Serial. Making a Murderer. The Ted Bundy Tapes. There’s no doubt about it: True Crime is big business. Every week there seems to be some new crime podcast or Netflix show that’s got us hooked. So, what’s driving us to consume all this crime content, and what might it be doing to us? It’s nothing...
When accusations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh made headlines earlier this year, victim support networks were inundated with calls. Triggering painful memories of past traumas in survivors of assault, hotlines such as the The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) in the United States saw an astounding 388 percent increase in traffic over...
It’s the go-to Friday night – open a bottle of Pinot, order UberEats and settle in for an evening of Breaking Bad. And all over the country, thousands of others are doing exactly the same thing. Over 1.2 million Kiwis tuned into Netflix in 2017 according to Nielsen, and another 810,000 to its main competitor,...
We’re providing opportunities to support women to develop into leaders now and in the future, while at the same time building our diversity of thought to mitigate any potential effects of conscious and unconscious bias towards women.” Nikhil Ravishankar – Chief Digital Officer at Vector Every year, Vector’s Women in Leadership is held to help empower women to strive for higher roles in […]
HOW WE CAN HELP OUR YOUNG GIRLS ACHIEVE EQUALITY The discussion around gender inequality and gender diversity in the workplace has been all over the news lately. Again. As one sign at a recent rally said ‘I can’t believe I am still having to protest this s**t’. Feminism has moved on and on. From the...
Yolanda Ramke is no stranger to playing varying roles within the film industry, having been credited in various Australian productions as an actress, props assistant, producer and most recently, a screenwriter and co-director. Her first feature film, Cargo, is achieving landmarks in the Australasian entertainment scene, becoming the first ever Australian Netflix Original Film and...
These are the women challenging creative inequality The series of allegations against movie producer, Harvey Weinstein ignited protest movements across the world against sexual harassment and assault within the film industry. But such incidents are not just confined to Hollywood. For women in creative fields, both misogyny and abuse are not uncommon. In a predominantly...
Written by Claire Moore New Zealand has its own lost generation. During the 1960s and 70s, thousands of New Zealand children were taken from their mothers and given to a new family in a ‘closed adoption’. These children are now adults and many of them have found, and some are still looking for, their birth parents. […]
Birth control is something most of us are relatively familiar with whether it’s the pill, the implant or an IUD around 70 per cent of the female population of New Zealand are on some form of birth control. Along with preventing pregnancy birth control can often be used to treat period pain and even acne. […]
Having children is said to be one of life’s most fulfilling experiences. But for many women, it’s also one of the worst career moves they can make. Less likely to be hired and more likely to earn less, women who choose to have children often do so at the expense of their careers. Identified as […]
Making a name for yourself in the business world can be hard for women, whether you are looking to branch out with your own company or make your way up the ranks. This is why we need women supporting women in all areas of business. Successful serial entrepreneur, award-winning mentor and founder of SheEO, Vicki […]
TW: Mention of sexual assault Rape culture in New Zealand is a topic of conversation few people like to talk about, but it is one that needs to be discussed. New Zealand’s youth experience it in class, in public and most frequently, on the internet; it is becoming the norm. The lines between what […]
Ever since women started working outside the home, the glass ceiling has dominated discussions of success. In the past, advice given to women looking to move past this invisible barrier and progress their career was often centred on them adapting their behaviour to suit the workplace. Now, however, experts are putting the onus on workplaces […]
Characterised as “the perfect food” for newborns by the World Health Organisation, breastfeeding is slowly but surely on the rise. With the latest statistics from Unicef showing a 20 percent increase or higher in breastfeeding rates across 25 countries, more women than ever are nursing in countries like the United States and New Zealand. Despite a […]
Wherever you walk, you see people on their phones: scrolling in the supermarket, double tapping in the dentist’s waiting room and typing in traffic. It is safe to say that as a society we are addicted to seeing the world through our phones. As a result of this addiction, the internet has become a different […]
For many women, the dream of having children and a family starts at an early age. Gifted with dolls, miniature houses and toy kitchen utensils, motherhood is carefully and subtly presented as a goal all women should aspire to. But this is not every woman’s dream – neither is it a dream all women can […]
Inspiration comes in many different forms, for 18 women it came when they noticed a problem, or a challenge, that needed to be overcome and they used their skills, passions and drive to make that happen. We wanted to celebrate these heroines who inspire and empower us to not only believe there can be change...
