Crossing guard duty is the sixth-grade badge of pride at my daughter’s suburban Israeli elementary school. Each morning and afternoon 12-year-olds clad in orange safety vests usher younger classmates over the crosswalks, confidently stopping traffic to let them pass.
The first place it shows is the skin. I mean, you can pretend you’re not stressed, be totally convinced you’re not stressed, but your skin is always going to give you away.
As if growing up a digit away from the 90210 wasn’t enough to school me in beauty standards, my mother had already undergone two nose jobs by the time I was six.
In a recent Jezebel article titled “Go Ahead, New Moms: Be a Little Cliquey,” Tracy Moore supports mothers who form tight-knit groups consisting of others just like themselves.
Eileen Pollack is the author of the new book “The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club.” The book examines her own experience as a physics student at Yale in the 1970s, and whether things have changed for women in science since then. Her other books include the novels “Breaking and Entering” and “Paradise, New York.” She is a professor at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing, and she lives in New York and Ann Arbor.