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Rachel Ryan
Rachel Ryan is a strategic communications and public affairs professional, specializing in health care policy. She lives in Washington, D.C. and has written for The Huffington Post and political news site FrumForum on a variety of issues ranging from health care reform to environmental policy to urban renewal. Rachel is especially interested in gender politics, considering herself a classical, equality-of-opportunity feminist. Follow Rachel on Twitter @rachel_e_ryan.

Entries by Rachel Ryan

What You Need to Know About Lizz Winstead and the D.C. Feminist Sleeper Cell

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 6:04 PM

Washington, D.C. has no shortage of self-important politicos with big egos and little influence. But none of them were at the Lady Parts Justice (LPJ) gathering last Thursday, where 15 young women convened on a rooftop patio with Lizz Winstead to plot, scheme and change the...

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French Censorship and Charlie Hebdo

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 3:11 PM

As the world mourns the categorically horrific terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, conversations about "freedom of expression" are ubiquitous.

French President Hollande justifiably called the murderous attack an "attack on free speech," but this raises questions about the French government's own censorship of...

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Why More Millennials Are in Long-Distance Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Relationships are hard. Long-distance relationships are harder. Trust me, I'm in one and, if you're a Millennial, there's an increasing likelihood you are (or will be) too.

I've noticed a curious trend emerging among my peers: It seems that while many Millennials are eschewing relationships all together, opting instead for...

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BuzzFeed May Not Know How Many People You've Hooked Up With, But Do You?

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 1:23 PM

Infamous news aggregator and online quiz-maker, BuzzFeed, recently posted a quiz, "Can We Guess How Many People You've Hooked Up With?" Like most BuzzFeed quizzes, this one features a series of random images and questions, all supposedly tailored to determine, in the end, just how many people you...

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D.C. Gentrification: As Told By a Pawn Shop

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:00 PM

Sitting in the corner of one of D.C.'s most gentrified corridors, 14th Street NW, is a relic from the neighborhood's recent, yet distant past: Crown Pawn Brokers.

Though certainly not uncommon in cities, pawn shops are more generally associated with shoddy neighborhoods, stolen goods, sketchy deals and predatory lending --...

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An Exercise in Private Enjoyment

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 6:16 PM

A few weeks ago, I found myself sitting at my favorite bar with a new book and glass of wine. Outside, the weather oscillated between sleet and snow, enhancing the warm coziness of the scene inside.

If it sounds like I'm waxing poetic here, I am. Bear with me.

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D.C.'s Revolving Door Will Break Your Heart

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 1:20 PM

In two weeks, I'll be saying a tearful goodbye to a dear friend who's leaving D.C. for far off corners of the globe. He's lived here for about six months -- well within the city's average turnover timetable.

This is not my first farewell, and it sure...

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Neither Gender Is an Island

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 11:44 AM

This week, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania confirmed what seems to be a no-brainer: The brains of men and women really are different. Why then, if so seemingly obvious, are these findings such a big deal? Because they fly in the face of pervasive feminist philosophy that...

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D.C.'s Urban Revival Rivals All Others

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:02 AM

Almost a year ago now, I moved downtown to 14th Street. With each passing month, my neighborhood becomes more and more unrecognizable, as new restaurants and boutiques sprout up like well-tended wild flowers. But forget the widely reported changes of this past year. The neighborhood I now call...

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D.C. Is About to Have A Lot More Over-Qualified Nannies

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 2:32 PM

I'm 24-years-old and spend many a Saturday night in, with a toddler. No, I'm not a young mom. I'm a young professional, living in Washington, D.C., trying desperately to sustain myself on a diet that involves more than Ramen Noodles. So, in addition to my fulltime job, I nanny.


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Does 'We're Exclusive' Mean You're Boyfriend/Girlfriend? Probably Not.

(23) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 5:50 PM

It's hardly news that conventional dating norms have gone out the window and, with them, so too have traditional dating labels.

"Boyfriend" and "girlfriend" seem to share the same fate as the now arcane "going steady."

People are still dating -- sure...

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Maybe You Should Have Gone to Trade School

(36) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 6:21 PM

According to recent findings from the National Student Clearing House Research Center, college enrollment rates are decreasing after a decade of dramatic growth, indicating that the once-coveted college degree might very well be decreasing in appeal.

Is anyone surprised?

In this economy, a college degree means nothing...

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Why Are You So Afraid to Admit to Using OkCupid?

(11) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 6:53 PM

A few weeks ago, I was at a party and had to leave slightly early. When curious minds inquired as to why, I admitted to having a date.

"Oooooh, who's the lucky guy?" they teased.

"A guy I met on OkCupid."

Awkward laughter ensued. One friend threw...

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We Are Overly Pampered and Overworked

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Talk to any recent college grad about their job prospects or career ambitions and the conversation will likely revolve around fulfillment. Young 20-somethings, fresh out of school, are desperate for employment, but not yet desperate enough to settle for any old job. Gone are the days of finding...

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Dating in D.C., Where Everyone Is Exceptional

(17) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 10:56 AM

Washington, D.C. is a spectacularly intimidating place to undertake the experiment of online dating. Everyone is educated, well traveled, and athletic. PhDs, MDs, JDs. Profile pictures from Paris to Petra. Aspirations to complete a triathlon. These are a sampling of some of the achievements featured on a run-of-the-mill D.C. dating...

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Blogging in Bursts

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 8:56 PM

Journalism, like any other creative pursuit, has historically appealed to the masses, but been reserved for the few.

Traditionally, journalists have had few outlets for their ideas, relying on restrictive print mediums with high barriers to entry -- primarily, costs associated with publication and distribution. But now, every aspiring journalist...

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Washington, D.C. Is Truly America's Paris

(18) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 6:44 PM

Having grown up and graduated from college on the East Coast, many of my close friends are dispersed somewhere between Washington, D.C. and New York City. So, naturally, I find myself traveling up and down the eastern seaboard pretty frequently. This past weekend, while in New York City visiting friends,...

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Here's Your Diploma -- Welcome to Unemployment

(5) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 4:05 PM

College graduation season is here again meaning few, if any, employment prospects for the record number of American grads facing unprecedented joblessness and underemployment.

Texas governor-turned-education-reformer Rick Perry thinks this disconnect between education and employability is cause for a fundamental overhaul...

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You're Not Going to Find a Husband in College

(32) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 1:01 PM

Last weekend, I went to visit my Grandma for the Easter holiday. In those two days together, Grandma dispensed everything from baked goods to old photos to sage advice.

"Whatever you do, dear," she trilled, while patting my arm and placing a mound of apple pie in front of me,...

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Young College Grads Have No Idea What's Going On

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 4:12 PM

The other day, a soon-to-be college graduate, facing commencement and the real world in a matter of three months, emailed me looking for help.

I'm writing because I've been having such a hard time recently: I applied to a few law schools, and so far it's looking like I'm going...
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