The Shriver Report – Susan B. Apel

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Susan B. Apel

Susan B. Apel is a lawyer and professor of law who teaches family law, law and medicine, women and the law, and professional skills at Vermont Law School and Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth College. She has published in several professional and other journals on topics such as assisted reproductive technologies, abortion, law teaching, and legal policies concerning women and families.  A complete list of these publications can be found on her faculty page at

On the cusp of early retirement, Susan is re-imagining her life to include more traveling, conversing with friends, and perfecting her French.  She is taking her own advice to explore and expand one of her first loves, writing.

She has published essays on her experience with breast cancer, op-eds on surrogate motherhood and the ethics of fat-shaming, and was a recent weekly guest blogger on a variety of issues relating to gender.

She also blogs at A Woman of a Certain Age, where she is contemplating what aging means. She lives in Lebanon, NH with her husband, Keith, and two cats.

Gender Equality Is a Myth!
By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.  → Read More
My Story
No Children, No Regrets
When I was 17, I had a boyfriend named Bill and plans to flee the country if he were drafted. In imagining our expatriate life, we had chosen names for our non-existent but surely future children. It was the only and last time that I considered having kids.  → Read More