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Gender Roles: Men and Women Are Not So Different After All

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Gender is a large part of our identity that is often defined by our psychological differences as men and women. But an Iowa State University researcher says in reality men and women are more alike than we may think.

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Men’s Diets Are Related to Local Offerings, Unlike Women’s

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Men’s eating habits are associated with the availability of healthy food sources in their residential neighbourhood but women’s are not, according to researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHUM hospital.

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Endocrine Society Strengthens Sex-Difference Reporting Requirements for Scholarly Journals

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To advance scientific understanding of how hormone disorders can affect men and women differently, the Endocrine Society has introduced policies to improve reporting of the sex of research subjects in its journals.

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Feminist Geography Expert Available to Talk about 'Best Countries for Women' Report

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Book on Global Feminism Explores Varied, Yet Related Struggles of Women Worldwide

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A professor of geography at West Virginia University has co-edited a book exploring the link between gender and global development. The book includes the work of researchers from across the world, provides geographic comparisons of widespread gender inequality that impact power dynamics and social change.

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Women Outperform Men in Some Financial Negotiations, Research Finds

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In certain circumstances, women may be more effective than men when negotiating money matters, contrary to conventional wisdom that men drive a harder bargain in financial affairs, according to a new meta-analysis published by the American Psychological Association.

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Gifted Men and Women Define Success Differently, 40-Year Study Finds

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Researchers spent four decades studying a group of mathematically talented adolescents, finding that by mid-life they were extraordinarily accomplished and enjoyed a high level of life satisfaction. Gender, however, played a significant role in how they pursued—and defined—career, family and success. Intellectually gifted women tracked for 40 years were found to earn less money, be less present in STEM fields, and work fewer hours than their male counterparts. Despite that, they expressed a high level of personal satisfaction and sense of achievement, defining success more broadly than men to include family and community service. These observations come from the most recent round of results from the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), the largest longitudinal research project of its kind. The results were posted this week to Psychological Science.

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Why Women Buy Magazines That Promote Impossible Body Images

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A new study reveals the secret of how some fashion and beauty magazines continue to attract devoted audiences, even though they glamorize super-thin models that would seem to taunt normal-sized women.

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Cutting the Ties That Bind

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The development of a new organism from the joining of two single cells is a carefully orchestrated endeavor. But even before sperm meets egg, an equally elaborate set of choreographed steps must occur to ensure successful sexual reproduction. Those steps, known as reproductive cell division or meiosis, split the original number of chromosomes in half so that offspring will inherit half their genetic material from one parent and half from the other.

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Overweight Women Lose in the Labor Market: Vanderbilt Study Finds

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Overweight women are more likely to work in lower-paying and more physically demanding jobs; less likely to get higher-wage positions that include interaction with the public; and make less money in either case compared to average size women and all men, according to a new Vanderbilt study.