The New York Times must be sleeping under a rock if they think that women can't do pull-ups. Don't believe the hype. Ladies, you can do pull-ups and I'll tell you how.
I wore a tank top today. While that may not seem to be noteworthy, if I add that I am 50 years old, than the fact that I wore a tank top, in public, becomes significant. Most women start to cover their upper arms when they turn 30. I certainly did, feeling that no matter how young the rest of me looked, flabby underarms would be a giveaway that I was not only out of shape, but old.