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Where is the madness?

Tara Westover wrote the words “everywhere—consciously, compulsively” as she tried to come to terms with her family. “When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?” she wrote. Westover talks about her family in her amazing book Educated. She grew up in a survivalist family in Idaho.  Even though she had never seen a […]

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Proper work

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work,” the poet Mary Oliver once wrote.

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Something particular and real

Mary Oliver, who died last month, wrote “often of mortality, but with a spirit of gratitude and completion,” her obituary stressed. The poet once wrote: When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder If I have made of my life something particular and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full […]

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Are you a hope-aolic?

“I’m a hope-aolic,” Gloria Steinem declared recently on NPR. Steinem explained that she has hope for the future—because hope is a form of planning. First, you hope for something, and then you get busy to make sure what you hope for happens.

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Respect and liberty

“Let us imagine a world where women, freed from the grip of violence, flourish in respect and liberty.” Those words are part of a monument in Ottawa’s Minto Park. This monument is dedicated to the memory of women killed by men, Amal El-Mohtar explains in a review of Naomi Alderman’s book The Power in the […]

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Women’s empowerment?

In her book The Power, Naomi Alderman explores “the more extreme results of a movement that seeks rather than interrogates power.” However, if feminism becomes a means of domination, “it has lost its way,” concludes a reviewer of the book in Vogue magazine.

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We need nurturing in return

“The whole male-female thing in this country is very volatile right now,” Glenn Close, the actress, once said. “I think many women are feeling used by men. They invest a lot in a relationship, in nurturing a man emotionally and in his career, but they have their own careers and emotions and they don’t get […]

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It’s we, we, the world

”It’s time for us to realize that we are a part of all the suffering in the world–those who are hungry and starving, all those animals that face extinction,” says Jane Goodall, primatologist and United Nations messenger of peace. “Then, we begin to make the change from ‘I’ to ‘we.’ It’s we, we, the world. […]

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Assertive women

“Studies show that people don’t like assertive women. How can women get past that?” Time magazine asks Mika Brzezinski in its October 1, 2018, issue. “Well, I think the question is problematic,” Brzezinski answers. “Does it matter that you’re liked? We need to worry about being effective, being someone who gets the job done.”

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She did the work. He got the prize.

Bell Burnell was a graduate student when she looked through her telescope on a chilly English night in 1967 and discovered pulsars—making one of the most important astronomical finds of the 20th century. Then, in 1974, a Nobel Prize was awarded for her work—but the prize went to her adviser Antony Hewish. Now, decades later, […]

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