Single-mother families struggling in Mass.

No vacations: Anne Desjardins (left) and son Messiah Ambrose. Relying on aid: Keri-Ann Aubin (right) and son Kevin Ranney.

Left: David L. Ryan/Globe Staff; Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe

An estimated three out of four female-headed households in the state don’t earn enough to pay bills and raise their children, according to a report.

// Gloria Steinem’s message about gender, then and now

Forty years after delivering the commencement address at Simmons College, the political activist returns to speak about feminism today.

Yvonne Abraham

A line in the sand on Plum Island

Those beach houses are doomed. They shouldn’t be there in the first place. And we should be planning for a future when they won’t be.

Boston Common magazine presented Fashion Forward, a runway show of Fall 2012 collections by the world's leading designers.

StyleWeek NorthEast arrives in Boston

Boston Fashion Week’s hold on the city’s style scene finally faces competition. On Thursday night, StyleWeek NorthEast will debut at the W Hotel.

Dan Shaughnessy

// ‘Tuck Rule’ launched a Patriots dynasty

The Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years. And it was all triggered by a bogus rule that the NFL finally has eliminated.

Boston Police officers surrounded a car that was reported to have been stolen on Eustis Street in Roxbury, in a 1996 photo.

Stolen car rate plummets in Massachusetts

Auto thefts in the state have plunged 88 percent in the past four decades, a technology-aided decline that shows little sign of abating.

Tech Lab

New Wi-Fi delivers more data faster, but at a cost

The latest routers deliver a massive speed boost to computers, phones, game consoles, and other devices that connect wirelessly to the Internet.

Former medical board head’s e-mails missing

Members of the board that regulates doctors asked state officials to determine whether its former executive director violated public records law.

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Women worked on the uranium electromagnetic separation process at Oak Ridge, Tenn.

‘The Girls of Atomic City’ by Denise Kiernan

A 1940s-era photo of young women enriching uranium was what inspired Kiernan to tell the story of the women who helped to build the world’s first atomic bomb.

Globe Insiders

Editorial Event | March 21

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/03/20/ The story behind ‘Whitey Bulger’

Hear Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy discuss their new bestseller and win a free copy of the book at a VIP signing.