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Politician Takes Heat for His Reasoning on Male Suicides

Kim Ki-duck, council member in Seoul, South Korea, partly blames 'female-dominated society'

(Newser) - Men are taking their own lives in increasing numbers in South Korea, which has one of the highest suicide rates among the world's richest nations. One local politician thinks he's got the spike partly figured out—and he's blaming women. In a new report cited by the...

Italian Women Go After the Mob, Get the Godfather Treatment

In nation's Puglia, power structure of Sacra Corona Unita is being challenged by female judges, journos

(Newser) - It was a scene straight out of The Godfather. On the night of Feb. 1, a bloody goat head with a butcher's knife through it was left on the doorstep of Judge Maria Francesca Mariano's home in southern Italy, with a note beside it reading, "Like this....

Pope Raises Eyebrows Over Alleged Remark on Women

Days after a reported gay slur, Francis is alleged to have called gossip a 'woman's thing'

(Newser) - Just days after Pope Francis apologized for a gay slur he's said to have used during a private bishops meeting, an allegation of another eyebrow-raising comment. The Guardian reports that the 87-year-old pontiff had another closed-door gathering in Rome on Thursday, this time with a group of young priests,...

Potential Running Mate Carson: End No-Fault Divorce

Ben Carson sees harm to society

(Newser) - Ben Carson, considered to be on the short list for former President Trump's running mate, is the latest Republican to call for an end to no-fault divorce, which has allowed marriages to dissolve without much fanfare for more than 50 years. "For the sake of families, we should...

Women Win 'Urination Equality' Fight in Amsterdam

City will start installing more public toilets in October after years of protests

(Newser) - It's been almost a decade since Geerte Piening, a 21-year-old student living in Amsterdam, got fined for peeing in public after she couldn't find an accessible loo late at night. Now, women there are celebrating after a long fight to set up more public toilets in the Dutch...

Ladies, These States May Be Worth Looking Into

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list of best states for women; Oklahoma comes in last

(Newser) - What better way to mark Women's History Month than to tag the places in the US where women have the best chances at career opportunities and a better standard of living? WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using more than two dozen metrics in two main categories to create...

For Women in Movies, a 'Catastrophic Step Back'
For Women
in Movies, a
Step Back'

For Women in Movies, a 'Catastrophic Step Back'

Less than a third of top-grossing films of 2023 featured a girl or woman in leading or co-lead role

(Newser) - If you're still torqued that Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig got snubbed by the Academy, that's just "the tip of the iceberg," according to a new report by USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The research led by Dr. Stacy L. Smith looked at the 100 top-grossing...

Older Women Are the New Face of Wanderlust

The adventure travel industry is getting a boost from mature female tourists

(Newser) - Adventure travel's allure lies in its promise of helping you break out of your comfort zone as you explore new places and meet new people. For women especially, that sector of the travel industry has exploded: Citing stats from the Adventure Travel Trade Association , the Washington Post reports that...

Men Outnumber Women, but Only on One Coast

There are more guys in large urban counties in the West, but it's vice versa in the East

(Newser) - Anyone who suspects there are more women than men where they live, or vice versa, will find fodder for their suspicions in new data from the US Census Bureau. Whether it refutes or confirms their suspicions likely depends on where they live.
  • Women outnumber men in the largest urban counties

These Are the Most Powerful Women in Tinseltown

Adele, Jennifer Aniston, network execs make the 'Hollywood Reporter' list

(Newser) - "Star power" in Hollywood means more than who turns the most heads at the Viper Room. Per the Hollywood Reporter , there's a whole slew of women who "overdelivered" in Tinseltown in 2023, "setting box office records, filling arenas, and putting Hollywood back to work" after the...

Kim Jong Un Would Like Women to Have More Babies, Please

North Korean leader wants women to step up to stop nation's declining birth rate

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said it's the duty of women to halt a fall in the country's births in order to strengthen national power, state media said Monday, as his government steps up the call for its people to have more children. While getting a...

Xi to China's Women: Time for a 'New Trend of Family'

Leader's speech to state-run women's rights group urges women to focus on 'family harmony'

(Newser) - It's not enough for women to work on their own development, according to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said Monday that women must also strive toward "family harmony, social harmony, national development, and national progress," in large part by having children. He urged women to establish a...

This Is the Best City for Women in America

Columbia, Maryland, tops WalletHub's list; Jackson, Mississippi, comes in last

(Newser) - Women make up just over half of the US population, and there are several factors they may want to take into consideration before finding a place to settle down, including safety, job opportunities, and access to resources geared toward women's health care. WalletHub looked at more than 180 of...

Taliban: Women Lose Value if Men See Their Faces

Molvi Mohammad Sadiq Akif says women who spurn hijabs risk 'falling into sin'

(Newser) - Women lose value if men can see their uncovered faces in public, a spokesman for a key ministry of Afghanistan's Taliban government said Thursday, adding that religious scholars in the country agree that a woman must keep her face covered when outside the home. The Taliban, who took over...

Pope Approves 'Significant Crack in Stained-Glass Ceiling'

Women will have the right to vote at an upcoming meeting of bishops

(Newser) - Pope Francis has decided to give women the right to vote at an upcoming meeting of bishops, and the AP reports that's a historic reform that reflects his hopes to give women greater decision-making responsibilities and laypeople more say in the life of the Catholic Church. Francis approved changes...

This Is the Best US State for Women

Vermont is No. 1, while Oklahoma comes in last in WalletHub's rankings

(Newser) - It's Women's History Month , and what better way to celebrate the occasion than to offer some leads on tracking down the best places for women to live. WalletHub has done much of the legwork, looking at more than two dozen metrics for all 50 states and DC in...

Taliban Just Banned Women From Universities

Afghanistan's education minister issues the decree

(Newser) - Women in Afghanistan can no longer attend college, according to a new decree from the Taliban government. The nation's education minister issued the order in a letter to all public and private universities, reports the AFP . “You all are informed to implement the mentioned order of suspending education...

Taliban Bans Women From Parks, Gyms
Taliban Bans Women
From Parks, Gyms

Taliban Bans Women From Parks, Gyms

Group claims it has 'tried its best' to avoid imposing restrictions

(Newser) - More than a year after returning to power in Afghanistan and promising to respect women's rights, the Taliban are busy crushing the few rights women in the country still have. Women are now banned from parks and gyms in the country, according to a Ministry of Vice and Virtue...

UN Forecasts a Population Milestone in 2050

It projects an approximately equal number of men and women by that year

(Newser) - Viewed solely in terms of population numbers, it's long been a man's world. Last year, for example, men outnumbered women worldwide by 44 million, notes the Pew Research Center . However, a new UN projection sees the gap narrowing relatively quickly, and it forecasts a roughly equal number of...

Men, Don't Throw in the Towel on Longevity Quite Yet

Despite lower life expectancy, guys still have 'substantial chance of outliving females,' per study

(Newser) - It's long been suggested that women outlive the men in their lives, but new research suggests that may be an oversimplified conclusion. Danish scientists who looked at the bigger picture found that the guys, especially those with a ring on their finger or who hold a college degree, might...

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