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Gabrielle Linnell
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Gabrielle Linnell recently graduated from Wellesley College with an honors degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. A writer, cultural critic and communications professional, she has written for the Chronicle of Higher Education, mental_Floss blog, Cobblestone, FACES, Kiki, Chicken Soup: Extraordinary Teens (2009), and is the co-editor of culture and commentary blog Gaudy. In 2007, the editor of Writer's Digest called her "my favorite new up and coming writer and blogger." She now works in higher education communications.

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The 31% Difference: Why We Need More Women (and More Effective Policymaking) in Congress

(4) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 12:18 PM

In the U.S., women are on average 31 percent more effective than men at advancing legislation, regardless of political party.

That's according to the Parity Project, which has more eye-opening statistics:

  • On average, women sponsor and co-sponsor more bills than do men and are able to...
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Women Who Will: Valerie Jarrett Announced as Wellesley College Commencement Speaker

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 10:34 AM

The room bubbled over with sounds of seniors (seniors!) chatting and drinking champagne as we waited for the announcement of the night: the speaker at the 135th commencement exercises at Wellesley College sending forth the class of 2013 into the world.


"Valerie Jarrett!" our...

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Dear Future Self, Listen Up: 5 Lessons for Success From Women Who Achieved It

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 12:11 PM

Dear Future Self,

What's new in 2053? Both the year and your age - 61 - sound like the stuff of science fiction. Who's president? How's the robot dog? Have you started highlighting your hair, or have we cured the Gray Plague by now?

I'm writing because I'm in my...

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Activist Wendy Paulson on Global Leadership

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 2:28 PM

The world is getting flatter, or so we're told. That means in order to be prepared for leadership positions, more of us need to be thinking about issues that affect the world as a whole and not just what we can see from our dorm room windows. So what does...

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Searching for Donne

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 5:52 PM

The first time I remember reading John Donne, I was in middle school and I was reading Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones. In that children's fantasy story, Donne's poem Song becomes both a curse and a series of clues for the wizard Howl, a key for deciphering his fate...

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Politics and the Infotainment Problem

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 4:23 PM

I spent one particular evening a few weeks ago with several hundred other students crammed into a common space, squashed into corners, sitting on steps, on arm rests, drinking the free beer, scarfing down the pizza and hummus, typing away on laptops and iPads, (writing papers? live-tweeting? purchasing Obama sweaters...

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Good Criticism: The Act of Giving a Guided Tour of the Artistic House

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:29 AM

Reviews are my guilty pleasure.

These reviews are not consumer reports advising me on major appliance purchases. I love to read reviews of things I'm not buying. They're like gossip columns about ideas, rather than people. After I finish watching this week's Parenthood episode, I race over...

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The People Who Can't Even Vote

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Last night in the Wellesley College Alumnae Hall auditorium, I watched the hall swell with students and local residents with Bielat or "Joe for Congress" stickers, proclaiming their allegiances to the two men vying for Representative Barney Frank's vacated seat in the 4th Congressional District -- Joseph P. Kennedy III...

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