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"My Life in Pantyhose," from Writers on the Job, by Susann Cokal.

“My Life in Pantyhose,” from Writers on the Job, by Susann Cokal.

  “I used to counsel young women never to do two things, or not to do them in conjunction: 1. learn to type; 2. buy pantyhose.” Could we talk to you about pantyhose? Or rather — could our editorial director, Susann Cokal, talk about them? Below, you’ll find the link to an essay about their storied past, their...
2017 in Review: “Unite with Love, Resist with Love,” and the evolution of a politically motivated painting. By Jonathan Machen.

2017 in Review: “Unite with Love, Resist with Love,” and the evolution of a politically motivated painting. By Jonathan Machen.

“Unite with Love, Resist with Love is this man’s message to the political and religious conservatives of our time who deny women’s rights. It asserts that science is real and that all humans matter — all bodies matter, however they choose to live.”   Editors’ Note: Unite with Love, Resist with Love is a love letter full of pain,...
Contributor News: Deborah Jiang-Stein honored at L'Oréal's "Women of Worth" event.

Contributor News: Deborah Jiang-Stein honored at L’Oréal’s “Women of Worth” event.

BROAD STREET congratulates–and celebrates–Deborah Jiang-Stein and her unPrison Project, a nonprofit championing causes related to women’s incarceration and helping them develop skills they’ll need upon release. Other organizations are paying attention too: Deborah just finished a round of lectures and other events at L’Oréal’s “Women of Worth” program in New York, where Arianna Huffington introduced her...
Pop Culture Pulse: Flashback for Election Season 2016 — gender, toys, and politics.

Pop Culture Pulse: Flashback for Election Season 2016 — gender, toys, and politics.

How we play says who we are … and how we vote. The first Barbie was sold in 1959. Pop culture has always reflected on and responded to gender and politics. And more than that — what we play with and how we play helps determine who we are. So what may seem like a happy little diversion in...
From Our Pages: "Making Friends with Midge," an essay on your best friend and Barbie's. By Susann Cokal.

From Our Pages: “Making Friends with Midge,” an essay on your best friend and Barbie’s. By Susann Cokal.

“Midge was, as all Mattel’s toys and books and marketing materials identified her, ‘Barbie’s Best Friend’— not simply herself. She never even had an essay written especially for her till now.” Spend some time palling around with Midge, Barbie’s best friend, and Barbie fan/scholar Susann Cokal. Besides being a literary critic, novelist, teacher, and Broad Street‘s editorial...