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Women and children first - Wikipedia
> The phrase was popularised by its usage on the RMS Titanic.[11][page needed] The Second Officer suggested to Captain Smith, "Hadn't we better get the women and children into the boats, sir?", to which the captain responded: "put the women and children in and lower away".[12] The First (Officer Murdoch) and Second (Officer Lightoller) officers interpreted the evacuation order differently; Murdoch took it to mean women and children first, while Lightoller took it to mean women and children only. Second Officer Lightoller lowered lifeboats with empty seats if there were no women and children waiting to board, while First Officer Murdoch allowed a limited number of men to board if all the nearby women and children had embarked.[13] As a consequence, 74% of the women and 52% of the children on board were saved, but only 20% of the men.[14] Some officers on the Titanic misinterpreted the order from Captain Smith, and tried to prevent men from boarding the lifeboats.[15][16] It was intended that women and children would board first, with any remaining free spaces for men. Because not all women and children were saved on the Titanic, the few men who survived, like White Star official J. Bruce Ismay, were initially branded as cowards
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9 hours ago by porejide
Why Women Volunteer for Tasks That Don’t Lead to Promotions
As your manager describes the project and asks for a volunteer, you and your colleagues become silent and uneasy, everyone hoping that someone else will raise their hand. The wait becomes increasingly uncomfortable. Then, finally, someone speaks up: “Okay, I’ll do it.”

Our research suggests that this reluctant volunteer is more likely to be female than male. Across field and laboratory studies, we found that women volunteer for these “non-promotable” tasks more than men; that women are more frequently asked to take such tasks on; and that when asked, they are more likely to say yes.

This can have serious consequences for women. If they are disproportionately saddled with work that has little visibility or impact, it will take them much longer to advance in their careers. Our work helps explain why these gender differences occur and what managers can do to distribute this work more equitably.
11 hours ago by ramitsethi
“Everyone But Cis Men”: Creating Better Safe Spaces for LGBT People - The Toast - The Toast
some of the problems that can happen with a rule of "everybody but cis men"
queer  gender 
13 hours ago by ebel
Why I disagree with Tiwa Savage | Ola Brown (Orekunrin) | Medium
[Interesting read. We probably disagree. But I am not confident in my theological articulation of why I disagree yet, at least not publicly. In any case, would that there were more of her in Nigeria, even with my disagreement, we'd still be on a forward march rather than the distracting and annoying frenzies of Twitter activism/feminist moralism]
Nigeria  Gender  Marriage  Theology 
2 days ago by AfroMaestro
Mathematical ability not limited by gender. | npj Science of Learning Community
Contrary to the prediction that sexes differ in mathematical abilities, we find that they do not - in infancy and early childhood girls and boys do not differ in their abilities to represent numerical set sizes, to learn to count and to acquire very basic math concepts. In fact, overall they are statistically equivalent.
Some prior research suggests that boys and girls might experience differences in mathematics training during childhood and that girls might be disadvantaged. One way we can improve numeracy and literary performance is to make sure that children are getting the same exposure, encouragement and training in mathematics regardless of gender, socioeconomic status or any other social and cultural factors that might influence children’s learning.
math  teaching  learning  gender 
3 days ago by lena

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