Emily Goldberg
Emily Goldberg
Emily Goldberg is a former editorial fellow at The Atlantic.
  • What Do You Know ... About Atlantic Women’s History?

    Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    To close out Women’s History Month, we’ve compiled stories written by influential women throughout The Atlantic’s 160-year history. Over the years, first ladies, abolitionists, award-winning novelists, foreign policy leaders, and other female luminaries—including Julia Ward Howe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Forten, Pearl S. Buck, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Arianna Huffington, Samantha Power, Chimamanda Adichie, and Michelle Obama—have authored stories on a diverse range of topics.

    Check out the ways in which these women have contributed to The Atlantic’s—and the world’s—rich history in the articles linked above, and then test your memory:

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  • Bryan Cox / U.S. ICE / Reuters

    What Immigration Raids Mean for Students

    An immigration-law expert chimes in on how the recent detention of Daniel Ramirez Medina could affect students around the country who still benefit from the Obama-era policy.

  • Katie Martin / Emily Jan / The Atlantic

    The Scorched-Earth Acne Solution

    Isotretinoin, better known as Accutane, is the acne drug of last resort. It let me shed my skin—literally—for the price of some gnarly side effects.

  • Ted S. Warren / AP

    The New Focus on Children's Mental Health

    Most teachers don’t feel equipped to meet their students’ emotional needs, but some programs are working to change that.

  • Across the Street From the World Trade Center

    On September 11, 2001, I was 7 years old, and my second-grade teacher called a class meeting to explain that two airplanes had hit the twin towers in New York City, about 25 miles from where we were in northern New Jersey. I remember raising my hand and asking how there could be a plane crash on such a sunny day. The pilots just not seeing the towers, an honest mistake, was the only explanation I could fathom. I don’t think I knew what terrorism was then, but now I wonder if it’s something today’s American 7-year-olds know too well.  

    Many parents in my hometown of Ridgewood, including my dad, were among the thousands of people who commuted into New York each day. In 2001, my dad was working for Merrill Lynch in downtown Manhattan: His office stood opposite the World Trade Center. I am extremely lucky that, when my mom took me home from school that day, he was waiting there, unhurt.  Since he is very reserved by nature, it wasn’t until this week, 15 years later, that I finally got his account of what happened. A condensed transcript of that conversation follows.


    Emily Goldberg: How did you find out about the planes hitting the towers? Did you hear it or see it?

    Ken Goldberg: I was in at work well before anything happened. I remember noticing, before anything happened, that it was a really nice day. When it first was announced, people were talking about a small plane hitting one of the towers. So that was the initial story, which seemed strange at the time because it was a perfectly nice day. The first plane, I found out about it on our newswire about the markets. After that, no one really knew anything and no one was overly focused on it. Then, when the second one hit, people knew it was an attack. When the second plane hit, people were running towards my office to say that they either saw it or felt it. Then everyone started walking down the stairs. We were on the 19th floor.