June 13, 2018

When it comes to English class, socioeconomic status doesn't matter: Girls are consistently ahead of the game.

But educational inequality between boys and girls sticks out in math class, analysis from The New York Times has found. Boys from rich, white, suburban school districts perform better than girls in math, and research suggests stereotypes are to blame.

From 2008 to 2014, the Times compiled millions of standardized test scores from third through eighth graders across the U.S. The data shows that girls outperform boys in English across the board. But while on average, girls and boys are at the same level in math, race and economic status can push boys above or below the curve.

The fact that boys in white, affluent districts outperform girls in math is a bit of a contradiction. Researchers told the Times that suburban families tend to believe more strongly in gender equality, but also conform to traditional gender roles. Boys see men succeeding in science- and math-based jobs, so that's where they tend to excel. Meanwhile, boys in black, poor communities start to think school isn't manly and fall behind.

See how your school district stacks up at The New York Times. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 24, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) shamelessly embraced Donald Trump's phrase "nasty woman" during a Hillary Clinton campaign event in New Hampshire on Monday. Days after Trump called Clinton a "nasty woman" at the third presidential debate, Warren broke it to Trump that women — particularly "nasty women" — have "had it with guys like you." And unfortunately for Trump, Warren said, "nasty women vote."

Warren's news might be a rude awakening for Trump, who recently claimed that he's doing far better with women than the "inaccurate" polls show. Watch Warren rally all the "nasty women," below. Becca Stanek

September 11, 2016
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Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead over Donald Trump among female voters, and the Republican candidate has decided to take action. His new women's outreach initiative is called the "Trump-Pence Women's Empowerment Tour," because there's nothing that makes ladies feel more powerful than road trips named after elderly men.

Trump himself is not playing a major role in the tour, which will instead feature six women with varying ties to his campaign: Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump; spokeswoman Katrina Pierson; former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault; Eric Trump Foundation Vice President Lynne Patton; and sister social media personalities Diamond and Silk.

Their goal: To demonstrate just how not racist and sexist Donald Trump really is. "If you look at the make-up of our tour, we have a very diverse group here, the majority of ladies are African-American," said Lara Trump. "It speaks to who Donald Trump is, these are all women he's touched in very different ways."

The tour follows Trump's recent minority outreach efforts, including a visit to Detroit, which seem to have had no meaningful effect on his poll numbers among minority voters. Bonnie Kristian

September 9, 2016

Reshma Quereshi is hoping her runway debut at New York Fashion Week brings hope to other acid attack survivors.

Quereshi, 19, suffered severe facial burns and lost an eye after her estranged brother-in-law and two men attacked her with sulfuric acid two years ago at her home in Allahbad, India. She went through several skin graft surgeries, and at one point contemplated suicide, but has since become involved with the Make Love Not Scars group, starring in their online video campaign. The organization provides support for victims of gender-based crimes, and through her video appearances, Quereshi was able to make her first trip to the U.S. for New York Fashion Week. For the FTL Moda show on Thursday, Quereshi donned a white gown with appliqués by Indian designer Archana Kochhar.

Quereshi's goal is to not only inspire confidence in survivors but to also push countries to regulate the sale of such cheap and easy-to-acquire acids as the one used to burn her. The Acid Survivors Trust International says about 1,500 acid attacks are reported every year, but the real number of cases is much higher; a fear of reprisals and belief that the legal system won't help them are preventing victims from filing reports. India has the highest number of recorded attacks, and Quereshi told Reuters that "no one else understands what an acid attack is except the survivors themselves. I do not want this to happen to anyone else." Catherine Garcia

May 17, 2016

Girls just might have an edge on boys when it comes to technology and engineering, according to results from the first-ever national test of technology and engineering literacy made public Tuesday. Among more than 20,000 eighth-grade students in both public and private schools across the nation, 45 percent of girls scored proficient on the exam, which was administered in 2014, whereas only 42 percent of boys reached that mark. Overall, 43 percent of students scored proficient.

The test, known as the National Assessment for Educational Progress, was designed to measure students' abilities in "understanding technological principles, designing solutions, and communicating and collaborating," The Washington Post reports. Girls performed particularly well in the communication and collaboration portion of the test.

"We did not expect this pattern, and the pattern does seem to be pretty clear from the data overall," said Peggy Carr, the acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics. "It looks like girls have the ability and critical thinking skills to succeed in fields of technology and engineering, and that is worth noting." Becca Stanek

April 16, 2016
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The U.S. Army approved 22 women for combat roles as infantry and armor officers Friday, USA Today reports. The Pentagon had ordered all jobs to be open to women as of 2016.

The women will be commissioned as second lieutenants, should they complete specialty schools and meet the physical requirements.

The Marine Corps estimated that 200 women per year would likely join the ground combat positions newly opened to them. Julie Kliegman

April 11, 2016
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U.S. women's soccer co-captain Carli Lloyd published a New York Times essay Sunday making her case for the complaint she and four other teammates filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over alleged wage discrimination. She explained that the decision had nothing to do with how much she loves her job:

It had everything to do with what's right and what's fair, and with upholding a fundamental American concept: equal pay for equal play. Even if you are female. Simply put, we're sick of being treated like second-class citizens. It wears on you after a while. And we are done with it. The United States women's national team is the most successful team in the history of U.S. Soccer. [The New York Times]

Lloyd went on to outline a number of ways she sees the pay discrepancy take shape: annual salaries, bonuses, World Cup victories, and even the amount of money players receive in travel expenses. Expect to hear more from Lloyd and her teammates on this fight — as The Washington Post reports, an Olympics boycott isn't off the table. Julie Kliegman

January 16, 2016
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Tsai Ing-wen won Taiwan's presidential election Saturday. The Democratic Progressive Party candidate will be the first woman on the island to hold the office, The New York Times reports.

She has vowed to support maintaining the status quo in Taiwan's relationship with China, rather than pushing for more formal independence, as her party traditionally has. Tsai scored nearly 60 percent of the vote, Time reports, easily defeating Kuomintang candidate Eric Chu. Julie Kliegman

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