Tag Archives: women’s equality

A Title in Question

“First Female Gondolier in Venice” Who holds that title? Why is this question important (or not?) What does it signify? Why are we asking? The question became pertinent again this summer when RadioLab aired its story “The Gondolier” about Alex … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Remarkable women have been thwarted throughout the centuries. One story that never fails to break my heart is the story of Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in the world to earn a university degree. Watch this video to learn … Continue reading

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The Next Event

I’ll be making a presentation about my book A Beautiful Woman in Venice, on Sunday, January 29, 4:30, at the Museo ItaloAmericano. It’s at Fort Mason center in SF. I hope you’ll come join me, and also tell your friends! … Continue reading

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December Book Sale!

In the spirit of giving gifts, I’m offering sale prices on my three Venice books for the month of December. Two dollars off each title! Visit each website to get this deal (which is not available if you buy at … Continue reading

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Nasty Woman, Venetian Style

After the recent U.S. presidential election, Urban Dictionary defines a “Nasty Woman” this way: “An intelligent female who is adept at putting ignorant men in their place.” “Her: My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s — … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi

I managed to get up early enough one morning in Venice in order to avoid the crowds and make an uninterrupted video in Campiello Cignogna, just off the Calle Larga XXII Marzo. Behind me is the building that housed Isabella Teotochi … Continue reading

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Celebrating Women’s Equality

Happy Women’s Equality Day! In the US, August 26, 1920, was the day women were granted the right to vote when the 19th Amendment was ratified. To celebrate this, I’d like to share with you the story of an early … Continue reading

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