“MY BRAIN I’LL PROVE THE FEMALE TO MY SOUL”: ON SHAKESPEARE AND WOMEN My July/August column at Bookslut

In Shakespeare's will, he left the bulk of his estate to his youngest daughter, Susanna; to his wife of 34 years, the woman who stayed home in Stratford to raise their three children while he went off to London to forge a brilliant career, he left his "second best bed." Much scholarly ink has been …

WOMEN OF THE FIFTIES REDUX: A MAD MEN ANTIDOTE My February Column at Bookslut

"One of the great up-sides of being the first of a kind," journalist Rachel Cooke writes in her chatty, informative, and inspirational book Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, "was that guilt, at least as it pertained to working women, had not yet been invented. You looked at magazines for recipes and …