Gender Equality

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A new series of charts from Mother Jones illustrates the gender divide in newspaper obituary sections. "Big papers' lists of significant deaths in 2012 overwhelmingly feature men," MoJo reports. "So is the issue that notable women aren't dying—or that newspapers aren't reporting it?" The charts (two after the jump, the rest here) show that there are a lot of factors going on, and most of them point to longstanding sexism.

A village council in the Indian state of Bihar banned the use of mobile phones by women in the Sunderbari village, roughly 385 kilometers (239 miles) east of Patna, the capital of Bihar. The population of Bihar is 104 million, larger than any European country and one third the population of the United States. The most recent ban, comes after a July ban on mobile phones for girls in the Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh.