Latest Gender issues News

Berkeley drops words like 'manpower' in push to be inclusive

Jul. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into "maintenance holes" instead. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but "human-made." And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join "collegiate Greek system residences" rather...

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

Jul. 18, 2019 8:58 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...

Circle K Mexico apologizes for "sexist" Secretary Day ad

Jul. 18, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Circle K Mexico is apologizing for an ad on "Secretary Day" promoting a deal on chocolate, red wine and condoms. The convenience store brand said in a Wednesday statement that it did not intend to "promote any stereotype" and highlighted its "promise to be a business that doesn't...

Oregon adds gender identity to hate crime protections

Jul. 17, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gender identity will be added as a protected class as Oregon's hate crime laws see the most significant update since the 1980s under a new measure signed by the governor that also closed a loophole that gave lesser sentences to perpetrators who committed hate crimes alone. "Our hate...

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...