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One woman telling the truth

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?” Muriel Rukeyser once said. “The world would split open.” We found that quote in Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened.

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Her first spacewalk

“All six of us in that first batch of women felt a self-imposed pressure,” says Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space. “We knew our performance would have a big influence on the prospects of the women who would come after us. I was thrilled to be tapped, but the ‘first female […]

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Be radical!?

“A radical is a man (or a woman) with both feet firmly planted in the air,” President Franklin Roosevelt once said.

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In the world

“Most people are on the world, not in it,” John Muir once said.

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This is your world

“I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world,” Woody Guthrie once said, “and that, if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs […]

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Take it easy

“Take it easy—but take it,” Woody Guthrie once said. I found that quote recently when I visited the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. –Joy

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Keep traveling

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page,” advises a notecard from Fly Paper Products. I found that notecard recently while on a trip to Maine. –Joy

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Three bumper stickers

I recently stopped at a red light and noticed three bumper stickers on the car ahead of me. They were positioned from left to right: • A camp for kids with cancer • Laugh until life makes sense. • My other car is a broom. –Joy

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Pleasing and acceptable?

“This is what most girls are taught,” writes Roxane Gay in her book Hunger, “that we should be slender and small. We should not take up space. We should be seen and not heard, and, if we are seen, we should be pleasing to men, acceptable to society. And, most women know this, that we […]

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Broken—and strong

“I am stronger than I am broken,” writes Roxane Gay in her book Hunger.

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