To be perfectly honest, I can't stand when someone asks for my full name on the telephone. Not only do I have an unusual first name (with an atypical spelling), I also have an unusual and hyphenated last name, and I end up saying something like this: "Okay, my first name is Adena, A-D-E-N-A, and my last name is Cohen-Bearak, C-O-H-E-N, hyphen, then B as in boy, E-A-R-A-K. Got it?" Typically, they don't. And I have to spell everything out again.
I've had teachers say it to me. Lots of my mentors said it. Once, a supervisor at work mentioned it. I've overheard folks telling their own children, educators telling other people's kids, and I'm sure that I've even said it a time or two in my years of teaching. ...more
My mother was a pioneering feminist. She belonged to NOW and NARAL. She subscribed to Ms. Magazine.
She worshiped the goddesses Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.
When she became a feminist, it changed my life.
Do you remember having ‘the talk’ with your parents?
“When a mommy and daddy love each other very much they give each other a special kind of hug and….”
We all know how the rest of that old tale goes. Families vary it -- some add detail, some get by on euphemisms, some tell the whole thing like an allegory leaving kids lost somewhere between terrified and befuddled -- but for the most part, all parents give the same sex talk to prepare their kids for what is to come.
But that was before we understood we lived in a rape culture.
Supporters of Common Core State Standards hope to level the playing field of the American public education system nationwide, touting the notion that educations attained under the new standards would be equal in preparing students for college and careers.But reactions to Common Core have been mixed, keeping PolitiFact busy separating fact from fiction....more
Have you ever wanted to make a real impact with your work? Watch this inspiring video from The Courage in Journalism awards ceremony -- these women will make you not just feel you can change the world but know you can....more
My husband and I recently took our daughter and a dozen of her friends to the movies. It was a children’s movie matinée. Our group took up an entire row in the theatre, and so I sat right in front of the kids. A few minutes before the show began, a visible minority family walked in and sat next to me, one seat down. The lights dimmed and the previews started. We were off to a great start. The kids sat behind us munching on their popcorn, slurping their drinks, eager to see the movie start....more
"I just want to tell you we're fine," he said in a soft voice. I could hear Becky crying in the background. At first, I thought they'd been in a car accident, but then my husband explained. "There has been a shooting at the mall. The Apple employees have us all locked up in their stock room in the back. We're totally okay, but Becky is a little freaked out."
Peggy Young (no relation) had been a UPS employee for about a decade when she got pregnant. Like most of us, she assumed there'd be no problem at work. Her pregnancy was in no way unusual. Everybody knew you couldn't discriminate against pregnant workers. We had the protection of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which had been the law in the US for 35 years. It was the 21st century, for crying out loud. Surely we'd evolved. Right?...more