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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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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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