On the Bright Side: Are Women Better Leaders than Men?

April 6, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“The elephant alpha-female emerges not according to the strongest or most aggressive personality, but on account of the respect earned by other elephants. She demonstrates leadership through her wisdom, strength, and her extraordinary skills in problem-solving.”

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On the Bright Side: Reinvention—at Midlife, Small Changes Go Far

April 5, 2016 by C.A. Martin

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By Cecilia Martin

Many of us are stuck in situations that do not tap into either our essential selves or our core values, and reversing that can be not just invigorating and life-enhancing, but life-saving.

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New Study Adds Piece to Gender-Pay-Gap Puzzle (In the News)

March 21, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Once upon a time, little girls went to school and were told that if they studied hard and got good grades, they would be able to pursue good careers and live in economic security ever after.

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Gender Pay Gap: Why the Problem Persists

February 22, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

In January, the White House proposed a new federal rule that would require companies with more than 100 employees to report salary data broken down by gender, race, and ethnicity. The collection of data would certainly shed light on the issue of pay equity, but it is surprising that this kind of data had not been collected in the past.

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Sandy Wilbur, a Woman Who Is Making a Difference

February 18, 2016 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“I realized that our kids (our future leaders) must learn the basics and founding principles of our democratic way of life so that they can be engaged at an early age and be lifelong participants. That is where ‘Learning History Through Music’ came from—my passionate belief that ALL citizens—We the People—need to be engaged in the process for democracy to survive.”

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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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Is Frugality in Your Gene Pool?

January 22, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

By Stacia Friedman

In the late 1960s, Grandma still had flapper dresses tucked in her closet, and she showed up to work at her Center City pharmacy attired like a silent-film star. Her penny-pinching had nothing to do with her finances. By all standards, Grandma was loaded.

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Tzedakah — The Gift of Giving

December 28, 2015 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

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By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

How will you give this season? How you give is as important as what you give. If you make wise choices from your heart, I can think of no better gift to yourself and to those in need at this time of year and throughout the next year. Give anonymously, with joy, and reap the benefits all year long!

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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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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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