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Well done, Virgin Atlantic – now all companies must ditch their makeup rules for women | Zoe Williams

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 07:51

Requiring flight attendants to wear makeup forced them to do two jobs at once – actually look after passengers and play at being stereotypical air-hostesses

You always knew that Virgin Atlantic must have required its female flight attendants to wear makeup. They always looked so polished that any other explanation just wouldn’t have made sense. But it never really registered until this week, when the airline ditched the rule.

Where once cabin crew were reprimanded if their lipstick didn’t match their siren-red jacket, now they can go for neutral shades or – if they are really daring – wear no lipstick at all, like some kind of social worker.

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'Thousands' of young girls denied abortion after rape in Argentina

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 03:06

Anti-choice doctors and health officials accused of obstructing legal terminations after 11-year-old girl gave birth to rapist’s child

The lives of thousands of girls in Argentina are being put at risk as legal abortions are delayed and obstructed by doctors trying to force pregnancies to full term.

The issue of anti-choice doctors, medical institutions and government officials deliberately trying to hold up legally sanctioned terminations was brought into sharp focus last week when it emerged that an 11-year-old girl’s baby was born alive because health officials delayed her request for an abortion. The girl had fallen pregnant after being raped by her grandmother’s boyfriend.

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Virgin Atlantic’s sexism goes deeper than telling women what to wear | Joan Smith

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 02:38
The airline has finally relaxed its makeup rules for female crew. But in paying women far less than men it shows its true colours

Obviously I didn’t think they were all virgins, just because they worked for a company with the V-word in the title. That would be ridiculous, wouldn’t it? But then I never imagined it was compulsory for female cabin crew at Virgin Atlantic to wear makeup and tight skirts when they were serving meals, dealing with sick children or – in the worst possible scenario – guiding terrified passengers through emergency exits on to inflatable slides.

Related: Virgin Atlantic drops mandatory makeup for female cabin crew

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Mexico slashes funding for women's shelters

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 01:00

Human rights workers say plan to give money directly to victims of domestic violence risks unravelling decades of work

Human rights activists in Mexico have condemned a government plan to slash funding for women’s shelters – and instead give the money directly to victims of domestic violence.

Details of the government’s scheme are still being defined, though it said in a statement that “support for this purpose” would remain unchanged.

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Yes, women wrote Fleabag and Derry Girls. But men still dominate TV | Lisa Holdsworth

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 22:00
Placing a handful of successful female writers with hit shows on a pedestal only masks the problem of gender bias

• Lisa Holdsworth is a TV writer whose credits include Call the Midwife and Midsomer Murders

We really are living in the golden age of television. A new season of TV drama is greeted with as much anticipation and excitement as the release of a Hollywood blockbuster. This week, we are welcoming back two big hits – Fleabag and Derry Girls. Killing Eve will follow next month. And among the highly anticipated premieres will be Gentleman Jack, Kaos and Adult Material.

All these high-end dramas have one thing in common: they are written by enormously talented women. Is this a sign that opportunities for female writers are improving? I hope so, but I wouldn’t bet my next mortgage payment on it. And as I pay my mortgage by writing television, I wish I could be more optimistic.

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