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Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art
Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art

A heartening homage to a courageous woman who fought superstition with science and love.

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Adrienne Rich on the Alchemy of Human Possibility and What “Truth” Really Means
Adrienne Rich on the Alchemy of Human Possibility and What “Truth” Really Means

“The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in life. The liar is someone who keeps losing sight of these possibilities.”

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A Visual History of Romantic Friendship
A Visual History of Romantic Friendship

“Smashes,” “crushes,” “spoons,” and other curious nineteenth-century relationship varieties.

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The Story of a Man Who Wanted to Do Housework: A Proto-Feminist Children’s Book from 1935
The Story of a Man Who Wanted to Do Housework: A Proto-Feminist Children’s Book from 1935

A visionary fable about equality delivered through a comic Rube Goldberg machine of domestic disaster.

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Anaïs Nin on Reproductive Rights: A Prescient Perspective from 1940
Anaïs Nin on Reproductive Rights: A Prescient Perspective from 1940

“Motherhood is a vocation like any other. It should be freely chosen, not imposed upon woman.”

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Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag: Maira Kalman’s Sweet Design-History Alphabet Book about Embracing Uncertainty and Imperfection
Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag: Maira Kalman’s Sweet Design-History Alphabet Book about Embracing Uncertainty and Imperfection

“Life is not a straight line. Life is a zig-zag.”

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Hopeful Dispatches on Love, Sex, Work, Friendship, Death, and Life’s In-Betweenery from Lena Dunham
Hopeful Dispatches on Love, Sex, Work, Friendship, Death, and Life’s In-Betweenery from Lena Dunham

“It’s a special kind of privilege to be born into the body you wanted, to embrace the essence of your gender even as you recognize what you are up against. Even as you seek to redefine it.”

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Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Female vs. Male Creativity, Gender in Leadership, Equitable Parenting, and Why Women Make Better Scientists
Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Female vs. Male Creativity, Gender in Leadership, Equitable Parenting, and Why Women Make Better Scientists

“In the long run it is the complex interplay of different capacities, feminine and masculine, that protects the humanity of human beings.”

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Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement
Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement

“You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day — so start writing.”

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The Oppressed Majority: A Poignant French Short Film about a World in Which Men Are Subject to Sexism
The Oppressed Majority: A Poignant French Short Film about a World in Which Men Are Subject to Sexism

A tragicomic day in the life of a man who struggles for equality in a mirror-image society dominated by women.

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