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'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey by NPR Staff, September 20, 2014 4:55 PM ET
Journalist and author Gail Sheehy has taken readers into the minds and hearts of countless important figures. Throughout her career, she's written in-depth character portraits of Hillary Clinton, Michael Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher, among others. She's also dug deep into people's lives and personalities more broadly. Her influential 1976 bestseller Passages examined the predictable crises people experience as they age, and follow-ups like The Silent Passage: Menopause and Understanding Men's Passages continued to map how people change as time goes on. But in her latest book, Daring: My Passages, Sheehy turns inward, reflecting on her own life journey. This time, her subject is a trailblazing woman who made a name for herself in journalism at a time when it was dominated by men. Sheehy worked in the women's department of the New York Herald Tribune, known as "the estrogen zone," before becoming a pioneer of long-form magazine journalism in the late 1960s.

For Working Mothers, a Price to Pay,  Claire Cain Miller. New York Times. September 7, 2014. 
"One of the worst career moves a woman can make is to have children. Mothers are less likely to be hired for jobs, to be perceived as competent at work or to be paid as much as their male colleagues with the same qualifications. For men, meanwhile, having a child is good for their careers. They are more likely to be hired than childless men, and tend to be paid more after they have children."

Troll Slayer: A Cambridge Classicist Takes on Her Sexist Detractors. 
Rebecca Mead.  New Yorker.  Volume 90, no 25, Sept. 1, 2014.  pp 30-36.
Profile of professor Mary Beard, a British classicist and prolific writer.  "With ambiale indignation, she explored the ways that men have silenced outspoken women since the days of the ancients." in a lecture at the British Museum titled "Oh Do Shut Up Dear".

Cornelia G. Kennedy, a Pioneering Federal Judge, Dies at 90 "Cornelia G. Kennedy was the first woman to serve as a clerk at the prestigious United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the first woman in the nation to serve as chief judge of a federal district court. Three presidents shortlisted her for the United States Supreme Court."

Leaders Who Aren't Always Followed. By PHYLLIS KORKKI.  New York Times, April, 13, 2014. 
Who really makes the changes in an organization? It's not always the people with the highest executive titles. A growing body of research has pointed to the importance of informal leaders known to researchers as ''brokers,'' who have the gift of connecting employees in productive new ways...''To the extent that women were perceived to be brokers, they incurred reputational penalties,'' Professor Brands says. ''They were seen as more competent, but less warm.'' Other research, she says, has shown that men who take on brokerage roles tend to receive benefits in the form of compensation and promotions, whereas female brokers' careers are negatively affected.

This Is What 80 Looks Like  MARCH 22, 2014  Gail Collins
ON Tuesday, Gloria Steinem turns 80. Do not bother to call. She’s planning to celebrate in Botswana. “I thought: ‘What do I really want to do on my birthday?’ First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants.”  Very few people have aged as publicly. It’s been four decades since she told a reporter, “This is what 40 looks like.” Back then many women, including Steinem herself, fudged their age when they left their 20s, so it was a pretty revolutionary announcement. A decade later she had a “This is what 50 looks like” party at the Waldorf for the benefit of Ms. Magazine. Steinem, who has frequently said that she expects her funeral to be a fund-raiser, has been using her birthdays to make money for worthy causes ever since. Before heading off to Botswana, she, along with Rabbi Arthur Waskow, was feted at a “This is what 80 looks like” benefit for the Shalom Center in Philadelphia.

LAPD Pays Tribute To Josephine Serrano Collier, A Latina Pioneer

Not All Monuments Men Were Men. By TOM MASHBERGJAN. 29, 2014.
In February 1952, as Europe rebuilt after World War II, Ardelia Ripley Hall arrived in Bonn, Germany, to play her part in a bold American military mission that had begun about a decade earlier...The art-hunting team, officially known as the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section, grew to more than 300 people in the postwar years. The women never numbered more than a few dozen, but, like the men, they were dedicated scholars and at times notable heroes.

Maria Schriver Report Released January 12th, 2014
Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink will examine the rates of financial insecurity among American women and the children who depend on them, investigate the impact of it on our nation’s institutions and economic future, and promote modern solutions to help women strengthen their financial status.

Grace Hopper, in full Grace Murray Hopper, née Grace Brewster Murray   (born December 9, 1906, New York, New York, U.S.—died January 1, 1992, Arlington, Virginia), American mathematician and rear admiral in the U.S. Navy who was a pioneer in developing computer technology, helping to devise UNIVAC I, the first commercial electronic computer, and naval applications for COBOL (common-business-oriented language).  December 9, 2013 marked what would have been the 107th birthday of Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist, naval admiral, and the Mother of COBOL. Created in 1959, COBOL is the development language that has withstood the test of time — it still powers 70% of all business transactions today! I challenge you to name another technology that

Yellen Wins Backing of Senators to Lead Fed By ANNIE LOWREY.  New York Times. Published: January 6, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Janet L. Yellen as the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve on Monday, marking the first time that a woman will lead the country’s central bank in its 100-year history.

Janet D. Rowley, who linked genetics and cancer, dies at 88.  Schudel, Matt. The Washington Post.2013-12-22
Dr. Rowley, who was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2009, was a part-time researcher who often worked at her dining room table in the early years of her career. She made her first landmark discoveries in 1972, when she became the first scientist to find evidence that alterations in chromosomes could lead to forms of leukemia and other kinds of cancer.  Some scientists were skeptical of her findings, and the New England Journal of Medicine refused to publish a research paper she had written. But over and over again, Dr. Rowley was able to demonstrate a link between genetic markers, or repeated chromosomal patterns, and particular diseases.

Gender gap widens at CSUS, UCD  By Diana Lambert and Phillip Reese, Sacramento Bee Nov. 20, 2013.
Four years ago, 30 percent of Sacramento State’s philosophy students were women. This semester, they make up 44 percent of the class. Department chairwoman Christina Bellon said she has always tackled topics such as child care access and pay equity in her ethics course, but now “these examples are received instead of challenged, confused or thought to be irrelevant.”
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