The Army is rolling out a new fitness test: Will it hold back women?

That reflects a significant improvement over last year, when leaked data showed that over 80 percent of a smaller cohort of female test-takers failed the six-event exam. But some women fear they won’t be able to pass even with additional training or will continue to score lower than men, potentially affecting their career prospects in an institution already struggling to shed historical gender and racial disparities.

The test, which will become the service’s official fitness test next month, has prompted a broader debate over whether the service’s focus on fitness and strength will elevate physical prowess over other qualities, such as effective and ethical leadership, or make it harder to retain troops with skills needed in an era of high-tech military competition.

Army officials say the new age- and gender-blind fitness test, the first of its kind in the U.S. military, was developed to reduce injuries and better prepare soldiers

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Scientists Develop Regenerative Medicine-induced Placental Trophoblasts to Help Pregnant Women



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Scientists Develop Regenerative Medicine-induced Placental Trophoblasts to Help Pregnant Women

A new ground-breaking discovery made in the field of stem cell may lead to new treatments for pregnant women. The discovery was made by an international team of scientists, a collaboration between Monash University and Duke-NUS researchers which could help with complicated placenta-related issues during pregnancy.

Stem cell research has been making new discoveries for a long time. A process involving induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSCs), where adult skin cells are successfully reprogrammed into those similar to embryonic stem cells, has been around for a while. These stem cells can be independently used to grow tissues from human organs. However, this process could recreate placental tissues.

Despite the small limitations, iPSCs hold immense potential for medical treatments. They are used for personalised cell therapies and in regenerative medicine. They are also helpful for drug testing and

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How 14 Powerful Women Are Practicing Self-Care Right Now

How are you coping with that anxiety?

It’s been a lot of conversations with my husband. He’s tried to play the calm, cool, and collected one, who’s like, “Oh, it’s fine. She’s okay. It’s not a big deal.” He’s trying to play devil’s advocate to calm me down, but it’s a lot of conversations and a lot of harsh realizations with myself that I can only do the best I can do. We’ll figure out a way to get through it.

So what is self-care looking for looking like for you right now?

We had a conversation really early on in quarantine and were like, “Okay, every day we’re going to give each other at least an hour, if not two hours, to where the other one will take the baby.” If it’s a workout, going and lying out in the sun in our backyard, if you just want to

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Employers urging women to dress ‘sexier’ in video meetings, study finds

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AFP/Getty

Employers are urging women to dress “sexier” and wear make-up during video calls in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown, a new study has found.

The research, carried out by employment law specialist Slater and Gordon, found more than a third of women were asked to put more make-up on or redo their hair, while 27 per cent were asked to dress in a more sexy or provocative way.

Employers routinely justified their requests to dress more seductively by claiming it would “help to win new business” – with 41 per cent of bosses saying this.

Around 40 per cent of employers explained the demands by saying it is important to “look nicer for the team”, while more than a third said it would be more “pleasing to a client”. The demands were said to have left female employees feeling “objectified, demoralised and self-conscious” about the way they look.

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13 Women Reveal How Much They Really Have in Their Savings Accounts at Age 25

Photo credit: Katie Buckleitner
Photo credit: Katie Buckleitner

From Cosmopolitan

If it feels too weird to ask your friends how much money they have in savings, I get it. Though I believe the world would be a better place if we all were up front about how much we make, spend, and save, we’re not there yet.

So it makes sense if you’re out here turning to Google to figure out whether your savings account balance is within a normal range for your age. But let me clarify something for you real quick: There’s really no magic number of exactly how much cash you should have saved by age 25. “Savings is a very personal thing and varies greatly depending on what you make, what you spend, and how much debt you carry,” says Maria Kapolas-Pollina, financial health digital product solutions lead at Chase.

A good rule of thumb is saving 10 percent of

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What does it take to be a TikTok star? Three women tell all

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Cosmopolitan

His mouth is distorted into the shape of a letter box and it moves, warped, as he tells his reflection off for not being “cool” enough. It sounds as if he is trapped in a dustbin underwater. It’s 1am and I’ve spent the last three hours jumping from one acid trip to the next. At least that’s what it feels like. It all began with a “quick pre-bedtime social-media scroll” – something I usually have control over. With the other apps, I’m alright at putting them down and getting some sleep. But this is TikTok. And TikTok is different.

