The (Web) Edit

The articles on our weekend reading list that made us pause and consider what is happening in our world.
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Real-life would-you-rathers, I, as a woman, have had to ask myself: “Would you rather be ‘shrill’ but finish your sentence or polite but interrupted by your male colleague?” (McSweeny’s)

Barack Obama is pushing for more women in politics: "’Women in particular, by the way, I want you to get more involved,’ Obama said while speaking at a town hall for young African leaders in South Africa. ‘Because men have been getting on my nerves lately.’” (Bustle)

Survivors take the stage to accept The Arthur Ashe Courage Award: “Too often, abusers, and enablers perpetuate suffering by making survivors feel their truth doesn't matter. To the survivors out there, don't let anyone write your story. Your truth does matter. You matter. And you are not alone.” (Elle)

The extraordinary life of Martha Gellhorn, the woman Ernest Hemingway tried to erase: “Sharpened by rage and wielded in the service of others, her voice became a sword. I’m not sure I have encountered its equal, even today. We could use an army of such voices, in fact. And precisely now.” (Town & Country)

Meet the Subversive Sirens: “The teammates are mostly queer and mostly women of color. They demonstrate how all body shapes and sizes are beautiful, strong and capable of doing amazing things.” (The Lily)

It’s 4 a.m. The baby’s coming. But the hospital is 100 miles away: “Medical help is growing dangerously distant for women in rural America. At least 85 rural hospitals — about 5 percent of the country’s total — have closed since 2010, and obstetric care has faced even starker cutbacks.” (The New York Times)

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