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The U.S. Open, the debate around school dress codes and the latest case of pay disparity in Hollywood.
Today’s featured news
Unmarried heterosexual women — and black women in particular — face serious shortages of potential male marital partners, according to a study published last week in the Journal of Marriage and Family. The study’s authors used census data to examine the demographics, education and economic status of married women to their husbands; then they looked at the characteristics of unmarried women and estimated what a “potential” population of their husbands would look like. They compared this “potential” husband population to the actual population of unmarried men, and found that the unmarried men are much less likely to be employed and less likely to have a college degree.
They concluded that the pool of marriageable men has not kept pace with the rise in women’s socioeconomic status. “Marriage is still based on love, but it also is fundamentally an economic transaction,” said Daniel Lichter, lead author of the study, in a news release. “Many young men today have little to bring to the marriage bargain, especially as young women’s educational levels on average now exceed their male suitors.”Shifting attitudes toward marriage, changing cultural norms (including greater acceptance of same-sex marriages) and legal restrictions may also be contributing to declining marriage rates.
Nineteen-year-old Bianca Andreescu became the first Grand Slam singles champion from Canada when she won the U.S. Open Saturday, curbing Serena Williams’s latest push for a 24th such title that would level her with Australian Margaret Court atop the all-time chart. “I’ve really strived to be like her,” Andreescu said of Williams, “and who knows, maybe I can be even better.” The Ontario-born daughter of Romanian immigrants won 6-3, 7-5. “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for the longest time,” she said.
As students head back to school, the debate around dress codes — which often include length requirements for shorts and no spaghetti straps — is reignited. In a report from the National Women’s Law Center, black girls in Washington, D.C., said that rules are often enforced in uneven ways and that they were disproportionately targeted. Now, a new report details how some of those students are speaking up, including organizing walkouts and meeting with administrators to talk about dress codes they see as unfair.
Weeks after Planned Parenthood said it would leave the Title X family planning program, incurring a funding loss of $60 million a year, it announced it will expand its app to all 50 states by the end of 2020. The organization said it hopes the Planned Parenthood Direct app will expand its reach, especially as the loss of funding may result in cutting its clinics’ hours, services or staff.The app currently operates in 27 states and allows patients to get 10 types of birth control pills through the mail without visiting a doctor or Planned Parenthood clinic. In the app, patients answer a series of questions about their medical histories, which are then reviewed by Planned Parenthood clinicians who will decide whether to approve or deny a request.
News by the numbers
Adele Lim, a veteran television writer who helped bring “Crazy Rich Asians” to the big screen last year, told the Hollywood Reporter that she is leaving the Warner Bros. sequel over pay disparity with her co-writer, Peter Chiarelli. Lim is a Chinese Malaysian who was lauded for bringing authenticity to the film as one of the only screenwriters from Southeast Asia; Chiarelli is a white man. While Lim declined to provide exact numbers, according to sources who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter, her starting offer was a little more than one-tenth of Chiarelli’s.
Chiarelli reportedly offered to split his fee with Lim, but she declined. “Pete has been nothing but incredibly gracious, but what I make shouldn’t be dependent on the generosity of the white-guy writer,” Lim said. “If I couldn’t get pay equity after CRA, I can’t imagine what it would be like for anyone else.”
A quotable moment
In the days since Hurricane Dorian — the second-strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean — ravaged the Bahamas, rescue crews, relatives and friends have been searching for missing loved ones. Many have taken to social media to attempt to track family members, but after Facebook groups grew unwieldy, Nassau realtor Vanessa Pritchard-Ansell started her own site: DorianPeopleSearch.com. The site lists the name of the missing person, the town where they were believed to be before the storm and their status, and is organized alphabetically. “There were people on dialysis; there was a woman in labor,” Pritchard-Ansell said, referring to the people listed on the site. “Another woman had a 5-week-old baby.”
The death toll continues to rise. Here’s how you can donate to rescue, relief and recovery in the Bahamas.
Five need-to-know stories in 100 words or less
1. The woman named only as “Emily Doe” in the 2016 sexual assault case against former Stanford student Brock Turner has revealed her name: Chanel Miller. Miller’s victim impact statement at Turner’s sentencing went viral after it was posted online. Her memoir, “Know My Name,” is scheduled to be released Sept. 24.
2. The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at the pre-training camp prospects tournament level. It’s the next step in the league’s bid to have women officiate at the NHL level. Commissioner Gary Bettman previously said he envisions a woman officiating at the league level, without providing a timeline.
4. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced she was officially withdrawing the extradition bill that set off massive pro-democracy protests, but many rejected the concessions as too little and too late. Withdrawing the bill was just one of five protester demands.
5. India’s attempt to become the fourth nation to land on the moon failed on Saturday, but it still made history. It was the first Indian Space Research Organisation mission to be led by two female scientists.
This week, we hear from Lillie Mae
Last month, Nashville-based singer and songwriter Lillie Mae released her latest album, “Other Girls.” Mae got her start as a fiddler in a family band and went on to perform in Nashville’s honky tonk bars, which she still frequents today. She’s soon heading out on tour with Robert Plant; she’ll open for the former Led Zeppelin star, in addition to playing fiddle in his band.
What she’s most excited for on her tour with Robert Plant: “I’ll be excited maybe after week one, when I know I have the material down good enough to deserve to be there. I’m excited to be around those wonderful humans again, too.”
Her favorite lyric off her new album: “You said no, but I don’t hear,” from “Crisp & Cold.”
How she’d describe Nashville’s music scene to someone who has never experienced it: “Nashville has lots of scenes. The city’s an amazing collection of musicians ... killing it with heart and soul. There are new, hip scenes and music floating around of all different kinds. I love it.”
Three female musicians who inspire her: Erin Rae, Natalie Prass and Lucinda Williams.
Things we love but weren’t paid to promote
It seems high time for another fruit recommendation, so here it is: apriums. While you may have heard of pluots, or even plumcots, apriums are of a slightly different apricot-plum variety. They are, according to one Washington Post article, “more apricot than plum and tend to have slightly fuzzy skins.” I like them because I find them juicier and sweeter than the others. Head to your nearest grocery store — I like to buy them in bulk at Trader Joe’s — and grab them before they’re out of season. (Apparently, they’re only available a few weeks a year.)
—Lena Felton, Lily multiplatform editor
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