Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: 'Sometimes You Have To Do the Unexpected'

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: 'Sometimes You Have To Do the Unexpected'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 02, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses her childhood in the Bronx, the challenges she faced in a legal world dominated by men and why life on America's highest court is more difficult than she thought it would be. Interview by Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Hidden Homophobia: Is Germany Really as Liberal as It Seems?

Hidden Homophobia: Is Germany Really as Liberal as It Seems?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2014

Germany last week celebrated the coming out of former professional football player Thomas Hitzlsperger. But discrimination remains a fact of life for gays and lesbians in the country. How truly liberal is German society? By Anna Kistner, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Ann-Katrin Müller and Simone Salden more... Comment ]

Corporate Wake-Up Call: German Dads Demand Family Time

Corporate Wake-Up Call: German Dads Demand Family Time

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2014

Family friendly policies in German business have been targeted at women in the past, but the tables are turning. Men are demanding more flexible working conditions in order to balance work and family burdens, forcing big changes in corporate culture. By Susanne Amann and Simone Salden more... Comment ]

March to The Top: Risky Opportunity for New Defense Minister

March to The Top: Risky Opportunity for New Defense Minister

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2013

Ursula von der Leyen has clinched the defense ministry and positioned herself as potential heir to Chancellor Angela Merkel. She's the star of the new cabinet, but she also has formidable rival in Thomas de Maizière, whom she ousted to get her new job. more... Comment ]

Military in Flux: What's In Store for Ursula von der Leyen

Military in Flux: What's In Store for Ursula von der Leyen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

Complex arms procurement projects, confused hierarchies and major reforms are just some of the issues facing future Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. It's certainly a challenge -- but also a huge chance for the conservative politician to make her mark. By Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

From Icon to Exile: The Price of a Nude Photo in Egypt

From Icon to Exile: The Price of a Nude Photo in Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

Egyptian Aliaa Elmahdy became an icon of the Arab Spring after she posted a nude photo of herself online. Then she fled to Sweden after receiving death threats from Islamist extremists. What and whom did her statement serve? By Takis Würger more... Comment ]

Gender Quotas: How German Firms Help Women Get Ahead

Gender Quotas: How German Firms Help Women Get Ahead

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2013

Germany's plans to introduce a gender quota will cause fewer problems for companies than some critics are willing to admit. Many firms have already made changes, promoting female talent and bringing women into management. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Corporate Compromise: Coalition Talks Yield Plan for Gender Quota

Corporate Compromise: Coalition Talks Yield Plan for Gender Quota

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

Negotiators working to form a new German goverment coalition agreed this weekend to introduce a gender quota of 30 percent on the supervisory boards of publicly traded companies in the country in 2016. The issue has been the subject of intense debate. more... Comment ]

Femen Fatigue: Flashy Feminists Struggle to Muster Support

Femen Fatigue: Flashy Feminists Struggle to Muster Support

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

Members of the controversial feminist group Femen have launched a number of eye-catching protests in Germany. But the public isn't shocked by their "sextremist" tactics anymore, leading to a dwindling of already meager support. By Fabian Reinbold more... Comment ]

Affirmative Action: SPD Women Want Gender Quota from Merkel

Affirmative Action: SPD Women Want Gender Quota from Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2013

Female members of Germany's Social Democrats want a coalition government with Merkel's conservatives to be contingent on a gender quota for company boards. Battered in the election, the SPD's men may now take these calls seriously. more... Comment ]