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Two surfers, same waves. But people aren’t cool with the difference in pay.

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Over the weekend, surfers competed in the Ballito Pro, which takes place in South Africa’s east.

In the Billabong Junior Series, the under-18 mens winner was Indonesia’s Rio Waida, while the womens competition was won by South Africa’s Zoe Steyn.

While the news would invite congratulations, a Facebook post showing the two winners has angered people. 

As the photo shows, Waida received 8,000 SAR ($577), while Steyn — who was standing right beside him — received exactly half of that. It’s… not a good look.

“Did the girls surf a different ocean that was easier we don’t know about? This is pathetic,” reads one comment.  Read more…

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Michelle Obama is tired of seeing men ‘fail up’

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When Michelle Obama walked onto the stage of Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium Saturday evening, the crowd let loose screams of joy usually reserved for rock stars. 

Audience members, who’d spent the day talking about gender equality as part of the United State of Women summit, listened raptly for 40 minutes as Obama, in conversation with Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross, shared what amounted to life lessons you’d expect from one of the most beloved first ladies in recent history. And when the discussion turned political, Obama got very real. 

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Why teenage boys don't want to call themselves feminists

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Identifying as a feminist is, for many of us, synonymous with believing in gender equality. But, for teenage boys in the UK, it’s not quite so straightforward. 

British teenage boys don’t want to refer to themselves as feminists, even though they believe in gender equality. Their reasons for distancing themselves from the word are far-reaching and complex. 

Recent research by the National Citizen Service (NCS) found only 11 percent of teen boys call themselves feminists, despite the fact that 88 percent of them believe in feminismRead more…

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Women in this country are marching for their right to go out

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On Jan. 21, the world was taken over by women’s marches. Or so it seems. 

While America marched against President Trump, Indian women took to the streets to reclaim their right to public spaces. 

What started as a Facebook thread following the Bangalore mass-molestation on New Year’s Eve has now snowballed into a nationwide movement called ‘I Will Go Out’.

More than 20 Indian cities including the national capital of New Delhi, metros Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, and even smaller towns like Bhopal and Lucknow, witnessed hordes of women across age groups spilling out on the streets with placards and posters bearing strong messages against sexual harassment and gender inequality. Read more…

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7 strategies for raising confident girls in the Trump era

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For girls, women and their allies who believe in gender equality, the presidency of Donald J. Trump marks a terrifying moment in modern American history. 

With President Obama’s departure, the White House loses a man who wrote emphatically about being a feminist and focused on policies that provided equal opportunity to all girls and women. 

Trump, on the other hand, insists he respects and champions women, but has made a sport out of rating their physical appearance and was recorded making comments that indicate he’s sexually assaulted women. He also gleefully threatened to imprison Hillary Clinton, the first woman to run for president on behalf of a major political party. Read more…

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People are hating on India's national airline for wanting to reserve seats for women

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In what is possibly a world’s first, India’s national carrier Air India will now be reserving seats for women. 

Six seats in the front rows of domestic flights will be blocked without any additional cost, The Hindu reported.

For a while now, buses, trains and even auto-rickshaws in India have had special seats for women, but this is the first time that an airline is implementing it. 

An Air India official has reportedly said, “We feel, as national carriers, it is our responsibility to enhance comfort level to female passengers.” 

The policy will take effect on Jan. 18. Read more…

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