Tag: Women and Girls

Employers Are Discriminating Against Mothers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Employers are using the pandemic to get rid of mothers, and our attempts to protect them are failing. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was enacted this spring for the express purpose of providing workers with expanded family and sick leaves for reasons related to Covid-19 and its accompanying school and child care closings. But […]

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Where Will the New Good Jobs Come From? Look Here

The United States long reserved its most lucrative occupations for an elite class of white men. Those men held power by selling everyone else a myth: The biggest threat to workers like you are workers who do not look like you. Again and again, they told working-class white men that they were losing out on […]

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Trump Appointee With History of Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Remarks Leaves Aid Agency

WASHINGTON — A Trump administration appointee whose anti-L.G.B.T.Q. comments had spurred calls for her removal has left the United States Agency for International Development, an agency spokeswoman said on Monday. The appointee, Merritt Corrigan, had drawn scrutiny shortly after becoming the agency’s deputy White House liaison this year because of her previous statements that America […]

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Gymnasts Worldwide Push Back on Their Sport’s Culture of Abuse

A culture in gymnastics that has tolerated coaches belittling, manipulating and in some cases physically abusing young athletes is being challenged by Olympians and other gymnasts around the world after an uprising in the United States. Many current and former competitors, emboldened by their American peers, have broken their silence in recent weeks against treatment […]

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100 Years of Voting Hasn’t Done What We Thought It Would

What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage than by discussing the way it turned out to be a big flop? The great champions of the 19th Amendment thought that when America’s women got the right to vote, they’d immediately start to change the nation. Promote women’s issues, like better health care […]

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Women Have Been Voting for 100 Years. What Do We Have to Show for It?

What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage than by discussing the way it turned out to be a big flop? The great champions of the 19th Amendment thought that when America’s women got the right to vote, they’d immediately start to change the nation. Promote women’s issues, like better health care […]

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Madeleine Albright on Covid-19, Fascism and Her Dream Superhero Team

“The virus knows no borders and cooperation is absolutely essential” — Secretary Madeleine Albright [In Her Words is available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.] In 2009, Madeleine Albright’s 7-year-old granddaughter turned to her mother and observed: “Only girls are secretary of state.” That 7-year-old was, of course, […]

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The Go-Go’s Made History 38 Years Ago. There’s Still More to Their Story.

In March 1982, “Beauty and the Beat” — that classic, effervescent, catch-a-wave-of-pink-champagne debut by the Los Angeles band the Go-Go’s — made history: It became the first record by an all-female group who wrote its own songs and played its own instruments to hit No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. Thirty-eight years later, it’s […]

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‘The Moms Are Here’: ‘Wall of Moms’ Groups Mobilize Nationwide

In the flurry of videos and social media posts that have emerged from the protests in Portland, Ore., activist moms are everywhere. They sing lullabies. They link arm–in–arm, forming a human barricade between protesters and federal agents. Some wear respirators, gas masks and helmets. Some hand out sunflowers. On one night of protests last week, […]

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‘She Dies Tomorrow,’ ‘Amulet’ and ‘Relic’ Mine the Horror of Isolation

The first essential of a good horror film is an isolated place. Any desolate locale will do: cabin in the woods, empty motel, middle of the ocean, Detroit, just somewhere no one can hear you scream. Populate it with potential victims, add a monster and you’ve got everything you need to make things go bump […]

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Trump Is Dog-Whistling. Are ‘Suburban Housewives’ Listening?

There she is in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957, a white woman in a neatly ironed dress and a short-sleeved, pearl-button cardigan. Her hand is on her hip as she stands in the universal posture of “I would like to speak to your manager” and stares down a soldier defending the Black students who’d integrated […]

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Egypt Sentences Women to 2 Years in Prison for TikTok Videos

CAIRO — Armed with vaguely worded laws, Egypt’s guardians of conservative morals have long focused on belly dancers and pop stars in their efforts to police women’s behavior. Now they have hit upon a new target — young women who have become famous on social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram. In the latest episode […]

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What Does It Mean to ‘Look Like a Mom’?

When Bev Barnum, a 35-year-old self-described “suburban wife and mother of two” first sent out the Facebook call for a “wall of moms” to help protect protesters in Portland, Ore., against federal troops, she included one stipulation. “I wanted us to look like moms,” she told The New York Times earlier this week. “Because who […]

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‘Challenge Accepted’ on Instagram: Black and White Selfies for Women

Over the past several days, many Instagram feeds have been overrun with black-and-white images of women both famous and not. These photographs are often posed and filtered, taken from flattering angles and accompanied by benign captions about “supporting women.” “Love this simple way to lift each other up. #challengeaccepted. Thank you for nominating me @vanessabryant,” […]

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Poland Considers Leaving Treaty on Domestic Violence, Spurring Outcry

The Polish government, emboldened by a narrow election victory this month and undeterred by criticism from European Union leaders, is considering withdrawing from a treaty aimed at curbing domestic violence and protecting women’s rights, with the country’s minister of justice filing paperwork on Monday to start the process. The move came just one week after […]

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The Real Reason Biden Is Winning? He’s a Man

A narrative has formed around the presidential race: Donald Trump is losing because he’s botched the current crisis. Americans are desperate for competence and compassion. He’s offered narcissism and division — and he’s paying the political price. For progressives, it’s a satisfying story line, in which Americans finally see Mr. Trump for the inept charlatan […]

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Joe Biden’s Vice-Presidential Pick: Who’s in the Running?

