Iceland Seeks to End Gender Pay Gap

On Jan. 1, 2018, Iceland became the first country to make it illegal to pay men more than women. Iceland is home to 323,000 people and the country’s booming economy relies heavily on fishing and tourism. The new law covers roughly 150,000 workers in the country and applies to 1,200 companies in Iceland that have more than 25 employees. The measure is part of Iceland’s effort to eliminate the gender pay gap by 2022. Companies that fail to show pay parity will be faced with stiff fines. According to government figures from 2015, women earned on average 14 to 20 percent less than men. The New...

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Palestinian Teen Arrested After Viral Video

16-year-old Ahed Tamimi has been charged with assault after a video of her confronting Israeli soldiers went viral. The Palestinian teenager and her cousin were filmed in an encounter with the soldiers and the video then was widely circulated by Palestinians on social media. Filmed on December 15, the video shows Tamimi in a group of women who are shouting, hitting and kicking two heavily armed Israeli soldiers during protests in the occupied West Bank. Charges against the girl include aggravated assault and throwing stones. On December 31, 2017, Tamimi’s cousin, Nour Tamimi, was charged...

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Interview: Using Digital to Showcase Feminism in Cultural Heritage

Our very own Ashley Remer and Tiffany Rhoades cowrote a chapter about Girl Museum that was published in a 2 volume collection titled Feminism and Museums. Their chapter, “Using Digital to Showcase Feminism in Cultural Heritage”, focused on the unique challenges and opportunities facing Girl Museum in the digital age. Associate Editor Sage Daugherty spoke with both staff members about their process of writing the chapter and their digital goals for Girl Museum going into 2018. Tell us about writing the chapter — how did that process begin? Ashley: We got a great boost from our...

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Review: The Worst Witch is Heartwarming and Hilarious

I had heard about The Worst Witch from a friend of mine who had watched the first few episodes and loved them. I was looking for something new to watch on Netflix and it was one of the suggested shows in my profile, so I settled down and started the show. Two minutes into the first episode, I fell absolutely and completely in love. I ended up watching the series once alone and then again with my sister, who also fell in love with it. As a lifelong Harry Potter fan, the idea of magic has always fascinated me. I was pleased to see similar themes of adventure, friendship, loyalty, adversity and...

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Powerful Hollywood Women Launch Campaign to Stop Sexual Harassment

On Monday, a group of powerful women in Hollywood launched a campaign to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces. The campaign, Time’s Up, was announced in a full page ad placed in the New York Times. The ad, an open letter from the group, was a show of support and solidarity from the women of Hollywood to working-class women, and signed by hundreds of women in the film industry. The letter called for a “significant increase of women in positions of leadership and power across industries,” and equal representation, opportunities and pay for all women workers,...

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Book Review: Mandy

I recently moved away from home and had to leave the majority of my library behind, except for a few of my favorite books. One day, I was browsing Amazon and I came across a book in my cart that I absolutely loved as a child. I received Mandy by the incomparable Julie Andrews for my 8th birthday, and read and reread the book dozens of times throughout my childhood. On this dreary fall day last year, I was suddenly filled with the urge to read the book immediately. So instead of waiting a few weeks to go home for the holidays and read my much-loved copy, I decided to buy another copy on...

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Review: Miracle on 34th Street

One of my all time favorite Christmas movies is Miracle on 34th Street, and I watch it every year (both versions) without fail. So naturally, when I got home for Christmas, I made my sister watch both of them with me — the black and white 1947 version with Natalie Wood and Maureen O’Hara and the 1994 version with Mara Wilson, which is the version we grew up watching. In the original version, Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) is in charge of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and is at her wits end after having to fire the parade’s Santa for getting drunk before the parade. She encounters a man...

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Women of the Village

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a talk at the New York Historical Society, about radical women of the 1910s and 20s. For the first half of the event, we got to explore the newly opened exhibition, Hotbed, which is on the 4th floor of the Historical Society if you’re interested or in the area. I didn’t really know what to expect of the exhibition, but I thought it was fantastic — I learned a lot, and the exhibit focused on the women of Greenwich Village, a familiar area of the city to me, so I was thrilled to recognize different places displayed in the exhibition.   Hotbed...

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No Time For Fear — Politicking Girls: Political Awareness in 2017

For my last No Time For Fear column of 2017, I decided to end on a somewhat happier note, even though we all know there are heaps of not-so-positive things happening all over the world, at this very moment, concerning girls and politics. Think of this column as a call to action, if you will. Over the last year, I’ve written implicitly and explicitly about the need to see more girls and women involved in local, state/county and national politics worldwide. For example, I’m American, and I think that until we see women make up at least 50 percent of Congress (and 25 state governorships),...

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Celebrate International Human Rights Day!

Today, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. The day commemorates December 10, 1948, which is when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today kicks off a yearlong campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document is the most translated in the world, available in more than 500 languages. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights explicitly spelled out the inalienable rights to which all human beings are entitled to, regardless of race, color, religion, gender and so on. The U.N....

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