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Forget bra burning, the latest feminist revolution is taking place in cyberspace. Over 96 million members of the fairer sex will be online by 2001. This will account for 45 per cent of worldwide Web users, according to research by Computer Economics. In the US, more women than men will be using the Internet – accounting for 52 per cent - within two years. "Although in some areas, such as Africa and the Middle East, the percentage of women online will remain very low, in other areas with larger numbers of users, women will make significant gains on men," said Michael Erbschloe, Computer Economics V.P. "In fact, in North America where the largest number of Internet users are concentrated, the number of women online will surpass that of men." The California research company found European Web users would be 40 per cent women. The lowest percentage of female users will remain the Middle East, where 85 per cent of those logging on will be men. It seems the revolution has already taken place in some areas. A Yahoo!.com search on the word "women" came up with 10,823 Web sites. "Men" only came back with a flacid 6,116. ®

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