Thursday, March 08, 2012

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

The winner of the 2012 commencement sweepstakes is in. It's Barnard College, which just announced that President Obama will be the featured speaker at its May 14 graduation ceremonies. The choice benefits both the president and Barnard, a 123-year-old women's college in New York City. Barnard outdoes neighboring Columbia and every other Ivy League college when it comes to commencement prestige. Obama, in turn, gets the perfect setting to talk about women's rights. The Republicans have made a national issue of limiting access to contraception, and Barnard provides the president with a forum to make his views on the subject clear. This comes at a time when the Guttmacher Institute reports that of the 43 million fertile American women who not want to get pregnant, 89% are practicing birth control.

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