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Women & STEM Education

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By Meredith Moore When I was in college, Larry Summers – then the president of Harvard University – suggested that one reason there are few women in the top science positions is a lack of aptitude compared to men. As a woman majoring in science, I was outraged. Almost a decade later, I am outraged again that Google engineer James Damore…

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Women & Financial Empowerment

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By Shreya Das I returned home one day two years ago, to find my aunt comforting a sobbing woman as she told her about her experiences at the hands of an abusive husband. Poonam was a maid working several shifts during the day while simultaneously looking after her children and her own household in the evening. Her husband had just forced…

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Women & Summer Reading

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Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time for vacation, travel, pool time, and hopefully a little bit of rest and relaxation. If you’re looking for a good book to get you through the rest of the summer, here are some recommendations from the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. This is a compilation of suggested reads by past scholars, as well…

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Women & Mental Health

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By Ellie Fratt I was 12 years-old when I was diagnosed with methicillian-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a deadly antibiotic-resistant superbug. The infection ravaged my right leg and femur, causing me to undergo seven surgeries within one month. My illness has been the most formative experience of my life – it’s also what spurred my desire to go into the medical…

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Women & Emotional Abuse

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By Shivangi Bhatia “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I’ve thought a lot about this specific phrase. It’s a childhood rhyme tossed around on the playground, but it meant more to me the older I got. I was taught to smile and be the bigger person when someone verbally bullied me, to not let…

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Women & Medical Research

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by Racquel Sohasky Medicine requires the cumulative efforts of innumerable people, extending far beyond doctors’ offices and operating rooms. It happens in laboratories, in the hands of nurses, through the work of research assistants, and with the combined efforts of countless others. The collaborative efforts and divided responsibilities are what allow medicine to progress: people from many specialties and educational…

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Women & Friendship, Part 2

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by Pamela Myer Sackett This post was originally a comment on our February 2016 blog post, another tribute to B. A. on her birthday. We felt it was so wonderful that it should be its own blog this year.  B. A. Rudolph cared whole heartedly about each one of her diverse group of friends. I am certain that many of…

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Women & Hope

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by Maggie Moore, Meredith Moore, & Rebecca Davis We, B.A.’s girls, spent most of 2016 thinking that our next president would be a woman. Failing that, we at minimum hoped for the election of someone who supported women’s rights and dignity. We even planned our 2016 Pathways to Public Service event around it: we asked Amy Walter, a highly respected…

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Women & Being Like Gwen

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by Amy Walter When I was invited me to speak at the Pathways to Public Service event, I assumed that I’d be discussing the recent election: What it meant to have the first female nominee – and maybe even the first female president. It was going to be a reflection on what it meant for the legions of women who…

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