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Karen Kelsky, author of The Professor is In and creator of the “Sexual Harassment in the Academy Survey” will be presenting at UH Manoa on October 16th! PLEASE NOTE: The location has been changed to Architecture School Room 205.

Ava Ladner, one of our lecturers in the Women’s Studies Dept., will be discussing queer identity this Wednesday (Oct.10)! Her course on Transgender Studies will be offered during Spring 2019 extension.

Hundreds occupied the US Capitol Steps while thousands more gathered on the plaza in front, lifting in their voices and cheering them on. #CancelKavanaugh

📸 @KishaBari

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

#NobelPrize #NobelPeacePrize

The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman

- @DrMayaAngelou, whose words always inspire us in our fight for equal rights. #NationalPoetryDay

"It is really shocking to read that there is nowhere in the world where girls have all of the same opportunities as boys." Womankind supporter Talia took a stand against gender inequality. Read her story and learn how you can do the same:

Feminists of the Future: Meet Talia!

We believe that you’re never too young to make a difference, and at just 13 years old, Womankind supporter Talia is proving this to be truer tha...

“We need to celebrate women physicists because they’re out there… I’m honoured to be one of those women," says Donna Strickland.

She becomes the third woman to receive the #NobelPrize in Physics, joining Maria Goeppert-Mayer (1963) and Marie Curie (1903). Congratulations!

"I thought well maybe the law could catch up with changes in society and that was an empowering idea." — Ruth Bader Ginsburg shares why she's a "flaming feminist."

#BelieveWomen #BelieveChristine #BelieveAnita #BelieveSurvivors

First all women staffed engine in NYC FDNY history! #womenfirefighters #fdny #womensempowerment

The achievement of the 2030 Agenda depends on the world’s success in creating a level playing field for boys and girls, women and men, in education as in other sectors #LeaveNoGirlBehind #UNGA

Why Anita Hill reported. Thank you for paving the way. #BelieveSurvivors

Once more, the amazing Brazilian soccer player #Marta makes #Brazil proud! Congrats to the @UN_Women Goodwill Ambassador for women & girls in sport for been named the best soccer player in the world for the sixth time! No other player - male or female - has achieved that record.

These Syrian refugee girls designed a battery-powered lamp to help children do their homework when there is no electricity. “We are here as an example to other girls to show how we can use our creativity.”

#GenUnlimited @unicefjordan

As women, femmes, and allies stage walkouts across the nation, we’re kicking off our #BelieveSurvivors #CancelKavanaugh rally on the steps of the Supreme Court.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib appear set to become America’s first Muslim congresswomen ― just one of several milestones that will likely be reached in the 2018 midterm elections.

These Candidates Are Poised To Make History In November

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib appear set to become America’s first Muslim congresswomen ― just one of several milestones that will likely be re...

"Anti-immigrant narratives are not new in this country, especially for Mexicans. This has been happening for a long time."

@BitchMedia chats w/ @EileenTruax in this Q&A about her new book #HowDoesItFeelToBeUnwanted.

What We’re Reading: Eileen Truax on Reclaiming Dignity in Immigrant Narratives

Mexican journalist Eileen Truax’s books get to the heart of today’s vital immigration issues in the United States.

27 years ago, 1600 black women took out a full page ad in the NYT to show support for Anita Hill. I was 20 years old. I put $25 toward the price of the ad and signed my name.

Empowering women can start in your own home.

Let's remember to value unpaid care and domestic work performed by women today on #WifeAppreciationDay & every day!

"We cannot talk of human development without taking into account 50 percent of the population," said Selim Jahan, lead author of the recently released annual Human Development Index by @UNDP: via @Reuters

No women, no progress, development experts warn

Inequality in development presents a

Your identity is yours and yours alone. (artist: @hanashafi)

A group of young people in Dhaka, Bangladesh put stickers on more than 500 public vehicles telling women about a government helpline, to help make public transport safer for them: via @GlblCtzn

I Put Stickers on 500 Public Buses in Bangladesh to Tell Men to Take Their Hands Off Girls

Atika Shafa, 21, is part of a team of 10 young people trying to make transport safe for women.

Therefore, we can't underestimate #thepowerof youth. There is always room to include more youth voices! #NextGenNOW 2/2

Looking for free decor for your home or classroom? Check out these terrific posters celebrating women in science by designer Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya!

Free Posters Celebrating Mighty Women in Science

Six downloadable posters celebrating women in science perfect for displaying in classrooms and kids' rooms!

In efforts towards inclusive education, more focus is needed on girls with disabilities. But what challenges do these girls face, and how can they be addressed? @nsingal14 suggests routes forward: #EducateToEmpower

Making Girls with Disabilities Count in the Inclusive Education Agenda

By Dr Nidhi Singal, REAL Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

I pass newsstands every day but this was a first: a woman on the cover of EVERY $/biz magazine on the shelf. 💪 @Forbes @Inc @Entrepreneur @MONEY

"I belong anywhere in this universe." -Mae Jemison

Twenty-six years ago today, @maejemison became the first woman of color to go to space.

