What’s Current: New York State updates policy to allow minors to change sex on birth certificate

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  • New York has announced a revision in policy that will allow children to legally change the sex listed on their birth certificate. The policy was enacted Tuesday due to pressure from a 14-year-old who identifies as a boy.
  • On Thursday, the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, published an open letter outlining the “growing crisis” of misogynist online abuse. The letter, written to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the invention, concluded that “the web is not working for women and girls.”
  • The US Soccer Federation issued an apology after stating in court that women are paid less than their male counterparts because male sports “require a higher level of skill.” The statements were made in court on Monday during an ongoing lawsuit seeking $66 million in damages for sex discrimination.
  • A report published last week revealed 48 cases of coerced sterilization at a hospital in South Africa, with the majority of instances targeting black women who were HIV positive.
Mary Hickman
Mary Hickman

MARY HICKMAN HAS DONE VOICE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH AUDIO TOUR OF ​THE WAR AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM​ IN SOUTH KOREA. SHE IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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