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An ardent feminist

“I am an ardent feminist,” writes Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift. “To me, it’s very simple. Being a feminist means believing that every woman should be able to use her voice and pursue her potential.”

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The shady side of 50

“The heyday of a woman’s life is the shady side of 50.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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Her role model

Karen Uhlenbeck, a University of Texas at Austin professor emeritus, recently was named the first woman to win the highest prize in mathematics—the Abel Prize. Who was her role model? “Looking back now, I realize that I was very lucky. I was in the forefront of a generation of women who actually could get real […]

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Recognize your rights

“Women, wake up; the tocsin of reason sounds throughout the universe; recognize your rights,” wrote Olympe de Gouges in her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Citizen, which was published in 1791 in France. Two years after she wrote her declaration, de Gouges was arrested, condemned to death for her views and sent to […]

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A female liver?

“There is no female mind,” declared Charlotte Perkins Gilbert, who was born in 1860 and died in 1935. “The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.” I found this quote in Sarah Herman’s book Feminism in 100 Quotes. –Joy

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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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