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Reads tagged with “women”

Well-Read Women: Gorgeous Watercolor Portraits of Literature’s Most Beloved Heroines
Well-Read Women: Gorgeous Watercolor Portraits of Literature’s Most Beloved Heroines

Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, Clarissa Dalloway, Holly Golightly, Daisy Buchanan, Lolita, and more.

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The Big Feminist BUT: The Caveats of Gender Politics in Comics
The Big Feminist BUT: The Caveats of Gender Politics in Comics

“There’s both liberation and possibility in pointing out that you’re not a sellout or a coward for refusing to adopt a label that doesn’t quite name your experience.”

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Kids on Gender Politics: Amusing and Poignant Responses from Children in the 1970s-1980s
Kids on Gender Politics: Amusing and Poignant Responses from Children in the 1970s-1980s

Minors counter major hegemony with disarming clarity.

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Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953
Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953

What a catalog of superficiality reveals about the complex inner worlds of young women.

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President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Ending Rape in the Military
President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Ending Rape in the Military

“Never forget that honor, like character, is what you do when nobody is looking.”

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Pioneering 19th-Century Astronomer Maria Mitchell on Education and Women in Science
Pioneering 19th-Century Astronomer Maria Mitchell on Education and Women in Science

“No woman should say, ‘I am but a woman!’ But a woman! What more can you ask to be?”

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Mme. Curie Is Dead; Martyr to Science: The New York Times’ Stirring Obituary for Marie Curie
Mme. Curie Is Dead; Martyr to Science: The New York Times’ Stirring Obituary for Marie Curie

“Few persons contributed more to the general welfare of mankind and to the advancement of science than the modest, self-effacing woman whom the world knew as Mme. Curie.”

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Survival of the Prettiest: Harvard Cognitive Scientist Nancy Etcoff on the Science of Beauty
Survival of the Prettiest: Harvard Cognitive Scientist Nancy Etcoff on the Science of Beauty

“Attitudes toward beauty are entwined with our deepest conflicts surrounding flesh and spirit.”

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Happy 50th Birthday, Equal Pay Act: A Brief History and Future of the Gender Wage Gap
Happy 50th Birthday, Equal Pay Act: A Brief History and Future of the Gender Wage Gap

“Even in creative fields, such as book publishing, advertising, and journalism, where there was a pool of educated females, women were given menial jobs.”

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Italo Calvino on Abortion and the Meaning of Life
Italo Calvino on Abortion and the Meaning of Life

“A human being becomes human not through the casual convergence of certain biological conditions, but through an act of will and love on the part of other people.”

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