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What Girls Are Good For: 20-Year-Old Nellie Bly’s 1885 Response to a Patronizing Chauvinist
What Girls Are Good For: 20-Year-Old Nellie Bly’s 1885 Response to a Patronizing Chauvinist

How the trailblazing female journalist got her start at speaking truth to power.

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Maya Angelou Recites Her Poem “Phenomenal Woman”
Maya Angelou Recites Her Poem “Phenomenal Woman”

Beautiful recording brings to life a cultural classic.

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Wondrous Beauty: How Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte Pioneered the Ideal of the Independent Woman
Wondrous Beauty: How Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte Pioneered the Ideal of the Independent Woman

How an American who married into the most powerful family in Europe became a model of empowered womanhood in the nineteenth century.

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The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites
The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites

Soul-stirring, brain-expanding reads on intuition, love, grief, attention, education, and the meaning of life.

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Young vs. Old, Male vs. Female, Intuition vs. Intellect: Susan Sontag on How the Stereotypes and Polarities of Culture Imprison Us
Young vs. Old, Male vs. Female, Intuition vs. Intellect: Susan Sontag on How the Stereotypes and Polarities of Culture Imprison Us

“The young-old polarization and the male-female polarization are perhaps the two leading stereotypes that imprison people.”

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If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Kurt Vonnegut’s Advice to the Young on Kindness, Computers, Community, and the Power of Great Teachers
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Kurt Vonnegut’s Advice to the Young on Kindness, Computers, Community, and the Power of Great Teachers

“Teaching, may I say, is the noblest profession of all in a democracy.”

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How the Invention of the Alphabet Usurped Female Power in Society and Sparked the Rise of Patriarchy in Human Culture
How the Invention of the Alphabet Usurped Female Power in Society and Sparked the Rise of Patriarchy in Human Culture

A brief history of gender dynamics from page to screen.

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Comedy Godmother Phyllis Diller on What Every Comedian Needs and How a Great Joke Works
Comedy Godmother Phyllis Diller on What Every Comedian Needs and How a Great Joke Works

“Edit. If one word can do the work of five, now you’re talking.”

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Dustin Hoffman on What It’s Really Like to Be a Woman
Dustin Hoffman on What It’s Really Like to Be a Woman

Show this to every man, woman, and child you know.

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The Psychology of Stress, Orgasm, and Creativity
The Psychology of Stress, Orgasm, and Creativity

“To understand the vagina properly is to realize that it is not only coextensive with the female brain, but is also, essentially, part of the female soul.”

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