Tag: Women and Girls

Xiomara Castro Edges Closer to Honduran Presidency as Opponent Concedes

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Fears that another bitterly disputed presidential election might plunge Honduras back into chaos and violence eased Tuesday night when the ruling party conceded defeat to the opposition candidate. With that, it appeared that Honduras may not only enjoy a peaceful transition, but will also have its first female president, the leftist […]

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I Was Raped by My Father. An Abortion Saved My Life.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi that provides no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. What’s at stake in this case matters to the countless girls and women who have been raped — including those who, like me, were raped by […]

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Andrea Bowers: Her Activism Animates Her Art

When Bowers got in trouble in 2019, it was not over her identity, but for work she made in support of the #MeToo movement. At Art Basel in Switzerland, she presented an installation made of 167 panels, each one presenting the case of a person accused of sexual misconduct. Texts cited the person’s response to […]

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Becoming a Parent, or Deciding Not To

To the Editor: Re “In an Age Like This, Is It Still OK to Procreate?” (Sunday Styles, Nov. 21): In a way I admire the young women who are thinking twice about becoming mothers because the future climate may be unlivable. Quite a contrast from some other young women who become mothers without thinking about […]

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The Case Against Abortion

It’s also true, though, that nothing in all that multitude of policies will lift the irreducible burden of childbearing, the biological realities that simply cannot be redistributed to fathers, governments or adoptive parents. And here, too, a portion of the pro-choice argument is correct: The unique nature of pregnancy means that there has to be […]

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Why Conservatives Adopted a Pro-Choice Slogan

Here’s a bit of evidence that we live in a simulation controlled by someone with a perverse sense of humor: At the very moment that Roe v. Wade could be overturned, the American right has become obsessed with bodily autonomy and has adopted the slogan “My body, my choice” about Covid vaccines and mask mandates. […]

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s Trial Opens, With Epstein at Its Center

She described Ms. Maxwell as a “scapegoat” for Mr. Epstein’s actions, adding, “Ever since Eve was accused of tempting Adam with the apple, women have been blamed for the bad behavior of men.” Ms. Sternheim sought repeatedly to separate her client from the disgraced financier, who even in death seemed to loom over the trial. […]

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‘You’re Not Helpless’: For London Women, Learning to Fight Builds Confidence

LONDON — The thwack of fists hitting hand pads echoed through the studio as pairs of women circled each other, striking blows and blocking them, with a singular focus. A solid jab from one woman elicited an approving murmur from her sweaty partner. Another ducked in anticipation of an incoming left hook. “Just two strikes! […]

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Texas Abortion Law Complicates Care for Risky Pregnancies

The only way to stop the heavy bleeding is to end the pregnancy and contract the uterus, Dr. Moayedi said. Time is of the essence. “Every OB-GYN has cared for someone who has died from a hemorrhage,” she said. “If someone is hemorrhaging while miscarrying, how long do I have to wait?” Even if the […]

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Pinterest Pledges $50 Million on Reforms to Resolve Discrimination Allegations

Pinterest pledged $50 million to overhaul its corporate culture and promote diversity as part of an agreement to resolve allegations that it discriminated against women and people of color, according to court documents and statements from the plaintiffs and the company. The settlement was announced on Wednesday by Seth Magaziner, the general treasurer of Rhode […]

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Zena Stein, 99, Dies; Researcher Championed Women’s Health

The couple had helped write guidelines for health care in South Africa’s Freedom Charter, the 1955 statement of principles by the A.N.C. and its allied parties. Dr. Stein and Dr. Susser, along with their three children, emigrated to Britain in 1956. They initially lived in boardinghouses and worried about money; Dr. Stein worked nights in […]

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Sika Henry and the Motivation to Become a Pro Triathlete

As Sika Henry worked to become the first female African American professional triathlete, she remembered her childhood conversations about race with her family. Her parents told Henry and her brother, Nile, stories about their paternal grandfather, who was a track and field athlete and football player in the 1920s. Because of segregation, he was not […]

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A Social Media Influencer Supporting Afghan Women from Queens

Zahra Sahebzada had a view of the Manhattan skyline long before she moved into her Long Island City apartment. “It was on my vision board a few years back,” she said. “I’m all about manifesting.” Previously she was living in Hicksville, N.Y., on Long Island, where her family moved 20 years ago. Around 2016, she […]

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Rolling Deep: South Korean Youth Roam the City in Hair Curlers

SEOUL — In a subway car on a recent fall afternoon, seven young South Korean women stood quietly among a crowd of commuters. They wore seasonal jackets and wind breakers just like other passengers, but one accessory made them stand out: old-fashioned hair curlers locked tightly into their bangs. These plastic cylinders, usually Velcro-covered, can […]

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Solutions for the Shortage of Truck Drivers

As the article notes, only 7 percent of truckers are women. A way to grow the field of truckers is recruiting and retaining more women drivers. A report by Time’sUp Foundation and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows that sexual harassment can flourish in isolated, male-dominated fields such as trucking, pushing women out of […]

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The Real Surprise of ‘Passing’: A Focus on Black Women’s Inner Lives

Midway through the new drama “Passing,” Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson), the light-brown-skinned, upper-middle-class protagonist, offers a unique insight into her psyche when she says to her friend Hugh, “We’re, all of us, passing for something or the other,” and adds, “Aren’t we?” Until now, Irene has successfully maintained her cover as both a respectable wife […]

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The Inspiration for ‘Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson’

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Do you remember the Justin Timberlake Super Bowl incident? Or maybe you think of it the way most people do — as the Janet Jackson scandal. I was a junior in high school when Mr. […]

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You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.

