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Angelina: Strong women ‘learn from men around them’

Angelina: Strong women ‘learn from men around them’

Entertainment
Angelina Jolie has championed the role men can play in shaping the personalities of young girls.The actress, who stars in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, also said female characters in films should not have to be portrayed as physically tough in order to be considered strong."I think that, so often, when a story's told which says 'this is a strong woman', she has to beat the man, or she has to be like the man, or she has to somehow not need the man," Jolie told journalists at the film's launch.Referring to her own character in the film and Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, Jolie said: "We both very much need and love and learn from the men. "And so I think that's also an important message for young girls, to find their own p...

Report reveals widespread abuse of women during childbirth

Health
A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in The Lancet medical journal says women in Nigeria, Myanmar, Ghana and Guinea also experienced high rates of cesarean sections and surgical cuts to the vagina, or episiotomies, without their consent — and often without a painkiller. "Mistreatment during childbirth can amount to a violation of human rights, and could be a powerful disincentive from seeking facility-based maternity care," the study said in a discussion of similar research. The new study led by the World Health Organization followed more than 2,000 women
Defeat for women in state pension age challenge

Defeat for women in state pension age challenge

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Campaigners have lost a significant legal battle against the government's handling of the rise in women's state pension age.The retirement age for women rose from 60 to 65, in line with men, and will go up to 66 by 2020, and to 67 by 2028.Women born in the 1950s claim the rise is unfair because they were not given enough time to make adjustments to cope with years without a state pension.They argued the changes were discrimination, but judges disagreed. The fight over women's state pensions State pension age to rise to 68 In a summary of the court's decision, the judges said: "There was no direct discrimination on grounds of sex, because this legislation does not treat women less favourably than men...
Yahoo engineer hacked thousands of women to steal sexual images

Yahoo engineer hacked thousands of women to steal sexual images

Technology
A software engineer at Yahoo stole sexual videos and images from thousands of young women's accounts while working at the company.Reyes Daniel Ruiz, who is no longer employed by Yahoo, pleaded guilty on Monday to using his work access to Yahoo's systems to target the women. The 34-year-old from Tracy, California, accessed 6,000 Yahoo accounts including those of personal friends and work colleagues, US prosecutors said.He used his access to their credentials to then attempt to access their iCloud, Facebook, Gmail, and DropBox accounts to search for additional material.When Yahoo discovered Ruiz's activity he destroyed the computer and hard drive he had used to store the material he had stolen, according to the US Attorney's office in the Northern District of California. ...
Free salary negotiation classes for women aim to narrow the pay gap

Free salary negotiation classes for women aim to narrow the pay gap

Finance
When Marie Villegas, 46, an IT project manager, was about to start a new position with the Department of Defense contractor she works for, she Googled "salary negotiation tips.""I knew my responsibilities would increase, but I wasn't sure how to actually ask for more money," she said.That's how Villegas learned about a free salary negotiation session coming up that weekend in Washington, D.C., where she lives. It was geared toward equipping women with tools and tactics to lobby for more pay and better benefits.Villegas left the workshop with a plan. That same day, she emailed her manager to request a meeting. When they met, she laid out her points and he was receptive, she said, and agreed to meet her in the middle.While Villegas didn't get the $ 20,000 raise she asked for, she was offered...