In the News: White House Unveils New Efforts on Pay Equity

February 2, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

“We can’t know what we don’t know. We can’t deliver on the promise of equal pay unless we have the best, most comprehensive information about what people earn,” Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said Friday.

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How ‘Service With a Smile’ Takes a Toll on Women

February 1, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

“The fact that women are required to generate traditionally feminine emotions while men do the opposite furthers the idea that certain occupations are ‘for men’ or ‘for women.’ ”

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Talk Topic: Covering Gun Violence

December 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

In Vogue magazine, Jennifer Mascia explains what it’s like to cover gun violence in America.

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How I Embraced Retirement: A Journey of Discovery in the Andes Mountains of Peru

October 14, 2015 by Susan Fier

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By Susan Fier

All in all, the snowcapped mountains and glaciers remind me of the joy I experience when I push my limits and move beyond my comfort zone. Overcoming fear, avoiding discouragement, and focusing on my goal served to provide the boost that I needed in order to succeed.

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Mary Tyler Moore: Feminist and Fabulous

October 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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