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  1. power
    Stacey Abrams’s Win Is Just the BeginningHer victory is a lesson in how to break the rules of politics.
  2. look book
    The Historian Who Loves Architecture“I’m kind of an architecture nerd and carry around the 1978 AIA Guide to New York architecture.”
  3. landmark court cases
    Linda Brown of Brown v. Board of Education Has Died“Sixty-four years ago, a young girl from Topeka brought a case that ended segregation in public schools in America.”
  4. gallery
    The 16-Year-Old Algerian Artist Who Influenced Picasso and MatisseBaya was discovered at age 16.
  5. mysteries
    New Clues About the Fate of Amelia EarhartA new study suggests the bones found on the island of Nikumaroro in 1940 belong to the famous aviator.
  6. stoneman shooting
    Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?She fought for women’s right to vote and the conservation of the Everglades.
  7. progress
    Wineglasses Are 7 Times the Size They Used to BeFinally, some good news.
  8. Seeking Emotional Moderation in an Age of ExtremesIn praise of temperance, an old-timey trait with modern-day applications.
  9. Why ‘Just Relax’ Has Always Been Bad Advice for Women Looking to Get PregnantConnecting stress to infertility is a medical belief with a long, sexist history.
  10. The 1930s Scientist Who Popularized a Terrifying Brain SurgeryA brief, unsettling history of the lobotomy.
  11. history
    Maybe Booze Catalyzed Human CultureBecause what’s a feast without a couple beverages?
  12. herstory
    New Study Reveals Anne Frank Could Have Been Discovered by AccidentResearchers think it’s possible the family wasn’t betrayed.
  13. religion
    Why Psychology Is Such a Young ScienceWhen the soul becomes the mind.
  14. Before Social Media, Parents Showed Off Their Kids at ‘Baby Shows’With prizes for cutest baby, fattest baby, and even best set of multiples.
  15. identity
    Mirrors Turned People Into IndividualistsWhat your reflection does to you.
  16. Even a Century Ago, People Were Worried About Technology Ruining RelationshipsAn old cartoon echoes some very modern anxieties.
  17. The Long, Gross History of Using Bedbugs As MedicineA few centuries ago, they were used as medicine for pretty much everything.
  18. The Historical Reason Men’s and Women’s Shirts Button on Opposite SidesIt dates way back to the 13th century.
  19. How the Beach Went From Terrifying Danger Zone to Beloved Vacation SpotNext time you’re sprawled out beneath an umbrella, thank the Industrial Revolution.
  20. How Hangovers Helped Bring Us the Two-Day WeekendThank the original Sunday Funday.
  21. Why You Swipe Left When Someone Says They Love NickelbackA new book explains how taste came to be such an important part of dating.
  22. The Little-Known Medical History of HomesicknessIt was thought to be a dangerous, even potentially fatal, illness for many years.
  23. the good old days
    Ancient Rose Ceremonies Were Way Deadlier Than The Bachelor’sChris Harrison has nothing on ancient Rome.
  24. book excerpt
    What Made a Good Marriage in 1939?This rating system was an early attempt to talk scientifically about relationships.
  25. lies
    The Most Iconic Studio 54 Photo Is a Big Lie Bianca Jagger and the horse she did not ride in on.
  26. Men of History, Why Did You Grow Your Beards?Mr. Darwin, why the bushy face-bush? 
  27. first person
    Why I Live in an All-Women Boardinghouse in New York CityJust like Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, and Grace Kelly before me.
  28. genetics
    The Endless Dance of Genetics and Human HistoryGenes give rise to culture, and culture can determine which genes survive.
  29. body-shaming
    King Tut Is a Victim of Body Shame Posthumously.
  30. hairstory lesson
    The Most Important Hair on Last Night’s ScandalRanked.
  31. ovaries week
    What the 17th Century Can Teach Us About VaginasAn inside-out penis?
  32. reading lists
    10 Lewinsky Stories to Read While You Wait for Her Vanity Fair EssayA walk down memory lane.
  33. history
    Today’s Google Doodle Is Dorothy Irene HeightThe search engine responds to criticism that their Doodles are sexist.
  34. history
    Why We’re Obsessed With Founding Father SexFan-fic or otherwise.
  35. bag envy
    What’s in the Bag? A brief history of shopping bags.
  36. How to Have Sex in Communal Living SpacesAs dictated by historical practices.
  37. brief history
    Victoria’s Secret Angels: A Historical PerspectiveOn the occasion of the annual fashion show, we look way, way back.
  38. underwear
    Victoria’s Secret HistoryThe company that got rid of undergarment-purchasing embarrassment.
  39. history
    It’s the History of Sports BrasSo little bounce, so much fun.
  40. Be Never Board: A Dossier of Boarding-School ScandalsDrugs, sex, brain damage, and general damage.
  41. it's vintage
    Back When Pigeons Wore BrasMaidenform’s WWII carrier pigeon vests.
  42. it's vintage
    Mug Shots of Victorian Lady CriminalsOrange is the new Downton Abbey.
  43. diversity issues
    The First Black Supermodel, Whom History ForgotDonyale Luna was both before her time and gone too soon.
  44. history
    Tampon Applicator Invented So We Wouldn’t Enjoy Tampons Too MuchThere must have been a misunderstanding.
  45. first looks
    Oprah’s Corset-Maker Tries Her Hand at HistoryCamilla Huey created handmade corset sculptures inspired by the women in Aaron Burr’s life.
  46. material world
    5 Shopping Sprees So Wild, They Made HistoryMeet the millionaire shopaholics of yore.
  47. feminist history
    Read Every Page of Brillantine, Sheila Heti’s Lost ZineIt’s found a home in NYU’s Riot Grrrl Library.
  48. lists
    The 21 Most Badass Bald-Woman MomentsFrom Hathaway to Britney, Cleopatra, and Christian saints.
  49. tru wuv
    The 50 Best Couples in Fashion’s HistoryMarc and Sofia, Karl and Choupette, Mary-Kate and Ashley — plus 47 other symbiotic unions worth celebrating.
  50. gallery
    Ninety-Two Years of Women Voting, in PicturesFrom suffragettes to Sarah Palin. Not a binder in sight.
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