In Virtual Reality, Women Run the World
Dayna Evans, The Cut
Virtual reality (or VR for short) has the potential to revolutionize more than how tech consumers get into gaming. Female creators in Silicon Valley have been pushing the boundaries of what VR can become as an industry, in a bid to disrupt the male-dominated tech world by creating products and building spaces that respect women. To understand how, Evans spoke with 10 diverse women who are furthering the development of virtual reality in their fields, including filmmakers, animators — and Icelandic singer Björk.
To Retain More Women, The Military Offers A Better Work-Life Balance
Tom Bowman, NPR
Women throughout all branches of the U.S. military are 30 percent less likely to be retained as servicewomen than their male counterparts. They work long hours — both here and overseas — while often trying to juggle home life, leaving them searching for a break. Bowman’s piece explores the Career Intermission Program, which allows the military to offer better work-life balance for members looking for time to study, travel and raise their children. However, it’s not a perfect solution — participation in the program is reportedly discouraged by some officers, leaving more than a few women wary of taking part.
Donald Trump Talks at Debate, but Many Women Hear Only a 2005 Tape
Michael Barbaro and Amy Chozick, The New York Times
Sunday’s presidential debate was Republican nominee Donald Trump’s chance to explain the sexually predatory boasts that he made on a leaked 2005 recording. Instead, he wrote it off as “locker-room banter,” leaving some female voters feeling robbed of an apology. Barbaro and Chozik interviewed several women about Trump’s comments, and about his treatment of women in the past. Through those talks, they found that many women felt his words were insufficient. Others, however, felt differently. “We’re all human,” retired teacher Gayle Mason told the Times.
City of Women
Rebecca Solnit, The New Yorker
“New York City is a manscape,” says Solnit in this piece — a place filled with the names of dead men who wielded power and used it to make history. She says that, while they deserved to be remembered, the lack of homages in New York for its significant and remarkable women should give one pause. She notes that many female pioneers “lived, worked, competed, went to school, danced, painted, wrote, rebelled, organized, philosophized, taught, and made names for themselves” in the city they shaped from the beginning, and should be recognized as such.
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