It may not have been the first time, but it was the first time I noticed that all three contestants in the finals of the JEOPARDY teen tournament this past week were female. We already know there are more females graduating from college and getting advance degrees in many areas, including medicine and law, etc.
We also know that the more freedom women have to advance in a society the more democratic it is and the more economically successful it it. There are obviously still glass ceilings, and they need to be broken through, but ultimately we are on the best track for women.
Unfortunately, males aren't doing as well in many areas here, and when males don't do well they often act out or quit or both. So there's a lot more dropping out of the education system going on with boys and young men and a lot more giving up on any kind of "career" etc. leaving women often as the breadwinners and/or sole parent.
And the kinds of jobs the drop outs in my day were able to get, well paying union jobs in factories or construction or even government jobs are either disappearing or gone entirely so that a high school drop out or someone with only a high school diploma is left with few choices in the way of work often ending up in fast food chains etc.
While the hope of much of the "developing world"—especially in the Mideast (I just wrote "Midwest" again and had to correct it, not a typo but my post-op brain ordering one word and my fingers—or another part of my brain I wasn't aware of at the time—insisting what I meant was another similar one)—depending on women getting more social and economic freedom and individual rights, and with the attacks from the right on women's rights in this country, there can be no let up in the womens rights movement anywhere...
...but, we're going to have to address the growing crisis, recognized or not, in boys and young men in this country losing faith and hope in their own futures outside of reality TV and fast food etc.