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How Attractive Are You To The Opposite Sex? Esquire’s 1949 Questionnaire
How Attractive Are You To The Opposite Sex? Esquire’s 1949 Questionnaire

“Almost any man can stand almost any amount of flattery.”

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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Behind the Bomb
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Behind the Bomb

From janitor to chemist, the women of Oak Ridge worked hard and talked little.

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The Proud Surrender: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Love Letters to Edith Wynn Matthison
The Proud Surrender: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Love Letters to Edith Wynn Matthison

“This is not meekness, be assured; I do not come naturally by meekness.”

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Lord Chesterfield on the Art of Pleasing: Outlandish Advice to His Teenage Son, 1748
Lord Chesterfield on the Art of Pleasing: Outlandish Advice to His Teenage Son, 1748

“You may often be seen to smile, but never heard to laugh while you live.”

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Amelia Earhart on Marriage
Amelia Earhart on Marriage

“I cannot guarantee to endure at all times the confinements of even an attractive cage.”

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How Geography Paved the Way for Women in Science and Cultivated the Values of American Democracy
How Geography Paved the Way for Women in Science and Cultivated the Values of American Democracy

From the ideals of “republican motherhood” to a cure for “the wayward attention of children.”

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Clare Boothe Luce’s Advice to Her 18-Year-Old Daughter
Clare Boothe Luce’s Advice to Her 18-Year-Old Daughter

“The main thing is to get what little happiness there is out of life in this wartorn world because ‘these are the good old days’ now.”

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Oppression by Omission: The Untold Story of the Women Soldiers Who Dressed and Fought as Men in the Civil War
Oppression by Omission: The Untold Story of the Women Soldiers Who Dressed and Fought as Men in the Civil War

“Women lived in germ-ridden camps, languished in appalling prisons, and died miserably, but honorably, for their country and their cause just as men did.”

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The Feminine Mystique Half a Century Later
The Feminine Mystique Half a Century Later

How Betty Friedan “pulled the trigger on history” and awakened women to the freedom to question what it means to live a full life.

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No Decent Woman or Girl is Ever Seen Wearing Trousers: 12 Conduct Rules for Women from Rural Spain
No Decent Woman or Girl is Ever Seen Wearing Trousers: 12 Conduct Rules for Women from Rural Spain

“No decent woman or girl is ever seen on a bicycle.”

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