Mary Tyler Moore: Feminist and Fabulous

October 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

Mork & Mindy (ABC)  TV Series
Shown from left: Robin Williams (as Mork), Pam Dawber (as Mindy McConnell)

For seven seasons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show made it necessary — even for college students — to stay in on Saturday nights to watch television.

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What’s a Working Mother to Do?

October 8, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

While working-class families have long needed two paychecks, these days middle-class and even upper-middle-class households cannot get by without both. And many women want to work and have career ambitions equal to, or in some cases, greater than, their husbands.

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Days of Their Lives: Sandy Wilbur, Forensic Musicologist

October 6, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

Sandy Wilbur

By Deborah Harkins

What IS musical plagiarism? Is a particular number of notes, strung in a certain order, the giveaway? Sandy Wilbur, forensic musicologist, says no; it’s more complicated than that.

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Days of Their Lives—Earth, Fire, Water: Jerolyn Morrison’s Dream Job

October 5, 2015 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Jerolyn and her fellow researchers tease out the details of the ancient Minoans’ domestic life through piecing together shattered objects, chemical analysis, experiments (like cooking demonstrations), and informed speculation. “We put these deposits together very slowly, very meticulously, to form a story about an archaeological deposit that’s been excavated,” she tells us.

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A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Mary Palmer, Seattle’s Pied Piper

October 2, 2015 by Toni Myers


By Toni Myers

The Global Reading Challenge is designed to include all fourth/fifth graders, not just the avid readers, though they are its biggest cheerleaders. Though it means more work, they love the excitement (as well as the safety) of competing in teams; the wild and crazy practice sessions; the recognition by everyone in school; the realization later that they will always and forever be Global Scholars.

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Dominique Browning: ‘Making a Difference in the Air We Breathe’

October 1, 2015 by Judith A. Ross


By Judith A. Ross

While what we do at home is important, “it’s not what is going to solve this [climate change] problem,” Dominique Browning says. “What will work is old-fashioned citizenship.”

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Risky Business: Reinventing Life in Middle Age—or Later

September 30, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

By Deborah Harkins

“Law school almost killed me. It almost kills even the 22-year-olds,” says Diane Bradshaw. A singer-dancer-actress for a quarter of a century, she finally yielded, when she was 48, to the continuing call of a college education. “Law school tore up my guts,” she says. “But I’m glad it did, because practicing law tears up your guts too, and a lawyer has to be able to withstand that.” And then there was the financial risk . . .

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Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

September 26, 2015 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Rev. Dr. Sandra McCann has switched careers abruptly—and with some amazement—all through her life. Ask her how she happened to become a doctor, then a radiologist, then a priest, and she’ll say, with a touch of wonder, “I was taken by surprise!”

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Women of Reinvention: Paige Morrow Kimball

September 25, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

We’ve decided to pay tribute to these women in our Women of Reinvention Series, acknowledging that for each of them (and you), the concept of reinvention takes on very different and nuanced meanings, and is often redefined at various points in our lives. For some women, reinventing themselves is about survival; for others, it’s about new beginnings; and for others, like Paige Morrow Kimball, it’s simply about adding to who you already are.

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Women Who’ve Made a Difference: Ann Buttenwieser, the Floating Pool Lady

September 24, 2015 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Pleasure has been Ann’s business since 1980, when she came up with the idea of a floating swimming pool. “The joy on the faces on the kids, both in Brooklyn and particularly in the Bronx . . . ” she says “. . . except for my four children, and marrying my husband, ‘The Floating Pool Lady’ is the best thing that could have happened to me.”

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Dr. Jimmie Holland, Psycho-Oncologist: A Woman Who’s Made a Difference

September 23, 2015 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Dr. Holland’s concern for patients’ mental and emotional well-being—at a time when physicians took little notice of how patients were reacting to the stresses of their illness—was to develop into a medical subspecialty, “psycho-oncology,” that has made a difference in the lives of thousands of patients.

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

September 15, 2015 by Diane Vacca


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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Women at Work: A Decades-Long Push for Equity

September 7, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Women have long been significant in the U.S. labor force. The value of the Rosie the Riveters in World War II is well known. But the U.S. Labor Department recognized the importance of working women long before that when it established a Women’s Bureau.

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Rebellious Women: Heroines of the Labor Movement

September 7, 2015 by Janet Golden


By Janet Golden

“That’s the rebel girl/For the working class she’s a precious pearl”: So goes Joe Hill’s song celebrating one of the eight firebrands we’re honoring here—women who fought tirelessly (and effectively) for workers’ rights. Alas, these days hardly anybody knows their names.

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She Remembers His Helping Hand: Frank Gifford Gave Her a Chance, and She Made a Life

August 10, 2015 by Melissa Ludtke

Monday Night Football commentator Frank Gifford is shown posing for the camera while sitting in the end zone of a football field

By Melissa Ludtke

A friend of mine died yesterday. He was 84 years old. We hadn’t seen each other in at least three decades, maybe longer. But that’s beside the point: I will always think of Frank Gifford as my friend. Here’s why: Frank saw potential in me when I didn’t see much in myself and he reached out a hand to help me discover it.

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