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Women with grades equivalent to men less successful

A recent study by Michael T. French, Professor of Health Economics at the University of Miami, has concluded that there is a strong correlation between high-school grades and financial success in later life. The study was published in the Eastern Economic Journal and says that high grade point average in high school strongly predicts future earnings. But it has also concluded that women who have the same grades as their male counterparts earn less. The gap in pay increases as women advance in their careers, with younger women getting about 93 per cent of their male peers' earnings. Another study from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce says that women need a Ph.D to earn the same amount as a man with a BA and work about 60 days more per year to make the same money.

ThinkstockSpending time with a child leads to brain changes in men

As a man spends time with a baby, his brain starts responding more like that of a female caregiver. In a series of experiments led by Eyal Abraham of Bar-Ilan University where he videotaped 89 first-time parents, he has found that even fathers are capable of developing mother-like brain activity or a recognisable "parental caregiving" neural network'. By measuring the levels of oxytocin and scanning the brains of parents using MRI, the conclusions were reached that a pattern similar of brain activity was detected in men and women caring for their first off-spring.

Not just women, but gay men too sexually harassed

A survey by Stop Street Harassment, in coordination with market research firm GfK, administered to 2000 people across United States, along with interviews with marginalised focus groups such as bisexuals, gay, transexuals and Native Americans in South Dakota has found that 65 per cent women and 25 per cent men experience sexual harassment. While half of the women go through verbal harassment, 41per cent experience physical aggression, non-consensual sexual touching for 23 per cent, 20 per cent were followed, 14 per cent were flashed and 9 per cent had to forcefully do something sexual; 18 per cent men experienced verbal harassment, 16 per cent experienced physical aggression, 8 per cent were touched without consent, 7per cent were followed, 5 per cent were flashed and 2 per cent had to indulge in something sexual forcefully. The most common harassment against men were slurs of homophobic and transphobic kind. AG