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'Putting female talent forward will break the glass ceiling' Servane Mouazan is the founder of Ogunte, the organisation campaigning for a better world, powered by women. She tells Marie Claire her vision for the future of women in the workplace - and why compromise isn't an option. How would you describe Ogunte? 'Ogunte is an organisation that provides connections, training and executive coaching to women social entrepreneurs through community projects, enterprises, charities and campaigns. We run a business incubator, an angels network, and annual awards to promote women's achievements. How did you come up with the concept? I was working in community development in various countries and realised that although there were networks for women in business, there was not much around women who wanted to impact on society and the environment.

In our network, although women's issues are very important, we focus more on the impact they have in society, and how can accelerate this impact. What's the aim of Ogunte? Beauty Ads Make Women Feel Ugly, Study Says. China’s Entrenched Gender Gap. Clothes, Cameras and Coffee: Dressing Up - Fashion and Feminism. The words ‘fashion’ and ‘feminism’ may share the same initial letter, but according to some they are just too opposite ever to be reconciled. With all due respect, that’s rubbish.

They might be on different sides of the coin, but there is (or at least should be) nothing stopping a feminist from being interested in and engaged with fashion. As I've mentioned before, I define myself as a liberal feminist – believing primarily in equality between the genders. For me feminism is about challenging various archaic expectations and assumptions. It’s what I like to refer to as a choice and a voice (for a more extended definition, please see my piece How to be a Woman). I’m also a great fashion lover. However, traditional feminist rhetoric has often painted fashion merely as a way of controlling women.

When talking about fashion, it is assumed that only one of two views can be adopted. And yet, the Internet has increasingly allowed for a wider range of aesthetics and looks to be celebrated. Etude beauté 2012. Girl From Famous 1981 Lego Ad Has a Few Things to Say About Today's Gendered Toys. We often wonder: Who do the kids in our favorite ads become when they grow up? Well, Lori Day, founder of the Brave Girls Alliance, snagged an interview with the girl from the famous 1981 Lego ad (above left) that recently recaptured the zeitgeist—and your Facebook feed—as a protest against the Lego Friends line and the world of pink princesses in general. Her name is Rachel Giordano. She's 37 now, and a doctor. In the 1981 ad, which we've written about before, she proudly shows off her own creative Lego creation next to the headline, "What it is is beautiful.

" The copy makes no mention of gender, and the toy is described as a "universal building set. " The new Lego Friends line, on the other hand, comes with narratives intended to appeal to girls, like the Heartlake News Van you see Giordano holding in the other photo above, taken recently. I agree, but let's be frank. Prada's Miu Miu elicits emotions with new female-focused film. Miu Miu's "Le Donne della Vucciria" Prada-owned Miu Miu is eliciting consumers’ emotions through a new female-focused film that tells the story of a dressmaker in Sicily. The sixth and newest addition to “The Women’s Tales” series is titled “Le Donne della Vucciria” and focuses on the relationships of Sicilian dressmakers. Since the film goes beyond just the Miu Miu brand and tells a story, it is likely to appeal to more consumers than just brand enthusiasts.

“The Women’s Tales videos illustrate a genuine and interesting view into the Miu Miu brand,” said Amanda Rue, strategist at Carrot Creative, New York. “They are artistic short films that seem to effortlessly communicate the essence of Miu Miu,” she said. “It is quietly presented by Miu Miu instead of an overt online brand video advertisement. Ms. Miu Miu did not respond by press deadline. Costume change The film begins with a woman working at a sewing machine, while a man hammers away at a doll. Video still Like this article? Q&A: Lydia Maurer on femininity. Dressed in the new SS13 season, Lydia Maurer exudes the same confidence as her designs. "Where could I bring Paco Rabanne?

