from The Great Debate:

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

September 15, 2014

Children hold placards during a procession urging legislators to prioritize anti-child pornography bill passage in Quezon City

Some myths are so powerful that they change our perception of reality. Under their influence even the most obvious truths -- or crimes -- can be rendered invisible. Such as rape.

How letting women fail can help them succeed

August 29, 2014

In life, and especially at work, women often are afraid to break the rules. They are also afraid to fail in ways that can differ from men. Often, this holds them back in their careers. It isn’t an irrational position. Instead, it’s more likely a reaction to social pressures that tell them they will be more harshly judged than their male peers on their perceived missteps.

The importance of men leaning out

August 7, 2014

Earlier this week, Max Schireson, the CEO of New York-based tech company MongoDB, wrote a post about stepping down from the top position at the company. He’s quitting, he says, to spend more time with his family. “Friends and colleagues often ask my wife how she balances her job and motherhood. Somehow, the same people don’t ask me,” he writes.

The problem with being a female football fan

July 25, 2014

Baltimore Ravens Rice reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter in their NFL football game in Denver

It’s a weird time to be an avid NFL fan – particularly when you’re also a woman.

Woman can have it all — if families pitch in

July 2, 2014

Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo

In an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival Monday, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was asked about whether women can have it all (because what else would a CEO be asked to talk about other than her children?). She gave some very honest answers. While a lot of people latched on to the fact that she’s not sure her daughters will think she was a good mom, the much more important excerpt is the story she tells of the night she found out she was going to become the president of PepsiCo (emphasis mine):

A lament on the axing of Jill Abramson

May 15, 2014

Jill Abramson

Yesterday, the three-year tenure of the New York Times’ first female executive editor, Jill Abramson, abruptly came to an end. No one is quite sure why it happened, but it seems pretty clear that being a woman had something to do with it.

Is there a gender gap in tech salaries?

March 20, 2014

Recently, Cynthia Than wrote a piece for Quartz entitled “There is no gender gap in tech salaries,” which concluded just that. The truth, however, is quite a bit more complicated than that. What follows is the original text with my annotations; you can also read Than’s follow-up post here.

More work and less play for women around the world

March 12, 2014

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development has a new report out for International Women’s Day showing how men and women in 26 different countries spend their time. It shows that women spent significantly more time during the day working without pay.

from Felix Salmon:

Charts of the day, female risk-aversion edition

February 24, 2014

Catha Mullen of Personal Capital, an online wealth-management company, has an intriguing post about what she calls “gender bias in investing”. Looking at the Personal Capital user base, she found that “women are on average 7% more risk-averse than men”, and that “the effect of gender on risk tolerance is greater than that of any other variable” — bigger even than net worth.

What we know about income inequality: Better marriages may mean more inequality

February 7, 2014

There are a lot of things that “explain” inequality. Technology, finance, societal, and cultural changes have all played their part. In a new series, Counterparties takes a look at the various things that correlate with rising income inequality in order to ascertain how we got to this economy and where we might go from here. For story tips/comments/complaints email us at