‘There’s a place for you in this industry’, Google’s CEO tells girls at coding event

August 12, 2017

The winning QamCare team with PichaiImage: google/supplied Google wants to show that it’s taking the issue of diversity seriously. Speaking at a coding competition, CEO Sundar Pichai addressed teams of teen girls, telling them that there “is a place for you at Google.” SEE ALSO: Yes, that controversial Google diversity rant matters. Like, really matters. “To the girls who dream of being an engineer or an entrepreneur, and who dream…

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Another Europe trip for Melania Trump means forging new relationships

July 6, 2017

(CNN)First lady Melania Trump is back in Europe. “This trip, for me, has been very special, and I will never forget the women and children I met,” the first lady said at the end of the visit, speaking to American troops and their families in Sicily. “As one of the kids at the hospital that I visit said in a picture he drew for me: We are all the same.”…

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US teen birth rate drops to all-time low

June 30, 2017

(CNN)In the United States, teen-aged moms are increasingly rare. In 2016, the teen birth rate dropped 9% compared to the previous year, a new government report published Friday found. This record low for teens having babies continues a long-term trend. In 2016, the number of US births totaled 3,941,109, a decline of 1% compared to 2015. The fertility rate of 62 births per 1,000 women is a record low for…

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Sen. Murkowski on health care bill: ‘I don’t have enough information’

June 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday that she doesn’t “have enough information” to vote for on the Senate GOP’s health care bill. Murkowski’s comments come just hours after the Congressional Budget Office released a report on the Senate bill’s impact, prompting multiple Republicans to express doubts about the legislation or reiterate that they would not vote for the bill in its current form.

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NHS hernia mesh repairs ‘leaving patients in chronic pain’ – BBC News

June 26, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNHS hernia mesh felt like ‘scratching from inside’ NHS England is using mesh to repair hernias which leaves many patients in chronic pain, surgeons have told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. The concerns come after it emerged that more than 800 women are taking legal action against the NHS over the use of vaginal mesh implants. One woman said she was left…

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Ian Paterson: Why have private patients not been compensated? – BBC News

June 26, 2017

“What he did – it will never go away. When you go private, you think you’ve got the best.” Ian Paterson: Surgeon was ‘psychopathic like Shipman’ Breast surgeon ‘played God’ with women’s bodies Ian Paterson: ‘He took a pound of flesh for money’ Linda Millband, national lead lawyer for clinical negligence at legal firm Thompsons, is acting for more than 500 of Paterson’s former private patients. She said private policies…

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Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 25, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock (8875114h) President Donald Trump is greeted by supporters during a rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017 Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock They might not be perfect, but they’re winners. In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick. Let’s be clear:…

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Earth To Ivank Trumpa: Your Dad Invented Vicious

June 13, 2017

It is hard, and theres a level of viciousness that I was not expecting, the first daughter said in an interview on Fox & Friends Monday. But this isnt supposed to be easy, she added bravely, speculating that rough politics should be expected because her father is so transformative. The Washington Post deadpanned: Irony is dead. One of the most stinging criticisms of Ivankas lament came from John Podhoretz, columnist…

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Trump admin ending program for mothers, children seeking asylum

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration is shuttering a program designed to keep vulnerable asylum seekers — mainly mothers and young children, including pregnant and nursing women — out of detention. The move is the latest effort under President Donald Trump to prioritize immigration enforcement and deportations over policies he argues incentivized people trying to come to the US illegally. But critics say it will place an undue burden on traumatized families…

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This hackathon wants to help destigmatize the sex tech industry

June 12, 2017

In a pitch presentation that capped off hours of collaboration at New York’s first SexTech Hackathon, the subject turned to a decidedly unsexy scenario: Parents talking to their kids about sex. “How can we foster a safe environment at home for children having conversations about sexual education with their parents?” asked one of the hackathon’s more than 40 participants during a pitch presentation for what would become the event’s winning…

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This chatbot took over Tinder to engage with young UK voters

June 10, 2017

Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images Our Tinder profiles are sacred vaults of private and sometimes lascivious conversations. But, scores of young people did something many of us would deem unthinkable they handed over their Tinder profiles to a chatbot during the UK general election in order to encourage young people to vote tactically for Labour in swing constituencies. SEE ALSO: UK’s chaotic general election was a historic moment for women The…

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Being married ‘protects your health’ – BBC News

