By Mattias Karen The Associated Press Wed., July 11, 2018 LONDON—It’s been 87 years since two German women played in a Wimbledon final. Julia Goerges likes the sound of a repeat, though. “It sounds crazy to maybe have the chance to share a German final in Wimbledon,” Goerges said after she and Angelique Kerber advanced to separate semifinals at the All England Club. “Well, it’s still one more match to go for both of us ... Both very tough matches. But it’s great to see there is a chance.” For Goerges, it couldn’t get much tougher. She’ll be facing Serena Williams, the seven-time champion who hasn’t lost a match at the All England Club since 2014 — though she missed last year’s tournament while pregnant. Article Continued Below Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion who was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016, will be playing former French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday. … [Read more...] about Goerges, Kerber aim for all-German women’s final
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine women’s 3x3 team to the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup looked outclassed against the Netherlands, their opening assignment. The Filipinas fell, 21-11. They looked out of it that they didn’t even shoot a single free throw. After the game, it was an upset head coach Patrick Aquino who gathered his team around him by the practice courts of the Philippine Arena. He didn’t yell. He was careful not to rail at them too much. Not with another match looming in four hours’ time. “We need to toughen up,” he said, looking at Jack Danielle Animam, who only registered a point and a block in the loss. “We rehearsed this. You know what to expect. Play our opponents tougher. If not, they will walk all over you.” The girls did just that against Germany, the 11th-seeded women’s team. It was more than a basketball game. At times, it was like a UFC match as the Filipinas came out a lot more physical. While the … [Read more...] about Learning to fly: Philippine women’s 3×3 team
Germany has flourished under Chancellor Angela Merkel over the last 12 years, with record-low unemployment and robust economic growth. But that success hasn’t translated into better pay for women in the country, where one of the worst gender pay gaps in Europe looks unlikely to get better soon. Despite having a woman running the government, a new law aimed at highlighting the issue lacks the teeth to boost women’s standing in the corporate sector. The so-called Wage Transparency Act, which took full force in January, puts the onus on individual employees to step forward and request information on wage discrepancies, while companies are given plenty of wiggle room. “The law will practically have no impact on furthering pay equality,” said Hans-Georg Kluge, a lawyer who specializes in anti-discrimination cases. “Individual women who are willing to take their case to court will draw no benefit from this.” That’s a far cry from other efforts, where … [Read more...] about German economy is booming. So why aren’t women benefiting?
BERLIN—Thousands took to the streets of European capitals, among them Berlin, Paris and London, on Sunday as part of the global “Women’s March” movement.One day after large crowds attended protests across the United States and all over the world, including in Rome, Sydney and Buenos Aires, it was northern Europe’s turn. While those who marched rallied against a number of issues — such as the gender pay gap or perceived injustices in the Middle East — they all appeared to share a common dislike for U.S. President Donald Trump. The number of rally participants worldwide was lower than the millions who took to the streets a year ago, but the “resistance” against Trump still drew hundreds of thousands.Under the slogan “Time’s Up,” speakers such as women’s rights activists Helen Pankhurst were invited to raise more public awareness for persistent gender inequalities and the global #MeToo movement in London on … [Read more...] about Second day of global women’s marches see thousands take to the streets of Europe
PARIS: French women rights activists have denounced an open letter signed by movie star Catherine Deneuve and others that said say men are being unfairly targeted by sexual misconduct allegations. Deneuve was among about 100 performers, scholars and others who signed an open letter published Tuesday by the newspaper Le Monde saying the “legitimate protest against sexual violence” stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal has gone too far and threatens hard-won sexual freedoms."Rape is a crime. But trying to seduce someone, even persistently or maladroitly, is not - nor is gallantry macho aggression," began the letter, translated by The Guardian. "Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone's knee or try to steal a kiss."The letter attacked the #MeToo social-media campaign and its French equivalent, #BalanceTonPorc (Call out your pig), for unleashing this "puritanical ... wave of purification.""What began as freeing women … [Read more...] about Deneuve’s ‘men free to hit on women’ letter denounced