The brand already had such a strong identity, but that was always directly connected to the 60s," she says. The task of reviving a brand remembered in such a singular manner was never going to be an easy one. Its relaunch in 2005, with Patrick Robinson at the helm steered too wayard of the brand's DNA, whilst successor Manish Arora made a faithful, if almost too religious interpretation. Using classic Paco Rabanne signposts, fluidity and soft femininity have been segued into the house's vocabulary. Dazed Digital: What were the inspirations and what were you determined to show in your debut season? DD: There must be a huge archive you have access to; have you discovered elements that have an effect on what you're doing with the house today?

DD: How did you develop the shapes? DD: Mr Rabanne also worked closely with 60s 'It' girls. DD: What attracted you to fashion? The Female Factor - Series - International Herald Tribune. For China, a New Kind of Feminism By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW The arrival of the "Lean In" movement derived from Sheryl Sandberg's contemporary manifesto has given a new focus to feminism in China. September 18, 2013worldNews Afghan Policewomen Say Sexual Harassment Is Rife By ALISSA J. An unpublished United Nations report found that 70 percent of the policewomen interviewed had personally experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence.

September 17, 2013worldNews Feminism a Good Fit for One 'Good Muslim Boy' By KATRIN BENNHOLD Being a man, a practicing Muslim and the son of Pakistani immigrants might make Nazir Afzal an unlikely feminist to some, but that’s what the chief prosecutor for northwestern England calls himself. September 11, 2013worldNews In the City, Sex Isn't Everything By LUISITA LOPEZ TORREGROSA Just a month ago, Christine C. September 4, 2013usNews A Moniker Only a Mister Could Like August 28, 2013worldNews Democrats Put Hope in Texas Star August 14, 2013usNews August 7, 2013worldNews. The League of Extraordinary Women 2012. The World of Digital Beauty. Training Feminism's Next Wave. The Suffragette Summer School, a two-day feminist training camp taking place in in mid-September, will provide strategic advice as it instructs participants in the art of nonviolent protest. The camp’s promotional material promises to help “budding Pussy Rioters” hone headline-grabbing techniques.

Weary of more conventional methods of campaigning, its young organizers hope to inspire a new generation of feminists with the same dynamism that saw the original suffragettes chain themselves to railings to secure the vote. “There are creative ways in which ordinary people can put feminist issues into the mainstream agenda,” Kat Banyard, the founder of UK Feminista, the group organizing the summer school, explains. “Direct action doesn’t have to be illegal. It is really important that people are confident about their legal right to protest.” “Until recently, the only time that feminism was mentioned in the press was to remind us all that it was still dead,” she says. Ms. Women Battle Online Anti-Women Hate From the 'Manosphere' <br/><a href=" US News</a> | <a href=" Business News</a> Copy Deep in the underbelly of the Internet is a hidden corner known as the "Manosphere"— a collection of websites, Facebook pages and chat rooms where men vent their rage and spew anti-women rhetoric.

Protected by the anonymity of the Internet, men feel free to post hateful and violent comments. Posts such as "I really wouldn't mind shooting a [expletive] dead in the face, they are evil, all of them," and "Women are the natural enemies of men" are commonplace on sites like "A Voice for Men," a Manosphere blog run by Paul Elam. Elam told ABC News' "20/20" that while he may not agree with some of the comments that are made on his site, he believes men are society's victims and need a forum to vent. "There has been a change in the world, especially in the last 50 years. Elam explained that men leave these comments in the Manosphere to get people to listen.

Women Were the Trending Topic of the Games | Playbook. U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas waves from the medal stand as Russian gymnast and bronze medallist Aliya Mustafina stands beside her in this Aug. 2 photo. Douglas enjoyed the largest percentage increase in social media mentions during the 2012 Summer Games. Photo: Gregory Bull/AP Who were the most talked-about athletes in the 2012 Summer Games? If we’re talking daily mentions across the most active social media networks, that honor goes to Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, Usain Bolt, Ryan Lochte, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings. Pretty predictable, as they were some of the biggest winners at the Games. A more striking measure of social media success is the percentage of increase in mentions. The five athletes with the greatest percentage increase in mentions were women, most of whom didn’t have a large fan base prior to the Games.

Unfortunately, people were as likely to discuss their physical appearance as their athletic prowess. So true.