June 8, 2017

Their latest research, presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference, hints at why this might be. They suspect marriage helps buffer against big heart disease risk factors, including cholesterol and high blood pressure. The study looked at deaths from all causes, including heart disease. Men and women in their 50s, 60s and 70s with high cholesterol were 16% more likely to be alive at the end of the 14-year ACALM…

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Shocker: Being a female comedian hasn’t gotten any easier since the ’70s

June 5, 2017

Image: showtime The 70s-era standups of Showtimes new series Im Dying Up Here may be struggling to find their comedic voices on screen, but behind the scenes, actress Ari Graynor is killing it. Of course, along with an impressive array of dramatic roles, Graynor has delivered a critically admired string of comedic performances playing colorful and amusing women her filmography includes standout turns in Nick & Noras Infinite Playlist, Whip…

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Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in early trial – BBC News

June 3, 2017

However, ovarian cancer is a difficult disease to treat, and the prognosis in the advanced stages is very poor. Marianne Heath, 68, one of the patients who received the drug, said: “I had no other treatment choices, so I felt this was my only option. “I just want to keep going so I can keep the tumours at a level where I can enjoy my life. It isn’t a cure,…

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Election blind dates: Georgia Toffolo and Jack Monroe – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Jack Monroe Describe yourself: I’m Jack Monroe, aged 29, and I’m a food writer and political commentator. Background: I used to be a 999 call-handler. I got pregnant with my son, and when I went back to work I couldn’t work the shift patterns any more. I ended up in a shoddy personal situation – I didn’t eat for three days in a row to feed my child. I started…

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There is currently no emoji to represent periods. This campaign wants to change that.

May 28, 2017

Image: plan international  There’s an emoji for just about everything, from tacos to tropical fish. But, we currently don’t have an emoji to describe our periods. A new social media campaign wants to smash the stigma surrounding menstruation one emoji at a time. SEE ALSO: These ‘femojis’ may get you talking more about your period Girls rights group, Plan International, launched a social media campaign on Sunday to include an…

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Rare cigarette paintings up for auction – BBC News

May 28, 2017

Image copyright Imperial Tobacco The rare paintings, which formed the basis of the company’s advertising campaigns, have never been on public display, the auctioneer said. The Horizon building, which was built in 1972 at a cost of 14m, was one of the most modern factories of the time. Image copyright Imperial Tobacco The oil and watercolour paintings depicting children playing with cigarettes and women gleefully smoking, were painted before awareness…

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Inside Iggy Azalea and Nick Youngs Very Disastrous, Very Public Split

May 24, 2017

The public dissolution of Iggy Azaleas engagement to Nick Young exploded in sad and salacious fashion Thursday when the Fancy rapper took to social media to explain why she kicked her Los Angeles Laker fianc to the curb last week. I broke up with Nick because I found out he had brought other women into our home while I was away and caught them on the security footage, she tweeted…

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Trump Administrations Womens Rights Lip Service Turns Irony Up to 11

May 23, 2017

Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced to a room of incredulous reporters that President Donald Trump made womens empowerment a priority during his campaign. But that wasnt even the emptiest gesture the Trump administration made for womens rights today. After civilization collapses and humans are all but wiped from Earths memory, all that will be left are cockroaches and the echoes of bitter guffaws of feminists who watched…

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Trump’s Budget Would Cut Planned Parenthood Out Of All Federal Programs

May 23, 2017

Andrew Cullen / Reuters The Trump administrations proposed budget specifically excludes Planned Parenthood from all Department of Health and Human Services programs, apparently the first time a presidents budget has done so, according to the leaked executive summary of the plan. Trumps proposed fiscal 2018 budget follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood,…

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Billy Bush Plans Return To TV After Soul-Searching And Walking On Fire

May 22, 2017

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Sunday, Bush described the months following a Washington Post report about a now-infamous hot-mic recording as a roller coaster that hurt a lot. That early part was just chaos. But then things progressed, and when you have a big, traumatic event, you go through stages, and it led to acceptance and understanding. And then I found myself in a place of…

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Work, not sex? The real reason Chinese women bound their feet

May 22, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)It was an excruciatingly painful practice that maimed the feet of millions of Chinese girls and women for centuries: foot-binding. “In the conventional view, it existed to please men. They were thought to be attracted to small feet,” said Laurel Bossen, co-author of the new book “Bound feet, Young hands.” But Bossen’s research suggests that the custom has been massively misunderstood. Lessons for fight against genital cutting? Bossen…

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