Women Gain Seats in Congress; Dole Loses

Women picked up seats in statehouses and on Capitol Hill in a sweeping election victory for Democrats that included a major upset in North Carolina. Advocates for women say they anticipate a new era for domestic programs in an Obama administration.

Parents Paint the Petri Dish Pink

Fertility technology is allowing parents to determine the sex of a child before it’s conceived and, in the United States, couples are mostly trying to have daughters in an act of family balancing. Ethicists say the practice is on slippery ground.