In the midst of #MeToo and a reckoning over racial injustice, people have begun to re-examine the art, music, monuments and characters on whom cultural significance has been placed. But this current wave revolves not around individuals so much as the machine that produced them: the journalists, the photographers, and the fans — who were reading, watching, buying.
For a long time, women were taught to “act like men” to get ahead at work. But a new breed of women leaders is upending those old rules, embracing traits like empathy and collaboration to get things done, and refusing to suppress the qualities that make them who they are.
In 2016, the average life span of women in the United States was 81.1, compared with men’s 76.1. Nearly a third of women aged 65 to 69 are now working, up from 15 percent in the late 1980s, according to recent analyses by the Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz. Some 18 percent of women aged 70 to 74 work, up from 8 percent.
Wimbledon tradition dictates that women are actually “ladies” and lists them under their husbands’ names on its “Champions Board,” displayed in the concourse of Centre Court. That means Billie Jean King, the outspoken advocate for gender equality in tennis — and 20-time Wimbledon champion — is called “Mrs. L.W. King,” the “L.W.” referring to Larry W., a man to whom she has not been married since 1987.