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Former Pinterest COO claims she was fired after reporting sexism

12 Aug 2020

Former Pinterest COO claims she was fired after reporting sexism

The former Chief Operating Officer at Pinterest Inc., Francoise Brougher, has alleged in a lawsuit that she was fired in April after she addressed gender discrimination at the workplace.

Coronavirus is God's wrath against obscenity of women: Pakistani cleric

27 Apr 2020

Coronavirus is God's wrath against obscenity of women: Pakistani cleric

A renowned Pakistani cleric has sparked a controversy by blaming women for the coronavirus pandemic.

Indian billionaires hold more wealth than full-year Budget, finds report

20 Jan 2020

Indian billionaires hold more wealth than full-year Budget, finds report

In a glaring reminder of income inequality, a new study has found that the total wealth of India's 63 billionaires exceeds the Union Budget of India for the fiscal year 2018-19.

EY instructs women employees on how to act around men

23 Oct 2019

EY instructs women employees on how to act around men

It's been two years since the #MeToo movement forced people to view workplaces with a feminist lens, uncovering everyday sexism and sexual abuse, however, the issue remains rampant.

Once, Turkish Sunni preacher compared uncovered women to 'peeled apples'

22 Oct 2019

Once, Turkish Sunni preacher compared uncovered women to 'peeled apples'

Justifying patriarchal notions by degrading women to mere objects is an age-old trick. In this game of 'What object are you today?', women are now apples.

30,000 ask Oxford dictionary to change its definition of 'woman'

19 Sep 2019

30,000 ask Oxford dictionary to change its definition of 'woman'

Language was constructed around age-old sexist notions and traditions which have trickled down to the present day lexicon. And if you happen to disagree, here's some damning evidence.

'Protect children from gays': Schoolgirls made to join homophobic campaign

31 Aug 2019

'Protect children from gays': Schoolgirls made to join homophobic campaign

Yesterday, a group of 50-odd female students of the Avvai Home Higher Secondary School, Chennai, paraded with placards carrying messages apparently intended towards women's safety.

Priyanka Chopra's Bumble App owner accused of misogyny, sexism

10 Jul 2019

Priyanka Chopra's Bumble App owner accused of misogyny, sexism

US-based dating app Bumble has come under fire as the founding partner of the app allegedly built the parent company on the foundation of misogyny, sexism, and racism.

American Airlines staff makes woman 'cover up' before boarding flight

10 Jul 2019

American Airlines staff makes woman 'cover up' before boarding flight

A US woman was temporarily removed from an American Airlines flight for wearing "inappropriate" clothing. Tisha Rowe (37), a resident of Houston (Texas), said she and her 8-year-old son weren't allowed to board the flight until she "covered up."

Is Dalai Lama's 'attractive female successor' remark really sexist?

28 Jun 2019

Is Dalai Lama's 'attractive female successor' remark really sexist?

The 14th Dalai Lama is one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world, perceived as a figure of humanity and compassion.

Japanese company now sells deodorants that make woman 'smell younger'

07 Jun 2019

Japanese company now sells deodorants that make woman 'smell younger'

Among the endless list of products that enforce traditional beauty norms on women, here's a new one.

Russian firm offers females Rs. 106 bonus for wearing skirts

01 Jun 2019

Russian firm offers females Rs. 106 bonus for wearing skirts

In a highly controversial initiative, a Russian company is trying to return to the golden age of strict gender roles. Remember when women couldn't vote? So blissful, amirite? (This was sarcasm. Don't come for me.)

Smriti Irani has 'bigger bindi'; changes husbands frequently: Congress ally

02 Apr 2019

Smriti Irani has 'bigger bindi'; changes husbands frequently: Congress ally

Congress ally and People's Republican Party (PRP) leader, Jaydeep Kawade, has made sexist remarks against Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday.

US: Forced to wear skirts, girls sued school and won

31 Mar 2019

US: Forced to wear skirts, girls sued school and won

Charter Day School in North Carolina of the United States forced girls to wear skirts. If not skirts, then girls were "allowed" to wear skorts or jumpers. No pants. No shorts.

Mayawati can't question Modi; she does facial, dyes hair: BJP-MLA

19 Mar 2019

Mayawati can't question Modi; she does facial, dyes hair: BJP-MLA

Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Surendra Singh stooped to a new low as he made controversial remarks against BSP chief Mayawati.

Jadavpur professor, who likened girls' virginity to sealed bottles, removed

16 Jan 2019

Jadavpur professor, who likened girls' virginity to sealed bottles, removed

Kanak Sarkar, the professor of Jadavpur University, who equated virgin girls to a sealed bottle was on Wednesday divested of his duties with immediate effect.

Man tweets 'I love your body' to Taapsee, actress replies

18 Dec 2018

Man tweets 'I love your body' to Taapsee, actress replies

Taapsee Pannu is known to be someone who has no time for crap, much like her character Rumi in Manmarziyaan.

"Not a cheater," Serena furiously tells umpire, later highlights sexism

09 Sep 2018

"Not a cheater," Serena furiously tells umpire, later highlights sexism

Tennis superstar Serena Williams didn't let umpire Carlos Ramos get away with calling her a cheater in the finals of US Open, and said the latter owed her an apology.

Punishing only men for adultery violates right to equality: SC

03 Aug 2018

Punishing only men for adultery violates right to equality: SC

The SC has commenced hearing on a much-criticized law: the 158-year-old criminalization of adultery in India.

After flak over sexism, 'Young Achievers Matrimony' founder apologizes

26 Jul 2018

After flak over sexism, 'Young Achievers Matrimony' founder apologizes

A matrimonial advertisement published in The Hindu on Wednesday has irked people on social media platforms.

