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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Human Rights Advocate Who Wants to Study Post-Conflict Reconstruction

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

 

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The STEM Gender Gap That Boggles Even Physicists

A new analysis of the gender gap in physics assessments between male and female students doesn’t solve the STEM disparity, but it’s a good primer on current thought.

 

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Porn Viewing Impacts Attitudes on Women in Workplace

New research finds people who watch pornography are less likely to support affirmative action for women.

 

How Etsy Got Over Middle-School-Cafeteria Syndrome

In the year after declaring diversity one of their core values, Etsy watched their female engineers drop to four out of 85.

 

Small Steps Toward Scientific Gender Equity

 

First They Came for the Bahá’í …

 

Gender Wage Gap Skewed By Survey Flaws

The wage gap between the sexes in America has been closing much faster than anyone realized, but that’s tempered by learning it’s been much wider than measurements had shown.

 

Pop Charts Still Dominated by Men

New research finds predictions made in the late 1990s that women were nearing equality in pop music have failed to materialize.

 

Law of the Jungle: Powerful Men Have More Children

Anthropologist Christopher von Rueden’s studies of a Bolivian tribe suggest that men’s instinctive drive for power is a strategy to seed their descendants thickly.

 

On ‘Jeopardy!’ Women Take Fewer Risks vs. Men

A study of contestant behavior on the popular game show “Jeopardy!” suggests women tend to hedge their bets when facing male opponents.

 

Military Gender Roles Still Thorny Problem

Despite decades of official attention, women in the military face pervasive sexism and surprisingly frequent sexual assault from within the ranks, noted speakers at the recent Gender Justice conference at West Point.

 

Accusations of Sexism Spur Greater Sensitivity

New research finds confronting a man about his sexist language can have surprisingly positive results.

 

The Picture for Men: Superhero or Slacker

Recent scholarship and popular journalism both suggest an unappealing future for American boys: You’re screwed.

 

The Changing Face of Network Television News

Network news anchors and correspondents are a far more diverse group than they were two decades ago.

 

Profit, Thy Name Is … Woman?

The consistent correlation between women executives and high profitability.

 

Furthering the Myth of Gender Equity

Despite reports of its demise, the gap in wage equality between men and women is still very much alive, reports the director of The Howard Samuels Center.

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Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

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Why Didn’t California’s Handheld Phone Ban Reduce Motor Accidents?

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