Some of The Deadliest Samurai Were Women, But History Forgot

There is no shortage of stories about legendary Japanese samurai warriors in modern pop culture; but most stories only feature the male ones.   

Contrary to popular belief, female samurai existed and were just as fierce and skillful as their male counterparts.

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French council fined for having too many female managers

A district council in eastern France has been fined €90,000 (£81,000) for appointing too many women to its management team in breach of public-sector gender parity laws.

Public institutions are usually fined for failing to meet the statutory 40 per cent quota of women in top jobs under a 2012 parity law. This is the first time a state body is known to have been penalised for appointing more than 60 per cent women to senior positions. Few employers were aware that the maximum limit could apply to women as well as men.

Jean-François Debat, the chairman of the Bourg-en-Bresse council, is unapologetic. “I think it’s comical to be punished for this reason,” he said. “Not only do I stand by our appointments, I’m proud of having so many women in our management teams.”

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The Vagina Bible adverts blocked by social media

Social media ads for a doctor’s book were denied for ‘promoting adult sexual products’.

Vagina is an anatomical term and not a “dirty” word” wrote Dr Jennifer Gunter in a tweet shared thousands of times, and many social media users criticised the platforms’ decisions.

The UK-based Vagina Museum also revealed that just one of seven submitted Facebook posts advertising its organisation has been approved.

Source: The Vagina Bible adverts blocked by social media – BBC News

Ex-NYPD detectives to get probation for having sex with young woman in custody

Two former New York detectives will serve no prison time after pleading guilty to bribe taking and official misconduct for having sex in a police van with a young woman they arrested and released, prosecutors said Thursday.

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Losing my religion – after the Pell verdict, the conflict for Catholics

Ripple effects of the royal commission and Pell’s trials have spread from beyond survivors to anyone who identifies themselves as Catholic. In Australia, that’s a lot of us – more than 5 million people.

The last rough years for the church in Australia have forced many of us to consider some questions: what does it do to my faith now I know the institution has been protecting paedophile priests and moving them around to other parishes? What does it mean for me as a Catholic if Australia’s highest-ranking priest is in jail for molesting boys? Should I raise my children in the Catholic faith? And do these things that have degraded the church degrade my faith?

Without exception I’ve found that if your faith had been smouldering in a half life for a while, the Pell verdicts have been the extinguishing force.

Source: Losing my religion – after the Pell verdict, the conflict for Catholics | Brigid Delaney | Opinion | The Guardian

Most sexist comments of the year ‘awarded’ with Alan Jones taking gold

The verdict is in. Boos determined the ‘winners’ at the Ernie Awards. And Alan Jones came up trumps for his ‘sock’ comment.

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A dark day for Malaysia

This is a dark day for Malaysia, says Sisters in Islam executive director Rozana Isa (photo, below) in response to a High Court decision which has upheld the fatwa against the organisation.

The judgement represents a dark day not only for SIS but also for Muslim women in Malaysia. For over three decades, SIS has been carrying the voices of women from the ground to decision-makers and policymakers. Despite the fatwa, SIS remain instrumental in informing laws and conducting programs that continue to improve the lives of millions of women in Malaysia.

SIS has helped over 10,000 women and men through our Telenisa service – a free legal helpline which remains the only non-judgemental and rights-based advisory service for Islamic Family and Syariah Laws in Malaysia today.

Among other issues championed by SIS include ending child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), promoting gender equality in Muslim marriages and Islamic Family Laws, and taking a stance against gender-based violence and moral policing.

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The First Woman to Win a Nobel Prize in Medicine Was Paid 1/10 the Salary of Her Research Partner

The groundbreaking scientist Dr. Gerty Cori was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in Medicine and the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in a scientific field. She shared the Nobel with her husband and lifelong research partner, Carl. Although their experience and education was identical, it took thirteen years before she was finally promoted to the same rank as him at the university where they worked. Together, the Coris made numerous breakthroughs in medical research, including discoveries that paved the way for understanding and developing treatments for diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Despite the institutionalized sexism she faced throughout her career, Gerty’s tremendous scientific mind could not be denied — and her work would change the field of biochemistry forever.

Source: The First Woman to Win a Nobel Prize in Medicine Was Paid 1/10 the Salary of Her Research Partner | A Mighty Girl

Assault during childbirth increasingly common in Australia says International human rights lawyer

International human rights lawyer Bashi Hazard says an increasing number of devastated Australian women are likening their experience of childbirth to assault.

“Women are safer giving birth on the side of the road than in a hospital,” Hazard says candidly. “It is a systemic problem; very much embedded in the system.”

Hazard claims hospital staff suffer excessive fear of liability and disciplinary action, so their response is to be more coercive to a mums-to-be as they deliver their babies.

Source: Assault during childbirth increasingly common in Australia says International human rights lawyer | 7NEWS.com.au

Jeffrey Epstein Victims Speak In Court: Read Their Most Powerful Quotes

One by one, with many in tears, the women described how Epstein manipulated, coerced, threatened, and sexually abused them when they were just teens.

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