NEWSLETTER: In The Tidal Pool

In honor of Mother’s Day

With Mother's Day close at hand, I am devoting this newsletter to mothers – mine, yours, all of ours.
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A new writing of women’s history

Current events should lead us to a new way of thinking about women's history.
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Pub date is here!

Thanks for reading my newsletter these last months, and for reading this one where I share the news that pub date is here.
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Experiments with truth

It's cold in Boston as I write and I'm feeling cooped up. Maybe you are too. I don't have a magic fix but I think books can help.
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Baby quilts, army blankets and more

Like quilts and blankets, the history of America is composed of many strands.
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Michelle Wu and Mary Lou Akai-Ferguson

Daughters of Immigrants

This month, I'm sharing an article I wrote for MS Magazine. Here it is, as it appeared on November 11.
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A Rube Goldberg perspective

Yesterday I voted in Boston's mayoral election where there were two candidates, both women. A little more than a century ago, this could not have happened -- neither me in the voting booth nor women on the ballot. Upstate New York had a lot to do with making it possible.
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Self-portrait with Bernardino Campi

How women saw themselves

This month, I'm talking about art again. Actually, a book about art, The Mirror and the Palette, by Jennifer Higgie, where she covers five hundred years of women's self-portraiture, a genre women have long practiced, even if mostly under the radar.
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The Rape of Europa painting by Titian

What would Titian do?

What would Titian do? With six of his paintings now on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, a bruhaha has arisen about how they should be presented to a contemporary audience. This leads me to wonder what Titian would do if he were among us today.
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