Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof

Oregon farmboy turned NY Times columnist, author with my wife, @WuDunn, of Half the Sky

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Interesting look at how even modest levels of sexism -- women's work devalued just 3 percent compared to men's -- has a large cumulative impact on the share of top female executives. And the sexism doesn't just hold back women, it holds back the companies.

People assume that social welfare programs lead people to drop out of the labor force. Not so simple. Denmark, with a robust safety net, has a higher share of the population in jobs than the US does.

As a Woman Was Raped, Train Riders Failed to Intervene, Police Say

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who later devoted himself to youth programs, dies at 84 from complications of Covid. RIP.

Thanks, @gailcollins  and Bret Stephens, for this sweet note and recollection on my spending habits as an @nytopinion  columnist!

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The State of Washington has fired the state's highest paid employee, WSU football coach Nick Rolovich, for failing to comply with vaccine mandate. Four of his assistants were also fired.

Out of 185 countries with available data, the United States and Papua New Guinea are the only ones whose citizens are entitled to no paid parental leave.

The most important policy hanging in the balance in DC is the child tax credit, which could reduce child poverty by half. @SenSherrodBrown  makes the argument to @Sen_JoeManchin  to keep it more or less in its current form.

A call from @DavidVonDrehle  for journalists to be careful about piling on or being too cocksure, using as an example the references to Joe Rogan and "horse dewormer."


When all 57 Buffalo police officers on the emergency response team resign because two were suspended for knocking down a 75-year-old man and sending him to the hospital, this seems like an opportunity to find 57 new police officers who don't approve of assaulting senior citizens.

This is a police force begging to be defunded.

A hospital in Seattle area has sent out a note to staff, shared with me, suspending elective surgery and warning that "our local COVID-19 trajectory is likely to be similar to that of Northern Italy." The hospital is down to a four-day supply of gloves.

I just heard that Navajo Nation, which has done a heroic job wrestling the coronavirus to the ground, is now donating extra PPE to India. The Navajo have been a model of resolve in fighting the pandemic, and are now a model in supporting others worldwide who need help.

Remember Tani Adewumi, the Nigerian refugee kid I wrote about 2 years ago who won the NY State chess championship while in a homeless shelter? Now well housed (thanks to you readers!), he just won a championship and is officially a National Chess Master as a 10-yr-old 5th grader!

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Ventilators may soon be worth their weight in gold, and other countries are frantically placing orders. But a US company that makes ventilators says it could increase production five fold -- but the US hasn't placed an order:

Reminds me of a press conference I attended -- in North Korea.

Did women leaders handle Covid-19 better than male leaders? I crunched data & found that the death rate in female-led nations was 1/5 that of male-led nations. If the US had the death rate of female-led countries, the US would have saved 102,000 lives.

While a single mom in the US gets $1,200 in Covid relief, the GOP plan provides that a millionaire real estate developer gets an average of $1.6 million -- and Trump and Kushner will probably be beneficiaries. My column on more socialism for the rich.