SECOND ACT: Obamacare Frustrations, and How to Solve Them

February 20, 2014 by Maura Carley

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By Maura Carley

The Initial Enrollment Period will end on March 31, 2014. It’s always possible that the deadline will be extended, but if you don’t have coverage by then, you will most likely owe a penalty.

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Those Radical Rosies: Keeping Their Stories Alive

February 11, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“It has taken a couple of generations for the belief in women’s competence to really sink in,” notes producer Elizabeth Hemmerdinger. “Women of my generation have it . . . women in their sixties. But younger women, the 35-year-olds, they’re absolutely certain. ‘Fighter pilot?’ they’ll say. ‘No problem!'”

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Opening Your Life to Magic

January 21, 2014 by Jennifer Cheyne

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By Jennifer Cheyne

Now that I’m not young, there is so much more “me” inside than there used to be. That primordial mom that we all psychically cling to is in there now. A file cabinet full of experience and self-knowledge, too. A woman needn’t seek support for her right to claim a moment as her own—she can make it so.

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Days of Their Lives: Louise Fili, Always Elegantissima

January 14, 2014 by Mariam Aldhahi

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By Mariam Aldhahi

By borrowing from the form of vintage Italian signs and advertisements, graphic designer Louise Fili maintains an elegant, classic feel that manages to ignite nostalgia in even the most devout modernist.

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Learning French at 50

January 1, 2014 by Jennifer Cheyne

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By Jennifer Cheyne

It became kind of fun to recount the stories of my escapades and mishaps. I felt as if I lived in an “I Love Lucy” episode half the time, especially when I got my papers back with notes like, “I’m pretty sure this is a good point, but this sentence doesn’t actually mean anything in French.” Whoops!

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Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

November 28, 2013 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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Feminism: Katherine Spillar on the Good News

November 19, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“In the earliest days of ‘Ms. Magazine’, a majority of women did not identify as feminists, and women’s rights were debatable. In polite company you could still debate whether or not women should be equal! In polite company now you can’t have that debate.”

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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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Janet Yellen: The Woman for the Job

October 29, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Celebrations of Janet Yellen’s nomination to be chairman of the Federal reserve Bank are well deserved, not only because of Yellen’s fitness for the job but also because the choice of a seasoned female economist to run the Fed is a great victory for the advancement of women.

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Women’s Poverty, by the Numbers

September 29, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

It is hard to find a ratio that is as astonishingly high as this 2-to-1 disparity between the poverty rate of older women and the poverty rate of older men.

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Want to Be a Business Leader? Don’t Let “Mommy Math” Do You In

August 1, 2013 by Catherine D. Wood

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By Catherine D. Wood

I would like to help women with daughters who are in the financial industry—or any other—understand one of the reasons why we are losing the battle for “liberation,” the battle for which so many women fought in the sixties and seventies. One factor is the “arithmetic discussion” that so many couples seem to have when times are tough.

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Carol Lamberg: A Woman Who’s Made a Difference

July 27, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“It’s like putting a puzzle together—it’s exciting when you get it done,” says Carol Lamberg, executive director of the Settlement Housing Fund, which builds affordable housing in New York City. “The neat thing is that you get to see the buildings. They’re up, they’re clean, there’s no graffiti, they’re safe . . . they’re there for you to see, unlike work in other fields, where you wonder if you’ve really achieved anything.”

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Sarah Bouissou: Jumping into Life

July 16, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Mother or four young women, professional chef, biker, dancer, fund-raising hostess, patron of young musicians, Sarah Bouissou does it all. With grace.

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Lynne Halliday: This Singing Life

June 18, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Lynne Halliday’s voice training gave her a love of good lyrics—a love she finds lacking in some of today’s pop singers. “Porter, Gershwin, Berlin can take a simple lyric and make it just stunning.” she says. “But some contemporary singers, I think, are not listening to the words; they’re listening to their voice . . . it’s all about frills rather than the words of the song.”

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Wednesday 5: Middle-Aged Students; Woman on the Mountaintop; Culture of Motherhood; and Amelia Earhart

May 22, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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A middle-aged student writes of finding a sense of belonging with twenty-something-year-old classmates; a Saudi Arabian woman makes history at the top of Mount Everest; the funny things said when women say no to having children; the No. 1 killer of girls aged 15 to 19 globally is not a disease; and remembering the anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s extraordinary journey.

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