Yes, it has youthfulness written all over it, but it is magic for a complexion that needs resuscitation. Nailing technique, shade and texture is key. For definition, without the faff of contouring, circular strokes of a powder blush on the cheekbones blended up and out is best. For ease, less density and a freshness that is unsurpassed, go for a cream. Pinks are flattering – paler shades, paler skin; deeper shades, deeper skin – but orange will give you a warm glow. Go easy, otherwise you’ll look like an actual orange.

1. Nars Hustle Cheek Palette £36, narscosmetics.co.uk
2. Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush £32, lookfantastic.com
3. Dolce & Gabbana Blush £34, harrods.com
4. Smashbox Planetary Cheek Palette £28, boots.com
5. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick N°25 £35, chanel.com

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Channel 4 launches menopause policy for employees

Women's News from the Web - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 13:01

Women will have access to flexible working arrangements, and cool and quiet workspaces

Channel 4 is launching its first menopause policy in an effort to normalise the “taboo” subject.

The policy will support employees experiencing menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, anxiety and fatigue, giving women access to flexible working arrangements and paid leave if they feel unwell because of the side-effects.

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Aprons as Art: No Strings Attached

Women's eNews - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 02:09

Aprons are potent symbols of women and domesticity. 

As utilitarian garments, they are worn and connected to a variety of professional and occupational settings: chefs, butchers, blacksmiths, waiters and waitresses, bartenders, gardeners; even the helpful associates at Home Depot all wear aprons.

But the most persistent meanings associated with aprons are gender specific.

The word and the visual conjure up a life lived, a meal cooked, a life suppressed, a secret stashed away, a meal served, and a joyous holiday with all the trimmings.

Described as a shield, a bib, and a smock; what began as a masculine garment for practical purposes morphed into a statement of femininity; the housewife, the grandmother, the mother. The apron became a symbol of family, home cooked-meals, comfort food. While wealthy and upper class women would often accessorize their lace-trimmed aprons with a string of pearls and cluster earrings, lower and middle class women wore simple aprons – splattered with sauces and gravies; the day’s meal, and-their accessory: a ladle or a spatula, utensils.

But what lurked under that apron?

That garment?

That stained half-skirt?

Pockets filled with tissues and recipes and phone numbers and packs of cigarettes and long lost memories.

How many of us tugged at our mother’s apron strings hoping to be seen and heard and loved, hoping to get her attention? How many women hid their deepest desires or their most painful abuses underneath a stained and frayed apron? How many women were domestics – the perfectly starched ironed apron their daily uniform? How many women wore frilly aprons for their husbands and their lovers in the privacy of their bedrooms?

How many young girls and young boys sat at the kitchen table watching as their aproned mother stood over a stove basting a turkey, or stirring a pot of soup… or burning a roast?

In the late 1960’s and the 70’s something else began to stir: women burning their bras – marching for equality and raising their consciousness – no longer accepting the idea that a woman’s place was in the home; aprons were untied and tossed, banished to drawers and hooks where they would hang on the back of a door.

If you ask a fifty- or sixty-year-old woman today what memory she has and holds of her mother wearing an apron she will often answer: Suppression, unfulfilled dreams, longing, entrapment and emotional bondage.

But times have changed and women are no longer tethered to the kitchen and memories can be recycled into art.

Domestic Matters: The Uncommon Apron, curated by Gail M. Brown, a remarkable exhibit of contemporary objects and sculptural forms, explores aprons in this context: as political and emotional symbols of traditional women’s roles and domestic labor.

Brown originally conceived of this show more than twenty years ago after viewing a collection of commercially produced aprons in a regional museum in NY State. The experience of that show, which Brown described as “souvenir-shop-like…tediously repeating places and issues of domestic labor, the worker as the wearer and her identify and recognition,” prompted her to consider what artists could do with this functional object.

Brown invited forty-eight contemporary artists to create one of a kind works in craft media “which comment and challenge changing social roles and mores, topics about work, familial life and identity…”

The results, now on view at the exhibit at Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ, are diverse in form and substance, breathtaking in the depth and breadth of their social and political commentary and challenge. They celebrate a range of personal narratives, as well as the rich possibilities for creative expression offered by craft media. 

As functional objects, aprons are protective garments, meant to shield the wearer from dirt or harm. In several works in this show, the makers have taken this one step further.

Liz Alpert Fay’s #Me Too (shown above), a solid hooked rug in the shape of a shield, embeds narrative imagery that literally speaks to the #MeToo movement.

Mary Hallam Pearse’s Leaded is a traditional apron form constructed from black lead, stitched together with silk. This solid protective garment includes the menacing suggestion of a hidden gun underneath.

Marian (mau) Schoettle’s clever Untitled apron is made from the type of ‘No Trespassing’ signs typically found posted on trees to deter hunters on private property.  Isn’t a woman’s body her private property?

The sheer weight of the working mother’s daily tasks is made palpable in Kate Kretz’s Emotional Labor Apron. It literally recounts in a painstakingly and perfectly embroidered narrative the multitude of things that are done to make a household run; work that is not necessarily acknowledged and generally not shared. 

Several artists recall the “June Cleaver Mom” storybook era of the 1950s using recycled materials from that period. 

Harriete Estel Berman’s Reality Studded with Thorns Hides the Door from the Street is constructed from recycled tin cans and vintage steel dollhouses. The bright red front door is framed with old fashioned roses, beautiful and dangerous, “Not,” the artist writes, “unlike the idealized portrayal of women” and their traditional roles.

