Invaluable?

The father of economics lived with his mother. She took care of him for his entire life.  Yet he never thought to value her work to clean the house, cook his food or care for him. In 1776, Adam Smith wrote the words that shaped our modern understanding of economics in his book ‘The WealthContinue reading “Invaluable?”

Pretty Useless

Why is fragility so valued in women?  Is it simply that helpless dependence makes men feel stronger and more powerful, reinforcing their role as leaders and providers in society?  We learn what is expected of us from toys, books, games and television, what we see in the media, and every social interaction.  In the taleContinue reading “Pretty Useless”

Ugly Duckling

I am utterly obsessed with machine knitting.  For me it’s the perfect combination of mechanical engineering and artistic creativity.  But why, oh why can’t I be satisfied with making things out of wool?  Instead, I can’t stop myself trying to use wire which snaps, tangles, breaks and generally jams before my work falls in aContinue reading “Ugly Duckling”

She Persisted

 ‘We women persist. Isn’t that our job? Throughout history, we have persisted in our quest for respect, for justice, for equal rights, for suffrage, for education, for enfranchisement, for recognition, for making our voices heard. In the face of violence, of opposition, of ridicule, of belittlement, even of jail time, nevertheless, we have persisted.’ ValerieContinue reading “She Persisted”

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