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Over the weekend, the National Women’s Political Caucus convened in St. Louis to give women the chance to network, recruit, train, and provide support for political campaigns. The conference included sessions on things like how to effectively use social media, fundraise, and target specific voters.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, guest host Jeremy Goodwin talked with St. Louis Public Radio political correspondent Jason Rosenbaum and University of Missouri political analyst Hanna Brant about the convention and the representation of women in American politics.

Maxi Glamour hosts a polka-themed drag and burlesque show at Das Bevo Underground on a recent Friday night. Nov. 11, 2018
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Once a month, 90-year-old John Chaney dons a blond wig, dressy suit and heels — and transforms into a Tammy Wynette look-alike who lip-syncs to country music.

Several times a week, 28-year-old Maxi Glamour also puts on makeup and a skirt. But Glamour forsakes the falsies and is proud to show a flat chest through the opening of a sparkly vest.

The two performers — more than 60 years apart in age — use the same word for their brand of performance: drag. But while Chaney’s act celebrates so-called femininity, Glamour’s show pierces the notion that male and female are two distinct categories. The perspective is increasingly being embraced by wider culture as more people identify as non-binary, or neither male nor female.  It’s also reshaping an art form rooted in gay culture.

The study examined over 580,000 patient records collected over a 20-year period and found women were more likely to survive a heart attack when treated by a female doctor than a male doctor.
Maria Fabrizio | NPR

Doctors have long known that women in the U.S. have a higher risk of dying from heart attacks than men.

The reasons driving this gender gap in survival, however, have perplexed researchers. A study led in part by Washington University suggests the gender of the attending doctor may play a role. Women were more likely to survive a heart attack when treated by a female doctor than a male doctor.

Statewide population data shows that females in Missouri ages 16 and older who work full-time jobs all year won’t earn as much as men until 2066.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

While pay for most Missouri women lags behind that of men, leaders at the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis say some local businesses are leading the way in compensation as well as hiring and promoting women.

The organization released results from a 2017 Employment Scorecard survey ahead of Equal Pay Day, April 10, a symbolic date that draws awareness to pay inequality between men and women, and some cases among women themselves. 

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw joined St. Louis on the Air to discuss how to talk about gender identity with a new generation and vocabulary in hand.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

Kansas-based psychologist Wes Crenshaw works with young adults on a variety of issues, but in the past years he’s been focusing specifically on young people’s evolving attitudes on gender identity.

Crenshaw is a psychologist, author and certified sex therapist with Family Psychological Services, LCC.

He’s about to finish a book, “Consent-Based Sex Education: Parenting Teens in the Internet Age,” which deals specifically with how to talk to kids about gender identity when the kids seem better versed in the subject matter than parents do.

Anniversary (B&D), 2012, 44“ x 57”, digital print on Somerset Velvet, edition # 1/3.   Bruno David
Courtesy of Bruno David Projects and the Artist

Heather Bennett’s photography often leads her on a quest for objects like classic cars, vintage dresses and snakeskin purses. Sometimes the props are a little stranger. During one shoot Bennett searched for a pair of brass knuckles, but had no luck.  Bennett's friend was a model for the shoot, and surprised Bennett. He offered to let her use his pair.

“I was like why do two of my friends have brass knuckles? I was a little shocked by that,” said the photographer.

Provided by Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

When playwright Daniel Pearle was a preschooler in the late 1980s, he was fascinated by a classic fairy-tale character dressed in pink.

“I did have a fondness for all things Cinderella,” Pearle said.

Pearle brings his childhood experiences to his play “A Kid Like Jake,” now on stage at The St. Louis Repertory Theatre.“Jake” is the story of two New York City parents, worried about their 4-year-old son’s dress-up play and whether he can get into the “right” kindergarten.

Gender Wage Gap Persists In Missouri

Oct 29, 2014
dleafy | sxc.hu

While the gender wage gap has narrowed over the last 50 years, the improvement has not been significant, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

In Missouri, the median earnings for a woman working full-time is $32,000 while the median earnings for a man working full-time is $43,000, said lawyer Donna Harper, a partner at Sedey Harper P.C., which specializes in employment law.

“Women make about three-fourths of what men make when they’re both employed full time, at least in Missouri,” Harper told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Wednesday.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 15, 2013 - Dear Beaconites -

You can't find subjects more incendiary than race and sexuality. This week, the Beacon dealt with both in ways intended to shed light, not spread heat.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 11, 2013 - If you’re thirsty for a tall serving of sassy drag queen, Dieta Pepsi hits the spot.

For nearly three decades, Dieta’s performed all over St. Louis, raising many thousands of dollars for local causes. Whether Dieta — aka Leon Braxton — is calling out bingo numbers or trivia questions, her unmistakable deep laugh and glamorously attired six-foot-three presence are ubiquitous in the St. Louis LGBT scene.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 10, 2012 - “It’s a boy!” “It’s a girl!” The very first piece of our core identity is our gender -- proudly proclaimed at our birth (or these days, at the first ultrasound). It’s constantly reinforced in a lifelong barrage of trucks-or-Barbies, male-or-female checkboxes and pants/skirts restroom signs.

But there are many colors between pink and blue. There always have been. Scientific research shows that genitals are but one indicator of gender and can be in conflict with the gender of one’s brain.

On Science: Why do men still exist?

Jan 20, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 20, 2010 - Our view of the differences between the sexes has recently undergone radical revision. How do males and females differ? Seen through a biologist's eyes, the most basic difference between males and females is that all females have two copies of the "so-called" X chromosome. The X chromosome is about the same size as other 22 human chromosomes, which also occur in pairs, and like them is packed with about 1,000 genes.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 6, 2008 - From the presidential primaries to the general election campaign, the issue of gender has been placed front and center. The campaigns of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat, and Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican, raised -- and continue to raise -- the question: Can a woman be elected president or vice president?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 30, 2008 - The vice-presidential debate at Washington University Thursday will put gender equality under a microscope, said former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican, in a non-partisan talk on Laclede's Landing last week.

Whitman, who was also head of the Environmental Protection Agency during President George W. Bush's first term, will be watching to see how the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, relates to the Republican vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 29, 2008 - I've been struck by, well, a number of things in the past month. However, the most striking dynamic has been the consistent hypocrisy of Palin supporters crying sexism when McCain supporters have slammed Obama's camp time and time again for even mentioning race. Initially, I laughed ("Oh, now when it's convenient, it's OK to point out inequities.); then I was dumbfounded ("Seriously? You're going to play the gender card after blasting Obama and Clinton for mentioning their identities?"); and now I think I've got it.