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How Much Should Sex Matter?

Jenna Talackova reached the finals of Miss Universe Canada [in March], before being disqualified because she was not a “natural born” female. The tall, beautiful blonde told the media that she had considered herself a female since she was four years old, had begun hormone treatment at 14, and had sex reassignment surgery at 19. […]

The Gender Pay Gap

The Gender Pay Gap

        Wages: The Truth About Inequality, 4 April by Gernot Bauer and Robert Treichler The allegedly scandalous wage discrimination on the basis of gender does not exist to the extent that is claimed. Yet maintaining a sense of victimhood makes it easier for women politicians of all stripes to push through their […]

The Next Big Thing …

Look around! Women leaders are everywhere: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Then our three Nobel Peace laureates: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and activists Leymah Gbowee, also of Liberia, and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen. It’s hard not […]

Gender Justice

Gender Justice

 The judiciary is female, Aug 4.  by Maria Sterkl Men no longer set the tone in the Austrian judiciary: the majority of judges are female. […] At the beginning of the 80s, less than one in ten judges was female (in the Tyrol only one in twenty). Ten years ago, the proportion of women stood at […]

Celebrating Equal Pay

When my then-boyfriend called me a feminist six years ago, I have to say I cringed.  Subsequent efforts by friends to equate my belief that women deserve the same opportunities, the same pay, and the same rights as men with the loaded term “feminism,” continued to leave me uncomfortable and unconvinced. Why should something that […]

Book Review: The Triple M of Organizations, by Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

Deconstructing Discrimination Austria seems like a good place to start when one sets out to examine gender equality at the workplace: The number of women on advisory boards and in top management positions is as low as the pay gap between the sexes is high, and childcare facilities for young children and infants are next […]

Austrian Gender Gap Still Wide on Pay

Austria still has not succeeded in closing its gender gap, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2010 published on Oct. 12 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), an international think tank headquartered in Geneva and widely known for its annual meeting in Davos. The Alpine Republic ranked 37th in gender equality, according to the […]

New Age Stage Play

On a cold, windy night, there seemed no cozier place to be than the small, reconverted butcher shop on Kirchengasse. The shiny, enveloping black cushions beckoned from the center of the floor as the audience, a small but enthusiastic group of students and middle-aged couples, trickled in one by one. “The Lovely and Talented Ms. […]

Young Ad Skeptics

Young Ad Skeptics

Pouty, come-hither glossy lips, seductively made up, half-opened eyes, and a glamorous cascade of shiny hair… No, this is not the opening scene of a movie, but an advertisement for Tally Weijl, in broad daylight, in the middle of the city. No big thing. Hordes of people are just walking by the ad, not even […]

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