At the Women in the World New York Summit, Mary Beard Traces the Origins of Misogyny

During an election season in which a presidential candidate is accused of “playing the woman’s card” simply for CWF (campaigning while female), the Women in the World New York Summit, held earlier this month, produced some noteworthy sessions.

On the Bright Side: NEW HABITS—Small Steps/Big Changes Letting Go

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Everything can be reduced to simple steps, but even the more stubborn, complex habits that have a component of physical addiction, such as alcoholism or drug abuse, can be battled using some of these principles.

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This year, 40 women made the list of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. While some of the more notable names might come as no surprise, we’re fascinated by the women whose names are not yet at the household level, but whose influence and impact are deeply felt around the world. Here are five women we look forward to following: Christina Figueres, Hope Jahren, Lori Robinson, Diana Natalicio, and Sunita Narain.

Helen Mirren’s ‘Eye in the Sky’: Difficult Questions and No Easy Answers landscape-1452034678-eye-in-the-sky-poster

By Alexandra MacAaron

Not only is it encouraging to see women in so many roles in ‘Eye in the Sky’ that are not gender traditional (mission commander, co-pilot, Undersecretary of State, identity analyst), but motives and feelings aren’t distributed along expected lines either. There are equal parts compassion and determination displayed by men and women alike.

The Burqa: Tool of Oppression? (In the News) THE-BURQA-ISSUE-w.2015.16

How do Muslim women feel about the burqa—the garment that former French President Nicholas Sarkozy called “a sign of enslavement and debasement”?

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don’t make the mistake of failing to adjust your perspective to current reality. You may have aged, but then so have your classmates. They will not be seeing you through the same eyes they used in high school (thank god!).

Midlife Suicide Rates Increasing for Women

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

While the rate of suicide increased for both men and women, women saw a staggering 45 percent increase overall. For middle-aged women, suicide remains among the top 10 leading causes of death.

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By Rebecca Foust

A. E. Stallings is well known for her remarkable, seemingly effortless mastery of formal poetry as well as for her much-praised Latin and Greek translations.

What’s Age Got to Do With It? Workouts for Women Over 40 CybexDualLegExtCurl

By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Age is not the primary factor in the choice of an exercise. The level of fitness and flexibility, absence of injury, and experience with the type of exercise are much more important.

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I like the energy of people young enough to be my children, which I don’t get anywhere else, since I don’t have kids of my own. There’s so much fun stuff going on in the world that this age group is interested in and I know nothing about.

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By Judie Rae

“I write to center myself, to encourage myself, to commune with the ecstasy and render meaning to things that may appear random,” says the word-keeper. “It is where I learn from my habits, successes, disappointments, heartaches, and heartbreaks.”

New Fashion Films for Your Must-Watch List poster-large

‘The First Monday in May’ (released April 15 and in theaters now ) takes a candid look at the the MET Costume Institute’s preparations for last year’s ambitious exhibition ‘China: Though the Looking Glass’ and its gala.

Yes, Your Pet Is Really Smart Poodle people

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

As a dog owner, I am frequently impressed by their human-like responses to distress, anger, or excitement. Sometimes their intelligence seems superior, if not extrasensory.

At Last, a National Monument to Women’s Equality (In the News)

Now we have a destination dedicated to all American women, and particularly to the memory of women whose agitating, lobbying, and legislation-drafting impacted thousands and thousands of women’s lives.

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

“Women in the middle are often discarded,” Alexander Janko says, “just when they’re hitting their prime—both in their life roles as well as in entertainment. I fervently believe the world’s a better place when we’re in touch with our feminine energy.”