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Dec 13, 2013 — Recent work shows there may be differences in the brains of men and women. But what does this tell us about differences between men and women? Not much, according to philosopher Alva NoŽ.
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Jul 19, 2013 — Also: Martin Amis talks about the "burden" of his famous surname; a new study says children's books reinforce gender stereotypes.
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Jun 17, 2013 — Academic philosophy is an outlier within the humanities, with fewer than 20 percent of full-time faculty positions occupied by women. Commentator Tania Lombrozo discusses some recent findings that might help us understand why.
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Mar 10, 2013 — By signing a new charter for the Commonwealth states, Her Majesty is royally endorsing equal rights. One possible outcome of her support: If Prince William and Kate have a girl, she may well be queen someday.
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Feb 4, 2013 — Is Hillary Clinton's political stature a reflection of how far women have come? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers what psychological research can tell us about public perceptions of women in power.
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May 24, 2012 — When a very young child, born as a girl, insists she is a boy, what should a family do? Can the biology of developmental dynamics help us think through this conundrum? Commentator Barbara J. King discusses these issues with a noted gender-studies expert.
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Jan 23, 2012 — Women don't suffer in silence. They report feeling more pain than men from such common conditions as ankle sprains and sinus infections, a Stanford study finds. A better understanding of gender differences in pain could lead to better treatments.
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Nov 4, 2010 — The Spanish government hopes to add more flexibility to the way children are named — and in the process, to end a tradition that favors males. Children in Spain are given two surnames; a new rule would allow parents to list mothers' names first.
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Apr 2, 2010 — NPR does exceptionally well putting female reporters and hosts on the air. But when it comes to female voices from outside NPR, the network is not as diverse on air as it would like to think. NPR needs to try harder to find more female sources and...
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