It’s a medical procedure thousands of Kiwi women undergo each year. Yet in 2017, it is still illegal. Divisive, controversial and politically charged, the topic of abortion has long been a subject of contention. Reaching its peak of controversy in the 1970s and 1980s when pro-life and pro-choice protesters collided outside the New Zealand parliament,...
“I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.” Many of us experience cramps, mood swings or discomfort during our periods – with up to 85 per cent of us experiencing PMS , but for women living with PMDD these symptoms can control their entire lives Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), affects between three and ten per […]
With the 2018 Golden Globes Awards still at the forefront of everyone’s minds and the recent #Time’sUp movement it’s beginning to feel like there may be a real positive change coming for Hollywood. However, there’s yet another claim which shows how deep the cracks in Hollywood’s equality really are – and this one is pretty […]
In New Zealand, almost one in four individuals were identified as disabled, according to a 2013 Statistics New Zealand survey and of these, three-quarters are unemployed for various reasons. One of the leading reasons, however, has to do with the discrimination they face when it comes to getting a job and even getting the opportunity […]
If you’ve been on Facebook today, you may have noticed a post on your news feed saying today is International day of the girl. But what is that exactly? I have to be honest I wasn’t aware of this day before this year. And yes it is a separate event from International Women’s day. What […]
Jazz Eggers is a 20-year-old model who has been making waves in the fashion industry over the last few months. Jazz first gained international attention when she began re-captioning her Instagram photos. These #truthbehindtheshot images made an important point about perfection and body confidence as well as the less than glamorous way models are treated […]
The Hollywood pay gap has been revealed once again this year and the results are still disappointing. Forbes released their annual list which showed women in Hollywood are still being paid far less than their male counterparts. In fact there was not a female name in sight, until you get to number 15 which went […]
A new study has suggested, that rather worryingly, many common salon hair treatments including hair dye, could increase the risk of breast cancer. Research done at Rutgers University recently published a study that showed an alarming increase when women used dark hair dye and chemical relaxers. Using these treatments increased the chances of developing the […]
The rules of engagement have changed over the past fifty years. While many of our parents were married and having children before they’d even reached their late 20’s nowadays many couples take it slow before making a long-term commitment. Some people have even been ditching rings and wedding ceremonies altogether. But do you know the […]
We’ve all experienced unwanted harassment on the streets- whether it’s a man yelling explicit words out of a car window or being followed home. Unfortunately it’s an ugly reality women around the world face. These acts of aggression and dominance often succeed in making women feel scared or insecure. A recent study stated 63% of […]
19-year-old education and rights activist Malala Yousafzai finished school last week and has since created a Twitter account. Hi, Twitter. — Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017 Posting her first tweet on July 8 she has already gained over 700, 000 followers and plans to use the platform to help her campaign. She also announced she […]
Sometimes it feels like there just isn’t enough time in a day to sit down and meditate. When you’re stressed out but still have to be on the go you often need a quicker fix. Well luckily, there are ways you can relieve your stress in a matter of seconds, and all you need is […]
Researchers have looked into what jobs are the most consistently bad for your sleeping habits; and the results were a surprise. While we all feel overworked and over or under sleep some of the time it turns out some occupations can actually affect your health more than others. A new study by the U.S Centers […]
Whether we realise it or not, every one of us is playing a role in serious deforestation and the possible extinction of orangutans. In our fridges, pantries and cupboards, we all have products containing palm oil, which is fine if it’s ‘certified sustainable’ rather than a product causing appalling devastation to flora and fauna. But […]
Despite a burgeoning advocacy from health professionals and governments alike, mothers continue to report being discriminated against for publicly nursing. In our July/August magazine we looked into the battle to breastfeed. As the news floods with stories of women being shamed for breastfeeding outside the home, more mothers are taking a stand against what they say […]
A report published by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution have delved into the speculation that the medical community within the US are failing to address patient sexual abuse. Investigations have looked at over 100,000 documents and records that have identified more than 3,100 doctors who were publicly disciplined after being accused of sexual infractions. They state that although majority […]
When we think of homeless people, an image is conjured of the old, drunk man on the park bench, or the ‘bag lady’ who roams the streets. However, this is not always the case. From the 12-year-old child to the woman working in a government department, homelessness is a lot closer than we care to […]