Latest Gender issues News

No 'manpower': Berkeley bans gender-specific words in code

Jul. 17, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Berkeley, California, has adopted an ordinance to replace some terms with gender-neutral words in the city code. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Wednesday that "she" and "he" will be replaced by "they." The words "manpower" and "manhole" will become "workforce" and "maintenance...

Egypt releases transgender woman after 4 months in jail

Jul. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian rights group says authorities have released a transgender woman held for more than four months in connection to a call for protests. The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms said late Tuesday that Malak el-Kashef was released earlier this week. El-Kashef was among dozens...

Sex tech in, skimpy outfits out as CES show seeks diversity

Jul. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The CES gadget show is cracking down on its dress code, introducing more sessions focused on women and minorities and creating a new "sex tech" category after a debacle over a robotic personal massager for women. The Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that organizes the annual...

Von der Leyen confirmed as new European Commission president

Jul. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed as the European Commission president Tuesday, becoming the first woman to hold one of the most prestigious positions in the European Union and who will be one of the most prominent faces from the bloc on the world stage. The European Parliament voted...

Missouri woman who put bra in X-ray machine put on leave

Jul. 15, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri jail employee said she was placed on leave after putting her underwire bra through an X-ray machine following the implementation of new security measures. Charlotte Hardin said she had to take off her bra because it set off the metal detector at Jackson County Detention...

Scarlett Johansson: Comments on diversity were misconstrued

Jul. 14, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

Scarlett Johansson says comments she made on the "authentic casting" debate have been taken out of context and asserts that she supports diversity in film. The actress came under fire in 2017 for playing an Asian character in "Ghost in the Shell" and canceled plans last year to portray a transgender man in the...

Secret brand deodorant donates $529,000 to US women's soccer

Jul. 14, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Procter & Gamble, a sponsor of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, is now supporting its members' fight for equal pay. The company, which supports U.S. soccer through its Secret deodorant brand, says it will donate $529,000 — $23,000 for each of the 23 players on the U.S. team...

Fans celebrate World Cup champs, rally for equal pay

Jul. 10, 2019 10:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Adoring fans packed New York City's Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday amid a blizzard of confetti to praise the World Cup-winning U.S. women's national soccer team as leaders on the field and advocates for pay equity off it. Crowds chanted "USA! USA!" and workers sounded air horns from a...

Colorado settles suit by transgender inmate who alleged rape

Jul. 10, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado reached a $170,000 settlement with a transgender woman who sued the state and alleged being raped, assaulted and harassed while held in a men's prison, state officials said Wednesday. Officials said the agreement does not force broad policy changes for transgender inmates in...

The Latest: Soccer federation head: Women deserve fair pay

Jul. 10, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a New York City parade and ceremony honoring the U.S. women's national soccer team (all times local): 12:35 p.m. U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro says female athletes "deserve fair and equitable pay." Fans of the World Cup champion U.S. women's national soccer...