US women soccer team secures equal-pay deal

A new equal-pay agreement between the United States men’s and women’s teams has been hailed as potentially “changing the game around the world”. US Soccer has announced the teams will pool their World Cup prize money, along with their share of television and sponsorship revenues. “These agreements have changed the game forever in the United States,” said US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone. “They have the potential to change the game around the world.” Women’s squad players filed a discrimination lawsuit in 2019 and a settlement, which included a $24m (£17.7m) payout, was reached on that earlier this year. US Soccer said … Continue reading US women soccer team secures equal-pay deal

Californian court declares law requiring women on boards unconstitutional

A Los Angeles court has said that a Californian law requiring companies to have up to three women on corporate boards is unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis said the law, passed in 2018, violated the right to equal treatment under the state and federal law. Secretary of State Shirley Weber’s office said she will review the ruling. Under the law companies faced fines of up to $300,000 (£240,000) for failures to meet the required representation. It called on all corporations headquartered in California to have at least one board member who identified as a women by the end of … Continue reading Californian court declares law requiring women on boards unconstitutional

Spain plans menstrual leave in new law for those with severe pain

Spain is planning to introduce medical leave for women who suffer from severe period pain, media reports suggest. A draft bill says women could have three days of leave a month, that can also be extended to five in some circumstances. But politicians warned that the draft, leaked to Spanish media outlets was still being worked on. If passed, it would be the first such legal entitlement in Europe. Only a handful of countries around the world have such legislation in place. The Spanish legislation is part of a much wider reproductive health reform which will include changes to the … Continue reading Spain plans menstrual leave in new law for those with severe pain

Distasteful: Adidas sports bra adverts banned over bare breasts

Adidas sports bra adverts that featured photographs of bare breasts have been banned for showing explicit nudity. Images of the breasts of dozens of women of various skin colours, shapes and sizes in a grid format appeared on a tweet and two posters. The Advertising Standards Agency found all three versions likely to cause widespread offence. Adidas said the adverts “show just how diverse breasts are” and therefore how important the correct sports bra is. A spokesperson for Adidas UK said it stood proudly behind the message which it continued to display on its website. The tweet was posted in February … Continue reading Distasteful: Adidas sports bra adverts banned over bare breasts

Security tightened around US court justices over abortion protests

US law enforcement agencies are beefing up security for Supreme Court justices after a leak suggested they may overturn legalized abortion. The US Marshals Service said on Monday it was helping the agencies normally tasked with the judges’ protection. A protest was held on Monday night at Justice Samuel Alito’s house in Alexandria, Virginia. Activists chanted: “Abort the court!” Rallies were held outside the homes of two other justices this weekend. On Saturday night, a group of about 100 people marched from the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to Chief Justice John Roberts’ house nearby in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Shut … Continue reading Security tightened around US court justices over abortion protests

Japan fast-food chain fires official over sexist comments

One of Japan’s most popular fast-food firms said on Tuesday that it had fired a top executive who reportedly suggested a marketing strategy of getting “virgins addicted” to the company’s products. Yoshinoya, which operates a chain of restaurants serving cheap beef bowls in Japan and abroad, did not immediately confirm the exact comments made by Masaaki Ito, who was a managing director. In a statement, the company said he had been fired for “extremely unacceptable words and deeds”. Ito reportedly said the firm should try to “get virgins addicted” to Yoshinoya’s food because “once men treat them to expensive meals … Continue reading Japan fast-food chain fires official over sexist comments

US actor Cuba Gooding Jr admits forcibly kissing waitress

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr has admitted forcibly kissing a woman, in a plea deal that is expected to bring criminal proceedings against him to an end. The Oscar winner pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour charge of forcibly kissing a waitress in a nightclub in 2018. He must continue counselling for six months and avoid any further arrests. If he does, he can rescind his plea and instead plead guilty to a lesser violation of harassment. If he does not, he could face a year in jail. Gooding Jr, 54, won an Oscar for his role in the 1996 film Jerry … Continue reading US actor Cuba Gooding Jr admits forcibly kissing waitress

Oklahoma lawmakers pass near-total ban on abortion

Lawmakers in Oklahoma have passed a bill that would impose a near-total ban on abortions in the state. The bill would criminalize performing an abortion in almost all cases, except where it could “save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency”. Medical professionals convicted under the laws face fines of up to $100,000 (£76,505) and 10 years in prison. It comes as the US Supreme Court weighs a case that could overturn abortion rights across the US later this year. Oklahoma’s House of Representatives, in which Republicans hold a supermajority, voted to send the bill to the … Continue reading Oklahoma lawmakers pass near-total ban on abortion

Police find five foetuses at the home of US anti-abortion activist

Five foetuses have been discovered in a Washington home reportedly belonging to an anti-abortion activist, police say. Lauren Handy, 28, is a leader of the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) group and describes herself as a “Catholic anarchist”. Police said they were investigating a “potential bio-hazard material” when the foetuses were found. Ms Handy was separately indicted on Wednesday for forcing entry into an abortion clinic in 2020. She was photographed outside the address on Wednesday as investigators removed items from the basement in bags and coolers. She told local news outlet WUSA9 that “people would freak out when they heard” … Continue reading Police find five foetuses at the home of US anti-abortion activist

British woman awarded cash after boss’s menopause comments

A woman who was unfairly dismissed from her job after her male employer shouted that “she must be on her menopause” has been awarded £20,000. Leigh Best, 54, was dismissed as a sales assistant for pet food retailer Embark on Raw, based near Billericay, Essex, for raising Covid-19 safety concerns, an employment tribunal found. It said she was harassed due to her age and sex and she was victimized. This left her feeling “humiliated and mortified” by her treatment, it found. The total amount she was awarded at the East London Hearing Centre was £20,057.74. This included £680 for loss of … Continue reading British woman awarded cash after boss’s menopause comments

US women’s national team reach agreement with US soccer over equal pay

United States forward Alex Morgan says a “monumental step forward” has been taken after the women’s national team (USWNT) reached agreement with governing body US Soccer on equal pay. The players will receive $24m  (£17.7m) and US Soccer has pledged equal pay for the men’s and women’s teams across all competitions, including the World Cup. All 28 squad members filed a discrimination lawsuit in March 2019. “It is an incredible day,” Morgan told Good Morning America. The two-time World Cup winner added: “This is just such a monumental step forward in feeling valued, feeling respected and just mending our relationship with US … Continue reading US women’s national team reach agreement with US soccer over equal pay

Sandesh Jhingan faces flak for sexist comment after match

An Indian footballer has been criticized by fans for a sexist comment he made after his club drew an Indian Super League (ISL) match over the weekend. “I have played a match with women,” Sandesh Jhingan said in a short video shot as he was leaving the ground. He apologised a day later after the comparison – which implies women players are inferior – drew a backlash. But rival fans have flooded his Instagram page with anger and abuse. A lot of the abuse, ironically, is sexist in nature and some of it has even been aimed at his wife. … Continue reading Sandesh Jhingan faces flak for sexist comment after match