Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

November 28, 2013 by Deborah Harkins


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


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


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


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


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

Lynne Halliday

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


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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Wednesday 5: Real Role Models for Girls, Women in Jazz, and the ‘Cutest Couple Ever.’

May 15, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change


A mother teaches her daughter about “true” role models; a film counters the stories of women instrumentalists in the jazz movement; Marie Dutton Brown traces her journey in the publishing world over the last 43 years; Dr. Jackson Katz argues that violence against women should be reframed as a man’s isssue; and, after they’ve attracted more than 10 million YouTube views, meet the Internet’s “Cutest Couple Ever.”

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Kirsten Kelly on Film and Theater Directing: Nice Work If You Can Get It

April 30, 2013 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

The (pleasant) challenge for 40-year-old director Kirsten Kelly: Mount a play involving 50 brides and 50 flight-suited, helicopter-dangling grooms on the stage of a 60-seat theater.

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To ‘Lean In,’ What Do Working Women Need?

April 23, 2013 by Chris Lombardi

25 years since Diane Keaton tried it in "Baby Boom," work/family

Two proposals for solving the child-care puzzle—one innovative, one a practical, do-able idea dating back to the days of Rosie the Riveter.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Counsel for a “Terrorizing” Boss Who Needs to Recoup

April 18, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Psychologist Cecilia M. Ford counsels a much-disliked office manager on (1) changing her behavior and (2) the power of praise.

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Wednesday 5: Leslie Morgan Steiner, Student-Loan Debt, and Denise Scott Brown

April 17, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Leslie Morgan Steiner reminds us that domestic violence can happen to anyone; student-loan debt is growing fastest among adults 60 and older; what happens when you replace food aid with cash payments?; righting a 22-year-old wrong done to architect Denise Scott Brown; and Indian women plant trees each time a girl is born in their village.

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