What Women Want

Twenties

Meghan McCain

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Women want to be judged by the size of our brains and not the size of our breasts or butts. And we want to be judged on how we put our brains to use. We want to get paid as much as men for doing the same work. We want to no longer be asked by others if we think we can really be doctors...

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Sarah Covert

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Maybe all those Miss America contestants actually had it right.  I value the battles that the feminist foremothers waged for me.  I appreciate my rights to work, to apply for a credit card, and to vote, but I really do want world peace...

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Forties

Claire Shipman

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What do women want? It's a question as relevant today as it ever has been. In fact, we actually titled one of our key chapters in Womoenomics "What We Really Want."

And the answer finally moves well beyond the familiar Mars versus Venus jokes, in which men trying in vain to crack the code of the female mindset...

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Kim Barnouin

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Women want to feel indispensable. Women want to give back and feel needed in return. We are firm believers that one person can make a difference, despite the notion that people are “replaceable..."

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It’s the question that men always ask – and only women can truly answer.

The answers – across generations – are as diverse, rich, deceptively simple and complicated as the millions of women who make up A Woman’s Nation.

Sixties+

Ruth Simmons

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What do women want? And, what do young women want?

Young women want to know that they can live a life free of harassment, free of artificial barriers and stigmas. They want to live a life with the full freedom to choose what they wish to be and how the want to live. It’s all about choice...

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Sue Monk Kidd

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In my fifties, I began to worry more about the world. Most of my post-fifty, female friends were similarly affected. I think this new concern was partially age-related, as if my biological clock was resetting itself for grandchildren and I was disturbed about what sort of place it would be for them...

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Thirties

Lisa Ling

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What do women want? Women want to be able to do everything. The thing that continues to plague American women – as it has for the last decade or more – is that conflict between choosing one’s professional world and one’s personal world...

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Lesley Bunnell

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What do women want? Guess what, I don’t know. Hell, I don’t know what I want. To me, women aren’t a monolithic entity, so I try to steer clear of such statements. But, I embrace feminism and womanity, and hope that my needs address the needs of everyone, male or female...

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Fifties

Arianna Huffington

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I can’t speak for all women, but I want to get more sleep. The prevailing culture tells us that nothing succeeds like excess, that working 80 hours a week is better than working 70, that being plugged in 24/7 is expected, and that sleeping less and multi-tasking more...

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Maria Elena Salinas

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What do women want? Time. It would be just wonderful to have longer days and longer weeks to juggle all that we do. Whether we’re professional women or stay at home moms, our list of tasks is usually overwhelming...

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