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Hillary Clinton at 80

Hillary Clinton “writes she plans to stay alive to see the first woman become president,” writes Susanna Schrobsdorff in the September 25, 2017, issue of Time. “When I read that, I envisioned her at age 80, back on the Inaugural podium in a white pantsuit….Maybe all those women and girls from all those marches will [...]

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“Childless, short-haired communists”

Jane McCallum was featured in an exhibit about women’s suffrage at this year’s State Fair of Texas. Texas, I was pleased to discover, was the first state in the South to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920. McCallum, a suffragette, lobbied the men in the Texas legislature, the [...]

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The work of today

“The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers,” said Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts. I just returned from the Girl Scout National Convention, which is held every three years, and I’ll share some Girl Scout news in the next couple of blog posts. –Joy

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Talent that wears skirts

“Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears skirts,” Shirley Chisholm once said.

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The Hermione Effect

How did Harry Potter change the world? One way is the Hermione Effect, says Eleanor Spencer-Regan, who teaches a course about Harry Potter at Durham University in the United Kingdom. The Hermione Effect, she explains, is “the celebration of smart and bookish women.” We read “20 Ways Harry Potter Changed the World” in the October [...]

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Sexism is a clear challenge

“Sexism still exerts a pull on our lives and our choices,” says Hillary Rodham Clinton. “It is a very subtle but clear challenge that has to be acknowledged and confronted. So we have to be doing all we can to open the aperture of understanding and acceptance.” We read about Hillary Clinton in the September [...]

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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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The glass ceiling

“She broke the glass ceiling,” writes Nancy Gibbs in the September 18, 2017, issue of Time magazine. “What a jagged image we use for women who achieve greatly, defining accomplishment in terms of the barrier rather than the triumph. “Talk to women about the forces that drive them and they hit notes of joy and [...]

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Women’s work

Mechtilde of Hackeborn, born in 1240, entered the cloistered world when she was only seven. When she grew older, she taught children at the convent school, chanted the liturgy with the other nuns, helped with daily household tasks, which included spinning and embroidering. She also took care of the sick and helped the doctors with [...]

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A woman mechanic in Iraq

Shadi Mohammed is an extraordinary mechanic in an ordinary garage in Sulaimani, Iraq. “I want to change the perception of society toward women and toward what they think women can do,” Mohammed, a 45-year-old woman, told USA Today in its July 25, 2017, issue. “Show them that women are also capable of running a garage [...]

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