education

Do We Still Need Women's Colleges? Yes and No.

Women’s colleges were born out of institutionalized sexism. So, do we still need women’s colleges? In mid-December the Huffington Post published a guest editorial by Elizabeth Pfeiffer titled, “... Read more »

Six Tips From Women Working Male-Dominated Engineering Fields

One of my greatest high school regrets is that I never took an auto shop class. I would have had a chance to learn some practical skills like changing oil and changing a tire. At the time, I doubt it fit into my schedule, but entering a class of mostly boys scared me as well. It’s not that I... Read more »

Is there an "Adobe Ceiling" for Latina Women in Academia?

In India, the roof is used as an economic indicator. Whether your roof is made of thatch, tin, or tiles sends a message about your place in society.  Academia has a less-literal ceiling that serves as a symbol of... Read more »

How to Check if Your Syllabus Reinforces Patriarchy

When I received the course guidelines for the first year of my Master’s here in Denmark and Germany, I immediately Googled my future professors. I was disappointed to learn that all except for one were white men (this has since changed – we have a woman and another non-white man, rejoice!).... Read more »

If You Pack Only One Book, Make it a 570 Page Hardcover on Race and Class

I brought just one book to India: It was a 570 pages hardcover on race and class. It is true, I did consider that it could be used as a weapon or a seat if needed. Still, it got me through a 30-hour train ride. I call it my "survival book"—without it, the long, hot days of travel would have been... Read more »

This Bridge Called My Back and the Backs We All Stand on

The new year, as well as the 50 that have passed since Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I have a Dream” speech, is a reminder to look at the women who came before us in the ivory towers of academia. Read more »

Lady Liquor: Competitive drinking, in college and after

In college, I lived in a co-op – on-campus, owned by the university and so-called because rather than rely on the custodial service that cleaned the other campus buildings, we divvied cleaning tasks among ourselves. It was cheaper to live there than in the dorms or off-campus. There were several... Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: All the Advice You Asked For, and Some You Didn't

Welcome to the latest installment of Ms. Opinionated, in which readers have questions about the pesky day-to-day choices we all face, and I give advice about how to make ones that (hopefully) best reflect our shared commitment to feminist values—as well as advice on what to do when they don’... Read more »

Navy Steals: The military's new interest in STEM education

Although women make up about half of the United States workforce, they represent just 24 percent of careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In order to correct this, major nonprofit groups have been organizing STEM enrichment camps for middle- and high-school... Read more »

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