There are many industries where female advancement has been slow, especially in the video-game field where a 2005 study indicated that just 11.5% of employees were women. Industry watchers assert that these numbers can be improved if more women are encouraged to move into the software and video-game fields.
The recent passing of actress Jill Clayburgh reminds one columnist of how Clayburgh served as a trailblazer in the feminist film world by advancing big-screen roles for women. She played several characters, including the protagonist in "An Unmarried Woman," which helped define a generation of young women.
When it comes to female and gender equality, there are more than a few gaps that need to be closed across a spectrum of issues, from education to technology. The Gender Action Plan aims to increase opportunities for girls and women.
Benigno Aquino III -- the son of former Philippines President Corazon Aquino -- pledged to root out the corruption. Aquino leads the nine-candidate presidential race with more than 40% of the vote, with his closest challenger, ousted President Joseph Estrada, winning just 26%. Despite political violence that claimed 12 lives in the run-up to the election, turnout among the nation's 50 million people has reached 75%.