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Signs of rape culture
Another school year commences, and women attending colleges and universities face this statistic: one in five of them will experience rape or attempted rape, according to the latest Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

And the signs some fraternities create to "welcome" the students, such as the one pictured, add to the rape-culture atmosphere, says the Guardian, with "numerous studies [finding] that men who join fraternities are three times more likely to rape."
Source: Ms., Mic, Guardian

Compiled by Andrea Plaid

Women move forward - and backward
What does a century's worth of magazine covers say about the images of women? A lot - and complicatedly so, says Karen X. Cheng, creative director and viral video consultant.

Over the last one hundred years, the covers reveal more female nakedness; however, Cheng says, that could be interpreted as the covers kowtowing to the capitalistic axiom of "sex sells" yet women also feeling more comfortable in showing off their sexual selves.

While Cheng does talk about rap artist Nicki Minaj (pictured at left) not being able to pose so provocatively on "Cosmopolitan," what's not discussed is Minaj - along with many other women of color - wouldn't have posed on any magazine cover a century ago. Black women appeared on seven September covers of magazines: Vogue, Shape, New York Magazine, Self, Essence, Dazed and i-D.
Source: HuffPost Women, The Guardian

Miss Smarty Pants
Twelve-year-old Lynn Sebastian, a British Indian girl from Essex, England, scored 162 on the Mensa IQ test, which is the perfect score.

Who scored lower than she did? Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Source: Times of India

A crown for Indigenous women
Ashley Callingbull refuses to be another beauty queen making vague promises about "world peace." She uses the Mrs. Universe title to represent her nation, the Enoch Crees, and call for political action to help Indigenous women.

In particular, Callingbull, who is both the first Canadian and the first First Nations woman to win the Mrs. Universe crown, uses social media to urge Indigenous people to vote in Canada's upcoming election and to bring international attention to the underreported violence against Indigenous women and children.
Source: Chatalaine


Saudi women will cast first votes this December
For the first time in Saudi Arabia's history, women will vote in and run for office in municipal elections.

According to the Saudi Gazzette, one-third of the nearly 1,300 voting centers will be set aside for women.

However, activist Nalia Attar says to the Arab News, "Let's not forget that Saudi Arabian women won't actually be able to drive themselves to the voting booths, as they're still completely banned from driving."
Source: Women's Rights News

Kenyan village bans men
Umoja, a village located in northern Kenya, has a population of 47 women, 200 children, and no men.

This intentional women-only community, founded in 1990 by 15 female sexual-violence survivors, is a haven for women "escaping child marriage, female genital mutilation, domestic violence and rape," according to Guardian reporter Julie Bindel. Once there, women learn to financially sustain themselves and their children.

If the women want male company, they leave the village. However, the men are forbidden to return with them, let alone live with them.
Source: The Guardian

"Meatheads" help women escape domestic violence
Meathead Movers, a student-started and student-employed moving company covering central and southern California, is coordinating this cost-free service with the domestic-violence prevention nonprofit Good Shepherd, which assists women with children in the Los Angeles area escape their abusers and establish new lives.
Source: LA Weekly

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