A male-female imbalance of 70 million has upset big parts of society in the two countries, and the problem probably won’t improve for a long time.
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Women's lib hasn't made it through Washington yet. Micah Zenko at Foreign Policy magazine looked at the percentages of females holding leadership roles related to foreign policy and national security and found that women remain vastly underrepresented among our nation's policymakers. (more)
Conservatives love to claim we live in a post-racial or post-gender world, but researchers in England are reminding us of the persistent examples of inequality that mark our society. A new study demonstrates that women are less likely than men to be offered enrollment at England's prestigious Oxford University despite having the same grades as, or even better grades than, their male counterparts.
This'll no doubt create some semantic confusion among religious leaders and congregations alike, but the U.K.-based Movement for Reform Judaism is issuing a new prayer book that eschews gender-specific references to the Supreme Being. It might be a hard sell, considering the results of a survey that the Jewish group conducted in anticipation of the unconventional release.
Two private elementary schools in Oakland, Calif., have adapted to a phenomenon known as gender variance?when kids identify as the opposite sex. Some grow out of it, some don't, but the schools' open attitude is meant to bolster self-esteem and avoid the kind of scars that can follow children into adulthood.
In her new book "The Female Brain," a UCSF neuropsychiatrist writes, "Women have an eight-lane superhighway for processing emotion, while men have a small country road." Men, however, "have O'Hare Airport as a hub for processing thoughts about sex, where women have the airfield nearby that lands small and private planes."
The gender gap among African-American college students is growing at a dangerous rate. And it's no wonder: The roots of the problem were obvious at my daughter's school, where many boys by age 10 had been socialized to be tough, regarding education with contempt and suspicion.