The Intellectual

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What Is Tolerance?

We live in a complicated world. Nobody and nothing are completely alike. It’s no surprise that when race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and belief meet, something more along the lines…

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A Lesson From Jo March

“I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle — something heroic, or wonderful — that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead.” This declaration from Louisa May…

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Lady of Legacy: Mary Delany

By the time Mary Delany died at age 88 in 1788, she had outlived two husbands, mingled with Handel, befriended King George III and Queen Charlotte, lived in Windsor and…

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Commentary On The Cool Girl

Before last month’s Academy Awards ceremony, a timely Buzzfeed piece about the “Cool Girl” as a fixture in American popular culture made the rounds on social media. It should come as no…

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A Lesson From Scarlett O’Hara

Although Rhett Butler frankly—and famously—refused to “give a damn” about Scarlett O’Hara, why can’t we, to this day, even attempt to shelve the classic that the leading lady of Gone…

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Lady Of Legacy: Ray Eames

“I never gave up painting, I just changed my palette. ” Ray Kaiser Eames (December 15, 1912 – August 21, 1988) made up half of the creative duo that spread…

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International Women’s Day

Every March 8th, we celebrate women. It started like this: in 1911, German theorist and activist Clara Zetkin organized International Women’s Day to rally for social, economic and political reform….

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You Are What You Read

Body ideals for women have dramatically changed over the past 60 years, according to media research. Scholars have found that the women shown in media images have become increasingly thinner…

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Lady Of Legacy: Sophia Jex-Blake, MD

United Kingdom, 1870. Charles Dickens dies in Rochester. The postal headquarters puts Victoria’s face on the new Three Halfpence Red stamp. In Edinburgh, Sophia Jex-Blake and the first female medical…

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Alone Together, A Book Review

Recently we’ve noticed that a flurry of articles, posts, and pieces have been written about the implications that modern-day technology and social media have on relationships. Perhaps these pieces were…

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Names of Significance

Last summer I had the privilege of driving through Jasper National Park, which features the spectacular peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Interestingly, one of the more striking features I observed…

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Women Who Changed The World

When we think of famous inventors or great scientists, who could forget men like Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell? However, what about great women inventors – are there any…