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May 19 2014

Mayim Bialik: My Honorary Degree From Boston University

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I got an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Boston University this weekend. BU is the alma mater of Nina Tassler, one of my bosses at CBS, and it was a great honor to not only receive the degree, but I also gave the convocation address at the School of Fine Arts. The School of Fine Arts includes graduates with degrees in music, theater, and the visual arts.

My Macca-friend and his wife drove up from New York to be with me for the weekend, and I had my first ever totally Shabbat-observant hotel experience. This involved the front desk letting us into our rooms rather than us using electronic card keys, taking the stairs rather than the elevator everywhere we went (including a Graduate Women In Science and Engineering luncheon which was on the ninth floor of a campus building), and making kiddush and HaMotzi (the blessing for bread) in our hotel rooms.

It was a very fun weekend and it was also very emotional. Speaking for the graduate women in science and engineering was a particularly interesting part of the weekend, with me sharing my experience about gender bias and misogyny in academia and them nodding along in agreement, to the astonishment of some of the older professors who couldn’t believe that kind of stuff still goes on! Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 25 2013

Watch This College Student Nail How it Feels to be a Woman

By at 2:46 pm

My bestie sent me this video of a young woman reciting a poem about her family, but it’s more about how women get messages about eating, speaking up, and just creating space in homes, families, and our culture.

It’s a really worthwhile few minutes to watch this and send it on to a woman you love who is maybe struggling with knowing her place or finding her place; or any woman you respect and think might appreciate how well these issues are articulated here.

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About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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