I’ve flicked through a chef chopping onions at Road-Runner speed, a couple performing a perfectly coordinated pat-a-cake dance routine (only using their feet instead of clapping hands), and then I was mesmerised by an Ariana-esque woman expertly lip-syncing rap songs while pulling faces that ranged

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We’re Facing a Mental Health Crisis in Healthcare Workers, the Majority of Whom Are Women

Midsection of female doctor helping surgeon wearing surgical glove. Medical colleagues are preparing for surgery. They are standing in emergency room.
Midsection of female doctor helping surgeon wearing surgical glove. Medical colleagues are preparing for surgery. They are standing in emergency room.

More than 130,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, a novel strain of coronavirus, and cases continue to surge in communities across the country. But for frontline medical workers, particularly those working in emergency rooms and treating COVID-19 patients, the fight has only just begun.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 515 healthcare workers have died so far after contracting COVID-19 – with 34 percent of cases still unreported – a larger, potentially even more deadly crisis is looming. For doctors, nurses, hospital cleaners, and other staff members on the front lines – nearly 80 percent of whom are women, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics – it’s their mental health that has been devastated, and this country is beyond

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Women say they were groped, violated by police during L.A. curfew arrests

Julia Dupuis, 21, photographed Sunday, says an LAPD officer groped her June 2 as she was being arrested on a curfew violation while participating in a demonstration. <span class="copyright">(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Julia Dupuis, 21, photographed Sunday, says an LAPD officer groped her June 2 as she was being arrested on a curfew violation while participating in a demonstration. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

It was just getting dark when Julia Dupuis was handcuffed on a curfew violation and walked by two Los Angeles police officers to a fence on the side of an empty church, beyond the watchful eye of nearby apartment residents and a good 15 feet from the next protester.

“Do you think it’s a female?” she heard one of the male cops say to the other, with a laugh.

Dupuis, who is gender nonconforming but identifies as a woman, felt paralyzed with fear. The officers had already taken her ID, which identifies her as female, and asked her name. They didn’t appear confused about her gender, she said, just keen to mock it.

One of the officers

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Pregnant women in abusive relationships face ‘jail sentences for buying abortion pills online’

200 GPs have signed up to provide abortion services in Ireland, but four counties are still without provision: Getty/iStock
200 GPs have signed up to provide abortion services in Ireland, but four counties are still without provision: Getty/iStock

Pregnant women trapped in abusive relationships who are too scared to get a termination at a clinic due to concerns their partner will find out could face jail sentences for buying abortion pills online, campaigners have warned.

Leading charities are urging the government to change the domestic abuse bill to protect pregnant women living with abusive partners.

A cross-party group of MPs is set to introduce an amendment to the landmark legislation which is currently going through through the House of Commons to decriminalise consensual abortion and bolster the law around non-consensual abortions.

Women living in the UK still face life in prison for an abortion at any stage of their pregnancy without getting the permission of two doctors – with campaigners noting this is “one of the harshest punishments in

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Women Producers Take Charge in Chilean Cinema

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Women are dominating the Chilean film industry more than ever, replicating what is happening across most of Latin America. In Bolivia, 85% of the producers are said to be women and in Mexico, nearly half of the audiovisual workforce is female. Of the 10 key Chilean titles participating at the Marché du Film Online Producers Network Spotlight this year, eight are produced by women.

Films made by this ever-growing generation of female producers are “ever more robust, of a larger caliber, with big casts, and made in international co-production, not small films made with just Chilean funding,” says Constanza Arena, executive director of Chilean film-TV promotion board CinemaChile. She cites Florencia Larrea’s “My Tender Matador,” Macarena Lopez’s “La Felicidad,” Gabriela Sandoval’s “Jailbreak Pact” and Karina Jury’s “Vera de Verdad,” co-produced with Italy and selected for the Marché du Film’s Frontières genre showcase.

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