Donna Rhae Marder’s 50’s Apron was sewn following a 1950’s sewing pattern. Her ‘fabric’ is patched together from pieces of old 50’s Gourmet magazines, publications that set standards for the perfect housewife for cooking and entertaining.

Other works celebrate more personal and sometimes fond memories.

Jen Blazina’s glass and bronze aprons, irons, and spools of thread recall her grandmother busy in the kitchen, fulfilling the prototypical idea of ‘women’s work.’

Cynthia Consentino’s stoneware sculpture, Grandma’s Apron, pays homage to her grandmother, a Sicilian immigrant who clung to traditional roles and values, and ’embraced her place in the world.’

Lisa Hunter’s A Comfort of Tea Pots and A Proper Cup recall the comfort of domestic life, ‘supportive, consistent and repeatable,’ as reflected in the ritual of afternoon tea.

The impact of the exhibit in its entirety is far more provocative than brief descriptions that only a few works convey. Surrounded by the wealth of references and messages from the totality of the compelling two and three dimensional forms in this exhibition, we are challenged to reflect on our own life, memories, and dreams; in Brown’s words, “our shared, domestic experience.”

Visit Domestic Matters: The Uncommon Apron, on view at the Sally D. Francisco Gallery in Layton, New Jersey through November 3, 2019. The Exhibition Catalog and views of the gallery can be found here.

About the Authors:

Amy Ferris is a highly accomplished author, screenwriter, television writer and editor. She was also honored by Women’s eNews as one of our ‘21 Leaders for the 21st Century‘ for 2018. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From A Midlife Crisis, was adapted into an Off-Broadway play at CAP21 Theater Company.

Maleyne Syracuse is the author of “Grethe Sørensen: Construction of Textiles,” in Out of Pixels: Grethe Sørensen (2017)and “Richard Landis: A Productive Mind” in Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot (Fall 2018).

I thought I knew about feminism – then I started work in a women’s prison

Women's News from the Web - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 23:00

I wanted to teach the inmates about female empowerment. Instead, they overturned my views on everything from sex work to marriage

I thought I knew about feminism. I had the word “FEMINIST” written in black marker pen across the front of my homework diary aged 15, along with an anti-war sticker that incongruously involved a cupcake. I had graduated from the “girl power” of my primary school years to reading Germaine Greer on a beanbag in the college library. I felt sorry for the girls in sixth form getting Brazilians, who, unlike my enlightened self, clearly hadn’t clocked that waxing was a tool of patriarchal oppression. I studied feminist theory, went to feminist gatherings and listened to feminist podcasts. I had spent several evenings sitting cross-legged at a “collective” organised by other middle-class, university-educated women talking about intersectionality and Frida Kahlo. By the time I graduated from university, I had firmly absorbed a list of the correct ideas and words that I needed to be a “proper feminist” (but was probably not someone you wanted to invite to a dinner party).

In 2015, two years after graduating, I began a job working in a high-security women’s prison. I had read enough statistics and policy reports before I started to know that women in prisons were in desperate need of a little female empowerment. But what I quickly learned was that my feminist education had a thick wedge of information missing: namely, the part where it connected to actual women being very fundamentally oppressed because of their gender. Confronted by someone whose cervix had been plugged with four egg-sized capsules of crack cocaine on the behest of a controlling boyfriend who would reap the profits, I found it difficult to work out quite how my Frida Kahlo T-shirt and mansplaining radar were going to help things.

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Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy

Women's News from the Web - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:49

Labour MP accuses government of willingness to let Stormont be in control of abortion laws

Labour MP Stella Creasy has accused the government of preparing to hand back control of abortion rights to Stormont to help curry favour with the DUP at a critical moment in the Brexit talks.

Creasy led a successful push in the Commons earlier this year to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland – the only part of the UK where it remains illegal except in a very narrow set of circumstances. MPs amended the Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill, to say that the government in Westminster would be required to extend the right to abortion if the Northern Ireland assembly and executive at Stormont are not up and running by 21 October.

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Nasa plans historic first all-female spacewalk in coming days

Women's News from the Web - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 09:46

Christina Koch and Jessica Meir to make history after delay over suit sizes available at station

Nasa is planning the first ever all-female spacewalk as early as Thursday, the space agency has announced.

The walk, or float, will be conducted from the International Space Station by the astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who have been living in space since March and September respectively. The news was communicated by the Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine, via Twitter.

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'Calm down dear, it’s only an aneurysm’ – why doctors need to take women’s pain seriously

Women's News from the Web - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 06:25

Female heart-attack victims are half as likely as men to receive treatment. Is ‘hysteria’ still being used to deny women adequate medical care?

Though arising from the #MeToo movement, the phrase “believe women” is applicable anywhere. Believe women when we say the office is too cold, when we say we’re being paid less and especially when we say we’re in pain.

Scepticism toward the latter is costing lives: according to a study led by the University of Edinburgh and funded by the British Heart Foundation, women who had gone to A&E after experiencing chest pain (and were later found to be suffering from a heart attack) were half as likely as men to receive the recommended medical treatment. The research comes after it was revealed that entering identical heart symptoms for women and men on Babylon, a virtual GP app praised by the health secretary, Matt Hancock, resulted in different diagnoses. Its artificial intelligence tells a 60-year-old female smoker who reports chest pain and nausea that she is simply having a panic attack. A 60-year-old male smoker with exactly the same symptoms is told that he might be having a heart attack and is advised to go to A&E. Here’s hoping that the researchers from the University of Edinburgh are predominantly male, so that their research is taken more seriously than the anguished cries of women that have rung out since the beginning of time.

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