Throwback Thursday: Remembering the Traditional First Date

Only several decades ago, the dating norms that said who paid for a meal were much clearer than they are today because of women’s new economic role.

Downton Abbey Feminists

Through the women of Downton Abbey, Mary, Edith and Gwen, we can see the beginning of a feminist evolution and then revolution described by Claudia Goldin.

The Revolution That Grandma Started

The NYC Miss Subways competition was about a lot more than pretty “girls” (as they were called). To become Miss Subways for a month, applicants had to submit a picture to the John Robert Powers Agency. From perhaps 1000 applicants,…

Advice From 1960s Women’s Magazines

During the 1970s, Virginia Slims ads first told us, “You’ve come a long way baby” and a L’Oréal woman said, “I use the most expensive hair color in the world. Preference, by L’Oréal. It’s not that I care about money. It’s that…

Human Capital: Women in Math and Science

Reading that only 14% of all physics professors in the US are women and that US women have to demonstrate unusual grit in the classroom to succeed in math and science and pursue STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) careers, I…

Information Infrastructure: An Indian Soap Opera Story

Cable TV might have more of an impact than government programs on Indian women in rural villages. Dominated by government programming, Indian TV has been around since 1959. But when cable and satellite arrived, rural villagers decided to sign up. Between 2001…

Gender Issues: Literate Women

Why have men sought to prevent women from reading? Even in colonial Massachusetts, the law required boys to attend school while girls were primarily educated at home. Consequently, while John Adams attended school in Braintree and entered Harvard when he was…

Gender Issues: A Swedish and French Mystery

What happens to a woman’s career trajectory when her job is family-friendly? The results have not been what policy makers expected. In their work lives, Swedish women receive generous paid maternity leave and and can opt for flexible work hours.…

What Do Kids Cost Us?

Telling us that, “Women Still Can’t Have it All,” Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter explains why she left her position as policy planning director for the State Department. In addition to her 24/7 job in Washington DC, she was a mother,…

Female Human Capital

To one group of economists, oral contraception is all about human capital. 1970 appears to have been a turning point. 40 years ago, increasingly, women started entering law school, medical school and other professional programs after college. Instead of majoring…