Among U.S. cities with populations of over 30,000, only 20 percent of mayors are women. A 2015 report by the American Planning Association not only notes the lack of gender diversity in urban planning careers—the field is 42 percent female—but also the fact that women are more likely to be affected by urban affordability issues: Up to three-quarters of households living in public housing are solely headed by females.
Women in their 60s are more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the course of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer. Once women develop mild cognitive impairment, their cognitive decline is two times faster than men. And no one knows why women are so disproportionately affected by the disease.
American women are more than three times as likely as Canadian women to die in the maternal period...six times as likely to die as Scandinavians. In every other wealthy country, and many less affluent ones, maternal mortality rates have been falling... But in the U.S., maternal deaths increased from 2000 to 2014. In a recent analysis by the CDC Foundation, nearly 60 percent of such deaths were preventable.
online categorizations reflect prejudices from the real world while perpetuating discrimination within it. With more people relying on burgeoning amounts of information available through search engines, designers turn to algorithms to sort out who sees what ... Ultimately, this reinforcement of bias between the internet and its users can exaggerate stereotypes and affect how people perceive the world and their roles in it.
If you look at the white working class—Americans without a college degree—the majority, 53 percent, are women ... In terms of the economy, white working-class women also differ from their male counterparts. While manufacturing concerns and the white working class may be linked in our cultural narrative...the women were focused on different economic concerns—in particular, the cost of higher education and preschooling.
Of the one in three American women who are abused, 38 percent are homeless at some point. ... Between 22 percent and 57 percent of homeless women, depending on the jurisdiction, cite domestic violence and financial vulnerability as the reason they are homeless. One study found that 46 percent of homeless women said that having nowhere to go, and no way to support themselves and their children, meant they stayed in violent relationships.
The highest-paying jobs disproportionately reward those who can work the longest, least flexible hours. These types of job penalize workers who have caregiving responsibilities outside the workplace. Those workers tend to be women ... The gender gap in pay would be considerably reduced and might even vanish if firms did not have an incentive to disproportionately reward individuals who worked long hours and worked particular hours.
Since the 1980s, women have been more likely than men to vote in the general election....The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University reports that the turnout rate among women in 2012 was about four percentage points higher than that of men. In raw votes, that means that women cast 9.8 million more ballots than did men. Results were similar in the 2004 and 2008 presidential races.
There is a sense among women that...the “right” voice...could more easily unlock opportunities, open the forum, even lead a nation (hence Thatcher’s vocal coach and Clinton’s conscientious modulation). Perhaps this is why the pitch of women’s voices in the U.S. dropped precipitously in the second half of the last century as more women entered the workforce ... For every wrong-voiced woman, the nominal problem is excess. The voice is too something... it overflows its bounds.
In public, most women wear baggy black gowns...to hide their forms, as well as veils that cover their hair and faces, with only thin slits for their eyes ... Many Saudis mix in private, and men and women can usually meet in hotel lobbies with little problem. Others do not want to mix and see gender segregation as part of their cultural identity. In some conservative circles, men go their whole lives without seeing the faces of women other than their immediate family — even their brothers’ wives.