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  Move over, Rory Gilmore. If tongues can be sharp, and words are our weapons, then women who read are dangerous. That's what Karen Joy Fowler wants to convey in the new book Women Who Read Are Dangerous. The book includes paintings from throughout the history of art that portray women reading. The book features over 70 artworks by artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more. Women Who Read Are Dangerous is available now.  A young girl reading by Jean-Honore Fragonard Our...

Looking for some new spring reads to flip through as you sit in the park for the first time of the season? Check out these awesome page-turners!  1. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours: Stories by Helen Oyeyemi  (Riverhead Books)  Nigerian-British writer Helen Oyeyemi’s collection of interconnected short stories is a worthy follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2014 novel Boy, Snow, Bird. In What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Oyeymi takes readers from Spain to England to the Czech Republic and across generations, ages, races, nationalities, genders, and...
Sylvia Plath, poetess and patron saint of college kids everywhere discovering their feminism, we salute you! To honor the feminist icon, here are some of the best Sylvia Plath quotes to bring out your inner Lisa Simpson:  "This is the silence of astounded souls." Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing. Endure, endure, and the syllables harden like stoic white sheets struck with rigor mortis on the clothesline of winter. It was my first big chance, but here I...
It’s been five years since the release of Tina Fey’s memoir Bossypants, and five years later it continues to be the most important piece of literature in my life. I read it for the first time on a beach vacation the summer before I went off to college, and it blew my world right open. In my opinion, this book belongs on the same shelf as The Second Sex, A Room of One’s Own, and The Feminine Mystique. Bossypants permanently changed the way I think...

  Women's History Month is coming to a close, so let's take one last look at some amazing women that have changed the world. In 2016, women are still severely under-represented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), so it's especially important for us to talk about our women scientist heroes from the past. Author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky couldn't agree more. In her forthcoming book Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World, she highlights the contributions of fifty notable women in STEM from ancient...
Ever found yourself frightened, biting your nails as a child wondering, “what would have happened to grandma if Little Red Riding Hood had been packing?” Fear no more, the NRA has found fairy tale classics to not really be spot on in teaching children about morals and values. I mean really, Hansel and Gretel shouldn’t be gluttons talking to strangers and literally eating a house, but what’s missing from this story is that these children should be carrying a guns.Deciding that they should reinvent everything...
As women, we study and learn about the work of great men, knowing that they are revered by society, regardless of their hatred for us or violence done to us. Greatness has traditionally been reserved for men, granted by other men. Oppressing women has been considered a minor offense, and one not worth condemnation, or at times, even mentioning. They were allowed to shine brighter, thanks to diminishing half of humanity.If half the world had not been held back, would we have progressed more rapidly?The...
On April 12th, beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary will turn 100-- and she’s still got serious spunk. Her characters, like Ramona and Beezus Quimby, are known for their spunk, too; they’re sharply realistic, witty, relatable and lovable. Ramona goes down in history along with Matilda and Pippi Longstocking as some of the coolest girls in kids’ literature; these were girls who taught us that it was good to be weird, smart, outspoken, strong, and nonconforming. Growing up, Cleary wanted to read about characters like this too....
A few months ago as I was flipping through channels, I stopped on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’ve seen the movie and read the book several times, so I scrolled through my Twitter timeline as the movie functioned more as background noise than entertainment.When the Dementors took the screen, I couldn’t help but look up from my Twitter feed. To me, the Dementors were the most evil creatures in the world of Harry Potter. A beast that sucks the happiness right out...

Sometimes you're having a bad day and you feel that no one understands you. But there is someone who understands you, and her name is Sarah Andersen. Andersen created the popular web comic Sarah's Scribbles, and now, her hilariously relatable comics are coming out in a new book, Adulthood Is a Myth.  These comics are for everyone who sometimes feels awkward, anti-social, and insecure. The slightly deranged protagonist takes on topics like how unfair life can be for ladies, procrastinating, and how hard it is to...
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