Book cover of Feminine Mystique

The Powerful, Complicated Legacy of Betty Friedan's 'The Feminine Mystique'

The acclaimed reformer stoked the white, middle-class feminist movement and brought critical understanding to a “problem that had no name”
Black and white photo of a girl sitting with a baby carriage and dollhouse

The US Government Can Provide Universal Childcare — It’s Done So in the Past

There’s no reason we can’t have universal childcare that’s wildly popular and provides high-quality care — in fact, during World War II, we did.
Elegant Boardroom

The Limits of Telecommuting

Perhaps the lesson to take from this year of living online is not about making better technology. It’s about recognizing technology’s limits.
Headshot of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Glorious RBG

I learned, while writing about her, that her precision disguised her warmth.
Daycare classroom

Richard Nixon Bears Responsibility for the Pandemic’s Child-Care Crisis

The policy roots of today’s childcare crisis.

The Class of RBG

The remarkable stories of the nine other women in the Harvard Law class of ’59—as told by them, their families, and a SCOTUS justice who remembers them all.

The First Lady of American Journalism

Dorothy Thompson finds a room of her own.

How Film Noir Tried to Scare Women out of Working

In the period immediately following World War II, the femme fatale embodied a host of male anxieties about gender roles.

The Transformation of Elizabeth Warren

She faced sexism, split with a husband and found her voice teaching law in Houston.

A Lifetime Of Labor: Maybelle Carter At Work

Maybelle Carter witnessed the dawn of the recording era and helped create country music as one of the genre's biggest acts.
Drawing of a woman being blown away holding a kite made of books

Margaret Fuller on the Social Value of Intellectual Labor and Why Artists Ought to Be Paid

“The circulating medium… is abused like all good things, but without it you would not have had your Horace and Virgil.”
Margaret Hamilton stands next to a stack of paper as tall as she is - the software she and her team produced for the Apollo project.

Margaret Hamilton Led the NASA Software Team That Landed Astronauts on the Moon

Apollo’s successful computing software was optimized to deal with unknown problems.

The Counterfeit Queen of Soul

A strange and bittersweet ballad of kidnapping, stolen identity and unlikely stardom.

Forgotten Feminisms: Johnnie Tillmon's Battle Against 'The Man'

Tillmon and other National Welfare Rights Organization members defied mainstream ideas of feminism in their fight for welfare.

In World War II America, Female Santas Took the Reins

Rosie the Riveter wasn’t the only woman who pitched in on the homefront.

We’ve Got the ’70s-Style Rage. Now We Need the ’70s-Style Feminist Social Analysis.

Amid all the stories about harassment and abuse, there’s been hardly any discussion about how we got here.

The Secret Feminist History of Brown Paper Bags

Tracing the connection between a ubiquitous paper product and the women’s liberation movement.
Protest of welfare reform in front of the White House, with the sign, "HEY BILL HOW MANY KIDS DID YOU IMPOVERISH TODAY?"

Welfare and the Politics of Poverty

Bill Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform was supposed to move needy families off government handouts and onto a path out of poverty. How has it turned out?
Rosie the Riveter "We Can Do It" poster.

Women at Work: A History

Women in the workplace, from 19th century domestic workers to the Rosies of World War II to the labs of Silicon Valley.
Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust in 2009.

The Bleak, All But-Forgotten World of Segregated Virginia

Former Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust’s extraordinary memoir recalls painful memories for her--and me.