The new period emoji is as prudish as it is pointless

The organization in charge of approving new emojis has added one for periods — and not the kind that separate sentences. The symbol that will from now on denote menstruation is a single glistening red droplet. The bloody character was dreamed up after a poll by children’s rights charity Plan International U.K. found that half of women ages 18-34 thought an emoji could help them talk more comfortably about periods to friends and partners. It’s undoubtedly true that there’s still a very real and ridiculous stigma around menstruation. There’s no more sure fire way for a woman to make her male colleagues recoil than by mentioning the “P” word. But… Read More

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Can female politicians make America healthy again?

This year, a record number of women entered public office. In the U.S. House of Representatives, 102 women, plus four non-voting female territorial delegates, now make up nearly 25 percent of the chamber. In the Senate, five new women were elected in November’s midterms, bringing the total number of female senators to a historic 25. These numbers are encouraging for a lot of reasons, but perhaps one of the most surprising has to do with the nation’s overall wellbeing. A recent Canadian study suggests the number of women in government is directly tied to national health. For the study, which was published in the journal Social Science & Medicine —… Read More

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Can female politicians make America healthy again?

This year, a record number of women entered public office. In the U.S. House of Representatives, 102 women, plus four non-voting female territorial delegates, now make up nearly 25 percent of the chamber. In the Senate, five new women were elected in November’s midterms, bringing the total number of female senators to a historic 25. These numbers are encouraging for a lot of reasons, but perhaps one of the most surprising has to do with the nation’s overall wellbeing. A recent Canadian study suggests the number of women in government is directly tied to national health. For the study, which was published in the journal Social Science & Medicine —… Read More

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