Good Work

Good Work

Abby Zimet

 Mazel Tov to all the high-achieving women recently taking world-class prizes, often for years of unheralded work. Foremost is Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom, 76, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics, along with Oliver Williamson of Berkeley. Challenging established thinking, Ostrom's work is said to explore how people and governments can come together to protect resources and fight climate change.

Women have also virtually swept this year's literary prizes: the German-Romanian Herta Muller took the Nobel for Literature, Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker, Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer, Alice Munro won the Man Booker International, and the ever-eloquent Marilynne Robinson won the Orange Prize. More on these esteemed writers here.


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