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

August 10, 2015 by Melissa Ludtke

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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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This Essay Needs a Better Title

July 24, 2015 by Roz Warren

By Roz Warren

Titling has been never my strong suit. Writing a publishable essay? I can do that! But coming up with an amazing title for that essay? Not so much. Thank God for editors! And Facebook!

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At 40, Christie Rampone is Oldest Women’s Soccer Player in a World Cup Final

July 6, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Last month, at age 39, Christie Rampone became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup game, when the United States defeated Nigeria, 1-0. She had her 40th birthday on June 24 and became the oldest women’s soccer player to ever appear in a World Cup final.

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Mary Stucky—a Woman Who’s Making a Difference

June 23, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

How a Peabody Award–winning journalist goes about teaching a new generation of foreign correspondents the old-fashioned tricks of her trade: how to find—and reliably report—serious stories on consequential issues.

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Sarah Sayeed, a Woman Who’s Making a Difference

May 26, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

Caption: Sarah Sayeed. (Photo: Interfaith Center of New York.)

By Deborah Harkins

“So many people see religion as a source of division and violence,” notes Dr. Sarah Sayeed. “Islam in particular is in the limelight right now as the most divisive or the most violent religion . . . but there’s so much beauty in it, so much inspiration for so many people around the world!”

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

April 9, 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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Women Building Homes for Other Women (Volunteer Passion No. 6)

March 17, 2015 by Emily Kelting

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By Emily Kelting

If you think you’re too old, too frail, or too unskilled to be of any use in building a Habitat for Humanity house, you’re wrong. Anyone over 18 can work on the build site; Habitat Fairfield County’s oldest on-site female volunteer is 82.

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The March Challenge, in Honor of Jon Stewart

March 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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How about our welcoming Jon Stewart into the Sisterhood of Reinvention by questioning the inevitability of “from now on”? And so we’re issuing our readers and writers a March Challenge.

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The Way We Were: The SNCC Teenagers Who Changed America

February 26, 2015 by Judy Richardson

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By Judy Richardson

How did they find the courage to do it—challenge the racist order in the South in the 1960s? Who formed the strategy, who dared to take it out to some of the most racist Southern counties? In this forthright memoir, Judy Richardson gives us an insider’s look at the danger-ridden early years of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, “the only national civil rights movement led by young people.”

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Volunteer Passion No. 5: “Highlights” Tour Guide at the Met

February 3, 2015 by Nora Brossard

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By Nora Brossard

It’s a lightning tour: We have to hustle, for we contemplate seven different works of art, in seven different galleries, in an hour. (At least there’s no time for anyone in my group to get bored.)

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Crossroads: Dire Straits in the Food Emporium

February 1, 2015 by Emily Kelting

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By Emily Kelting

My credit cards were declined. When a man behind me in the Food Emporium line (a fellow church member) had to step up and pay for my groceries, I knew this was my fork-in-the-road moment.

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A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Pamela Yew Schwartz, Bereavement Counselor

October 23, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

In Dr. Schwartz’s bereavement group for Chinese men, “They talk about sports—sports is a lifesaver. They talk about playing mahjongg. But eventually someone will ask, ‘How do you make the rice for one person?’ Another will say, ‘The loneliest time is before I go to sleep at night, and do you sleep in the middle of the bed?’ Supposedly they don’t like to talk about their feelings, but they do, they do.”

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Two More Words About Derek Jeter: His Mom

October 4, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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We at Women’s Voices for Change tip our caps to a woman who got it so very right. The applause was for her son, but the cheers were for her, too.

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Finding Friends Fast—Wherever You Are (Version 2.0)

September 28, 2014 by Karen O'Connor

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By Karen O’Connor

Well-honed friend-gathering techniques from a woman who moves from one city to another every two years. Wherever she goes, she needs to find friends fast. And she does.

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Book Review: The Venturesome Life of Gail Sheehy

September 13, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Sheehy’s memoir is the tale of a tempestuous romance; a compelling look into the first stirrings of female revolt in the 1960s and ’70s; and the story of a reporter who throws herself into danger so persistently that her book is clearly the blueprint for a screenplay.

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