Want to trade your brain in for a new one?

In first grade, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was told, “You have a defect.” “You have a mental block. ” “You will never learn as other children.” “You need to live with these limitations.” She couldn’t tell time. She got lost easily. She didn’t understand abstracts. She didn’t process mentally what was happening to one side of her… Read More

Can empowered women exist in patriarchal societies?

What is it like to live as a woman in a patriarchal society? I’ve been asking that of Ruth, the protagonist in my historical novel, Less Than a Widow? While researching this subject, I listened to a Tedtalk called “My daughter, Malala” by Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai. You can watch this video at: http://www.ted.com/talks/ziauddin_yousafzai_my_daughter_malala#t-273074. Mr.… Read More