Women in the news

The fashion designer who felt the call of the ancestors
Karabo Finger was not surprised when she was called to be a traditional healer. Her mother was a ngaka (sangoma) and she comes from a long line of
British actors Jude Law (L), US actress Melissa McCarthy (C), and British actor Jason Statham pose for photographs on the carpet as they arrive to attend the European premiere of the film Spy in London on May 27 2015. (AFP)
What Melissa McCarthy told a critic who said actresses should always be pretty in movies
When comedian Melissa McCarthy met one of her critics, she didn't back down. She faced him head on and calmly explained why making those remarks are so hurtful,
A bobble head doll of former secretary of state and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is seen on a display with other figures at a store in New York on June 19, 2015. Clinton launched her bid to become the first woman president of the US, promising the struggling middle classes renewed prosperity. (AFP)
Hillary Clinton on course to win presidential election, poll says
Hillary Clinton is on course to win the Democratic primary and would go on to trounce her Republican opponents, according to a new poll. The NBC News/Wall Street
Chinese feminists hold armpit hair photo contest
June 11, 2015
Weeks after China drew global condemnation for detaining five feminists who planned to protest against sexual harassment, activists have launched a fresh campaign for gender equality – by ...read more
Why the Caitlyn Jenner conversation is crucial
June 3, 2015
Why the overwhelming support for the transition of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, from one sex to another? The big reveal of the former Olympian and ...read more
Merkel, Clinton and co are proof that employers ‘granny-track’ at their peril
May 29, 2015
So Taylor Swift has made it, shooting into the Forbes power list of the world’s most influential women at the grand old age of 25. She’s included, apparently, ...read more
Mary Ellen Mark, champion of ‘people on the edges’, dies
May 28, 2015
Mary Ellen Mark died on Monday at a New York hospital from myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease affecting bone marrow and blood, said her studio manager Julia Bezgin. The ...read more
Muholi’s photographs a vehicle for those seeking sexual freedom
May 28, 2015
Zanele Muholi is jet-lagged, after having just flown in from New York, and is speaking by Skype from Paris. She’s a finalist in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize ...read more
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Abena Koomson: life is polyrhythmic
May 28, 2015
In the off Broadway musical Fela!, an interpretation of the life and music of Afrobeat originator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Ghanaian American artist Abena Koomson plays the role of ...read more
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US-born singer Somi finds peace in Africa
May 28, 2015
“I love the love of music that has always been here in South Africa. As someone who is primarily categorised as a jazz artist, knowing that there is ...read more
The new queens of Afrobeat
May 15, 2015
It seemed inevitable that Nigerian-German singer Nneka would make a roots trip album. The 34-year-old accompanied Damian Marley and Nas on their 2010 Distant Relatives tour, a project ...read more
If even Michelle Obama can’t speak about race without being told to ‘quit whining’ then who can?
May 13, 2015
First lady Michelle Obama existed this week, so naturally the internet is very, very upset. Specifically, Obama had the gall to approach a microphone at Tuskegee University’s commencement ...read more
Kagiso Lesego Molope is at odds with Percy Fitzpatrick
May 8, 2015
Kagiso Lesego Molope has won the English Academy of Southern Africa’s Percy Fitzpatrick prize for youth literature for her novel This Book Betrays My Brother (Oxford University Press, ...read more
Rights can’t wait for diplomacy
April 24, 2015
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström’s modus operandi has been regarded as something of a departure from the realpolitik style of diplomacy. The outspoken Social Democrat has, on the ...read more
I am genderqueer – comfortable with my identity at last
April 22, 2015
When I was five years old, I hid in our spare bathroom and tried to wee standing up. After all, that’s how all my friends did it. Except ...read more