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The Force awakens Hasbro
Hasbro has again come under fire for failing to include a female action hero in its merchandise.

Star Wars action figures and Monopoly games for The Force Awakens did not include Rey, the female main character. The oversight prompted a #WheresRey social media campaign that led Hasbro to claim they hadn't wanted to spoil a plot line - even though pre-movie promotions featured Rey as a central character.

Hasbro has been similarly criticized for omissions for Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise. The company sells Disney princess merchandise. In January Hasbro indicated it will offer a Rey Monopoly character "later this year."
Source: Vox

Compiled by Mikki Morrissette


Don't underestimate Black Mambas
In South Africa, the 26-member Black Mambas - the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit - is keeping the vulnerable rhinoceros population alive at Kruger National Park. While a nearby reserve has already seen 23 rhinos killed, Kruger Park has only seen three killings so far this year. One reason for their success, said one of them, Sophiwe, "[Men] underestimate us. [They say,] 'These are women, they cannot do anything.'"

Sophiwe is protecting the wildlife for her future generations. "I don't want my kids to hear there was a rhino. I want them to experience it, to feel the nature, the love of nature."
Source: Face 2 Face Africa

U.S. gender inequality appalls human rights team
The United Nations sent human rights experts to the U.S. in December specifically to assess how women are treated - and they reported "deeply disturbing" patterns and "missing rights" for women. The gender pay gap, maternity leave policy, lack of affordable child care, treatment of female migrants and prisoners, unbalanced campaign fundraising for women candidates, lack of federal gun laws to protect women from domestic violence, and terroristic methods around reproductive rights puts the U.S. below international human rights standards. The U.S. ranks 72nd in the percentage of female lawmakers - behind Rwanda, Mexico, Uganda, Pakistan and most developed nations.
Source: Huffington Post

Grading for attractiveness
According to economic researchers in Denver, women rated as less attractive get lower grades not due to intelligence, but professor bias. The researchers used a sample of more than 5,000 student photos that were rated for attractiveness, and compared them with more than 100,000 grades, with control factors such as ACT scores to control for ability. Physical appearance affected the grades of women, not men. Both men and women professors tended to give less attractive females lower grades. The disparity did not exist for students taking online classes.
Source: Salon

Stop saying 'sorry': There's an app for that
The Chrome app store now features a Just Not Sorry extension, which highlights self-demeaning phrases and words as if they are spelling errors. Quotes from women explain the offending terms: "'Just' shrinks your power." "Using sorry makes you appear unfit for leadership." The CEO of Cyrus Innovation, which specializes in women-led companies, got the idea after seeing many women leaders discredit their own opinions instead of being direct.
"When someone uses one of these qualifiers, it minimizes others confidence in their ideas, " she said.
Source: Slate

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