SA Special Editions Vol 29 Issue 1

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Volume 29, Issue 1

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How to Close the Gender Gap in the Labor Force

As more women contribute to the economy, life gets better for everyone. Why are the barriers to opportunity so hard to change?

Halting Sexual Harassment

A leader of a major report on sexual misconduct explains how to make science accessible to everyone

Pausing Fertility: What Will Happen When the Eggs Thaw?

Technical advances are driving a boom in egg freezing, which promises to let women put off pregnancy indefinitely. But will the science live up to the hype?

Men Who Advocate for Others in the Workplace Face Backlash

Study shows a cost for males who defy gender stereotypes

Is There a "Female" Brain?

The debate over whether men and women have meaningfully different brains could have profound implications for health and personal identity

The Brilliance Paradox: What Really Keeps Women and Minorities from Excelling in Academia

How a misplaced emphasis on genius subtly discourages women and Black people from certain academic fields

What Is the Point of a Period?

Age-old taboos against menstruation have led to a lack of research on how women's cycles work, with serious consequences for their health

Why Are Girls Getting Their Periods So Young?

Female puberty is starting earlier and earlier, with worrying consequences for women’s health

How Captives Changed the World

Stolen people—mostly women and children—were a driving force in the evolution of modern society

The Truth about Gender Differences in How We Speak

The Truth about Gender Differences in How We Speak

Men and women have different ways of speaking, but research reveals the conversational gender divide is not as stark as it seems

5 Things We Bet You Didn't Know about the Placenta

5 Things We Bet You Didn't Know about the Placenta

The placenta does a whole lot more than just ferry oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and take away wastes and carbon dioxide

The Science of Endometriosis

Endometriosis spreads like a vine through the bodies of roughly 176 million women worldwide, causing agony and infertility. Science has struggled to understand the condition, but new research is sparking hope for improved treatments soon

When Times Are Good, the Gender Gap Grows

A study shows growing national wealth and gender equality accentuates differences in the types of choices men and women make

The Persistent Problem of Gender Inequality

The gender gap remains a global phenomenon  

To Prevent Women from Dying in Childbirth, First Stop Blaming Them

Two thirds of all U.S. maternal deaths are considered preventable. Racism—not race—is a critical factor

Promiscuous Men, Chaste Women and Other Gender Myths

The notion that behavioral differences between the sexes are innate and immutable does not hold up under scrutiny

Doctors Must Dig into Gender Difference to Improve Women's Health Care

Researchers and doctors must dig deeper into gender differences before they can provide women with better treatments

Why Women--and Men--Need Better Birth Control

The IUD is held up as the gold standard of contraception. That says a lot about the slothful pace of innovation

Why Girls Are Coming Back in Some Asian Countries after Neglect

Traditions that favor sons in Asia—resulting in millions of dead or neglected girls—have started to change

Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination

Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination

A host of factors figure into whether someone is female, male or somewhere in between


From the Editor
An Issue for Everyone
Unleashing the Energy Trapped within Undereducated Girls
Alzheimer's Hits Men and Women Differently, and We Need to Understand Why
Facebook Use Linked to Gender Equality
More Than a Third of Female Suicides Are Committed by Indian Women
Implicit Biases toward Race and Sexuality Have Decreased
Why Are There So Few Female Leaders?
The Science of Health
What Ails a Woman's Heart
The Science Agenda
Bringing Up Baby, Helping the Economy