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2014 ADVANCEments in Science Lecture: Debora Spar

“Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection”

Debora Spar, President of Barnard College
Author of Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection

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Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, why are women still living in a man’s world?

Wonder Women is Spar’s story and the culture’s. Armed with reams of new research, she examines how women’s lives have–and have not–changed over the past forty years. The challenges confronting women are more complex than ever. They stem from breast pumps and Manolo pumps; from men whose eyes linger on a woman’s rear and men who rush that same rear out the door. They’re problems that come inherently and inevitably from being female. Yet they’re falling on generations of women who grew up believing that none of these things are supposed to matter now.

Wonder Women gives us an important voice in an increasingly heated debate. In this wise, often funny, always human, and smartly conceived book, Spar asks: How far have women really come? And what will it take to get true equality for good?

Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 3:30pm
Biotechnology Building, G10 Auditorium Central Campus


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