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In 1974, Adrienne Rich’s collection of exploratory poems, Diving into the Wreck, split the 1974 National Book Award for Poetry with Allen Ginsberg. Declining to accept it individually, Rich was joined by the two other feminist poets nominated, Alice Walker and Audre Lorde, to accept it on behalf of all women "whose voices have gone and still go unheard in a patriarchal world." The pact between Rich, Lorde and Alice walker was made when they learned that all three of them, along with Allen Ginsberg, had been nominated for the National Book Award in Poetry that year. The women agreed that if any one of them received the award, she would accept it on behalf of all three and read a collaboratively written statement—a feminist manifesto, in fact—at the awards ...

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Everyone knows Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The ultimate dancing duo throughout the 1930s, the pair made nine films together. They symbolized “old Hollywood”, a time when life was simple and glamorous. They also symbolized the sexism of the Hollywood industry -- paying Ginger half and working her double. Like all strong women, Ginger persevered with a smile on her face and went on to be considered the greatest dancers of all time -- even with a partner who refused to let her lead or choreograph. Considered to be Astaire's finest dance partner, Ginger Rogers held the impossible task of keeping up with a man who choreographed the dances for himself. “He was the one in charge. He worked on the routines as though he were planning a military operation. E...

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I’m one of those people who doesn't like to be alone with their thoughts. Actually, it may be the opposite. Because I’m so obsessed with avoiding my negative thoughts that I must always be thinking of something else. Thinking to avoid thinking. Because of this, I’ve never let myself disengage. I can’t turn off. I truly believe it’s why I’ve also never been good at yoga. I’m too self aware. I can’t turn my brain off and just focus on my body. For these reasons, meditation has always been something I admired from afar but refused to attempt. The idea of making my mind blank seemed impossible. There was no way I’d be able to do it. It was one of those awful catch-22s. Meditation was supposed to help those who are stressed and stuck in their minds but only...

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