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Julián Is a Mermaid: A Tenderhearted Story of Identity, Belonging, and the Courage to Be Yourself
Julián Is a Mermaid: A Tenderhearted Story of Identity, Belonging, and the Courage to Be Yourself

A watercolor serenade to the transformative power of unconditional love.

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Nora Ephron on Women, Politics, and the Myth of Objectivity in Journalism
Nora Ephron on Women, Politics, and the Myth of Objectivity in Journalism

“I’ve never believed in objective journalism … because all writing is about selecting what you want to use. And as soon as you choose what to select, you’re not being objective.”

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Pioneering 19th-Century Photographer Félix Nadar on Gender and the Single Most Important Factor in Becoming a Successful Artist
Pioneering 19th-Century Photographer Félix Nadar on Gender and the Single Most Important Factor in Becoming a Successful Artist

“To seek honor before profit is the surest means of finding profit with honor.”

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Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms
Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms

“Imagination is the precursor to policy, the precondition to action. Imagination, like wonder, allows us to value something.”

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Why “Psychological Androgyny” Is Essential for Creativity
Why “Psychological Androgyny” Is Essential for Creativity

“Creative individuals are more likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other one, too.”

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How Pioneering Firefighter Brenda Berkman Won Women’s Right to Heroism
How Pioneering Firefighter Brenda Berkman Won Women’s Right to Heroism

“My uniform is emblematic of my philosophy that people should try to leave the world better than they found it.”

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What It’s Like to Be Transgender: A Piercing Poem by Slam Poet and TED Fellow Lee Mokobe
What It’s Like to Be Transgender: A Piercing Poem by Slam Poet and TED Fellow Lee Mokobe

“Can you see how easy it is to talk people into coffins…”

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Two Nine-Year-Olds’ Magnificent Open Letter to Disney About Racial and Gender Stereotypes
Two Nine-Year-Olds’ Magnificent Open Letter to Disney About Racial and Gender Stereotypes

“Like most people we love your attractions, but we found some problems with some of them and those problems are stereotypes.”

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Radiant Fatherhood: A Playful and Profound 1925 Meditation on Gender Stereotypes and the Rewards of Parenting
Radiant Fatherhood: A Playful and Profound 1925 Meditation on Gender Stereotypes and the Rewards of Parenting

“It is our knowledge — the things we are sure of — that makes the world go wrong and keeps us from seeing and learning.”

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Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man
Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man

A journey to where the semicolon meets the soul.

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