Smart Girls Do it Well: Young Women are Excelling in STEM

Women currently earn 41 percent of PhDs in STEM fields – that is, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – but make up only 28 percent of tenure-track faculty in those fields, according to a 2011 report published by the Department of Commerce. That same report says that women hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs…

Perfect Pup Finds Happy New Home

I got a dog. I woke up Monday, not responsible for anything but myself, and then I went home, dog in arms (and dog crate and dog bed and chew toy and leash and… you get the picture) wondering if the dog was really mine. It’s not as if he magically materialized or that I’d…

The Truth About Millennials: We’re Broke and Bitter

If I read one more “trend piece” trying to analyze “millennials,” I’m gonna scream. This story says millennials are so unable to stand on their own, they can’t stop texting their parents. This one says millennial women aren’t interested in having high-powered jobs. This one says millenials want nice things without having to work for…

How to Deal With Being Laid Off From Work

I’m just 25, but I’ve already been laid off from a job. To be fair, it was a newspaper job, which means I’m in really good company — newspapers are dying and blah blah blah. (In fact, a recent article said journalism is the worst plan of study for college students.) For me, it was…

Our Perfect Wedding

I’ve never been the kind of girl who spent her days dreaming of the perfect wedding. I dreamt of the perfect mate, and of all of the wonderful stuff that came ever-after, but the wedding, to me, was not important. Even as a teenager, writing stories where I could write literally anything I wanted into…

Finding Greatness at a Job I Never Wanted

It’s like a knife through my heart whenever I read an article that’s so poignant or funny or eloquent that I think bitterly to myself, “I wish I’d written that.” I don’t think I’ve ever written anything that magnificent in my entire life, and I have trouble coming to terms with the fact that maybe…