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Malala’s going to Oxford

Malala’s going to be an Oxford scholar. The antiquarian print of an Oxford scholar hanging in my office—purchased years ago when I visited England—shows a male student in a red robe. Malala Yousafza, 20 now, doesn’t fit the stereotype of an Oxford scholar or a Muslim young woman. And, she’s not interested in doing what [...]

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Breaking the glass ceiling

Lisa Roe will be the first woman chancellor at the University of North Texas, the university where my daughter teaches. The Dallas Morning News announced on August 17, 2017, “UNT Breaks Glass Ceiling.” Roe, NASA’s acting deputy administrator, has worked on 38 space missions and held numerous executive posts at the space agency. Concluded the [...]

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Enough women?

“When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?” a BBC reporter asked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently month on National Public Radio. “When there are nine women,” R.B.G. answered, smiling and explaining that for too many years there were nine men on the court.

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Architect, designer and decorator

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was the chief architect and decorator for the Fred Harvey Company from 1902 to 1948. In the Grand Canyon, she created a number of showcases—the Desert View Watchtower, the Bright Angel Lodge and the Lookout Studio. Colter left her mark on the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe when she helped [...]

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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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Use what happens

I’m doing my spring cleaning a little late, and I just found my notes from April 13, 2010, when I heard Gloria Steinem speak. “You can’t control what happens,” Steinem said. “You can use what happens.” –Joy

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What we like

“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!” Jane Austen once said. Because I found a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma on my bookshelf and I’m reading it again, I decided to share some favorite Jane Austen quotes. –Joy

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What we do

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do,” Jane Austen once said. Because I found a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma on my bookshelf and I’m reading it again, I decided to share some favorite Jane Austen quotes. –Joy

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Stay strong like RBG

We’re going to buy The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong…and You can Too! on October 3. The new book will feature illustrations of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who’s 84, doing all of the exercises in her routine—including push-ups and core-strengthening planks. Since 1999, Ginsburg has been training twice a week for an hour with a [...]

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