How many women architects can you name? if the answer is close to none that’s because men still outnumber and advance disproportionately faster than women in the field. until 1972 and the advent of title ix, most american architecture schools refused to admit women. today, nearly half of architecture students are women, but unequal pay, recognition and access to opportunities have resulted in very few sticking with the industry after graduation — making up only 20 percent of licensed architects. do you work in a field, or office, where women are woefully under represented? if so, we want to hear from you. tell us in the comments what inequities you’ve observed in your workplace. 📐🗂 | 🎨: @simonenoronha
Adrienne rich, the groundbreaking writer and feminist, came to consciousness in the 1950s — at a time when women were meant to stay at home, raise children and enable their husbands’ careers. her early books narrate an apprenticeship in the status quo — a slow, steady casting off of old ideas about what women could do and be, followed by the rigorous creation of an empowered female identity. six years after her death, @w.w.norton will publish two new books that aim to open rich’s work to a new generation of readers —“essential essays,” along with a retrospective, “selected poems: 1950-2012.” above, one of our favorite rich quotes.
Holiday classic or creepy come-on? a cultural debate has erupted over “baby, it’s cold outside,” the 1944 song by frank loesser (pictured with his wife, with whom he’d perform the song), after some radio stations decided to pull it over complaints from listeners. the song — a holiday classic despite no mention of any holiday — tells the story of a cold evening with a man and woman in which the man tries to convince the woman to stay (“baby, it’s cold outside”) and she repeatedly protests. “i think the song has always been creepy,” said lydia liza, a singer-songwriter. “but we didn’t have the words to explain why.” 📸: anthony camerano/associated press ❄️ what songs have you revisted in the light of #metoo?
It’s been 50 years since the @nytimes changed its jobs ads from “help wanted — female” and “help wanted — male” to simply "help wanted." the women’s listings, like this 1940 sales job ad, called for a “neat appearance” and “pleasing personality,” while a 1968 twa stewardess job required applicants to be “single” with “unblemished complexion and “proportionate weight” though they (scandalously!) permitted glasses. it wasn’t until december 1968 — after several protests and a lawsuit filed by the national organization for women— that the times, along with other new york publications, announced it would integrate its listings. 📰
💰‼️ films starring women do better at the box office than those led by men, a new study from c.a.a., shift7 and @timesupnow has found. yup. whether they were made for less than $10 million or more than $100 million, the top films from 2014 to 2017 starring women — think moana, wonder woman, the force awakens — consistently earned more. the research also found that films in which two female characters had a conversation about something other than... a man ... — that’s a marker on the famous bechdel test to determine if a movie is sexist — outperformed those that didn’t. the takeaway? diversity is, in fact, more profitable. 🎥 💸| 📸: disney; clay enos/warner bros; dreamworks; david james/disney
For all the victories of the “year of the woman,” women in congress are still nowhere close to their proportion among voters or in the population. but across the country, women who mobilized around the 2018 midterms are working to make sure the women’s wave continues — going door-to-door looking for people who do not typically vote, counting down the days to 2020, continuing the effort to elect more women with no slowing down in sight. “nobody is going to sleep anytime soon,” as one organizer put it.
Does “having it all” mean doing it all? plenty of new research suggests that women are still shouldering, and expected to shoulder, much of the work associated with the home. a recent report from the united nations found that women are performing nearly three times more of the work associated with the home than men — child care, elder care, cooking, cleaning, transportation — and usually for zero pay.
These two women erased $1.5 million in medical debt for hundreds of strangers in new york. last spring, judith jones, 80, and carolyn kenyon, 70, heard about r.i.p. medical debt, a nonprofit that buys past-due medical bills of those in financial hardship, at a steep discount, and forgives them. so the women fund-raised $12,500 and sent it to the charity, which then purchased a portfolio of $1.5 million of medical debts on their behalf. debts were forgiven for nearly 1,300 new yorkers. more about this random act of kindness at the link in bio. 💸
📸: heather ainsworth
Meet courtney dauwalter, the woman who outruns the men, 200 miles at a time. courtney, 33, specializes in ultramarathons, which are crazy long races. like hundreds of miles long races. she has won 11 ultramarathons and finished second in seven other endurance races, shattering course records everywhere she runs. her success in winning them has opened a debate about how men’s innate strength advantages apply to endurance sports. and so far, this much is clear: as the distance lengthens, the biological advantages that men have grow smaller. we followed @courtneydauwalter back in september as she competed in the #tahoe200. 🏃🏼♀️visit the link in bio to see more. 👟📸: @maxwhittaker
All hail the woman who climbs a fence! that was the headline in 1911, when the times reported on the case of a “well-dressed, middle aged woman with her arms full of packages” who ran down the tracks, took a shortcut and hopped a fence to catch her train — to cheers from the conductor and crowd. “didn’t i do it gracefully?” she asked as she boarded. yes, girl, yes. 🚂
This was part of an independent report, prepared for the cbs board, investigating multiple s****l misconduct allegations against former chief executive les moonves. according to the report, the company has enough grounds to deny moonves — who lied to investigators, attempted to destroy evidence and interfered with the inquiry — his $120 million severance. moonves is the latest high-powered entertainment figure to be ousted from his perch in the #metoo era.
Men are from mars and women are from venus, right? not exactly. recent research is making it clearer than ever that the notion that s*x determines the fundamentals of brain structure — and in turn, behavior — is actually a misconception. humans generally don’t have brains with mostly “female-typical” features (empathy, for example) or “male-typical” features, such as systemization. what’s in fact most common are brains with “mosaics” — some of them more common in males and some more common in females. check out the link in bio for more on why we can finally stop talking about “male” and “female” brains. 🎨: chris madden/ @gettyimages