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After Five Years of Leaning In, Everything and Nothing Has Changed

Five years ago this month, Donald Trump was planning a Miss Universe pageant in Moscow; the Weinstein Co. was riding high on three Academy Award wins …

The Invisible Lives of Young Women With Chronic Illnesses

<i>Jessica Gross | Longreads | March 2018 | 18 minutes (4,580 words)</i><i>When Michele Lent Hirsch was growing up, she was hardly ever sick. In college, she</i> …

In The Wake Of Rob Porter Allegations, Mormon Women Say Church Leaders Encouraged Them To Stay With Their Abusers

Nearly two dozen women told BuzzFeed News they went to Mormon church leaders after suffering abuse at home and were counseled to remain in their relationships. Some were warned their eternal salvation could be jeopardized if they left their violent partners.<p><b>As Jodi read</b> the news this week that a …

Women Were Better Represented in Victorian Novels Than Modern Ones

Since the birth of modern English-language novels in the 1700s, male and female characters from Paul Atreides to Elizabeth Bennet have laughed, …

Black Disabled Wonder Women Need Love, Too

<i>Britney Wilson | Longreads | February 2018 | 25 minutes (6,304 words)</i> “You good?” you asked, pulling a gray wool blanket up tighter around your …

“Assault and battery” in the delivery room: The disturbing trend of obstetric violence

Kimberly Turbin wasn’t expecting childbirth to be a pleasant experience, but she wasn’t expecting it to be a nightmare either.<p>On May 4th 2013, she was sitting on the couch at a friend’s house. They had plans to go out for seafood in San Pedro, next to the Los Angeles Harbor, and 27-year-old Turbin …

Pregnancy

Sunday Reading: Women of the Year

Among the most important developments of 2017 was #MeToo: the renewed determination of women to stand up to sexual harassment, and the new willingness of (some) institutions and corporations to take action. Although the movement itself started several years ago, it has gained a new urgency since …

How Are There Still Beauty Pageants When Feminists Have Been Protesting Them for 50 Years?

Progress can sometimes be infuriatingly slow. Take the continued existence of beauty pageants. For most of my adult life, I’ve tried to forget they …

Every Woman Her Own Bodyguard

<i>Wendy L. Rouse |</i> Her Own Hero <i>| NYU Press | August 2017 | 16 minutes (3,900 words)</i>On a spring evening in 1909, Wilma Berger decided to go for a short …

Black Women’s Maternal Mortality Rates in the US are Staggeringly High

As part of ProPublica and NPR’s series on maternal care in the U.S., Nina Martin and Renee Montagne tell the devastating story of Shalon Irving, a …

From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

Multiple women share harrowing accounts of sexual assault and harassment by the film executive.<p><i>This story was first published on newyorker.com on October 10, 2017, at 10:47 A.M. The version below appears in the October 23, 2017, issue.</i><p>1.<p>Since the establishment of the first studios, a century ago, …

Sexual Harassment

Effort to recall Stanford rape case judge submits almost 100,000 signatures

The campaign to recall a judge who issued what many considered a light sentence to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault cleared its first hurdle Thursday.<p>Recall organizers, led by Stanford law Professor Michele Dauber, filed a petition and nearly 100,000 signatures with the Santa …

Chinese authorities demolish well-known evangelical church

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in northern China's coal country have demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions …

Chinese women reveal sexual harassment, but #MeToo movement struggles for air

BEIJING — When Sophia Huang Xueqin was a young intern working for a national news agency in China, a senior male reporter and mentor tried to grope and kiss her in a hotel room where they were working together.<p>"My mind went blank, my heart was beating really fast and my body went stiff," she said. …

China

Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?

One snowy February morning at the Arbors Kids preschool branch in downtown Springfield, Mass., 38-year-old Kejo Kelly crouched low over a large, faded carpet and locked eyes with a blond-haired boy of 3. It was circle time, and Kelly was trying to get each of her 13 tiny students to articulate a …

Education

Africa is changing China as much as China is changing Africa

Eight years ago I watched the movie “2012,” named after the year the Mayan calendar supposedly ends. In the film an American geologist learns that a solar flare is heating the core of the earth and causing its tectonic plates to shift drastically. Before long, mass earthquakes and tsunamis are …

Africa

The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About

<i>Editor's note:</i> <i>This report includes graphic and disturbing descriptions of assault.</i><p>Pauline wants to tell her story — about that night in the basement, about the boys and about the abuse she wanted to stop.<p>But she's nervous. "Take a deep breath," she says out loud to herself. She takes a deep and …

Autism

Friendship Is Complicated

<i>Maria Bustillos | Longreads | January 2015 | 15 minutes (3,706 words)</i><p>Lauren Faust, the creative genius behind the hit cartoon series <i>My Little Pony:</i> …

A Very Naughty Little Girl

<i>Rose George</i> <i>| Longreads | March 2015 | 21 minutes (5,358 words)</i><p>She was a name on a plaque and a face on a wall. I ate beneath her portrait for three …

The 25 Most Popular Longreads Exclusives of 2017

<i>Our most popular exclusive stories of 2017.</i> <i>If you like these, you can sign up to receive our weekly email every Friday.</i>1. The Unforgiving</i> …

Why Did 'Girl Toys' All Become Pink?

Pink is a funny thing. In the early days of the 20th century, pink was not necessarily a girl color. I’ve even heard that pink was considered a …

Love, Identity, and Genderqueer Family Making

<i>Maggie Nelson | The Argonauts | Graywolf Press | May 2015 | 17 minutes (4,137 words)</i><p><i>Published to great acclaim earlier this year, The Argonauts</i> …

They escaped child marriage. Now they're speaking out

<b>(CNN) —</b> Eunice was just 9 years old when she was married off to a man older than her father.<p>The young girl from northern Kenya lived with the man for two weeks, she said, enduring abuse before she ran away with the help of another of his wives.<p>"She told me the next morning: 'You will pretend that …

Female Genital Mutilation

The Silence Breakers

In a windowless room at a two-story soundstage in San Francisco’s Mission District, a group of women from different worlds met for the first time. …

Longreads Best of 2017: Investigative Reporting on Sexual Misconduct

It was a year in which investigations loomed over us as we woke up each day and absorbed the news. Former FBI director Robert Mueller began …

Woman of Color in Wide Open Spaces

<i>Minda Honey | Longreads | March 2017 | 12 minutes (2,986 words)</i><p>“And sometimes you meet yourself back where you started, but stronger.”<br>—Yrsa Daley-Ward<p>…

This is How a Woman is Erased From Her Job

<i>A.N. Devers | Longreads | December 2017 | 26 minutes (6,577 words)</i>This is a story about a woman who was erased from her job as the editor of the most …

Journalism

Amber Tamblyn: I’m Not Ready for the Redemption of Men

Recently, I was sitting on my couch between two influential, Emmy-winning writers, one a man and one a woman. We were talking about consequences. The comedian Louis C.K.’s entire life seemed to have been canceled overnight. His movie wasn’t being released, and his representatives dropped him after …

She Didn’t Fight Back: 5 (Misguided) Reasons People Doubt Sexual Misconduct Victims

She took decades to come forward. She can’t remember exactly what happened. She sent friendly text messages to the same man she says assaulted her. She didn’t fight back.<p>There are all sorts of reasons women who report sexual misconduct, from unwanted advances by their bosses to groping or forced …

Sexual Harassment