Surf's up! 🏄‍♀️ Female surfers have finally won the fight for equal pay: via @HuffPost

Female Surfers Finally Get Equal Prize Money In The World Surf League

It's about time!

The percentage of female pilots in India is now twice as high as in most Western countries, including the United States & Australia ✈️: via @Reuters

India soars above global average in hiring female airline pilots

India has the highest proportion of female commercial pilots in the world at 12 percent, despite the country’s patriarchal society

"As women, we grow up with many prejudices.

We should break them, commit to ourselves, persevere & have the courage to reach our goals."

-- Palmira Martínez, a blind professional runner from Mexico.

From where I stand: “Not being able to see was not an obstacle”

Palmira Martínez, a blind professional runner from Mexico, is among the 70,000 women who ran for gender equality as part of the largest 5K race for w...

United Nations in India welcomes the #SupremeCourt judgment striking down #Section377.

Read full statement here:

#Section377 #Sec377 #377Verdict

There are massive benefits when women support each other: protégés or mentees get more access to opportunities, sponsors get recognized as leaders, and organizations create a culture of support.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Women Supporting Each Other at Work

It can be career-changing.

On #ReadABookDay, make it one that inspires to advocate for women's rights!

Here's some encouragement from Virginia Woolf who became a feminist writer at a time when women were granted few rights:

Today we remember Marie Severin, the comic-book artist who drew some of pop culture’s most iconic characters. Because of Marvel’s boys’ club, however, Severin often went unsung, and her contributions are still less widely touted than others #UnsungSheroes

Remembering the Woman Who Changed Marvel Comics

Marie Severin, the trailblazing comic-book artist who drew some of pop culture’s most iconic characters, died Thursday at the age of 89.

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Some inspiration to take action for gender equality from @mbachelet, our 1st Executive Director, 1st woman to serve as Chile's president & incoming @UNHumanRights Chief:

Meet 19-year-old Tunisian girl Hayfa Sdiri, a rising role model who founded Entr @ crush, an online platform where female creators, entrepreneurs, & funders can connect: via @thenews_intl

Tunisian youth creates unique online platform to unite female entrepreneurs

Founder of Entr@crush, Tunisian Hayfa Sdiri hopes to wake up to a gender-unbiased world, where women enjoy the same opportunities as men.

Empowering women, empowers humanity. To achieve the #GlobalGoals we must leave no one behind. #TimeIsNow

The policing of women’s bodies must end. The “respect” that’s needed is for the exceptional talent ⁦@serenawilliams⁩ brings to the game. Criticizing what she wears to work is where the true disrespect lies.

'One Must Respect The Game': French Open Bans Serena Williams' Catsuit

The French Tennis Federation's president reportedly said attire like Williams' Wakanda-inspired outfit will no longer be accepted. "I think that somet...

#WaybackWednesday: Take a look back at these incredible photos of women at work throughout the years, showcasing their significance in the world's workforce: via @NatGeo

Inspiring Vintage Photos of Women Working Around the World

In honor of Women's Equality Day, we reflect on the significance of women in the world's workforce—and their continued battle against discrimination...

Have you met Emara? She doesn't wear spandex, skintight leather or masks -- instead, she dons a hijab. Emara is the first female Emirati superhero and she is fighting stereotypes

The Arab supergirl fighting crime and smashing stereotypes

Emara is the first homegrown female Emirati superhero. The genre-busting character, created by Fatma Almheiri, fights crime in the bustling streets o...

Happy 100th Birthday to Ms. Katherine Johnson, NASA human computer who calculated trajectories for the Apollo space missions by hand!

It's #MakeAChange Monday!

Who is your favorite feminist or social justice writer?

Aviator, 26, becomes Japan’s first female fighter pilot and fulfills lifelong dream:

Feminist = A person who believes in the political, economic & social equality of the sexes.

Boost your knowledge on women’s activism from generations past and present:

'Dance has done so much for me': the leader of Kenya's slum ballet school – podcast via @guardian

RT @worldbankmena: We asked young #Tunisian entrepreneurs to create apps that would help #women in rural areas with a myriad of challenges. These are the 5 winning ideas that resulted from the #EmpowerHer hackathon:

#EmpowerHer: Using Technology to Help Women and Young People in

It gives me great pride to continue supporting the mission of the World Bank Group to eliminate poverty in the World and empower disadvantaged people ...

"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made."Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is celebrating her 25th anniversary on the bench this month. #tbt

Turning the Tables - Women DJs Take on the Techno Boys’ Club -

According to experts, the legislation only applies to people with secondary sex characteristics that do not fit neatly into the category of “male” or “female.”

LGBTQ advocates say German third-gender choice does not go far enough - Women’s Media Center

Germans may soon be able to select a third gender option on their official identity records.

A group of Saudi women are making their voices heard through Nsawya FM (Feminism FM), a new anonymous online radio show that tackles domestic violence, male guardianship, & other women’s rights issues in the Gulf kingdom: via @GlblCtzn

Saudi Feminists Launch Underground Internet Radio Show

Topics include domestic violence, the male guardianship system, and greater women’s rights.

Powerhouse gymnast’s choice of leotard sends a powerful message: