This is the GenderEqual girlsCAN! Headlines page. Its purpose is to document the ways and frequency in which bias against females is harming our girls.

This page is necessary because many people—including many women—think that gender bias doesn't exist or that it doesn't affect them. The stories on this page demonstrate that gender bias does exist and that it's harming our girls every day, everywhere, directly or indirectly.

To achieve our goal of an America that values and n...urtures gender equality, we need to first stop denying that gender bias exists. The stories on this page provide the motivation to do that.

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girlsCAN! Headlines highlights how common gender bias is. Our girls face these challenges every day, and they won't change until we do something about it.

Check out what Facebook says doesn't violate its community standards on hate speech. Which means they don't think this image attacks a person based on, among other things, sex and gender. What century is FB living in? Because that seems pretty definitively anti-female to us.

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@girlsCANorg blog: How the Isla Vista Tragedy is Related to Our Society's Emphasis on Violence in Male Gender Roles

Once again we’re faced with a tragedy involving a male targeting females because of an unmet expectation of his perceived right to get, well, pretty much whatever it is he believes he has a right to get from females.

In this video excerpt, designer and actor Jessica Rey discusses the findings of a Princeton University study that reveals that males view bikini-wearing females as tools. Literally. As in hammers and screwdrivers.

Although it was a man who created the bikini, women have embraced the design as a way to liberate themselves from the symbolically—and physically—restrictive...

The downside of workplace gender discrimination has long-lasting effects, with the resulting financial hardships following women into their retirement.

The average 65+ woman lives on $16,040 a year compared to $27,612 for men, making women more than twice as likely to live below the poverty line.

Gender inequality doesn't end at the workplace. For many women, a pronounced gender gap haunts them through their retirement years.

The American Judicial system has once again sent a clear message to America’s girls: sexual assault—even rape—is no big deal.

The American Judicial system has once again sent a clear message to America’s girls: sexual assault—even rape—is no big deal.

It's good to see that politicians and other influential people are finally putting the spotlight on campus sexual assaults. Universities have a track record of subverting efforts to hold assaulters responsible for their crimes. This effort won't be the solution to the problem, but if actively support these initial efforts, it will go a long way towards eliminating sexual assaults against America's girls and women.…/white-house-releasing-plan-to-reduce-cam…/

After months of study, a task force convened by President Obama will announce a plan Tuesday to curb the epidemic of campus sexual assault, with the purpose of identifying the scope of the problem

06MAR14 – Massachusetts Legislature Passes 'Upskirting' Ban

Wow! That was quick! It only took a day for the MA legislature to make it illegal to take so-called 'upskirt' photographs or videos of women and children.

Way to to get with the times MA!

Massachusetts lawmakers Thursday passed a bill banning

05MAR14 – Massachusetts’ Highest Court Says Upskirt Photos Are Not Illegal

Massachusetts’ State Supreme Judicial Court has decided that a man snapping photos up a woman's skirt on a train didn't break the law.

Why? Because the woman wasn't "nude or partially nude", and wasn't in a place where she would expect to have privacy.


Other states have laws that makes this kind of behavior illegal, but Massachusetts' so-called Peeping Tom laws don't protect women from this kind of invasion of privacy.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruling did suggest that the act in this case should be illegal, but the way the law is currently written upskirting is not illegal.

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Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that man accused of secretly snapping photos up a woman’s skirt on an MBTA train did not break the law.

06JAN14 – Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet – Online writer Amanda Hess does a great job of explaining how cyber bullying affects the ability of girls and women to carry on a normal life. It's definitely worth the read if you want to be have a full understanding of how insidious and widespread gender discrimination is, and how it adversely affects the daily lives of all females.

"Ignore the barrage of violent threats and harassing messages that confront you online every day." That's what women are told.

11DEC13 – No movement for women at the top in corporate America.

We like to think that women are making progress in corporate America. But that's not the reality.

Check out the article below to find out what the trend really is and why.


Just as revealing, read the comments below the article to discover the beliefs that many people have that drive home why women have got very little chance of achieving equality at both the executive and working class levels.

