Last year, U.S. colleges enrolled 1.5 million fewer students than five years ago, and men accounted for more than 70 percent of the decline. American colleges and universities now enroll roughly six women for every four men. This is the largest female-male gender gap in the history of higher education, and it’s getting wider.
Simply by being home more, many dads have gotten a fuller sense of the burdens of child care and housework that moms usually get saddled with.
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While still in his mid-20s, François Poulain wrote three books which constitute the first rigorously reasoned attack on the patriarchy. Before that, proto-feminist women tended to defend their sex by citing the accomplishments of queens and heroines of history and myth. Poulain instead used logic to demonstrate the absolute equality of women and men, and to make the case for their right to equal treatment under the law, equal access to education, and equal professional opportunities.
The historian Jill Lepore has encapsulated the problem of women in relation to the wide scope of American history, writing that the “archive of the past … is maddeningly uneven, asymmetrical, and unfair.” The study of the history of African American women is particularly challenging because the keepers of records often overlooked them altogether.
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Everyone expects Harris to run for president again one day, but her job requires her to avoid even the appearance of preparing for her political future.
She’s always been an A-lister. But her new film, Those Who Wish Me Dead, reflects Hollywood’s impulse to stifle female action heroes once they hit a certain age.