Women’s Equality in the 21st Century

  Last Saturday, Americans marked the 98th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. While April’s “Equal Pay Day” typically attracts more media attention, “Women’s Equality Day” has the potential to be more significant. Rather than focusing solely on one largely debunked economic issue, Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, … Continue reading

The Pain of Infertility in the Jewish Community

Americans speak openly about breast cancer and domestic violence — subjects that were taboo in recent memory — but infertility remains relatively hush-hush. Meanwhile, fertility struggles increase, as more Americans, including American Jews, delay parenthood. For some, that reflects a conscious choice to delay parenthood into their 30s, or even their 40s, as they pursue … Continue reading

We’re Still Waiting For A Better Memoir About Infertility

We have become a nation of oversharers. And yet, even in the Era of TMI, it’s rare for women—or couples—to broadcast their struggles with infertility. In this regard, the publishing world largely mimics real life. If you’ve been searching for a book that personalizes the excruciating pain of infertility or repeated pregnancy loss, you’ve likely … Continue reading

A Rosh Hashanah Plea for More Conversation About Infertility

She laughed. When our matriarch Sarah heard that she would become a mother within the next year, she laughed. And who wouldn’t? The whole notion seemed drawn from the realm of fantasy. After all, Sarah was already 90-years-old. But as G-d rhetorically asks Abraham in Genesis 18:13, “Is anything beyond Hashem?” Pregnancy and (safe) childbirth … Continue reading

When Women Are Ready to Opt Back In

Like a romantic-comedy that closes with a wedding and skips the ensuing marriage, media coverage of women who “opt out” of the workforce often ends with that decision. But who are these women, what fuels that decision, and what happens after it’s made? In 2014, the Pew Research Center reported: “About one-in-10 mothers with a Master’s … Continue reading

Don’t Take Hillary Clinton’s Dating Advice

Being young and single in the city sounds so glamorous, yet it can be truly challenging. Especially now that feminism has largely disrupted traditional norms for love and courtship, it can be hard for young men and women to know how to behave when they meet that special someone. Who should initiate that first date? … Continue reading

Chris Christie’s Equal Pay Stance Is Disappointing

Gov. Chris Christie, you’ve disappointed me. I was so wowed by your presentation at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2016 Presidential Candidates Forum in December, I urged my fellow Republican primary voters to give you a second look. Ever since then, I’ve been rooting for you to do well in the primaries, but now, you have given me … Continue reading

Is ‘Verily’ the Future of Women’s Magazines?

If you’re a woman who loves reading about fashion, culture and relationships — a woman who finds that Cosmopolitan and Glamour don’t speak to you — you should know about Verily magazine. It’s not your typical women’s magazine, and it’s motto proves that fact: “Less of who you should be, more of who you are.” … Continue reading