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In normal times, other times, I teach American literature to college students. …


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I just read an Atlantic article called “The Coronavirus is a Disaster for Feminism.” There are many important points the author Helen Lewis makes that ring true to me, especially when she writes:

“For too long, politicians have assumed that child care and elderly care can be “soaked up” by private citizens-mostly women-effectively providing a huge subsidy to the paid economy. This pandemic should remind us of the true scale of that distortion.”

I remember reading Linda Hirschman’s feminist manifesto Get to Work years ago and being really struck by her finding that most women can recover the career setback of having one child, but in general any more than that produces career setbacks such that women can never recover career parity with men. …


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Dear Mothers and Artists,

I don’t quite know what to say to you because I don’t quite know what I am telling myself these days.

Over the past couple days, I’ve exchanged messages with women I’d like to have on the blog who have said they are barely keeping it together and others who’ve said they are finding great comfort in going ahead with plans as they are able. I understand both of these responses, I alternate between them seemingly on the hour.

This spring, I was supposed to be finishing my book. I have a sabbatical from my university job, which is truly a glorious thing. And while I am extremely lucky because that means my switch to work from home is much easier than others, I’m still mourning the loss of this precious writing time. …