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Poetry Sunday: “One to Watch, and One to Pray,” by Camille Dungy

May 24, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

Photo: WideVision Photography/Marcia Wilson.

The main strategy at work in this poem is repetition of words and phrases, like the unforgettable “we passed the baby over the bed.”

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Fashion Friday: That Linen Feeling

May 22, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Linen has become many things to modern fashion—a summer tradition, breathable and lustrous, casual yet refined, and cool and chic.

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The Wednesday 5: A Few Brave Women

May 20, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

Adrian Piper, conceptual artist.

In this week’s Wednesday 5: one woman’s empowering decision to have a “nude” photo shoot, a mother’s moving photos of her inseparable little girls, it just might be that the art world’s obsession with youth is fading, five Indian women whose lives led to landmark judgments or laws, and how to talk to your kids about the contributions of African-American women.

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Poetry Sunday: “That Year I Read Anne Frank’s Diary,” by Susan Cohen

May 17, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


How does this poet make it new, this story we know so well? One way is by bringing Anne Frank close with an intimate conversational tone (“Did she have the same trouble with her hair?”). Another is through vivid figurative language like “shy as my buds of breasts” and the potent image and sound of “soot twin.”

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Fashion Friday: Summer White

May 15, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


While many of us regard white as a basic addition to any wardrobe, the summer white has the uncanny ability to function as a knockout style, as the ultimate desk-to-dinner piece, or as the epitome of summery-sweet.

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The Wednesday 5: Lists (not Binders) Full of Women

May 13, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday 5: women who did not “make it” until they were 40; seven women who could run for president; Fadumo Dayib, who could be Somalia’s first female presidential candidate; how women can take charge of their retirement; and a beautiful ode to our women astronomers.

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Mother’s Day: “Gathering Bones,” by Wendy Barker

May 10, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


“Gathering Bones” braids two narratives-of-narratives: one, a film about a farmer whose retrieval of bones allows him to construct a history of the Holocaust in which he finds himself complicit; and another, the history of the speaker’s mother, reconstructed from memory and dreams.

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Gifts for Our Mothers—a Personal Touch

May 8, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


This Mother’s Day we are thinking of gifts that exemplify a personal touch, a thoughtful act, an embrace of the essence of who these women are.

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The Wednesday 5: The Week’s Must-Reads

May 6, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday 5: Girls in Afghanistan are not allowed to ride bicycles—but a growing organization teaches them how to skateboard; artist Faith Ringgold creates an app for the aging mind and eye; a new book on Rose Herera, formerly enslaved, and her fight to get back her children; the tech company Axosoft is brilliantly reimagining the ladies’ room symbol; and TV’s best British women police officers.

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Poetry Sunday: “The New Egypt,” by Robin Becker

May 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Becker’s subject—property acquisition and its relation to ideas of family and homeland—is an unconventional and powerfully moving choice for a sonnet, proving again the infinite elasticity and enduring vitality of the form.

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Fashion Friday: Dresses by Tadashi Shoji

May 1, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to Japanese-born designer Tadashi Shoji at the White House dinner for Japan by wearing a stunning rich purple gown. The first lady’s choice is a serendipitous and timely one, for Shoji offers some beautiful options for the mothers in our lives.

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The Wednesday 5: The Netflix Five—Women-Directed Films

April 29, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

In this iteration of The Netflix Five, we share with you five compelling films directed by five equally compelling women directors—all streaming on Netflix.

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Poetry Sunday: “Annual Review,” by Connie Post

April 26, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

connie and son

“I like the plain language that, with devastating directness and restraint, tells the story of a whole world of language lost with that one quoted word.”

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Fashion Friday: Hats for Spring

April 24, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


“A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.”

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The Wednesday 5: Women in the News

April 22, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Meryl Streep fully funds a screenwriters’ lab for women writers over 40; more stars are making Hollywood a better place for women; a returning soldier surprises his son in the best use of a photobomb we’ve seen; a new company aims to make breast cancer gene testing less cumbersome and more affordable for women; and a list of 10 groundbreaking women of science we all need to know about.

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