Clothes should empower you at work’: Our new columnist Isabel Spearman on the lessons she learnt advising Samantha Cameron

As for what a working woman should always keep in her desk drawer? “A spare pair of tights, because there is nothing worse – well, of course there are many more things worse but if you have to go into a big meeting and you have a ladder in your tights…


‘No doesn’t really mean no’: North Carolina law means women can’t revoke consent for sex

One Monday in January, Aaliyah Palmer, 19, spent several hours telling law enforcement in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that she had been raped. Things started out OK, she said, in a consensual encounter in a bathroom. But when the man having sex with her began tearing out her hair, she demanded he stop; he didn’t.

Shebah is the women-only ride sharing service we should not need – but do

There are always a few hiccups when a start-up launches, but the founder of female-only ride sharing company Shebah wasn’t expecting 45 minutes of abuse from a customer when her app didn’t work properly on its launch date. “She tore strips off me,” says Georgina McEncroe, who launched Shebah only three months ago.


Want to succeed in tech? Try not to be a woman… | John Naughton

In front of me as I write this is a photograph. It’s an interior shot of one of the buildings on Facebook’s campus in California. It looks as big as an aircraft hangar, except that it has steel pillars at regular intervals. The pillars are labelled to enable people to find their desks.


Leader of Britain’s Women’s Equality Party to run for office against men’s rights activist

Leader of the Women’s Equality Party Sophie Walker holds a copy of the party’s Election manifesto during the launch at the party’s headquarters on May 12, 2017 in London, England. (Leon Neal/Getty Images) Sophie Walker, a 46-year-old former journalist and the leader of Great Britain’s fledgling Women’s Equality Party, is running for office in the Shipley voting district near Baildon, England.


Fighting for their rights: meet the heroic teens battling period taboos in Nepal

“I wasn’t allowed to comb my hair, look in the mirror, attend school, read and write.”


6 sexual rights many girls and young women in Guatemala are unaware of – until they meet these women

A worker for Abriendo Oportunidades leads a discussion in Guatemala. (Facbook) PANAJACHEL, GUATEMALA – For most, sex education brings back memories of stuffy classrooms, sweaty palms, and barely-muffled giggles at anatomical buzzwords. But for the female mentors of Abriendo Oportunidades (AO), a non-governmental organization in rural Guatemala, sex-ed isn’t a lesson in embarrassing demonstrations or awkwardly drawn diagrams – it’s a lesson in human rights.


Priyanka Chopra accused of immodesty for showing legs in photo with Indian P.M.

Priyanka Chopra meeting with Narendra Modi, prime minister of India. (Instagram) Megastar actress Priyanka Chopra has been bombarded with accusations of immodesty after sharing a picture of herself meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week.