Martha Ackmann

Commentator

Martha Ackmann is a journalist, author and editor who writes about women who have changed America. Her works have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and many other publications around the country. 

A frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of the nation’s newspapers, Ackmann focuses on science, women’s history, medicine, politics and sports. Her books include "The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight," "Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League," and the forthcoming "Vesuvius at Home: Ten Days in the Life, Loves, and Mystery of Emily Dickinson."

Ackmann lives in Leverett, Massachusetts.

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Solitary standing cornstalks in a field in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Martha Ackmann noticed many fields had a handful of stalks that hadn't been cut down, and wondered why.
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You’ve seen them, no doubt.  Those solitary corn stalks standing alone in a field. 

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When I was a girl, for some inexplicable reason, my brothers and I always had to sit in birth order in the back seat of the Pontiac. That meant that on hot days, I was uncomfortably sandwiched between my two brothers.  

Tools for repair.
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I recently retired, and have done what many new old fogeys do: I finished a long-term project, renewed my gym membership and — yes — cleaned closets. I also did something I never expected. I reached out to an estranged friend.

Samuel Bowles was a dynamo, known for his wit, intelligence, and dashing good looks.
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Samuel Bowles was the editor of The Springfield Republican. As a young man in the 1850s, he transformed the Republican into one of New England’s most admired newspapers.

Over his long life, Richard Wilbur was a writer of immense achievement.

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