From the NYTimes:
Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, became the first woman and African-American to lead the House Financial Services Committee, at the age of 80.
Men, of course, have led major organizations well into their seventh and even eighth decades, retaining their power and prominence. But the #MeToo movement has toppled some high-profile males, from 77-year-old Charlie Rose to Les Moonves, 69, who was ousted as head of CBS after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, creating unexpected openings for the elevation of women.
And Susan Douglas, a professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan who is writing a book on the power of older women, said “a demographic revolution” was occurring — both in the number of women who are working into their 60s and 70s and in the perception, in the wake of #MeToo, of their expertise and value.
“Older women are now saying ‘No, I’m still vibrant, I still have a lot to offer, and I’m not going to be consigned to invisibility,’ ” she said. “These women are reinventing what it means to be an older woman.”
The NYTimes has a series of pieces exploring what happens as ‘More and more laws are treating a fetus as a person, and a woman as less of one, as states charge pregnant women with crimes…
A woman studying nuns in the middle ages told me recently that nunneries were often seen as refuges from too-often fatal pregnancies. Reading the Times’ series one feels pregnancies can be dangerous, not so much physically as legally. The series is so full of details that it is, as far as I cn see, goood material for classes.
This article presents it as surprising, but I’m certainly not surprised:
“It’s not about rooting out the bad apples; we need to focus on the whole barrel,” said Lilia Cortina, a professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan and one of 21 experts who authored the report. “When organizations really cultivate a climate that makes clear it will not tolerate sex harassment, employees are much less likely to engage in sexual harassment,” she said.
A wonderful long read— fantastic to see this sort of mainstream attention devoted to a feminist (among other things) philosopher.