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How Mary Kay Contributed To Feminism—Even Though She Loathed Feminists

Mary Kay Ash, who died in 2001, loathed the term “feminist” and disliked the movement, but she successfully defied her era’s female gender norms, Professor Cassandra L. Yacovazzi writes. “She turned a few thousand dollars into a multibillion-dollar cosmetics empire and led it for decades. Her sales force grew from fewer than 10 women to tens of thousands.”

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Too Few Women Get to Invent—That’s A Problem For Women’s Health

Male researchers have tended to downplay or even outright overlook the medical needs of women. The result is that innovation has focused mainly on what men choose to research. My colleagues John-Paul Ferguson, Sampsa Samila and I show in a newly published study that patented biomedical inventions in the U.S. created by women are 35% more likely to benefit women’s health than biomedical inventions created by men.

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