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A deep sense of satisfaction

It’s sometime in the 1970s when Marilyn’s mother dies and Marilyn finds her mother’s Betty Crocker cookbook, “spine cracking and mended, twice with Scotch tape.” Marilyn, a character in the book Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, flips through the book, reading. “Always cookies in the cookie jar! Is there a happier symbol [...]

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The first independent woman

Why has Eve taken all the blame for taking a bite out of that fruit in the Garden of Eden? First, Bruce Feiler wants everyone to understand that the fruit was not an apple. Apples are not grown in the part of the world where the stories of the Bible took place. The fruit might [...]

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Nevada may pass the ERA

Nevada may vote soon to become the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. But the vote would be a little late. The deadline to ratify the amendment ended in 1982 with 35 states in favor of the ERA. That wasn’t enough. The Constitution requires 38 states—or three-quarters of all states—to ratify an amendment. [...]

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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 last month on PBS. “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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Parity in 2055!?

Women should reach parity with men on corporate boards by 2055, says Equilar, a corporate research firm. 2055? That seems a long way off. The pace might pick up, The Dallas Morning News reports. But, currently, the number of women on boards is increasing very slowly. About 15 percent of the director seats at publicly [...]

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High heels—no longer required

When Nicola Thorp reported for work as a temporary receptionist in the financial center in London, her supervisor told her that she had to wear shoes with heels at least two inches high. Thorp stood up for her rights to wear flat shoes and started a petition that gathered 150,000 signatures. More than two years [...]

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Women without birth control

Lizel Torreras, the wife of a garbage scavenger in the Philippines, mixed together bitter herbs and mahogany bark, a home remedy for abortion. She would have taken birth control pills, but she couldn’t afford to buy them. “With just two kids, we were already struggling,” she said. “The children were going to have a hard [...]

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Tell a girl that she is smart

Researchers at New York University asked boys and girls to identify a person who is really, really smart. At age five, children associated being smart with their own gender. But, by six or seven, girls were “significantly less likely” to pick women as being really, really smart. The study suggests that girls often believe that [...]

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Are women people?

A 1876 British Common Law ruling declared: “Women are persons in matters of pain and penalties, but are not persons in matters of rights and privileges.” In 1928, four women asked the Supreme Court of Canada to consider this question: “Does the word ‘person’… include female ‘persons’?” The Supreme Court answered, “No, it does not.” [...]

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The number of women leaders

The numbers tell the story of how far we have come and how far we still have to go. Women now hold top leadership positions—president, prime minister or its equivalent—in more than 70 countries in Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific. In fact, women lead two of Europe’s most powerful nations—Germany and Great Britain. [...]

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