From firefighters to engineers to construction workers, women in nontraditional occupations have been toiling to rescue individuals and restore office structures nearby.
Published October 20, 2001
Driving around among the windowless, steel-sided buildings in South Bend, Ind., I missed, at first glance, the faded sign for Value Production, Inc., but not the hand-stenciled sign on the front lawn, its slightly crooked letters spelling out: “HELP WANTED CNC PROGRAMMERS.”
As one of the nation’s largest and most successful nineteenth-century ironworks, the West Point Foundry made landmark contributions to United States history—not only because of what it made and how it made it, but also because the company’s novel structure proved to be a bellwether of the US progression toward a modern industrial economy.
Published December 1, 2010
Sometimes checking off just one box, "male" or "female," doesn't tell the whole story.
From the minute we're born, we get labeled pink or blue, girl or boy. That label is supposed to indicate who we'll be and who we'll grow up to love. But despite the fact that our world is divided into ...
Published October 1, 2007
How to get the space you need? And where does "us" end and "I" begin?
Published February 1, 2007
Annette Van Horn had known for some time that there were problems with her marriage, but she didn't get the courage to do anything about it until she learned to fly a plane. After only a day of instruction, she sat in the pilot's seat.
Published November 1, 2016
What happens when the people you're learning from are abusing their power?
Police in Wilmington, Delaware, won't say exactly what happened between 34-year-old science teacher Rachel Holt and her sixth-grade student, but the case file paints a grim picture. In one document, Holt confesses ...
Published September 1, 2006
Love is in the air this month - and there's a good chance your preteen has noticed.
By fourth or fifth grade, many kids, especially girls, experience their first crush. Playing at romance is a normal part of social development, and it's one way to practice being grown up.
Crushes also ...
Published February 1, 2003
Susanna Kaysen on how a medical condition redefined her sexuality.
There are lots of things that might worry you on the day the book about your sore pussy comes out in stores. Susanna Kaysen is worried about dating. "First I was famous for being a crazy girl, and now I can be famous for ...
Published October 1, 2021
The war in Iraq can feel like it's a world away. But for millions it hits close to home.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day lives, it's hard to pay attention to what's happening in the world. For more than five years, our country has been at war in the Middle East, but unless ...
Dressed in a baggy orange prison uniform, her ankles cuffed together with a short chain, 15-year-old Kayla LaSala takes baby steps down the hallway of the Mercer County Courthouse in Princeton, West Virginia. As she approaches the courtroom, she sees her grandmother Betty Johnson sitting on a bench.
Published September 1, 2005
At 8:15 a.m. on April 16, 2004, sophomore Heather Gore was in art class painting when a familiar voice rang out over the loudspeaker. "The school is on lockdown," announced the principal of Maryland's Kent County High School. Police officers lurked in the hallway with dogs, waiting to search for drugs.