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The French parliament has adopted legislation that characterises sex with a child under the age of 15 as rape and punishable by up to 20 years in jail, bringing its penal code closer in line with many other western nations. While the age of consent was previously 15, prosecutors in France used to be required to prove sex was non-consensual to obtain a rape conviction.
Nadja Sayej / The Guardian
At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, female artists throughout history are being given their due in a vital new exhibition
Ellen Gutosky / Mental Floss
A series of new quarters will start circulating in January 2022, and the U.S. Mint has already chosen the first two women to appear on the “tails” side (the “heads” side will still depict George Washington). One is astronaut Sally Ride, who became the first American woman in space in June 1983. The other is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author Maya Angelou, who gave voice to institutionally marginalized and silenced Black Americans through her poems, memoirs, and other work.
Jennifer O'Connell / The Irish Times
While we have done a very good job dismantling some of the rigid stereotypes that used to be foisted on women, we have not had a parallel wide-ranging discussion about what it might mean to be a “good man” in today’s world.
Sophie Arnold and Katherine McAuliffe / Scientific American
As early as third grade, girls ask for less than boys when negotiating.
Universal child care could boost women’s lifetime earnings by $130 billion—and ensure more stable retirement options
Megan Leonhardt / National Women's Law Center