April’s “Harper’s Index”—the magazine’s monthly compilation of random factoids—contains a few revealing tidbits on gender issues. In Egypt, Harper’s reports, 79 percent of 15- to 17-year-old girls have been the victims of female genital mutilation, though the practice has been illegal since 2008. Meanwhile in the U.S., we’re reminded that women are underrepresented not only among political officials but among political commentators and influencers, too: 65 percent of Washington, D.C. think-tank events on the Middle East included zero female speakers. But not every stat is disheartening. Harper’s reports that girls outperform boys in academic achievement in a startling 70 percent of countries worldwide.
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