Humanities Dialogue Series Showcases Faculty Publications; Rachel Mesch Discusses New Book

How should women balance family life with professional aspirations?

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Dr. Rachel Mesch holds up an issue of early 20th century French women’s magazine La Vie Heureuse.

It’s a discussion that resonates with many women today, but began long before they may realize. That’s what Dr. Rachel Mesch, associate professor of French and chair of the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department at Yeshiva College, found when she discovered that conversation already taking place in women’s magazines in early 20th century France while following up a lead for another research project. Intrigued by the magazines’ mix of demure, feminine aesthetics with forward-thinking literary content, Mesch had to learn more.

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