In this week’s Wednesday Five:

  1. A New York Magazine series looks at how women get it all done
  2. Virginia Apgar —the doctor who saved countless newborn babies
  3. Hidden Figures: Women of NASA
  4. Why we make women athletes into villains
  5. Julia Bacha on how women wage conflict without violence



How I Get It Done

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In the era of “Can Women Have It All” and “Lean In” dominating the conversations about women and work, we are loving New York Magazine’s series that eliminates the complicated and just gets down to the fundamental question: How I Get It Done! Featuring a series of women with demanding jobs and demanding families, from Audrey Cooper, Editor-in-Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle to Meera Gandhi, Founder of the Giving Back Foundation, the series delves into the nitty gritty of how these women get it all taken care of, sometimes imperfectly. We get to hear their responses to things like: the necessary evil of meetings; the myth of “having it all”; the feminist statement of bringing children to work; always being on the phone; and the need to determine your own schedule. This week, Dyana Evans asked Nancy Spector how she gets it done. Spector, the new chief curator of the Brooklyn Museum, recently left the Guggenheim after 30 years. Here is a highlight from her conversation:

On the feminist statement of bringing her children to work:
It’s the balance — I don’t know how we use that word these days — between raising a family and working, and there always feels like there are sacrifices. And there are great rewards too, but it’s that never-ending am I doing enough on both sides?

I was really lucky. I had my children late, so I was in a secure enough position at the Guggenheim that I could weave my children in pretty effortlessly. Or, not effortlessly, very deliberately, I mean. I was really fortunate in that my bosses at the time also had families and were supportive of the fact that I was a working parent. It became a real feminist statement for me to have my children; I nursed my kids at board meetings, and they came on some trips with me. . .

 Read more at New York Magazine.



Unsung Women: Virginia Apgar

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In another series on women we are loving, TIME magazine has been publishing a compelling ongoing series on the unsung women of history — aptly titled Unsung Women. InThe Doctor Who Saved Countless Newborn Babies,” writer tells the story of  Virginia Apgaran American obstetrical anesthesiologist and the inventor of the Apgar score, a way to quickly assess the health of newborn children immediately after birth. Blakemore writes:

“Virginia Apgar broke a barrier in 1949 when she became the first woman to become a full professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She began to study how anesthesia affected mothers and babies, a neglected area of research. Meanwhile, as the 20th century progressed, even though more women were having babies in hospitals, the newborn mortality rate remained high. . . Apgar is best known as the creator of a simple test that changed the course of neonatology—the care of newborn infants—forever.”

Read more about Virginia Apgar’s story at TIME.



Hidden Figures: Women of NASA

Speaking of unsung women, an upcoming film, Hidden Figures, the incredible untold true story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. The film hits theaters next January but has already been getting great buzz.

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  • Helen Graber September 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Virginia Apgar was a remarkable women and deserves recognition for her contribution to medicine. As a maternal/neonatal nurse I witnessed first hand the value of the Apgar score in assessing a newborn and administering life saving measures if needed. So many complications are avoided by the immediate recognition of an infant in distress. Dr Apgar was an unsung hero!