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Two feminists who came of age with the music and the culture take a long, hard look at its impact--for better and worse--on young women, and reassess its importance in their lives. > by Tara Roberts and Eisa Nefertari Ulen

**The Mommy Wars**
How the media pits one group of mothers against another. It all boils down to the Haves versus the Have-Nots. > by Susan Douglas and Meredith Michaels
**Going Underground**
One woman's moving account of the painful decision to give up family, friends, and identity, and flee with her daughter to a safer life > by Anonymous Plus: Information about hiding in plain sight > by Hagar Scher

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**Turning the Tables on "Science"**
When Natalie Angier wrote Woman: An Intimate Geography, she took on accepted truths about women, poked holes in them, and offered an exciting revisionist view of our bodies. Oh boy, did she ruffle some feathers! > by Marilyn Milloy

*Ten Laws That Will Make Your Blood Boil
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Only One Dollar of Our Own? The woman who led Lewis and Clark to the Pacific is finally getting recognized, but only on a dollar, and a coin at that. Insult to injury is that the round, gold-colored Sacagawea dollar coin, to be released this spring, replaces the 11-sided, silver Susan B. Anthony design.

Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a space shuttle, took one dozen 22-karat-gold versions of the Sacagawea coin on her historic flight on July 23, 1999.

P.S.: Other than Bill Clinton, how many U.S. presidents have made an official visit to a Native American reservation since 1937? None.

Breast Biz
Recent studies suggest that consumption of hormone-treated beef may be causing girls to reach puberty earlier. Researchers believe that the increased exposure to estrogen may make girls more susceptible to breast cancer.

Nearly 44,000 U.S. women opted for breast-implant removal in 1998, although 80% of them had implants reinserted soon after.

Down on the Farm
Women operate 9% of U.S. farms and own 5% of farmland.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 100 million rural women produce 80% of the continent's food but own only 1% of the land that they farm.

Mother Load
Fewer U.S. women are choosing natural childbirth. Between 1981 and 1997, three times more women in labor at large hospitals had spinal or epidural injections (22% then versus 66% now).

Men now make up one sixth of 11.9 million single parents in the U.S. While the number of single mothers (9.8 million) has remained constant over the past three years, the number of single fathers has increased by 25%.

Hubby Help
In a 1995 annual report, Japan's Economic Planning Agency called on Japanese husbands to get more involved in family life. The agency warned that, because a majority of husbands “never” help their wives with household chores, young women are declining marriage and the birthrate is falling.

A recent poll of 11 countries (Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, United States) showed that 74% of women with a partner do most of the bathroom cleaning, 74% do most of the cooking, 65% do most of the food shopping, and 54% do most of the child care. But a resounding 93% feel they are better off than their grandmothers were.

Anything You Can Do...
The 1999 Women's Soccer World Cup edged out the NBA finals in the Nielsen ratings by 390,000 households.

--Compiled by Angela Ards

Major Sources: Alan Guttmacher Institute; American Society of Anesthesiologists; American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons; Centers for Disease Control; Japanese Economic Planning Agency; Nielsen Media; U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Department of the Treasury.