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This month we take up the theme of “Gender,” as seen through the lens of the politics and sociology of education for women in writings by John Ruskin and Betty Friedan. Ruskin was an English Victorian polymath and Oxford professor who became influential in a number of fields. Betty Friedan was an American author and feminist who argued that women should not be typecast into pursuing a particular kind of education because of societal expectations for them as propagated by myths of “feminine character.”