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Feminist: A Curse Word

If someone called me a "feminist" or a "bleeding heart liberal" or even a "libtard" my first response would be, "Well, thanks!" And then I'd say, "And nice to see you matured past the name-calling of 7th grade." (I wouldn't be able to help myself. I mean really, "libtard," come on.)

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Then and Now: Rewriting the Book on School Reading Lists

In high school, although I was loathe to admit it to friends, I loved English class. Outwardly I complained like everyone else about the 'boring' books the teachers put on the reading lists. Inwardly I loved them.

T-shirt Tuesday: Fierce Women Who Inspire

I just got a t-shirt with a Shakespeare quote that reads, "And though she be but little, she is fierce." It inspired today's blog about fierce women who inspire.

Semantics Saturday: Wielding the Word Crybaby

Words in life, like words and books, can be used incorrectly or wielded to for good and for bad. The word "crybaby" is usually not in the "good" category. However, maybe it should be. On behalf of all crybabies out there I have decided yes, I'm a crybaby and I actually like this term…

“Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History”: 10 Books About Great Women Misbehaving

At the Woman's March this weekend in DC, I saw a poster with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, "Well-behaved women seldom make history." I love this quote. I want to get it tattooed on my arm. In honor of those women and continuing the ideals embodied in the Women's March this weekend, here are 10 books about women "behaving badly" and making a difference doing it.

If You Want to Understand Why I’m Crying

If You Want to Understand Why I’m Crying It’s because I can’t protect her I can’t protect her against The rising tides of water and hatred I can’t protect her when She leaves my arms for school Where children with spinning compasses And growing access to lethal weapons and unchecked prejudices Can penetrate the sanctuary Of education and innocence

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