The Wednesday Five—Women and the Art of Friendship on Film

July 29, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


In this iteration of The Wednesday Five, we turn to the screen and share with you five compelling films (many of them adapted from the page) that pay homage to the gift that is the enduring friendships among women.

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Book Review: The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

July 28, 2015 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag


By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Not since Doris Lessing’s autobiographical Martha Quest series, have I read a book so intensely focused on the inner complexities of what it is to be a modern woman as well as the contradictory emotions—love, jealousy, competitiveness, compassion—of female friendship.

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Nobody’s Bridesmaid: Amy Schumer Brings her Unique Smart, Fearless Humor to the Big Screen in ‘Trainwreck’

July 28, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Amy Schumer is a feminist. And she’s really funny. She serves up joke after joke, and she doesn’t seem to mind if she herself is the joke as long as it makes us laugh.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Einstein’s Violin,’ and ‘Some Birth Day,’ by Sally Ashton

July 26, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


It took me awhile to get used to the idea of prose poetry—I love rhyme and meter and at first could not imagine poetry without these musical qualities. But reading the prose poems of contemporary poets has opened my ideas to the imaginative possibilities of this form, and I hope that these poems by Sally Ashton will do the same for you.

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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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Bravo’s ‘Odd Mom Out': Poking Fun at the Parenting of the Rich and Famous

July 21, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

With so many seasons of well-to-do women behaving badly (in New York and elsewhere), Bravo seems the right place for a show that promises to poke fun at the picture-perfect parenting of New York City’s Upper East Side mothers.

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The Tao of Friendship

July 21, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

Patty and Suz

By Suzanne Russell

An important part of our relationship has always been sharing ideas about art. As an artist and friend, Patty Hudak understood when I suddenly stopped making physical artwork in order to focus on giving free legal and social support to refugees in Denmark. She was one of the few people who understood that creating solutions to problems in individuals’ lives was similar to creating paintings or other art objects.

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Poetry Sunday: “Please Do Not Persist,” by Martha Rhodes

July 19, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


It is obvious almost immediately that the speaker (whose diction has a delightfully Shakespearian bent) “doth protest too much” and clearly does not mean what she is saying; the scope of her renouncements, from visiting beloved places to going out for shampoo, is comically hyperbolic.

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‘Dietland': A Call to Arms Against Body Shaming

July 16, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Women today are realizing they need to fight back against . . . this idea that only one type of body is acceptable and worse, only an ideal decided on by someone else’s standards can be attractive.

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The Pros and Cons of ‘Orange is the New Black’

July 14, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

The women’s prison system warrants more attention and definitely needs reform. Meanwhile, ‘Orange is the New Black’ is a step in the right direction. By making these women sympathetic people, they become individuals with pasts and futures.

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Poetry Sunday: “Sinkhole,” by Heather Altfeld

July 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


How remarkable that this poem, crammed with images of destruction, can end with life and its own version of an earned and cautious hope! Love is like a sinkhole that swallows us whole, Heather Altfeld says, and she says it with no little sense of menace. And then she surprises us by concluding that we may as well just take the plunge.

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Movie Review: Sweet Possibilities in ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’

July 10, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Like other later-in-life romantic movies, ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’ tells us that it’s never too late to fall in love. But, don’t expect a completely happy ending.

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Book Review: ‘Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham,’ by Emily Bingham

July 9, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

It’s tempting to wonder how different things might have been if Henrietta Bingham had lived today. Though she was lucky compared to many, how much better might her life have been if her therapist would have concentrated on the wounds inflicted by her mother’s death and her father’s inappropriate dependence rather than changing her sexual orientation?

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All This, and Popcorn Too? How the Film ‘Inside Out’ Justifies Teen Turmoil for a Broad Audience

July 7, 2015 by Victoria Woodard Harvey


By Victoria Woodard Harvey

For female audiences especially, the film’s most significant tragedy centers on Riley’s core values crumbling and tumbling irretrievably into an abyss. This particular visual is a painful and graphic reminder of the fragility of a young woman’s sense of self.

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The World of Frida Kahlo

July 7, 2015 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag


By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Now through November 1, a wonderful and unique exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden is celebrating the visually rich world of Frida Kahlo’s home, garden, and art—with a strong accent on the garden.

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