Posts tagged "education"

Shot By The Taliban For Being A Feminist: Cartoonist Illustrates Malala’s Story

This is awesome: Australian cartoonist Gavin Aung Than has created a cartoon depicting the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she's a vocal activist on behalf of girls' education. It's short and sweet, but terrifying and touching. You can read the full…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2013

School Allegedly Suggested A Breast Reduction Would Stop 6th Grader’s Sexual Harassment

Middle school is rough on all of us. It's especially rough when the administration at your middle school blames you for the sexual harassment you're getting because of the size of your boobs. And it's downright hellish when said administration suggests to your mother that a breast reduction might help.
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2013

CUNY Accused Of Discriminating Against Pregnant Student

The City University of New York has been cited with a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights for allowing the discrimination against a 27-year-old pregnant student. Stephanie Stewart was told by a teacher that she could not make up homework or tests due to pregnancy-related absences, including labor and delivery.
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 17, 2013

14-Year-Old Girls’ Rights Advocate In Pakistan Shot And Injured By Taliban

A 14-year-old girl who fought for education for girls in Pakistan was shot while walking home from school. She has written for the BBC about life under the Taliban as a girl and won the National Peace Award For Youth. The local Taliban has claimed responsibility for shooting Malala Yusafzai for being "a Western-minded girl"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 9, 2012

7 Classes That Sound Easy But Are Actually Really Hard

Making your schedule in college takes almost as much effort as writing a ten-page paper or studying for an exam. You have to make sure you get the classes you need, and they all need to be at certain times so there isn’t any overlap (we don’t have Time-Turners in muggle world). One of the hardest…
By: College Candy / September 27, 2012

Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses

This coming academic year, 36 universities in Iran have announced that 77 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences courses will now be "single gender" and therefore only available to men. With women outnumbering men by three to two in passing this year’s university entrance exam, The Daily Beast theorizes Iranian leaders are becoming "concerned…
By: Daley Quinn / August 22, 2012

Calling All Aspiring Fashionistas: Get Thyselves To Condé Nast College, Stat

Every girl with aspirations of high fashion and even higher heels has their sights set on Condé Nast, and why shouldn't they? It's the stuff of "The Devil Wears Prada" dreams, a promised land where Wintour rules as supreme overlord and the streets are paved with, well, pavé. In light of the complaints filed by…
By: Rachel Krause / July 11, 2012

Student Sues College Over Masturbation Assignments In Human Sexuality Class

A student has filed a lawsuit against the professor of a human sexuality class in Western Nevada College because he required students to keep sex journals for class in which they had to detail their masturbation habits, sexual habits, and past sexual abuse. Karen Royce said professor Tom Kubistant and the department chairman and college…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 3, 2012

Douchebag Teen Boy Hooked Up With Teacher On $500 Bet

Earlier this week, the tabloid New York Post put out the headline every paper dreams of: PHOTO EXCLUSIVE! TEACHER'S PET! Caught in action with student The photo exclusive showed a 26-year-old teacher named Julie Warning amorously smooching her 18-year-old student, Eric Arty. Of course, the Manhattan Theater Lab High School teacher was in the wrong here.
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 1, 2012

Do Smart Ladies Really Have Mediocre Sex Lives?

Ladies, put down those books and pick up ... well, don't pick anything up. Just lay down. A recent study by a German lifestyle website found that smart chicks are less likely to enjoy sex! Sixty-two percent of women with university or higher education degrees reported difficulties achieving orgasm, compared with just 34 percent of…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 6, 2012

This Is Obviously The Best Way To Celebrate Black History Month

So much WTFery in one little flier: an elementary school class in Waxhaw, North Carolina, sent home this grammatically incorrect flier with students asking them to dress in "African American attire" for Black History Day on February 28. What exactly is "African American attire"? Well, that part isn't clear. A Flava Flav grill, perhaps? Fur-lined…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2012

Campus Confidential: On Attending A Women-Only College

When I initially began the college application process, I had absolutely no interest in attending a single sex institution. In fact, I knew exactly what I wanted in a school. I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college in New York City that was full of intelligent, impassioned and driven students; dedicated professor…
By: Julie Zeilinger / January 30, 2012

Today’s Lady News: 50 Percent Of Elementary School Teachers Hear Sexist Comments At School

Almost 50 percent of elementary school teachers surveyed by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) say they have heard sexist comments in their school. Nearly the same percentage of teachers surveyed said they heard the word "gay" frequently used in a negative way (such as "that's so gay"). We're talking about elementary school here,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2012

5 Ways To Get More Culture In 2012

You know that part in "There's Something About Mary" where Matt Dillon's character says he wants to "slow things down, read more books, see more movies"? I have that same thought a lot, usually when guilty pleasures have been hogging up my available brainspace. Where does all the time go? Will I ever finish that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2012

Kelly Clarkson’s “Einstein,” Plus Other Fuzzy Math In Pop Music

All morning I've been listening to Kelly Clarkson's quite enjoyable new album, Stronger, and found myself laughing aloud at the lyrics to the song "Einstein. Ahem:  Simple math Our love divided by the square root of pride Multiply your lifeless time I'm going out of my mind It was heaven when I finally figured it out…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 24, 2011

Today’s Lady News: School For Teen Moms Closes In Detroit

A school for teenaged mothers and pregnant teen girls, Catherine Ferguson Academy, closed in Detroit due to budget cuts. [The Grio] "People are going to say, 'I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive.'" — Depressing quote from an article about Michele Bachmann and Sarah…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2011

8th Graders Go On Field Trip To Hooters

To all the elementary and middle school teachers out there -- not to mention the future tutor to the Martin-Paltrow kids! -- I have an idea. Don't take your students to Hooters during a field trip. Apparently, when students from Berwick Middle School in Pennsylvania headed to Baltimore to visit the National Aquarium,…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / June 2, 2011

The Secret To Marrying A Celebrity Is …

A new study found that it wasn't beauty, fortune, or box office success that attracted movie stars to their mates. It was similar educational backgrounds. Researchers found that celebrities tended to marry partners who had the same amount of education as them. For example, neither Brad Pitt nor Angelina Jolie have a college…
By: Ami Angelowicz / April 28, 2011

Scholarship For White Men Only Offered In Texas

A group is offering a scholarship to white men only, according to conservative news web site The Daily Caller. Any male Texas resident who is at least 25 percent Caucasian with a 3.0 GPA and financial need can apply for a $500 scholarship from The Former Majority Association for Equality. The group i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2011

Men’s Studies Vs. Male Studies: What’s The Difference?

I took gender and sexuality studies as a minor in college, which is what my school offered instead of "women's studies." I assumed at first that they were just being PC with the name. But then when I took the first class, an introduction to the discipline, I realized it truly wasn't just about…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2011