Our actions shape attitudes to women
“I’m going to kill you! I’m going to kill you!” This shrill and violent threat rang out across the street from my office block last week. I peered
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Women engineers quit over men’s attitudes
The South African engineering sector has evolved to become more gender-balanced, as employment equity measures increasingly ensure equal opportunities for men and women. That might be the long-term
Women-only carriages idea shouldn’t just be dismissed
Returning home late at night this week, I sat in a women-only carriage on the train. Not one of those that may spring into being if UK Labour
Why I reject the racist myth of the absent black father
August 25, 2015
For sure, this topic is complex, and though there are black families who have experienced the absence of fathers and father figures, the notion that most or all ...read more
M&G reduces former spy to a vagina on legs
August 14, 2015
The front page of the July 31 edition of the Mail & Guardian showed a teaser for a story inside under the headline The apartheid spy who shagged ...read more
‘Sauce’ for the gander a disgrace to their gender
August 14, 2015
Reading Phillip de Wet’s description of my book, Agent 407, in the Mail & Guardian brought to mind a grubby little schoolboy poring over a DH Lawrence novel ...read more
Captured by cotton: Girls duped into ‘bonded labour’ in India’s textile mills
August 7, 2015
From her two-room concrete home nestled among the lush coconut plantations of southern India, housewife Kavita has seen the region's textile industry flourish for a decade, thanks to ...read more
Yibanathi Matikinca, 10, sits in her classroom at the Qunu Junior Secondary School, a village outside the town of Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape. Pic: JENNIFER BRUCE/AFP
Wanna save the world? Empower women
July 20, 2015
There’s a factor in economics -- when assessing the economic impact of an intervention or event -- called the multiplier. The concept is a pretty straightforward one, even ...read more
Evangeline Lilly attends the premiere of Marvel's Ant-Man.
Evangeline Lilly on bringing girl power to superhero movies
July 16, 2015
When asked to play the feisty Hope van Dyne in Marvel's superhero movie Ant-Man, actress Evangeline Lilly had some initial doubts. "One thing I was asking for was ...read more
Britain to force companies to publish gender pay gap
July 14, 2015
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans on Tuesday to force large companies to publish the difference in earnings between male and female staff in a bid to ...read more
New York bar tackles gender pay gap by charging women 77% of bar tab
July 9, 2015
On Tuesday night, The Way Station, a bar in the Prospects Heights neighbourhood of Brooklyn, gave a whole new meaning to ladies’ night. This 7 July – 7/7 ...read more
Court documents: Cosby admits supplying drugs to woman in pursuit of sex
July 7, 2015
Embattled US comedian Bill Cosby admitted having supplied powerful sedatives to at least one woman in order to have sex with her, court documents unsealed on Monday showed. ...read more
Rihanna’s video puts a black woman in control – no wonder there’s a backlash
July 7, 2015
There are many horrifyingly poignant scenes in the film 12 Years a Slave, but among those that have stayed with me most resonantly is the scene in which ...read more
Claudia Rankine attends the 46th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 6 2015 in Pasadena, California. (AFP)
Poet Claudia Rankine: ‘The invisibility of black women is astounding’
July 1, 2015
When Serena Williams was contesting the US Open in 2012, the American poet Claudia Rankine watched from the stands, engaged in a parallel skirmish of her own. She ...read more
Oscars organisers appoint more black and women members
June 29, 2015
Academy Award organisers have invited more than 300 new members to join the award-giving body, including a number of female and black stars after criticism that nominations for ...read more