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Delaney Hoffman in Shadow

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Author Delaney Hoffman in shadow.

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Author Delaney Hoffman in shadow.

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"My Life on the Road" by Gloria Steinem Book Cover, 2015

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The cover of My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Random House, 2015).

Title spread photography by Marianne Barcellona.

The cover of My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Random House, 2015).

Title spread photography by Marianne Barcellona.

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Book Review: My Life on the Road

It feels so unimaginative to write that Gloria Steinem is my hero. But, Gloria Steinem is my hero. She’s the woman I most admire, and the only consistent guest at my fantasy dinner party. Reading her new memoir, My Life on the Road, is probably the closest I’ll ever get to actually having dinner with Gloria. 

Joyce Antler

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Joyce Antler.
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Melissa Benoist, June 30, 2015

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Melissa Benoist, of CBS' Supergirl, at the 6th Annual Thirst Project Thirst Gala, June 30, 2015.
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Melissa Benoist, of CBS' Supergirl, at the 6th Annual Thirst Project Thirst Gala, June 30, 2015.

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Superwoman! Er, Girl

Is it sexist to call a woman a girl? Yes it is. At the risk of having the world’s shortest blog post though, I’ll elaborate. The Washington Post published a piece this week about the new CBS drama, “Supergirl,” titled: “Is the term ‘Supergirl’ offensive? The story behind the ‘girl vs. woman’ speech in the pilot.” 

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

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Melissa Benoist as Kara (aka Supergirl) on CBS' Supergirl.

Melissa Benoist as Kara (aka Supergirl) on CBS' Supergirl.

Dress Code or Stress Code?

I never really understood the purpose of the dress code. Was it for religious reasons? Was it to protect our male classmates from possible distraction from their studies? Was it for both reasons? I found it extremely degrading that I felt pressured to be ashamed of my body. 

I Need Feminism Sign

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Author Ariela Basson holds up a sign about feminism and school dress codes.
Courtesy of Ariela Basson.
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Author Ariela Basson holds up a sign about feminism and school dress codes.

Courtesy of Ariela Basson.

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Rochelle Shoretz, 1972 - 2015

When I first met Rochelle Shoretz, she was lugging a small, but clearly very heavy roller suitcase up the stairs at a retreat center. I offered to help and she smiled warmly and said, “no thanks.” Later, she would share her embarrassment that her suitcase likely weighed 50 pounds because it was full of work-related documents. She laughed at herself for bringing two weeks’ worth of work to a three-day retreat. Predictably, she didn’t touch her work because she threw herself so fully into her interactions.

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