Latest from Monica Hesse

American democracy finally passes the Bechdel test

Kamala D. Harris and Sonia Sotomayor shared one minute on Washington’s biggest stage.
  • Jan 21, 2021

Inauguration Day was a milestone, but it’s not the destination

If you spent the past year (or four) wishing for a time machine, I have good news and bad news.
  • Jan 20, 2021

Trumpist masculinity reaches its high water mark

A man in tactical gear allegedly brought his mom to the Capitol raid.
  • Jan 12, 2021

Kamala Harris knows things no vice president has ever known

Men in power might sympathize with women’s issues, but Kamala Harris knows them by heart.
  • Jan 11, 2021

Many of the images from the Capitol riot showed the terror. One highlighted the smugness.

The pro-Trump riot in the Capitol managed to be both terrifying and obnoxious all at once.
  • Jan 7, 2021

Meghan McCain learned about the need for maternity leave the hard way. Nobody should have to.

Harrowing personal experiences can change minds, but they will never be enough.
  • Jan 5, 2021

This terrible year taught me something about hope

Notes on believing in what comes next.
  • Dec 31, 2020

Why might women be less eager to get the coronavirus vaccine? An investigation.

Surveys suggest they’re more hesitant than men. There are cultural and historical reasons for that.
  • Dec 16, 2020

The Wall Street Journal column about Jill Biden is worse than you thought

Columnist Joseph Epstein suggested Dr. Jill Biden should drop her honorific. She should use it forever.
  • Dec 13, 2020

‘Take off your mask’: Boorish customers have found a way to make sexual harassment even more of a hazard

The pandemic has exacerbated a bad power dynamic in the restaurant industry.
  • Dec 10, 2020