Women in science: ‘We want to be accepted into the club’ – BBC News

Prof Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, told an audience of young, mainly female, physicists that physics was “becoming sexist against men”. It didn’t go down well.

via Women in science: ‘We want to be accepted into the club’ – BBC News

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The 2019 Women’s March Will Take Place in January

Break out your poster board from wherever you… store your poster board… because the National Women’s March is BACK, baby. Or, at least, it will be back in January 2019, per organizers.

The New York Times reports that the third annual National Women’s March will take place on January 19 of next year, with planned actions in cities across the nation and world. The main march will take place in Washington D.C., though organizers say they’re still hammering out the route and other permit-related details.

via The 2019 Women’s March Will Take Place in January

Leta Hong-Fincher on Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China

In 2015, a group of feminist activists in China planned to commemorate International Women’s Day by handing out stickers calling out sexual harassment on subways and buses in cities throughout the country. For several years, they had been engaging in provocative performance art—acts of consciousness-raising that involved everything from their donning white wedding dresses doused in fake blood to call attention to domestic violence to holding street actions protesting the lack of equality in the number of women’s public toilets, dubbed “Occupy Men’s Toilets.”

via Leta Hong-Fincher on Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China

UK Denies Windrush Generation Members Citizenship

Some immigrants known as the Windrush generation, who have been living in the UK for decades, are now being denied citizenship because they lack the proper documentation proving they lived in the UK before 1973.

Seventy years ago, when the UK was recovering from World War II, Britain put out ads in Caribbean countries under its control, hoping to attract people to help rebuild the country. In 1948, 492 West Indians—as British subjects—boarded the vessel Empire Windrush, attracted by a promise of more stable work. They ushered in the Windrush generation—a generation of black and brown people from British Commonwealth nations that were invited to come work in the UK until 1971, only to face harassment, bullying, and racism when they arrived. According to Oxford University’s Migration Observatory, there are an estimated 500,000 people in the Windrush generation.

via UK Denies Windrush Generation Members Citizenship

Study: Women Wrote Only 21% of Reviews on 2015-17’s Top Films, POC Just 17% | Women and Hollywood

new study from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative shows that, unfortunately, the severe underrepresentation of women critics and critics of color found in Annenberg’s recent “Critic’s Choice?” report as well as research from Dr. Martha M. Lauzen is no fluke. Those studies found that white men dominate the film criticism profession by examining reviews of the top 100 films of 2017 and films released in spring 2018, respectively. Conducted in partnership with Time’s Up, Annenberg’s latest report, “Critic’s Choice II,” examines reviews of the top 300 films from 2015-2017 and “reveals that the inequality we see among critics is not a one-time problem,” according to Smith. “These are stable patterns that demonstrate that the conversation surrounding films and their value is not an inclusive one.”

via Study: Women Wrote Only 21% of Reviews on 2015-17’s Top Films, POC Just 17% | Women and Hollywood

Cécile Djunga: Belgian forecaster hits out at race insults – BBC News

Cécile Djunga has been presenting the weather on Belgian public TV for a year, and after being subjected to a stream of racist comments she has decided to fight back.
In a five-minute appeal on Facebook, Ms Djunga says one viewer rang into work to complain she was “too black and all people could see were my clothes”.
The video went viral, viewed by 700,000 people.
Her employer, RTBF, has given full backing to its presenter.
Its head, Jean-Paul Philippot, told Belgian radio on Thursday that Ms Djunga had passed on a string of messages she had received in recent months and had not reacted to them.
“There’s no place for this torrent of mud in Belgium,” he said. “Racism is a crime, punishable by law.”

via Cécile Djunga: Belgian forecaster hits out at race insults – BBC News

Michaela Coel on MacTaggart lecture: ‘I feel better having shared’ | Television & radio | The Guardian

“I’ve no mortgage, no credit card, no real kids, no car, happy with my bicycle; money’s nice, but I prefer transparency,” she explained. “My stories are my babies, I wanna look after them, so I asked to reserve a portion of my parental rights; my copyright … I used the only power I had; and declined.”

When asked to explain why she turned down the offer, she said the company’s response to the question of why they would acquire all the copyright wasn’t satisfactory. “The first thing I asked was: ‘Why do you want to take all the copyright?’” she said. “And when the answer is ‘that’s just the way it is’, then I’m out because that doesn’t sound like a good answer to me. It sounds cloudy. I don’t trust that.”

via Michaela Coel on MacTaggart lecture: ‘I feel better having shared’ | Television & radio | The Guardian

Brianna Wu, Kim Weaver Talk About Harassment on Campaign Trail

While we celebrate that a record number of women are running for office, it’s worth considering the shit they put up with just to be heard. A group of current and former candidates talked to the New York Times about the harassment they’ve dealt with while campaigning. Their stories are depressing and sometimes frightening, the harassment predictable.

From Mya Whitaker, a Democrat running for City Council in Oakland, California:

“Being a black woman and existing, in some cases, is enough to piss people off.”
And Kim Weaver, an Iowa Democrat who dropped out of a race against white supremacist Rep. Steve King in 2017 in part because of the threats against her and her family:

via Brianna Wu, Kim Weaver Talk About Harassment on Campaign Trail

Forbes highest-paid actor: The Rock nearly doubles 2017 earnings – BBC News

Scarlett Johannson was revealed as the highest paid actress last week, earning $40.5m (£31.9m).
That would have placed the Black Widow star as seventh in the male rankings.
This is a departure from last year’s Forbes list, which saw highest paid actress Emma Stone fail to score in the top 10 male earnings.

via Forbes highest-paid actor: The Rock nearly doubles 2017 earnings – BBC News

‘Sexist’ Tui Airways crew gave different badges to girls and boys | World news | The Guardian

Tui Airways is at the centre of a sexism row after flight attendants were accused of handing out stickers to children that encouraged girls to be cabin crew and boys to be pilots.

A passenger on board a flight from Cyprus to Bristol said stickers were handed to boys that read “future pilot” while girls were given ones that read “future cabin crew”.

via ‘Sexist’ Tui Airways crew gave different badges to girls and boys | World news | The Guardian