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Kate Baldwin is an associate professor at Northwestern University where she teaches courses about women, gender, race, pop culture and literature. She regularly teaches seminars about the politics of women in the workplace, and she leads a working group at Northwestern called "Motherhood and Its Discontents" to help mentor female undergraduates. She has written extensively about women and domesticity, Cold War politics, and race relations. She is the author of Beyond the Color Line and the Iron Curtain: Reading Encounters between Black and Red, 1922-63 (Duke University Press). Professor Baldwin is the mother of four young children.

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Mother, Writer, Gypsy, Queen

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 12:03 PM

When Lauren Sandler suggested in the Atlantic
that women writers should have only one child, she created an uproar. Zadie Smith blasted her, and fellow mothers of multiples Jane Smiley and Ayelet Waldman followed suit. The Guardian UK ran an article about authors and...

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Summer Camp for Moms

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 10:44 AM

Everywhere I turn, I hear people griping about the explosion of summer camps. The complaints begin with the number of pamphlets littering the mailbox and go on to lament the overscheduling of our children, insisting that when we were young, summer was for hanging out, being lazy, doing a lot...

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Every Day Is Mother's Day

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 4:53 PM

"You're a stupid f---ing idiot!" The words hurled at me like a torch. I could almost see flames rising from the stranger's mouth as I turned around to see a driver passing, his middle finger extended from an otherwise clenched fist. I had just come from the intersection in front...

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The Meaning of Leaning

(5) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 7:03 PM

When I told my neighbor that my husband and I were taking the kids five hours north to ski for a holiday weekend, she smiled: "Sounds awesome." When I told her that we were staying at a water park, her smile waned: "Sounds less awesome," she said. When I reminded...

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Simplify That Holiday Feeling

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 12:43 PM

Earlier in the week, a friend and I were texting back and forth about how we hoped to get our families together over the holidays. As we bantered and emoticon-ed our way to an exchange of what the next few weeks promised to bring -- relatives, parties, hosting obligations and,...

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Mothers Without Children

(133) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 1:25 PM

The "mommy wars" are a misnomer. Battles over parenting styles aren't really between moms. Rather, they are being fought behind closed doors, in courtrooms and psychiatrists offices, between feuding parents.

Recently I heard from a friend of mine who, after three years of a grueling divorce process, relinquished custody...

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Perfect Bias: Why Women Underperform

(6) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 1:27 PM

The Yale study announcing that science professors widely regard female undergraduates as less competent than their male peers didn't get much attention. It didn't produce outrage. Maybe gender discrimination in the sciences is old news. Maybe it is taken for granted. However, one facet of the

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The End of Men?

(48) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 10:48 AM

So it turns out that what we knew for a long time is true: Women are better workers than men. They are more intuitive, more flexible and more creative. They go with the flow.

According to Hanna Rosin's The End of Men, all over the world women...

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