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Holy trinity: English triplet babies are held by their grandmother, vicar and mother following their christening, 1942. Photo: Getty
The World’s Toughest Job may or may not be being a mother
By Amy Hawkins - 23 April 11:04

Being a mother is hard – but we don’t need a greetings card company to tell us that.

The chained fist of the statue celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the US. Photo: Getty
If you have ever taken a train in Britain, you have benefited from slavery
By Priyamvada Gopal - 23 April 10:09

The benefits of slavery have accrued down the generations, so why are we so nervous about the responsibility for the slave trade doing the same?

Venice seen from the air. Photo: Getty
All is not what it seems with Venice’s separatist vote
By Anna Cento Bull - 22 April 11:20

A flash in the pan, or the start of something big?

Oscar Pistorius in court. Photo: Getty
After Pistorius, South African media won't be the same again
By Anton Harber - 17 April 11:15

With cameras in court, new 24/7 news channels and no-holds-barred commentary on social media, the trial of Oscar Pistorius has shaken up the South African media.

Pro-life protesters in Washington, DC.
Pro-life organisations are sneaking in to the lives of vulnerable women
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 13:53

Women with unwanted pregnancies need support, not biased misinformation.

The London skyline from Hampstead Heath
Young creatives continue to flock to the capital, despite all the reasons not to
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 10:12

An enduring feeling of “cool” and a certain pack mentality mean that London is still the place to be for young and broke twenty-somethings.

Jeremy Kyle with his wife Carla Jermaine
When will Jeremy Kyle's day be done?
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 10:03

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been given a slap on the wrist by Ofcom, but will this signal the show's demise? One can dream.

Young women in Somalia take part in a discussion on FGM, February 2014. Photo: Getty
Zero-tolerance on FGM doesn’t have to be an attack on multiculturalism
By Reema Patel - 11 April 16:45

The problem is that many feel they have to pick a side. But we know that cultures are not as fixed and unchanging as powerful advocates within them may like to make out.

Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre.
The #SaveAnne campaign: trying to stop a lesbian asylum seeker being deported to Uganda
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 April 12:23

Anne Nassozi, who is currently detained in the Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre, will be deported to Uganda this evening despite the country's anti-gay legislation.

An LGBT pride march in Paris. Photo: Getty
We won't have truly equal marriage until we get rid of the spousal veto
By Helen Belcher - 04 April 10:34

Although gay couples can now marry, the law still distinguishes between heterosexual and same-sex marriages - and that can cause problems for trans people. 

The first challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage at Westminster Registry Office on 19 March 1992. Photograph: Stephen Mayes
It was a long fight for equal marriage – finally, it’s here
By Peter Tatchell - 28 March 14:52

Peter Tatchell looks back on decades of campaigning that have finally resulted in the first same-sex marriages.

2 in 3 smokers wish they could stop and 9 in 10 wish they had never started. Photo: Getty
Why we should ban the sale of cigarettes to people born after the year 2000
By Tim Crocker-Buqué - 28 March 12:21

Someone who starts smoking at age 15 is three times more likely to die of tobacco related cancer than someone who starts in their mid-20s.

Yashika Bageerathi (right) is a matter of months from completing her A levels. Photo: change.org
Save Yashika Bageerathi: why is the Home Office trying to deport a straight-A student?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 26 March 11:04

There is something unseemly about the haste with which the Home Office is trying to deport 19-year-old Yashika Bageerathi, who fled Mauritius with her family in 2012.

Anne Rice. Photo: Getty
Your book sucks: are authors being bullied with one-star Amazon reviews?
By Hayley Campbell - 17 March 14:31

Anne Rice thinks there are communities of “parasites” intent on dragging down writers by slating their books online. Is she right – and why are we such slaves to the star rating, anyway?

Pro-Russia Crimeans celebrating in Sevastopol. Photo: Getty
The Crimea vote is awkward for the west – but it isn’t unprecedented
By James Dawson - 17 March 12:22

Would a free vote have gone in Russia’s favour anyway?

