Jimmy Kimmel ‘Mansplains’ to Hillary Clinton
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
“Mansplaining is a way that we men can help women be better,” Kimmel says during a bit skewering the condescending commentary some male pundits have offered about the female candidate seeking the highest office in the nation. The late show host takes tongue-in-cheek jabs at everything from Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe choices to the volume of her voice (“You’re making a speech, not an arrest,” he quips). It’s great for a laugh, and for spotlighting the pervasive issue of sexism in the 2016 campaign.


Lean Out: The Dangers for Women Who Negotiate
Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker
While most men are comfortable negotiating salaries, fewer than 10 percent of women are similarly inclined, according to research. Why? Because women are often penalized for stepping up. “Women who don’t negotiate may not be refraining because they are shy,” Konnikova writes. “They may, instead, be anticipating very real attitudes and very real reactions that are borne out, time and again, in the lab and in the office.” The author explores the issues and offers potential solutions, both institutional and individual.


The Forgotten Female Action Stars of the 1910s
Radha Vatsal, The Atlantic
The dominance of men in Hollywood action blockbusters has been a hot topic on the eve of Wonder Woman’s return to the screen. But it may surprise you to learn that a century ago, gutsy women were front-and-center in some of the era’s most popular action series. Vatsal’s piece takes us through the history of women’s brief and mostly forgotten reign as the queens of action storytelling, while also showing how women’s generous representation onscreen is directly related to their presence behind the scenes.


Soccer Wars
Elizabeth Mitchell, New York Daily News
The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, led by some of its biggest stars, is taking on a yawning pay gap and other gender inequities in American soccer. Just before five players formally filed suit this week, Mitchell penned a detailed account of the unfairness plaguing women in the sport, despite delivering huge wins on the field and profits to the league’s owners. “Women’s soccer is dealing not so much with a glass ceiling as it is a glass labyrinth,” he writes. It’s a long read, but a gripping one, that paints a detailed picture of the difficult fight these women face for equality and fair pay.

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