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Books: The Strange Tradition of “Practice Babies” at Women’s Colleges

May 3, 2021 • View in browser
The first decades of the 20th century were a strange time, not least because they marked the beginning of a simulated domestic experiment. This week, an essay by Megan Culhane Galbraith recounts the curious tradition of “practice babies,” which began in 1919 at Cornell University. Read on — it is indeed as bizarre as it sounds.
Matt Stromberg shares news of Diža’ No’ole, a stunning new text that celebrates undocumented Indigenous women in Los Angeles. Through stunning photographs and expansive interviews, the book “walks a line between revealing and concealing, between demanding visibility and respecting the women’s decision to keep some things hidden.”
Happy reading.
—Dessane Lopez Cassell, Editor, Reviews

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