Latest Gender issues News

Olympics Latest: Chen wins gold in women's table tennis

Jul. 29, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Chen Meng won the women’s singles table tennis title at...

MacKenzie Scott, French Gates join to fund gender equality

Jul. 29, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

An initiative from philanthropists Melinda French Gates, MacKenzie Scott and the family foundation of billionaire Lynn Schusterman awarded $40 million Thursday to four promoting gender equality projects in tech, higher education, caregiving and minority communities. The...

Italian rockers Maneskin enjoy blurring gender stereotypes

Jul. 29, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Several years ago they were four teenagers busking in the piazzas of Rome. These days, the members of the rock band Maneskin are basking in adoration after triumphing in the Eurovision Song Contest and consistently riding high in Spotify charts. With their...

Australia's Jessica Fox wins first women's canoe slalom gold

Jul. 29, 2021 05:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For years, Australia's Jessica Fox was among those pushing to get women's canoe slalom accepted as an Olympic sport. With a history-making gold medal within her reach, she was not going to miss her chance. Starting last with an eye on...

'OK not to be OK': Mental health takes top role at Olympics

Jul. 28, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For decades, they were told to shake it off or toughen up — to set aside the doubt, or the demons, and focus on the task at hand: winning. Dominating. Getting it done. For years, Simone Biles was one of the very best at that. Suddenly — to some,...

Michigan board declines to certify LGBTQ rights ballot drive

Jul. 26, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan elections board on Monday declined to certify an LGBTQ-rights ballot drive after determining it did not submit enough valid voter signatures. The 4-0 vote from two Democrats and two Republicans came after the elections bureau did a...

Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes

Jul. 26, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — At an Olympics aiming to set the highest level of television standards, the head of broadcasting at the Tokyo Games is trying to banish overly sexualized images of female athletes. “Sport appeal, not sex appeal” is one mantra Olympic officials push in...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 26, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. July 22, 2021. Editorial: State leaders join bullying of trans kids When considering who should be off-limits from harm done by lawmakers, children should rise to the top of the list, yet Gov. Greg Abbott and the GOP’s...

First openly transgender Olympians are competing in Tokyo

Jul. 26, 2021 03:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For Quinn, a midfielder for the Canadian women's soccer team, the opening match of the Tokyo Games carried more emotional weight than their previous Olympic appearances. Quinn became the first openly transgender athlete to participate in the Olympics when...

Analysis: Now what? Louisiana veto session sharpens divides

Jul. 25, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For all the hype, Louisiana's first veto override session under the state's nearly 50-year-old constitution turned out to be a bit of a dud. Republican lawmakers got the votes to hold the unprecedented session and can point to that as a continued...