Back to School

“A dream deferred.” The elegant turn of phrase from the college admissions officer that described my return to the classroom after an absence of some thirty years. My decision to go back to school was a whim and decades in the making. I kept my acceptance letter secret for several days. I needed time to process — even now I’m not sure why. Maybe I didn’t believe I deserved a …

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Mills College

The Mills College I entered in the fall of 2017 was a far different institution that the one I visited as a teenager. For one, the student body is more diverse. The process of integration began in the late sixties and seventies. Today, the campus admits more young women of color and from a wider range of socio-economic groups than at any other time in its history. And, there’s a …

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The New Rules

Amid the horrifying accounts of workplace misogyny making the headlines, comes a bit of welcome news for women, particularly those of a certain age. Fifty-plus — even 60-plus — women are suddenly hot: A recent Wall Street Journal article, The New Rules of Middle-Age Written by Women, notes that a number of middle-aged women have made the best-seller lists. Among them are 54-year-old Melinda Gates and 55-year-old Michelle Obama. Gates’ …

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