After months of speculation, Pope Francis has sidestepped a request for married men to be ordained as priests and women to be ordained as deacons. Bishops from the Amazon region had sought the changes to address a shortage of clergy. But some Roman Catholic conservatives warned that enacting them would lead to the end of clerical celibacy rules.
Twenty-seven years after testifying that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her, Anita Hill says she believes the upcoming hearing on an alleged sexual assault by the current nominee "cannot be fair and thorough." As it stands now, the hearing cannot provide the senators "with enough information to reach a reasonable conclusion," Hill tells NPR.
News of the all-female team immediately set off a range of reactions online. Some critics — most of whom were male — turned up their noses at the idea, replying to a tweet from media reporter Darren Rovell with comments such as "My god... my eaaaars." But on that same thread, a man named Victor wrote, "That is awesome news! As a father of 2 young girls, I love this! Thank you for this."
Under pressure to change its policies or lose the right to host golf at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, an exclusive golf club has now accepted three women as full members, breaking with decades of gender discrimination. Founded in 1929, the private Kasumigaseki Country Club was picked to host the men's and women's Olympic tournaments. But the International Olympic Committee reiterated last year that if the club wanted to host the Olympics, it would have to change. Women have been allowed to play the club's two 18-hole courses – but never on Sunday, and not as full members. The club voted to change its membership rules last year.