Chandigarh: Alleged sex abuser gets bail "considering she's a lady"

19 Jul 2018

Chandigarh: Alleged sex abuser gets bail "considering she's a lady"

That Indian laws are biased towards women is a known fact, but when it lets sex abusers go free just because of their gender, that's a worrying point indeed.

This school asks girls to wear white/skin colored underwear

05 Jul 2018

This school asks girls to wear white/skin colored underwear

The MAEER's MIT School in Pune has some bizarre ideas for "security" of its students. For one, safety apparently lies in the color of girls' underwear.

It's a girl! New Zealand PM blessed with first child

21 Jun 2018

It's a girl! New Zealand PM blessed with first child

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl in an Auckland hospital today, becoming the second world leader to do so while in office.

After outrage, Punjabi University revokes ban on shorts for girls

08 Jun 2018

After outrage, Punjabi University revokes ban on shorts for girls

A day after a ban on girls wearing shorts to the hostel mess created a flutter among the students, Punjabi University (Patiala) has revoked the order.

Duterte: Will quit if enough women are offended by kiss

06 Jun 2018

Duterte: Will quit if enough women are offended by kiss

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has defended kissing the lips of a married Filipino woman in South Korea on Sunday, and has said that he would resign if enough women sign a petition calling for his resignation.

Qatar Airways Chief says CEO-position "very-challenging" for women. Is it?

05 Jun 2018

Qatar Airways Chief says CEO-position "very-challenging" for women. Is it?

After making giant leaps, women are now leading global conglomerates, including many dealing in traditionally "masculine" products (think General Motors, IBM, Lockheed Martin and more).

Haryana-SSC questions candidates on 'bad-omens,' then goes deeper into mess

10 May 2018

Haryana-SSC questions candidates on 'bad-omens,' then goes deeper into mess

A peculiar question in the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC)'s test for junior engineers has riled several quarters.

Chinese tech firms apologize for sexist job adverts

25 Apr 2018

Chinese tech firms apologize for sexist job adverts

Chinese tech firms are under scanner after a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report slammed them over gender-discriminatory job ads.

'Women-journos sleep around, why complain about patting cheeks?': BJP leader

20 Apr 2018

'Women-journos sleep around, why complain about patting cheeks?': BJP leader

When TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit patted a female journalist's cheek at a press-conference, BJP leader S Ve Shekher thought it wasn't a big deal as 'women journalists are forced to sleep around anyway.'

According to Kerala teacher, jeans wearing women reproduce transgender kids

04 Apr 2018

According to Kerala teacher, jeans wearing women reproduce transgender kids

Another day, another fight with sexism. A teacher from Kerala has given the most mind-boggling reason behind the birth of transgender kids.

Humiliating: MP university strip-searches women after finding used sanitary napkin

26 Mar 2018

Humiliating: MP university strip-searches women after finding used sanitary napkin

In a disturbing incident, 50 women of MP's Dr Hari Singh Gour University have alleged they were strip-searched after a used sanitary napkin was found in a hostel corridor near a washroom.

'Muslim girls display chest like sliced melons': Kerala professor's shocking-remarks

19 Mar 2018

'Muslim girls display chest like sliced melons': Kerala professor's shocking-remarks

In shocking remarks, a Social Science professor of Kerala shamed female Muslim students of his college for deliberately revealing their chest, "like how we slice a small part of a melon to see if it's ripe."

Former top cop insults Nirbhaya, her mother, and all women

16 Mar 2018

Former top cop insults Nirbhaya, her mother, and all women

A former Karnataka top cop created controversy with his misogynistic and patronizing statements.

'Wife wakes-up late, doesn't cook tasty food': Mumbaikar seeks divorce

02 Mar 2018

'Wife wakes-up late, doesn't cook tasty food': Mumbaikar seeks divorce

In a bizarre case, a man in Mumbai sought divorce from his wife as she wasn't "dutiful": among other things, she used to wake up late and didn't cook tasty food.

Kanjarbhat community: Of misogyny, virginity tests and a generational clash

06 Feb 2018

Kanjarbhat community: Of misogyny, virginity tests and a generational clash

Kanjarbhat community, Maharashtra's de-notified tribe with an estimated population of 25,000, is known for its deeply patriarchal caste panchayat, misogynistic matrimonial traditions, obsession with virgin brides, a keen interest in monetary fines and love for ostracizing dissenters.

Amazon's Alexa becomes feminist, and we couldn't have been happier!

18 Jan 2018

Amazon's Alexa becomes feminist, and we couldn't have been happier!

Amazon's voice-based digital assistant Alexa has undergone an update that makes the software a proud feminist.

Former employee sues Google for "extreme" discrimination against male employees

09 Jan 2018

Former employee sues Google for "extreme" discrimination against male employees

A former Google employee, fired by the tech giant in August, is suing the company over its alleged discrimination against white men.

Homosexuality is a tendency, not permanent: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

14 Nov 2017

Homosexuality is a tendency, not permanent: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Indian leaders have often made the news for their bizarre comments on homosexuality, but Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is one of the few who have been admired for their support to people regardless of sexuality.

Are the women of Bollywood ready to name their Weinsteins?

14 Nov 2017

Are the women of Bollywood ready to name their Weinsteins?

The Harvey Weinstein expose isn't all that surprising, is it? We are aware of the deep-seated misogyny and sexism prevalent across industries around the world. In Hollywood, it is just more pronounced.

Women should sweep, grind chakkis for health: Rajasthan department's advice

12 Nov 2017

Women should sweep, grind chakkis for health: Rajasthan department's advice

While trying to educate readers about health, a Rajasthan education department ended up passing advice being slammed as sexist by many.