Tag: Gender

Study of 17 Million Identifies Crucial Risk Factors for Coronavirus Deaths

An analysis of more than 17 million people in England — the largest study of its kind, according to its authors — has pinpointed a bevy of factors that can raise a person’s chances of dying from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The paper, published Wednesday in Nature, echoes reports from other countries that […]

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Policing Doesn’t Protect Women

These things are often framed as proof that policing is “broken,” but that again accepts the premise of the police on their own terms. Gender-based violence enabled by and within the criminal-legal system is by design, and it is inseparable from the way that “crime” itself is construed: racialized, atomized, and alienated from broader social […]

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The “Women’s Vote” Never Existed

Yet the broad migration of women to the Democrats is underlain by other demographic trends. Specifically, this political turn has largely been driven by women of color—Black, Latina, Native American, and Asian American women, all of whom vote for Democrats at higher rates than their white counterparts and who, together, constitute one of the fastest-growing […]

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Supreme Court Expansion of Transgender Rights Undercuts Trump Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s socially conservative agenda has included a broad-based effort to eliminate transgender rights across the government, in education, housing, the military and, as recently as Friday, health care. The Supreme Court most likely upended it on Monday. The administration has been working to pursue a narrow definition of sex as biologically […]

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Overlooked No More: Roberta Cowell, Trans Trailblazer, Pilot and Auto Racer

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. This month we’re adding the stories of important L.G.B.T. figures. At the height of Roberta Cowell’s celebrity status, in 1954, her face adorned the cover of Britain’s popular Picture Post magazine. When her story appeared in […]

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Who’s Wearing a Face Mask? Women, Democrats and City Dwellers

As states continue to lift restrictions that were put in place to curb the coronavirus outbreak and as Americans start going out in public again, recent surveys suggest that gender, political affiliation and education level are factors that have a bearing on who is wearing a mask, and who isn’t. Public health officials have recommended […]

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I Gave Birth While Incarcerated During a Pandemic

It got to the point where us pregnant females were denying our medical treatment. It was almost like a boycott. We came together as a unit and we discussed our fears. We only had each other. We had nobody else. We had no access to the news. We all came together and every time one […]

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Hungary Outlaws Changing Gender on Documents After Birth

Yet with migration fading as a potent issue, and with the world struggling to manage the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Orban’s government has shifted its focus to another perceived threat: transgender people. In a law that legal observers believe is the first of its kind in Europe, Hungary will now tie an individual’s gender to the […]

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Female Scientists Are Bearing the Brunt of Quarantine Child-Rearing

I was late filing this article. While I was writing it, my three-year-old son refused to nap. When I interviewed people, he interrupted to tell them stories. He climbed on my lap as I typed and twice accidentally smacked me in the face with his plastic dinosaur. He hit a keyboard shortcut and pulled up […]

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A fight for the soul of machine learning

Last Tuesday, Google shared a blog post highlighting the perspectives of three women of color employees on fairness and machine learning. I suppose the comms team saw trouble coming: The next day NBC News broke the news that diversity initiatives at Google are being scrapped over concern about conservative backlash, according to current and former […]

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Why Are Women-Led Nations Doing Better With Covid-19?

Monday was a day of triumph for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Thanks to the efforts of the entire nation, she said, New Zealand had been largely successful in meeting its ambitious goal of eradicating, rather than just controlling, outbreaks of Covid-19. The lockdown she had put in place on March 25 could now end. Ms. […]

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Something’s Got to Give for the Work-From-Home Parent

During every conference call or video meeting, my anxiety goes up. What if my son starts crying? What if he wants to be fed? What if he needs a diaper change? Am I being a bad mother if I’m not giving my son full attention? A bad employee? Both?  The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that […]

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Leaders Are Crying on the Job. Maybe That’s a Good Thing.