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A new report by Catalyst finds no significant change in the number of women holding corporate board seats and executive officer positions in corporate America.

Thanks to a new website, it's easier than ever for women to bully women. Great, just what we need!

The old phrase “She’s a homewrecker” has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to a website that allows women to expose other women they allege are having affairs with their partners.

11NOV13 – Americans Still Prefer a Male Boss to a Female One – If Americans were taking a new job and had their choice of a boss, they would prefer a male boss over a female boss by 35% to 23%, although 40% would have no preference. These attitudes haven't changed much in recent years, but when Gallup first asked this question in 1953, 66% of Americans preferred a male boss, while just 5% preferred working for a woman.

What factors predict who is most comfortable with a man a...t the top of the office food chain? Sex, unsurprisingly—although this preference doesn’t play out in the way you might expect. Women are more likely than men to prefer both male bosses (40 percent versus 29 percent) and female bosses (27 percent versus 18 percent), while just over half of men are indifferent to the gender of their boss. This means that women are more likely to have a preference, but unfortunately that preference is to choose a male boss by 13 percentage points. Hmmm.

Check out the graph from the link to see how attitudes have changed over the past 60 years.

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These attitudes have not changed much in recent years, but when Gallup first asked this question in 1953, 66% of Americans preferred a male boss, while just 5% preferred working for a woman.

19OCT13 – Dear Prudence gets it right, feminists get it wrong – Emily Yoffe, better known as Slate’s Dear Prudence, is receiving a thrashing from many leading feminist writers for an article she wrote advocating that college girls and women should avoid getting so drunk that they can't protect themselves from predators that rely on alcohol to facilitate committing sexual assault. Yoffe’s original article is linked below, and a link to her article defending her position is here:

Her rebuttal article links to several pieces by the feminist writers who trounced her for her position in the original article. Bottom line: Emily is right, and the feminists who derided her are wrong; not teaching our girls how to protect themselves from real threats is a disservice to them, not to feminism.

In one awful high-profile case after another—the U.S. Naval Academy; Steubenville, Ohio; now the allegations in Maryville, Mo.—we read about a young woman, sometimes only a girl, who goes to a party and ends up being raped. As soon as the school year begins, so do reports of female students sexually...

8OCT13 – Fraternity in hot water over member’s advice on how to get “rape bait” – Georgia Tech's Phi Kappa Tau fraternity is in damage control mode thanks to an email one of its members sent out explaining how to lure "rape bait".

For those of you not in a frat, that translates to ‘girls' and 'women'. The fraternity placed itself on probation and has suspended the member who sent the email, blah, blah, blah.

Click the link below for story details.

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3OCT13 – Gender Affects Compensation for Nonprofit CEOs –

Despite all its benevolence, it turns out that not even the nonprofit sector is immune to gender discrimination. This time it's CEO compensation.

The 2013 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report reveals a disappointing although expected reflection of for-profit compensation practices in nonprofit org CEO compensation.


Check out the infographic to see how wide the pay disparity is.

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20SEP13 – How to design a city for women – Girls and women use cities differently–at least in Vienna, Austria–than boys and men do, and creating female-friendly infrastructure makes living there nicer for them. And that's what urban planners in Vienna did. Way to go Vienna!

Check out the original article here:…/how-design-city-wo…/6739/


Below is a link to Amanda Marcotte's observations on the original article.

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Writing for Atlantic Cities, Clare Foran takes a fascinating look at how Vienna, Austria redesigned its city to accommodate women. In 1999, city planners asked residents to fill out a survey about how they use public transportation, and found stark gender divides in how people spent their time—and t...

We were outraged by the British judge that accused a 13-year-old rape victim of being "predatory". Now, a Montana judge manages to lower the bar.

28AUG13 – Montana teacher gets 30 days in jail in rape of 14-year-old student who later kills herself – A mother in Montana is outraged that a high school teacher convicted of raping her 14-year-old daughter received only a month in prison, while her daughter took her own life.

According to the judge, G. Todd Baugh, the girl "seemed older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher.

A teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl receives only a month in prison -- while the girl kills herself.