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

May 15, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Wednesday 5: Angela Davis, Margaret Thatcher, and ‘Boss-Lady’ Isolation

April 10, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Filmmaker Paige Morrow Kimball talks sexism in Hollywood; a documentary on Angela Davis documents the woman behind the activism; Margaret Thatcher’s notable “badass” moments; the loneliness of being the “boss-lady”; and a photographer captures the toys that make us happy.

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Days of Their Lives: Doctors to the Beasts of the North

April 6, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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“On a bitterly cold winter day at dusk, I was called to deliver a calf from an Angus cow housed in a run-in shed,” says Dr. Rebecca Law. “A shed is a bit challenging when Mama needs a C-section. I was operating on my knees; the owners were on their knees holding a light. I’d have to stop and hold my hands in warm water to thaw them out.”

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Japan: Bridge to Caroline Kennedy’s Dreams?

April 5, 2013 by Chris Lombardi

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If Caroline Kennedy is, indeed, appointed ambassador to Japan, sources speculate, she—like Hillary Clinton—could be a powerful force for the rights of women.

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