Joseph R. Biden Jr. is nearing his rough deadline of Aug. 1 — this Saturday — for announcing a vice-presidential candidate, but there is little expectation at this point that he will stick to that timetable. His search committee has completed thorough vetting reports on several candidates and Mr. Biden said he intended to conduct […]

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Inside the Violent and Misogynistic World of Roy Den Hollander

Roy Den Hollander sounded bitter and angry when he bumped into a former rugby teammate in December at a library in Manhattan. He said he was so sick from a rare cancer that he could die at any moment, wondering aloud if he should sue his doctor for malpractice. Things kept getting worse for Mr. […]

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As N.F.L. Fights Racism and Sexism, Team Owners Undercut the Message

The N.F.L. has taken strides to repair its image as being insensitive to issues facing women and people of color. But the league continues to be confronted by an uncomfortable reality: Its efforts can be undercut by reports of toxic behavior at the tops of its franchises. Woody Johnson, the owner of the Jets and […]

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A.O.C. and the Daughter Defense

Brett Kavanaugh invoked it. Mitch McConnell used it too. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have each talked about it, and this week, Representative Ted Yoho joined their ranks: he, too, is now a member of the having-a-daughter-makes-me-an-ally-to-women — or at the very least, should-excuse-my-bad-behavior — club. “Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, […]

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Mothers’ Power in U.S. Protests Echoes a Global Tradition

Wearing matching shades of white or yellow, the women of the “Wall of Moms” in Portland, Ore., have become instant icons of the city’s protests, though the mothers nightly gatherings only began last Saturday and the city’s protests have been going on for more than a month. They join a long line of mothers’ protests […]

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A.O.C.’s Powerful Rebuke to Sexism in Congress

More from our inbox: Image  Credit…House Television, via Associated Press To the Editor: Re “Ocasio-Cortez Defies Sexism by Shaming It on House Floor” (front page, July 24): Simply put, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s words on the House floor denouncing the sexist vulgarity used against her by Representative Ted Yoho, a Florida Republican, were the most powerful and […]

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At the Olympics in Bombed-Out London, She Forever Changed Women’s Sports

The latest article from “Beyond the World War II We Know,” a series from The Times that documents lesser-known stories from the war, recounts the Austerity Olympics, the first Games to take place in 12 years and the track-and-field star who changed the perception of women’s athletics. When the Dutch track star Fanny Blankers-Koen appeared […]

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A.O.C. Unleashes a Viral Condemnation of Sexism in Congress

WASHINGTON — Ever since Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came to Congress as the youngest woman elected to the House, she has upended traditions, harnessing the power of social media and challenging leaders, including President Trump, who are 50 years her senior. On Thursday, she had her most norm-shattering moment yet when she took to the House […]

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A Girl’s Heroic Battle Against the Taliban Was Also a Family Feud

The teenage girl was the hero of a night of carnage that left her family’s hillside home in western Afghanistan strewn with bodies. Qamar Gul, 15, fought to her last bullet, gunning down Taliban attackers who raided the house and killed her father and mother. In the days after the attack last week, Afghan social […]

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12 Forgotten Classics by Women-Led New Wave Bands

Punk began as a reaction to both the blandness and bombast of rock’s ruling class. And the shrapnel from its mid-70s explosion struck more than just a nerve, triggering a flare-up of creativity colored by a spectrum of textures, styles and ideas. The Ramones and the Sex Pistols may have led the way, but it […]

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Trump’s Warm Words for Ghislaine Maxwell: ‘I Just Wish Her Well’

President Trump’s return to the White House podium on Tuesday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic took an unusual detour when he offered warm words for Ghislaine Maxwell, who is facing federal charges of helping Jeffrey Epstein recruit, groom and sexually abuse girls. Mr. Trump’s comment about Ms. Maxwell, who was arrested in New Hampshire this […]

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When the Bake Sale Goes Global, Millions Are Raised to Fight Injustice

Like a lot of 13-year-olds, Daniella Senior loved to bake, and thought she might become a pastry chef. Unlike most of them, she already had six employees. Ms. Senior started out on her own, collecting and filling orders for miniature sweets while growing up in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. “I was getting up […]

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