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Women’s Daily Dispatch: The news you need to know on 20/4/18

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As part of our Visible Women initiative, brings you the Women’s Daily Dispatch: your daily digest of international news relating to women. It’s the good, bad, inspiring and urgent stories you need to know from around the world, all wrapped up in one bitesize piece.  

In today’s Dispatch: the shocking state of gender parity in science; TIME magazine names record number of women in list of world’s most influential people; women in Saudi Arabia teach each other how to drive to avoid overcharging; and a video of a woman arrested by the ‘morality police’ in Iran causes controversy.

Shocking stats highlight lack of gender parity in science

It could be decades – or even centuries – until we reach gender parity in science, new research suggests.

We all know gender parity in science is bad – but what you might find more shocking is how long it may take us to close the gap.

A new analysis of 10 million research papers found a “persistent dominance of male writers”, with men “particularly monopolising the senior author credits in big-name journals”. 

“Despite recent progress, the gender gap appears likely to persist for generations,” the team writes. “The gender gap will not close without further reforms in education, mentoring and academic publishing.”

And while progress towards gender parity was happening in areas such as nursing and midwifery, other areas would not reach parity for “decades or even centuries”. 

The study’s authors say that “reforms to academic publishing and peer review, better parental leave and affirmative action during recruitment” would help move towards parity – but that progress could still be slow. 

Read more at Times Higher Education. 

TIME magazine names record number of women in list of world’s most influential people

Tarana Burke, one of TIME’s most influential people of the year. 

TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world has just been released  – and there’s a record number of women on it. 

2018’s list contains 40 women – including New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, activist and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, rapper Cardi B, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and actor Meghan Markle. 

Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown is the youngest person to ever feature on the list, aged just 14. 

TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said that the list is “a reflection of its moment”, and that the increased presence of women indicates that women are “leading out loud, and inspiring others to do the same”. 

Read more at here

Women in Saudi Arabia teach each other how to drive to avoid overcharging

Driving lessons for women cost nearly six times as much for women as men in Saudi Arabia, where the law on women driving is set to change in June. 

Women will finally be able to drive in Saudi Arabia in June – and many women are gearing up for the change in law, signing up for driving lessons.

But many women in the country noticed that lessons cost six times more for women than men; lessons that cost £100 for men could cost as much as £1,200 for women.

So Saudi women took the problem into their own hands – by offering each other lessons for free. “Are there any volunteers who are ready to train others to drive for free?” one woman wrote on Twitter, prompting a hashtag, #iam_ready_to_train_you, where experienced drivers could offer lessons to affordable learners. 

“I’m ready to train in Riyadh,” one woman wrote. “With moral support for every girl who feels intimidated by driving or has any kind of phobia from driving in the streets. We help and we support. No for exploitation and no waiting lists.”

Read more at ELLE

Video of a woman arrested by the ‘morality police’ in Iran causes controversy

Footage of a woman being arrested by the ‘morality police’ in Iran has caused outrage after being leaked online.

The woman was allegedly tackled to the ground because her hijab was “too loose”; the video shows her being pushed to the ground and her face being slapped while she screams at the officer to let her go. 

The enforcement of the garment is a hotly debated topic in the country. Several years ago, men in Iran began taking selfies of themselves in hijabs with female relatives and friends with their heads uncovered to protest the use of force against women by the morality police. 

“How could this treatment be justified?” wrote Masoumeh Ebtekar, vice-president for women’s affairs in the country. “Even if they were insulted, should the police react like this? I categorically condemn this behaviour and will pursue the matter. This is a harsh and anti-religious treatment that no human deserves.”

Read more at The Guardian

Throughout 2018, Stylist is raising the profiles of brilliant women past and present – and empowering future generations to follow their lead – with our Visible Women campaign. See more from Visible Women here.  

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