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"Poverty is the sinking feeling when your small boy finishes his one Weetabix and says: 'More, Mummy, bread and jam please, Mummy,' as you're wondering whether to take the TV or the guitar to the pawnshop first." Jack Monroe: the face of modern poverty http://t.gu.com/nfaqV Photograph by Martin Godwin

Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: Bad Feminist

You can tell from her furry boots, her crotcheted lavender half-shirt revealing her bronzed pierced navel and her glimmering bindi that she’s <i>super</i> …

How Female Leaders Should Handle Double-Standards

IMF head Christine Lagarde tells a story about a woman leader she met who took over at a tough moment in her country’s history and resolved to be different. They had to cut the deficit and she wanted to set standards by personal example. When she travelled around the country, she took a small …

Women Need to Realize Work Isn’t School

Academic institutions are churning out ever-more female graduates. But the very skills that propel women to the top of the class in school are earning us middle-of the-pack marks in the workplace. Indeed, a recent study found that women account for 51.4% of middle managers in the U.S. but only 4.2% …

Lean In Litmus Test: Is This For Women Who Can Cry At Work?

I have reasons for not leaning in with Sheryl Sandberg.<p>Kate Losse writes a great, insightful piece that situates Sandburg’s book in the neo-liberal …

9 Career Lessons From the Women of Mad Men

<i>Roger Sterling</i>: Get me some coffee, will you? <i><br>Peggy Olson</i>: No.<p>Brace yourselves. This sunday the season premiere of the final season of <i>Mad Men</i> airs. I …

Mad Men

Jill Abramson and the wholly sexist narrative of the woman in power

Happy newsrooms are all alike. Every unhappy newsroom is unhappy in its own way. The New York Times newsroom is unhappy because its editor is not …

6 Amazing Facts From an Amazing Obituary of a 'Human Computer'

When confronted with the story of Shakuntala Devi there's one question everyone asks: "How does she do it?"<p>Reuters<p><i>The New York Times</i> has up a gem of an obituary, 500 words chock-full of wonderful bits about its subject, a mathematician by the name of Shakuntala Devi, who passed away in Bangalore on …

How Bikes Prevent Rape and Empower Girls in Rural Cambodia

Susan B. Anthony once said, "I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of …

For strong daughters, stop with the sex stereotypes

When the rocket scientist Yvonne Brill died in March, The New York Times celebrated her as the maker of a "mean beef stroganoff" and "the world's best mother." When my 4-year-old daughter, Ellie, a wildly creative and interesting girl, finished a year of preschool last week, her teachers gave her …

The Mayor and the Comfort Women

A few days ago, two South Korean women, both in their eighties, cancelled a meeting with Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka. They had asked to speak with him more than a year ago, but now, the timing seemed not only wrong but painful: “We don’t need to be trampled on again,” the women, Kim Bok-dong …

Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried

Young women scientists leave academia in far greater numbers than men for three reasons. During their time as PhD candidates, large numbers of women …

How to Talk to Little Girls

511 comments<p>I went to a dinner party at a friend’s home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time.<p>Little Maya was all curly …

Answering Harvard’s question about my personal life, 52 years later

<b>Graphic: In 1961, an applicant to a Harvard University graduate program received a letter asking a personal question.</b><p>By Phyllis Richman<p><i>In 1961, Phyllis Richman applied to graduate school at Harvard. She received a letter asking how she would balance a career in city planning with her</i> …

Why Women Must Ask (The Right Way): Negotiation Advice From Stanford's Margaret A. Neale

Few Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA students would argue that Professor Margaret A. Neale is a powerful woman. At over six feel tall, even my male classmates would be intimidated to negotiate with her. And it’s not just because she often calls out students’ “sub-optimal” negotiation …

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?

Deep anxiety about the ability to have children later in life plagues many women. But the decline in fertility over the course of a woman’s 30s has been oversold. Here’s what the statistics really tell us—and what they don’t.<p>In the tentative, post-9/11 spring of 2002, I was, at 30, in the midst of …

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives

There are things about women that most men would just as soon never discuss. The stirrups in a gynecologist’s office, for one; the tampon aisle at …

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