This year, archaeologists announced the discovery of a remarkable, 3,700-year-old double burial in Murcia, Spain. Skeletons of a man and a woman were draped in silver — earrings, bracelets, rings and, most notably, a silver diadem that had once gleamed on the woman’s head. The burial site, and particularly the crown and other fineries interred […]

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The Women Bringing Sex Ed to the Arab World

“In the Middle East, there is this misconception that girls really should not see the gynecologist until they get married,” she said. “Many go years without visiting one — if at all — over fear that undergoing a pelvic exam would lead to a loss of virginity.” Women and girls send her questions over Instagram, […]

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NCAA Expands Women’s Basketball Tournament to 68 Teams

The N.C.A.A. Division I women’s basketball tournament will expand its field to 68 teams beginning this season, the association announced on Wednesday, about three months after investigators concluded that college sports executives had long prioritized the men’s competition. The decision represents the association’s latest effort to atone for — and move beyond — a self-inflicted […]

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1,200 Miles From Kabul, a Celebrated Music School Reunites

The plane from Kabul touched down in Qatar around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Two 13-year-old musicians — Zohra and Farida, a trumpet player and a violinist — disembarked and ran toward their teacher. Then, witnesses said, they began to cry. The girls were among the last students affiliated with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music […]

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In Mexico, an Indigenous Women’s Softball Team Breaks Barriers

A Mayan team from a small community on the Yucatán Peninsula has caused a sensation by excelling as its athletes play barefoot and wear traditional dresses, breaking barriers with every game. By Adam Williams Photographs by Marian Carrasquero Nov. 17, 2021 HONDZONOT, Mexico — Playing barefoot and wearing traditional Mayan dresses known as huipiles, the […]

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Book Review: ‘Taste Makers,’ by Mayukh Sen

As Sen moves through his subjects’ stories, each chapter raises questions about the obstacles that prevented them from ascending the ranks of the food industry and achieving the fame of other luminaries, such as Julia Child. He nimbly weaves in an “interlude” on Child — “Julia Child, American Woman” — which examines her rise as […]

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Jane Brown Grimes, Rare Female Force in Tennis, Dies at 80

Jane Brown Grimes, who as one of the rare women executives in tennis in her time modernized the International Tennis Hall of Fame, ran the rule-making body of women’s tennis and was president of the United States Tennis Association, died on Nov. 2 at her home in Manhattan. She was 80. The cause was cancer, […]

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Adele’s White Pantsuit in Her Oprah Interview Sent A Powerful Message

As the re-emergence of Adele continues with the one-two punch of an Oprah Winfrey interview and a “One Night Only” concert at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles in front of a starry, starry crowd — all in prelude to an album release on Friday — so, too, does her mastery of the art the […]

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The Art of Botox

The internet has conscripted us into the construction and manipulation of our own images, so that the idea of wearing some kind of mask — whether through plastic surgery, Instagram filter, online avatar or cloak of irony — no longer reads as unnatural, but rather as broadly relatable. At the same time, social media has […]

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Women’s Role in Conservation Lags, Despite Success

In Siquijor, islanders are, as in most of the Philippines, heavily dependent on the ocean for both income and food. But these days, fishermen here are catching less and less. Oceana, an ocean conservation nonprofit, reports that across the Philippines 75 percent of fishing grounds are overfished, and reef fish have declined by up to […]

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Helene Fortunoff, Who Built a Family Jewelry Empire, Dies at 88

Helene Fortunoff, who built a multimillion-dollar jewelry empire with outlets across the New York region and a flagship store on Fifth Avenue, died on Nov. 8 in Miami Beach. She was 88. The cause was a respiratory illness, her daughter Esther Fortunoff-Greene said. Mrs. Fortunoff started her career in 1953 working for her husband Alan […]

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How Kyrsten Sinema Uses Clothing to Signal Her Social Class

We use “middle-class” interchangeably with other powerful nationalist signifiers like “citizen,” “voter” and “American.” And, though my progressive comrades may balk at this comparison, if you compare Sinema to some of Congress’s best-known female politicians, her style is easily the most accessible to her constituents. I know enough about fashion, and how much it costs, […]

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Lady Gaga and Ridley Scott on ‘House of Gucci’: When Beauty Turns Ugly

SCOTT No, totally. There’s nothing like success to make you feel good in the morning, right? At the same time, if you get some kind of clip or hit, don’t let it get to you. If you like what you did, move on. GAGA I can’t agree more. When you are making art to please […]

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Dream of Buying a Home Gets Harder for Single Mothers

Karlet Hewitt decided to make major lifestyle changes after experiencing the shocks of the pandemic: the income hit, the confinement, the view of the padlocked park through her third-floor apartment window. In February, Ms. Hewitt — a single mother to a 9-year-old boy — left Mount Vernon, N.Y., and headed south. “The goal for me […]

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