Charlie Baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts, broke down while speaking about the death of his best friend’s mother. Mark Meadows, President Trump’s chief of staff, has been crying frequently in meetings with White House staff, while Andrew M. Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York, has teared up on more than one occasion during […]

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A Woman’s Worth in a Pandemic

At recent protests demanding that states drop stay-home orders and other coronavirus prevention measures, events engineered for maximum viral potential on social media, a kind of paean to personal care emerged as a meme: government overreach had denied them a haircut. Or getting their roots done, as one woman told reporters. These women had something […]

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A Brief Criminal History of the Mask

Last week, Jennvine Wong, staff attorney for the Cop Accountability Project at the Legal Aid Society, told me there were cops walking around outside of her Brooklyn apartment who weren’t wearing masks. It was notable, since it was just a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a mandate around mask-wearing inside […]

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Why the U.S. Buys Too Many Missiles and Not Enough Masks

Earlier this month, the Pentagon inked a contract to pay $818 million to Lockheed for hundreds of new extended-range, air-launched cruise missiles with thousand-pound explosive warheads. By then, Americans had learned that the United States’ Strategic National Stockpile—the federal emergency medical supply cache, whose annual budget is less than that missile contract—faced critical shortages of […]

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In Argentina, a Bid to Make Language Gender Neutral Gains Traction

BUENOS AIRES — Three days into Argentina’s coronavirus lockdown, the country’s president called on men and women, Argentinos and Argentinas, to cooperate with the effort. He also appealed to “Argentines,” using a gender-neutral term that doesn’t exist in traditional Spanish grammar. It was not the first time President Alberto Fernández, who took office in December, […]

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Trump’s Women Are Trapped in a Cult of “Empowerment”

At the end of the second week of April, Women for Trump, an auxiliary arm of the Trump campaign, hosted another of its trademark “Hour to Empower” sessions to rally the female faithful. In keeping with traditions that the newly housebound have adopted since the coronavirus pandemic dropped on the country with its full force, […]

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Saudi Law Granted Women New Freedoms. Their Families Don’t Always Agree.

MEDINA, Saudi Arabia — On the question of women working, the law of the land was crystal clear. Raghda and Rafaa Abuazzah’s parents had ruled otherwise. “What will people say? You’ll be in public!” their father said after the sisters scandalized their parents by announcing that they wanted jobs at a coffee shop in Medina, […]

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The Race Is Down to ‘Two Old White Men.’ Women’s Groups Can Still Weigh In

For a few weeks in late September, it appeared that Democrats were on their way to nominating the party’s second-ever woman presidential candidate. Elizabeth Warren was surging in the polls, overtaking Bernie Sanders—thought to be the standard bearer of the progressive wing—as well as Joe Biden, who, up until that point, had been the unyielding […]

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How Siblings’ Gender Can Affect a Child’s Development

When you talk about sibling issues, everyone takes it personally. Whether it’s birth order and the supposed advantages of being the oldest (or youngest, or middle), or the question of having (or being) the favorite child, people tend to respond immediately with their own sometimes very individual and emotional stories. What I want to talk […]

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When Will We Be Ready for President Elizabeth Warren?

“Winning the presidency is not merely — or even largely — a question of merit,” writes Michelle Cottle in her column, “Elizabeth Warren Had a Good Run. Maybe Next Time, Ladies.” “It’s hard for any candidate to get the formula right. For women, it is harder because of a host of unconscious biases.” Since Elizabeth […]

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Women in Science: Hidden Figures, Like Katherine Johnson

Two years after I joined NASA in 1987, I was preparing for a trip to Brazil to help the United States Information Service celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The souvenir posters I would give out referred to the “first American men on the moon.” I suggested it would be more […]

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Michael Bloomberg and the Long History of Misogyny Toward Mothers

On the Nevada debate stage last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren flayed the billionaire Michael Bloomberg for Trumpish reviews of women’s looks. In South Carolina on Tuesday, she focused on a former employee’s allegation that Mr. Bloomberg told her to “kill it” upon hearing of her pregnancy. She was referring to a subgenre in the history […]

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