An image from Tumblr's thinspiration tag.
Are ultra-thin fashion bloggers encouraging young women to starve themselves?
By Harriet Williamson - 14 March 11:23

Many sufferers of eating disorders love to look at the super-skinny stars of fashion blogging on Tumblr and Instagram. Does their adoration encourage their idols to stay thin – and should we do anything about the “thinspo” culture?

Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism project in the film “Shouting Back” by Dan Reed.
Everyday Sexism speech to the UN: “Sexism and sexual harassment is not a ‘women’s issue’ – it is a matter of human rights”
By Laura Bates - 13 March 14:45

To describe sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual violence as “women’s issues” side-lines and reduces them, neglects male victims and lets perpetrators off the hook. One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

We mustn’t forget the revolutionary roots of International Women’s Day
By Rebecca Winson - 08 March 10:00

Now marked with Google doodles and special shopping displays, in the early 20th century, International Women's Day was a fierce, worldwide campaign for worker's rights.

Cardiff City's owner, Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan. Photo: Getty
Are football’s authorities finally going to have to concede on supporter-owned clubs?
By Martin Cloake - 05 March 17:05

A report from a cross-party group of MPs could provide the much-needed impetus to clear away the mess around club ownership structures.

Women taking part in a 2011 Slutwalk. Photo: Chris Brown on Flickr, via Creative Commons
“I want my body back”: survivors’ stories of sex after rape
By Pavan Amara - 05 March 10:21

Rape survivors looking for help to cope with their bodies and sex after rape face a vacuum in the information and services available. Pavan Amara speaks to survivors who all wish they had known they weren’t the only ones.

Jonathan Ross and his wife Jane Goldman, a former Hugo Award winner. Photo: Getty
Jonathan Ross and the Hugo awards: why was he forced out by science fiction's self-appointed gatekeepers?
By Hayley Campbell - 04 March 12:10

A Twitter campaign forced Jonathan Ross to pull out of hosting an awards ceremony for science fiction books. Was it purely a reaction to his controversial jokes - or were some people more concerned with keeping SFF "pure"?

A camel rider passes in front of a fenced mangrove plantation along Eritrea's arid Red Sea coast. Photo: Getty
Meet the three Eritrean women who are taking on the regime
By Martin Plaut - 03 March 13:19

Feruz Werede, Selam Kidane and Meron Estefanos are finding ways of challenging one of the most repressive states in Africa.

Builders at work on a new hotel. Photo: Getty
Why do I earn less as a woman than I did as a man?
By Vanessa Austin Locke - 14 February 15:05

Rebekah Cameron is a 46-year-old trans woman working in one of the most male-dominated environments known to woman – construction. Since transitioning, she has found it necessary to price her work lower than before.

Facebook introduces choice of 50 genders – but why can't we write in our own?
By Abigail Brady - 14 February 9:54

The move has been acclaimed as a big step forward, but it was a deliberate and recent policy decision by Facebook to have imposed a gender binary, and the new options still don't give you the chance to write in your own.

Disabled people left in limbo while vital benefit decisions drag on
By Richard Kramer - 13 February 12:09

Of the 229,700 new claims made since the Personal Independence Payment was introduced in April last year, only 43,800 decisions have been made.

Gender and meaning: how do we talk about sex and equality?
By Roz Kaveney - 13 February 11:15

A response to <a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/lifestyle/2014/02/i-dont-feel-i-match-my-gen... piece</a> about how she experiences gender as a trap.

Avery Edison: how could Canada consider sending a trans woman to a male prison?
By Paris Lees - 12 February 17:44

A Briton detained by immigration officials in Canada was repeatedly referred to as "he" and sent to a male prison, despite holding a female passport. In 2014, why are so many authorities still so bad at dealing with trans people?

Why criminalise the possession of rape pornography?
By Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley - 12 February 14:34

It is time for a new law which places the cultural harms of pornography at its centre.

A prison made of flowers: how Valentine's Day sells us patriarchy disguised as romance
By Meghan Murphy - 12 February 12:25

After three waves of feminism, we're now being told subservience is "romantic". You can't be too hard on yourself, but you have to acknowledge the problem: so I will take those flowers and my boyfriend's coat, but I will keep my name, my goals, and my ind

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