Africa’s first elected female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf launches scheme to train women leaders — One World, One Voice — Life & Soul Magazine

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state and former president of Liberia, has launched a new scheme to train a “wave” of women leaders in the continent. The Amujae Initiative, which means “we are going up” in Liberian local dialect, will, in its first year, provide mentorship to 15 women leaders. The […] […]

via Africa’s first elected female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf launches scheme to train women leaders — One World, One Voice — Life & Soul Magazine

Brehon Laws | Children and the status Women in early Ireland — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Prior to the Anglo-Norman invasions Ireland was home to between 80-140 independent petty kingdoms called túatha. A person’s idea of nationhood was local to their home túath and kin-group (fine). Each túath had its king elected from among its noble grades, each had their own customs and traditions, styles of dress, particular songs and legends…

via Brehon Laws | Children and the status Women in early Ireland — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Umpire’s chat with Kyrgios creates U.S. Open controversy

I saw and heard the exchange between Kyrgios and Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani, and I believe it was based on genuine concern on Lahyani’s part to encourage Kyrgios to start playing to the elite level of which we all know Nick is capable.  Lahyani was not coaching, and for the matter Kyrgios wouldn’t listen even if he was.  The biggest issue I have with this whole ‘controversy’ is the fact that the women can and do have coaching while on court – not from umpires granted, but coaching just the same, so why can’t the men (again, not by chair umps, but coaches)?  And my pet peeves: why are the women still playing only 3 sets at the slams, receiving coaching while on court, but getting equal prize money?  It’s not equal time or effort.

Based on the last few days of ‘discussion’ regarding Serena Williams’s attire on court, I implore, especially the media, to get back to focusing on the game, on court, and not fashion and what or who someone is wearing: it belittles women’s tennis and women’s sports in general.  Serena said her French Open catsuit was ‘medically necessary’.  If that’s the case, why isn’t she wearing something similar now?  I doubt the tutu was medically necessary for avoiding potential blood clots.  I totally sympathize with Serena and her need to address serious health issues but, as she admitted during the French Open, the catsuit was more of a statement – a ‘superhero’ nod to new moms.  Again, with all due respect to Serena, she’s a superb, some say the best, women’s tennis player ever, THAT’S being a superhero, not wearing a catsuit.

I think it’s time for the ATP, WTA, and all tournament organizers to take a close look at the unequal rules and protocols in professional tennis.

Read the Associated Press’s article (via MSN) here.  Below is an excerpt.

“NEW YORK — Nick Kyrgios was losing big at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and barely even trying. Didn’t move while so-so serves flew by for aces. Casually put groundstrokes into the net. Double-faulted without caring.

The crowd began booing. The chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, decided to intervene. In an unusual sight for Grand Slam tennis, Lahyani clambered down out of his seat during a break between games, leaned over with hands on knees, and spoke with the 30th-seeded Kyrgios, saying, among other things, “I want to help you.”

Madonna at 60: A colourful career in pictures

Trailblazer, icon, leader, woman, Madonna did while others just talked about changing the discussion on what woman can do in music, art and everyday life. I have huge respect for who she is and what she’s accomplished. Happy 60th Madonna!

Madonna at 60: A colourful career in pictures –

Law & Order SVU: Still the best!

As a culture writer I’m supposed to turn you on to some cool Euro detective drama on Netflix. Sure, I’ve watched them, and I have to say, not only are they mostly humdrum or clever without being smart, they’re not as interesting as what’s happening on Law & Order: SVU every week. Storylines that are…

via “Law & Order: SVU” is the most important show on television — Quartz

Powerful and Inspiring: Ashley Judd on Ending Online Gender Violence

“It started the minute I went online.” Ashley Judd has been on Twitter for six years, and for six years she has endured unrelenting abuse at the hands—the typing fingers, to be specific—of misogynists. It began with those who tried to undermine her voice when she was promoting her 2012 memoir, All That Is Bitter…

via Ashley Judd on How to Put an End to Online Gender Violence — TIME