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Why Girls Apologize Too Much
Rae Jacobson, Child Mind Institute
Do women say they’re sorry too often? The subject is often discussed, but few of those examinations look into the long-term reasons as to why women sometimes do this. That’s why we were intrigued with this piece, which delves deep into how girls are socialized at young ages to behave and interact in certain ways. “Girls,” as clinical psychologist Dr. Stephen Hinshaw says, “are more often rewarded for focusing on others’ feelings, while boys are more often rewarded for asserting themselves.”

In Iowa, Hillary Shows She’s Learned Something About Running While Female
Rebecca Traister, New York Magazine
Regardless of who you support in this year’s Presidential election, this is an interesting read. There are certain aspects of how gender privilege and media coverage intersect that are bound to affect women candidates in any race. This article takes a thoughtful look at what it means to be a powerful female politician in America today, and how that reality can affect one’s public appearances. We were especially struck by Traister’s assertion, “Here is a truth about America: No one likes a woman who yells loudly about revolution.” Do you agree?

Women’s Rock Climbing Gains Foothold in Iran
Ebrahim Noroozi, Associated Press
Imagery and text come together well in this dive — or should we say ascent? — into the world of women’s rock climbing in Iran. Skilled athlete Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh offers insight into the rules these women must adhere to while working out, as well as the reasons for why she and others climb. The combination of photos and story makes for a unique look into a grueling sport that is particularly tough for these women.

American Muslim Women Explain Why They Do — or Don’t — Cover
Tom Gjelten, NPR
Though it’s hardly anyone’s business, many are still compelled to discuss and debate when and why Muslim women don hijabs. This detailed NPR piece brings the conversation to American Muslim women, to find out why they do or do not choose to cover their heads. It also looks at the ramifications and costs of those decisions on these women’s lives. For example, North Carolina resident Maryam Adamu told Gjelten that “before I wore hijab, making friends with people who weren’t Muslim was a lot easier.”

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