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The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM

  • A new study explores a strange paradox: In countries that empower women, they are less likely to choose math and science professions.
  • According to a new paper published in Psychological Science by the psychologists Gijsbert Stoet, at Leeds Beckett University, and David Geary, at the University of Missouri, it could have to do with the fact that women in countries with higher gender inequality are simply seeking the clearest possible path to financial freedom.
  • What’s more, the countries that minted the most female college graduates in fields like science, engineering, or math were also some of the least gender-equal countries.
  • In this study, the percentage of girls who did excel in science or math was still larger than the number of women who were graduating with STEM degrees.

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Why does Melania stay?

  • On Wednesday, a Marist poll revealed that more than a third of Americans think Melania should leave her husband, though they were responding to the other infidelity alleged of Donald Trump -- an affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels, whom Trump attorney Michael D.
  • It's been widely reported that she and her husband keep separate bedrooms, and the Farrow piece alleges that Trump told McDougal that Melania "liked her space -- to read or be alone." If you believe an ELLE magazine examination of the couple over the years, you might agree she was never, in fact, all that into him.
  • Some in the legal community have speculated that Trump's prenuptial agreement with Melania is likely very tight (he once said that it "made their marriage stronger") and that it's unlikely their prenup changed after he became President, even though the stakes for her staying were raised considerably.

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‘Lost’ ancient Mexican city had as many buildings as Manhattan, laser map shows

  • An aircraft beamed out laser pulses and experts later examined the signals that bounced back from the ground, which helped them pull together a 3D map of the city near modern day Morelia in the state of Michoacan in western Mexico.
  • Rescue services search for people in a damaged building in eastern Taiwan after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Hualien on the night of 6 February, 2018.
  • Around 120 North Korean art performers in matching red coats and fur hats left for the South, its state media said on February 6, the latest in the flurry of cross-border exchanges in the run-up to the Pyeongchang Olympics.
  • Abu Rabih, 65, walks through the rubble with his eight-year-old grandson Yahya following air strikes by regime forces which hit the building where they live in Arbin, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus.

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Labor Board Rules Google’s Firing of James Damore Was Legal

  • Google did not violate federal labor law when it fired James Damore, a lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concluded in a lightly-redacted memo made public Thursday.
  • After he was terminated, Damore filed a complaint with the NLRB, arguing that Google had violated his right to participate in protected activity, namely addressing problems in his workplace.
  • The NLRB memo released Friday was written by attorney Jayme Sophir in January—less than ten days after Damore filed his lawsuit.
  • Moreover, those statements were likely to cause serious dissension and disruption in the workplace." Sophir's memo also cites two instances in which women withdrew their candidacy for engineering positions at Google after learning about the existence of Damore's memo.
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UN chief calls for culture change after Oxfam allegations

  • Oxfam's reputation has taken a battering after it was accused of attempting to cover up the behavior of some of its senior staff members deployed to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
  • In 2016, there were 80 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by uniformed United Nations personnel and 65 allegations against civilian workers who support the peacekeeping missions, according to a report by Guterres published last year.
  • As a result of the report, Guterres unveiled recommendations from a task force attempting to eradicate sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the field.
  • In Oxfam's case, the aid workers -- including the Oxfam country director at the time, Roland van Hauwermeiren -- were accused of using prostitutes in a villa rented by the organization.
  • The British government has warned it could lose millions of pounds in public funding because of the scandal.

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The US will never ban porn

  • On the flip side is porn actor Conner Habib, who wrote a much-discussed Twitter thread claiming that "a cultural movement to ban pornography is building right now." Somewhere in the middle is a recent reported piece from the New York Times Magazine, in which Maggie Jones hangs out with teenagers in a Boston "porn literacy" program that teaches them how to interpret porn with a critical eye.
  • Rather than offering a porn ban as a solution, a thinking person might suggest we give teens other opportunities to learn about healthy sexual relationships, starting with comprehensive sex education in all US schools.
  • The bad things Douthat, Jones, and others worry porn does — like make anal sex a seeming foregone conclusion for sexually active teens — can be more effectively prevented by affirmative measures than by criminalizing a widely available and highly sought-after genre of media.

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Labor Board Rules Google’s Firing of James Damore Was Legal

  • Google did not violate federal labor law when it fired James Damore, a lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concluded in a lightly-redacted memo made public Thursday.
  • The former senior software engineer was fired from Google in August after internally circulating a ten-page memo arguing in part that women are not as biologically suited for coding jobs as men.
  • After he was terminated, Damore filed a complaint with the NLRB, arguing that Google had violated his right to participate in protected activity, namely addressing problems in his workplace.
  • The NLRB memo released Friday was written by attorney Jayme Sophir in January—less than ten days after Damore filed his lawsuit.
  • Moreover, those statements were likely to cause serious dissension and disruption in the workplace." Sophir's memo also cites two instances in which women withdrew their candidacy for engineering positions at Google after learning about the existence of Damore's memo.

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A viral Facebook post describes an 'extraordinary' moment at LAX when a group of women comforted a screaming toddler and his mother

  • According to Beth Bornstein Dunnington, who shared the post on Facebook, a pregnant woman was attempting to board a flight with her child, but the child became upset and refused to board the plane.
  • After unsuccessfully attempting to pick up her child, the woman sat on the floor and began to cry, before "six or seven" women approached the two and comforted them.
  • According to Dunnington, none of the women knew each other before helping the mother and her child, but they were able to calm both of them enough to allow them to board their flight.

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Ten years on from Norway's quota for women on corporate boards

  • Xavier Fontanet, former chief executive of Essilor, a French eyewear company, quoted Charles de Gaulle as saying “one may not command without having obeyed”—his point being that women often lack the management experience that makes a good board director.
  • When quotas are put on the table, proponents often produce “snapshot” studies showing that companies with more women on their boards have better returns and are less likely to be beset by fraud or shareholder battles.
  • A study in France in 2015 based on interviews with 24 board members concluded that the country’s new quota system led to changes in the process of boards’ decision-making.
  • But a study in Norway found the quotas had no effect on the representation of women in senior management in the firms where it applied.

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Tracey Spicer: More to come from #MeToo

  • Spicer, who was given her marching orders from Network Ten two months after having her second child, has spent the past 12 years railing against the blokey culture in the media industry.
  • I ask what prompted her to send out the tweet last October in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations in the US, calling on people in the Australian media industry to come forward with their stories.
  • In recent months the #MeToo campaign has never been far from the headlines and Spicer, noting she lives in Tony Abbott's "very conservative" electorate, admits a few weeks ago she was slightly anxious about attending a local Australia Day barbecue.
  • She says you only need to look back at the 2010 sexual harassment case of publicist Kristy Fraser-Kirk who sued David Jones and its former boss, Mark McInnes, before settling out of court.

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