Women in the news

Serena Williams wins by a knockout
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey is the most dominant female athlete alive, right? Maybe not. A few other women have a legitimate claim to that title. And
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Q&A: Filmmaker Mmabatho Montsho zooms in on female sexuality
What started out as a conversation about sexual purity between filmmaker and actor Mmabatho Montsho and her friend, turned into a 10-part web series on YouTube. The series,
Artist reminds women of their beauty
Artist Palesa Makua leads 'My Skin Speaks' - a project that challenges how society views women and encourages women to embrace their bodies.
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SA designer Vanessa Gounden opens store in the UK
August 31, 2015
Coinciding with her 50th birthday celebration, entrepreneur Vanessa Gounden launched the Vanessa G fashion label in London in 2011 – a luxury womenswear with her at the helm ...read more
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‘Our Perfect Wedding’ to ‘Mass Hysteria’, the sky’s Morake’s limit
August 31, 2015
When Mzansi Magic’s household reality show Our Perfect Wedding announced comedian Tumi Morake as the show’s new presenter in 2014, the audience wasn’t sure what to expect from ...read more
One-woman change agent
August 25, 2015
From food security to employment, Nomphelo Zozo is improving lives and promoting sustainable change in her Jo’burg informal settlement.
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
Rise up and walk to Pamela Nomvete’s arts fiesta
August 14, 2015
When she is not learning her lines for a stage production or film, Ethiopian-born actress Pamela Nomvete is showing young people the showbiz ropes at her youth incubation ...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
Why Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy selfie would turn Titian on
August 13, 2015
Kim Kardashian reclaims the beauty of being pregnant in her latest impressive selfie. In soft light, she sports an even more curvaceous form than usual: even more contours ...read more
Inspired: Zambian writer Namwali Serpell, who teaches at the University of California and who was recently awarded the Caine prize, says that experimental approaches to African literature are being recognised.
Zambian author subverts literary competitiveness
July 17, 2015
Before Zambian author Namwali Serpell was “surprisingly” selected as the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, she had already urged the other four shortlisted writers ...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
Pulitzer Prize winner and "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP
New Harper Lee novel shows Scout as grown, liberated woman
July 13, 2015
The first chapter of Harper Lee's eagerly-awaited second novel Go Set a Watchman was released on Friday, showing her beloved To Kill a Mockingbird character Scout Finch as ...read more
Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrates scoring the opening goal against Japan in the Fifa Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (AFP)
Hat-trick hero Lloyd dreams big and wins World Cup
July 6, 2015
Scoring three times in a Women's World Cup final would be a dream come true for most soccer players but not Carli Lloyd. The American captain fired a ...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