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  • Fact-checking claims about women

    Tampa Bay Times - 11/30/2014

    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem said more women have been killed by their husbands or boyfriends since Sept. 11 than “all the Americans who were killed by 9/11 or in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

    You can argue about the significance of such a comparison, but on the numbers, she is accurate.

    James A. Fox, a Northeastern University criminology professor, found that from 2002 to 2012, the number of women killed by intimate partners was 15,462.

    Fewer than 3,000 Americans died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (There were 2,978 victims, but that includes people from 90 countries.) American deaths tied to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq total 6,838, according the Pentagon. Together, there were about 9,838 deaths, which is below the lowest estimate of women killed by their partners.

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