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The Feminine Mystique is 50 years old; do you know where your equality is? Here’s a hint: if you’re a woman living in America, it’s still pretty far out of reach. Because for as far as women have come in the ol’ US of A, the fact is that the state of affairs here–compared to […]

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I think it’s time to send the Mommy Wars off to bed once and for all. Best-selling novelist Deborah Copaken Kogan would definitely agree.  Kogan was one of the featured break-out speakers at last week’s Sun Valley Writers Conference and her talk on the myth of the mommy wars provided food for both thought and […]

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Now that the chatter about Marissa Mayer has started to grow cold, let me admit that the whole conversation has pissed me off. In case you’ve spent the past few days under a rock or — same thing — totally unplugged, Marissa Mayer is the former Google superstar who was annointed CEO of Yahoo on […]

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Another day, another scandal involving a politician’s crotch. So much to say! And what I’d like to talk about first is this: the phrase “good wife,” and why it must be retired forever. Like yesterday. In the disgraced politician script, the “good wife” is the one who stands by her man. The one who doesn’t […]

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Somewhere on the way to gender equality, young women have apparently lost the ability to iron a shirt or roast a chicken.  So says a patronizing new study — titled “Male and female roles in the 21st century: breaking gender stereotypes” — by Australian social researcher Mark McCrindle. What we learn from an exclamation-point-studded press […]

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So today I thought I’d offer a quick riff about double standards. Case number one, the most obvious:  Rep. John Boehner’s weepathon on “60 Minutes.”  The prospective Speaker of the House cries.  Don’t know why.  But as USC Professor Kathleen Reardon points out on HuffPo, it’s perfectly fine — if somewhat creepy — if a […]

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Apparently, when it comes to the wage gap, it’s the time-out that kicks us in the pocketbook. That’s the word from labor economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz, experts on the gender wage discrepancy, answering questions in Thursday’s NYTimes Freakonomics column. They’ve got some darn good data. If you’re a numbers geek like me, you’ll […]

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We’ve read here and elsewhere that women are tied with men when it comes to workforce numbers. We’ve read here and elsewhere, thanks to Maria Shriver’s report, A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything, that some folks think we’ve put an end to the battle of the sexes. We even may have read somewhere that the women’s […]

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Yesterday, some chat about feminism. Today, a little bit more — on a little bit more. On “As In Sit-coms, So In Life”: I was born in 1965, am African-American and grew up going to parochial schools and living on the southside of Chicago. When I was in highschool, I did not take any home […]

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So, last week, a couple of conversations got me thinking. One, with C, an extremely preggo woman, divvying her time between readying her professional replacement and getting the other little duckies in a row (when she’s not taking maternity-modeling gigs) ahead of the impending wee one’s arrival, was talking about how she thinks she’ll come […]

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