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

September 15, 2015 by Diane Vacca

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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

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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

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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

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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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Tech Tuesday: Websites and Apps That Save You Money

July 14, 2015 by Amy Blum

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By Amy Blum

With a smart phone, computer, and an open mind, not only can you save on goods that you regularly purchase, you can also find deals on opportunities that would otherwise be a reach.

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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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Mind the (Coverage) Gap, Please!

June 29, 2015 by Maura Carley

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By Maura Carley

This post is a needed forewarning about health-insurance-coverage missteps that can pose serious consequences for the individual-insurance consumer.

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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

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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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