Monthly cycle of detection The founders of NextGen Jane are developing a "smart" tampon that uses the blood and cells collecting in a tampon to diagnose health problems. The product would test for biomarkers that provide information on fertility, and help diagnose specific medical conditions such as endometriosis and cervical cancer. The goal is to empower women to access timely information about their bodies rather than wait for an annual test with a doctor.
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Women's Equality Day: August 26 When we went to press with this August magazine, the proposed 2016 Democratic Platform included a strengthened language of support for passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as "Women's Equality Day" to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
"Equal Means Equal," a film by Kamala Lopez, lays out the argument for why we need an Equal Rights Amendment embedded into the Constitution. A free sneak preview of the film will be hosted by ERA Minnesota on August 26, 6 p.m., at the St. Anthony Theater on Main Street in Minneapolis. After the film a panel of leaders will discuss the film and action steps.
Who gets to talk? When Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first female U.S. presidential nominee from a major party, news analysis was led by men. On CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Fox and CNN morning shows, one in three guest voices were women. Only The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC reached 50 percent. On Megyn Kelly's Fox News show, Clinton's nomination was not mentioned as historic news - Kelly speculated about the cost of her wardrobe.
Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics, and the Women's Media Center, are part of a Who Talks? project with Gender Avenger looking at presidential campaign commentary by gender. From March through May, Anderson Cooper's show was the only one to discuss the campaign with a roughly 50-50 lineup of male/female analysts. After Donald Trump made remarks in April on "the woman's card," the Fox News morning shows featured all men analysts.
Source: USA Today
Gender X in Ontario Justin Trudeau became the first Canadian Prime Minister to attend a Pride march. A few hours later, he announced that Ontario would offer a third gender option, "X", instead of "M" or "F," on driver's licenses, starting in 2017. Health cards also now offer a gender-neutral option. Next up: discussing policies on how the government collects and uses gender information on forms. Currently Australia, Nepal, and New Zealand are the only countries to offer an option for people who fall outside the gender binary.
Source: The Global Citizen
Who wins? Pat Summitt, long-time women's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, who died in June at age 64 of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, won more games than any other Division I college coach, male or female. With eight national championships, her salary eventually reached $1.25 million a year. She was once approached by Tennessee officials about coaching the men's team. She dismissed the overture, asking, "Why is that considered a step up?"
A 2016 report about inequality in women's college sports, published by Reveal of the Center for Investigative Reporting, finds a pattern of college athletic departments hiring fewer female coaches, paying them less, giving them less power, and retaliating against those who speak out against discrimination.
Source: The New York Times and Bitchmedia
Peace talks When the peace talks resume about Syria, a network primarily consisting of 350 women peace activists, called I Am She, hopes to play a role. Headquartered in Turkey, the network's demands include increased participation by women in talks, new constitutional rights for women in Syria, and ongoing humanitarian aid. "Peace is more likely to last if women are involved," says Marie O'Reilly, head of research at the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Inclusive Security, focused on women's role in war and peace. Yet women made up only 10 percent of negotiators at peace tables between 1992 and 2011.
Source: Women's E-News