The Sum

From 0 to 50 in 177

Issue 57 — July 15, 2018 No, that’s not how many seconds it takes for a (very slow) car to accelerate to 50 miles per hour. It’s how many years from the first U. S. women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls NY in 1848, to 2025 when I want to see not only full legal rights but also gender…

Read More

Is it possible to go forward and backward at the same time?

Issue 56 — July 7, 2018 Excuse my beach brain today. A week of vacation on Cape Cod, walking on the beach every afternoon has put my mind into Margaritaville without the hangover. The sun, sand, and ocean waves spark ideas. Sometimes diametrically opposing ideas. A day at the beach For example, I’ve been thinking about how women seem to…

Read More

The Fabric Of Our Lives

I grew up in rags. No, I don’t mean I lacked proper clothes. As I’ve confessed in this column before, I’ve always been something of a fashion diva. Now you’ll know why. I’m referring to the clothing business, where “rag” or the Yiddish word for it, “shmata,” is often used as a humorous slang description. My father…

Read More

Equal Doesn’t Mean Equal Yet but We’re One State Closer: the ERA, Lessons Learned, and The Story…

Image by Patrick Randak wearing the AlalaxEME collection to raise funds and awareness toward ratifying the ERA Issue 52 — June 1, 2018 Counterbalancing Roseanne Barr’s hideous racial slur, and on par with the good news of Starbuck’s anti-bias training for 180,000 employees in the US, the Illinois legislature voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this week. The amendment’s…

Read More

Meghan’s Veil

Meghan Markle might never become Queen of England, but she rules the world through the power of the symbols she chose for her wedding. Literally, every minute act and every tangible article in any royal wedding is imbued with symbolic meaning whether intended or not. But there is no question that this bride and groom thought…

Read More

The Whole World Is Getting a Spring Cleaning.

I was never much of a housekeeper. “Shmutz,” my husband lovingly calls me while he cleans up the place. I long ago decided I’d rather spend my precious time changing the world than vacuuming it. But even I have to admit spring cleaning brings a special lightness to the spirit. This spring, in particular, feels…

Read More

How to know the future

Issue 49 — May 11, 2018 I attended “The Future of Everything” conference this week. Hosted by The Wall Street Journal, it featured an array of speakers as sparkling as Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoes, in short panels that provided just enough fodder to get your brain synapses firing like popcorn. Futuristic speculations are as addictive as popcorn to me,…

Read More

Networking When You Hate It

It’s gala season. I was getting ready to go to the Ms. Foundation’s 30th annual Gloria Awards dinner yesterday and fretting about — almost everything. What to wear. No, I can’t wear that red silk jacket that I wore the last two years again. I know everyone will be there in sparkly evening clothes and I don’t even have…

Read More