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A century after winning suffrage, women voters will choose the next American president.

“The numbers are clear,” our politics reporter Emma Green noted back in August. “Even though a white man is at the top of the Democratic ticket, 2020 will be a women’s election.” Polls continue to show a major gender gap, and Joe Biden ahead with women.

That doesn’t seem lost on the Republican Party or the president himself: “Suburban women, will you please like me?” Donald Trump asked at a rally last week.

For a closer look at this phenomenon, keep reading:

JULIAN MONTAGUE

One question, answered: A reader is skeptical of getting a flu shot: What’s the point?

James Hamblin reacts in his latest “Paging Dr. Hamblin” column:

You have a great opportunity to do an essentially risk-free thing to play your part in saving thousands of lives. And there’s really no opting out. Whatever you choose, it affects everyone. It’s a personal decision in the same way that driving on the sidewalk is a personal decision.

Continue reading. Every Wednesday, James takes questions from readers about health-related curiosities, concerns, and obsessions. Have one? Email him at paging.dr.hamblin@theatlantic.com.

Want to better understand the ongoing coronavirus outbreak? Here are four key stories from our team:

13 days remain until the 2020 presidential election. Here’s today’s essential read:

The Biden campaign is making its final pitch to Black men, Adam Harris reports.

Stuck on what to stream? Let us help:  

A new COVID-19 documentary, Totally Under Control, delivers a damning—and essential—report card on the White House’s mismanagement of the pandemic. (It’s streaming on Hulu and available to rent.)

Today’s break from the news:

Enjoy these photographs with incredibly tiny subjects: Browse the winners of the 2020 Small World Photomicrography Competition.


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