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Trying to be liked

“Hillary Clinton has spent 40 years trying to be liked,” writes Susanna Schrobsdorff in the September 25, 2017, issue of Time magazine. “Unfortunately, likability is too often a woman’s most valuable currency, trumping competence and worthiness. A hint of unlikability can undermine a woman’s success like nothing else. Studies show that the higher you aim, [...]

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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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100 years of women voting

Get ready to celebrate! Nationwide, 65 organizations already are planning to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage in 2020. That’s the year the 19th Amendment was passed. It’s also the year that the National American Suffrage Association, the first organization to picket at the White House, became the League of Women Voters. “Today we are [...]

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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 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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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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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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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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