‘The Gender Gap’: Thirty Years of Women’s Voices at the Polls Documentary Review

May 3, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

In 1984, more than thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan was running for re-election and a young filmmaker named Jenny Rohrer produced and directed a 16-minute short entitled ‘Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie’ in conjunction with Kartemquin films.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Sins of Grammar & Usage,’ by Ellen Doré Watson

May 1, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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“Sins of Grammar & Usage” is free verse, three stanzas of nine lines of roughly equal length except that the last line in each stanza is about half the length of the others. I love the poem for its heightened use of and very canny look at language; that is, words and the grammar and syntax that govern how those words are used.

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Helen Mirren’s ‘Eye in the Sky’: Difficult Questions and No Easy Answers

April 26, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Not only is it encouraging to see women in so many roles in ‘Eye in the Sky’ that are not gender traditional (mission commander, co-pilot, Undersecretary of State, identity analyst), but motives and feelings aren’t distributed along expected lines either. There are equal parts compassion and determination displayed by men and women alike.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Variations on an Old Standard,’ by A. E. Stallings

April 24, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

A. E. Stallings is well known for her remarkable, seemingly effortless mastery of formal poetry as well as for her much-praised Latin and Greek translations.

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Mary Ann McDonnell, the Word-Keeper

April 22, 2016 by Judie Rae


By Judie Rae

“I write to center myself, to encourage myself, to commune with the ecstasy and render meaning to things that may appear random,” says the word-keeper. “It is where I learn from my habits, successes, disappointments, heartaches, and heartbreaks.”

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New Fashion Films for Your Must-Watch List

April 22, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


‘The First Monday in May’ (released April 15 and in theaters now ) takes a candid look at the the MET Costume Institute’s preparations for last year’s ambitious exhibition ‘China: Though the Looking Glass’ and its gala.

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Crossing the Hollywood Gender Divide

April 20, 2016 by Paige Morrow Kimball


By Paige Morrow Kimball

“Women in the middle are often discarded,” Alexander Janko says, “just when they’re hitting their prime—both in their life roles as well as in entertainment. I fervently believe the world’s a better place when we’re in touch with our feminine energy.”

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Netflix Continues to Tease Its Upcoming ‘Return to Stars Hollow’

April 19, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

As a parent, one attracts advice constantly. Sometimes it’s welcome and sometimes not. Sometimes it is absolutely perfect. A few years ago, my best friend, her two daughters and my own mother suggested (insisted would be a better word) that I needed to watch a certain series with my then tween daughter. It was ‘Gilmore Girls,’ and they were right!

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On the Bright Side: Sisterly Love — ‘Jane Wants a Boyfriend’

April 18, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The film straddles the difficult line between taking its characters seriously and keeping the action lighthearted enough to be entertaining and engaging. The theme is love between people of differing abilities, but the central “love story” is really about the two sisters.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Nursery Rhyme,’ by Meredith Bergmann

April 17, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

Today’s poem is so well beautifully crafted that I think it would do for anyone (not just those whose lives have been touched by autism) what all great poems do: deeply move and make us see something in the world in a new way.

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This Saturday, on HBO: The Story of the Clarence Thomas Hearings (In the News)

April 15, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

This Saturday, at 8 p.m. EDT, HBO will air “Confirmation,” a film on the notorious 1991 Senate hearings in which Anita Hill charged Clarence Thomas with what now would be termed “sexual harassment.”

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How Karen Allen Has Lived Her Life on Her Own Terms

April 13, 2016 by Paige Morrow Kimball


By Paige Morrow Kimball

At 64 Karen Allen plays the lead role in the new film “Year by the Sea,” and later this year she will direct her first film—a project she’s wanted to do for more than 40 years.

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Theatre Preview: James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ Comes to Life Next Winter

April 12, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

By Alexandra MacAaron

In a world premiere eight-week run from mid-November until early-January, a limited number of audience members will have the opportunity not just to watch “The Dead,” but to attend the story’s party themselves. The production will be set in a gracious turn of the century mansion on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, the home of the American Irish Historical Society.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘The undertaker’s daughter,’ by Toi Derricote

April 10, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

Toi Derricotte defies the critical tradition that views memoir as inferior to literary fiction and dismisses issues of family and relationship as “women’s issues.”

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Molly Fisk: Poetry Is All Yours

April 9, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Poetry gives us permission. It reminds us that we are loved and we are human.

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