Articles written by: "Diane Vacca"

Portrait of Theresa May, Britain’s Second Female PM

August 10, 2016 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

The former prime minister, David Cameron, grudgingly admitted, “She is instinctively secretive and very rigid, but you can be tough with her and she’ll go away and think it all through again.”

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Roger Ailes Makes News as He Leaves Fox News

July 25, 2016 by Diane Vacca

Why did Gretchen Carlson succeed, against all expectations, in felling the magnate Roger Ailes, who resigned within days of her filing suit against him?

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Book Review: ‘Because of Sex’

July 13, 2016 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

“Sadly, [Fox News commentator Gretchen] Carlson’s suit follows a time-worn pattern: supervisor propositions subordinate, subordinate refuses, supervisor makes subordinate’s life a misery.”

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Book Review: ‘Sisters in Law’—Two Women Who Have Made a Difference

March 1, 2016 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

“Sisters in Law” is an enjoyable, as well as informative, read. Women with little knowledge of the extent of women’s inequality in America until only 40 years ago owe it to themselves to read it. Anyone who already admires Ruth Bader Ginsburg will learn much about her brilliance and her achievements.

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Daisy Bates, Unsung Heroine of the Civil Rights Movement

February 10, 2016 by Diane Vacca

By Diane Vacca

Sharon La Cruise’s film explores how Daisy Bates, a black feminist who stubbornly refused to be cowed by either black men or white mobs, managed to spur the desegregation of Little Rock schools.

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As We Celebrate Thanksgiving, Many Still Go Hungry

November 23, 2015 by Diane Vacca

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Diane Vacca reminds us of the sobering problem of hunger that still plagues many of our nation’s families and an interfaith collaboration in her Manhattan neighborhood aiming to fight it.

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Pope’s Visit Bridges Gaps Between Many Groups of People

September 28, 2015 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

Now that the whirlwind visit of Pope Francis to the United States has come to a close, I urge people of all faiths to watch and contemplate the video of the pontiff’s visit to the September 11 Memorial. The multi-faith service was deeply moving as it showed Americans embracing one another and praying for peace together.

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When It Comes to Getting Older, the News Is Not All Bad

September 15, 2015 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

If you are an American who is getting older — and who isn’t? — you will benefit from several current trends when you reach retirement age.

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Book Review: Sonia Sotomayor—Too Flamboyant for the Supreme Court?

November 4, 2014 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

Because of her ethnicity, Sonia Sotomayor was automatically stigmatized. In addition, her innate extroversion was amplified by the exuberance of Latin culture, and this too was held against her, even when she became a Supreme Court justice. Her propensities for fire-engine-red nail polish, unruly hair, and “flashy” jewelry were singled out by the news media as markers of her otherness.

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Banahan and Kentucky: Obamacare Done Right

April 22, 2014 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

“When I applied [for Kentucky Obamacare], that was the best eight minutes of my life,” LaTonya Ellington told me. “It only took eight minutes to sign up, and it changed my life.” She photographed her application and displays it on her cell phone.

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“Just a Little Off the Top”: How Would the Chained CPI Impact YOU?

October 31, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

It’s looming again—a budget fight over adoption of the “Chained Consumer Price Index” (C-CPI), a proposal to reduce Social Security payments by estimating smaller increases in the cost of living. What IS Chained CPI, and how will it affect you?

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Let’s Make a Deal: Women Senators Get Things Done

October 22, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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Female senators have persuaded their male colleagues that “women’s issues” affect everybody; that sexual assault in the military is a real problem, and not just for women; that health, education, child care, abortion, and pay equity affect the entire family. And they seized the reins in the default debate.

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Pornography: Getting It Up and Putting Her Down

September 17, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

The debate over porn—allegations of its contempt for women (evidenced by women’s subordination and abuse), countered by assertions of its innocuousness—hasn’t been so heated in years.

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Today’s Sons Are Teaching Their Fathers

June 16, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

When I was growing up, it was unusual to see a father kiss or embrace his son in public, especially if the boy was an adolescent or older. Tom Ruth was “very young, probably less than 12,” when his father would kiss him. “After that, it was the occasional hug. Not a lot of display of emotion,” he said. “Men don’t cry, that sort of thing.”

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Wonder Women! Superheroines with the Allure of Attractive Women, the Strength of Powerful Men!

April 13, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

By the 1960s, Wonder Woman had been enervated and diminished. Her superpowers and provocative costume had been stripped away. No more daring exploits. But then Gloria Steinem brought her back with a bang.

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