Summer Preview: Movies By, For, and About Women

June 28, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


This summer, there are several notable woman-centric titles that are worth hunting down.

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Theater Review: Eve Ensler’s ‘In the Body of the World’ — When the V-Word Meets the C-Word

June 27, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

While she was working tirelessly to open a sanctuary for Congolese rape victims, Eve Ensler was diagnosed with stage 3-4 uterine cancer. Thus began a journey that included self-recrimination (Did she ignore warning signs? Did she somehow poison her body through choices she made or didn’t make?), navigation through our country’s medical machine, making peace with her own family and history, and eventually finding a new way to connect to her body and to the world.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘They Come the Way Flowers Do,’ by Jennifer Grotz

June 26, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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This week’s poem about an incident in nature—an encounter with butterflies—is more in line with the traditional nature poem, but a close reading shows that it is, in its own way, also subversive.

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Fashionable and Informative: The Best Coffee Table Books for Summer

June 24, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


Whether you’re looking to revamp your coffee book collection, or add to your library, or decorate your living room, or embark on some self-guided learning on contemporary and vintage fashion trends, these lovely fashion books will do just the trick. Here are our must-reads to add to your summer reading list and beach totes!

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Netflix Review: ‘Orange is the New Black’ — The Bad Girls Club is Back

June 21, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

In season four, ‘Orange is the New Black’ is focusing on the privatization of prisons, and the ethical issues that come with that trend. Critics who have already watched the entire fourth season are warning that it’s the darkest one yet, with a more oppressive institution and a brutal new villain.

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Park Production Mocks the Misogyny in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ (In the News)

June 21, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

How do you make Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” palatable to contemporary women? You play it this way.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Staff Sgt. Metz,’ by Dorianne Laux

June 19, 2016 by Rebecca Foust


The most powerful political poems are those that actually implicate the speaker and thereby the readers themselves. Today’s is one such poem.

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Book Review: Gina Barreca’s ‘If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?’

June 16, 2016 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

To have a nationally syndicated columnist who is our age, articulate as hell, wildly successful, and a diehard feminist? That’s fabulous.

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The Wednesday Five: Women of the 2016 Tony Awards

June 15, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share with you our favorite award-acceptance speeches and performances from the storied Tony Awards. These women and their performances this season were, as fellow actress Audrey McDonald beautifully declared, “intelligent, resonant, and vibrant.”

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Movie Review: ‘45 Years’ — Charlotte Rampling, Controversial But Oscar-Worthy

June 14, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Charlotte Rampling is utterly mesmerizing, conveying a lifetime of hopes and irredeemable sadness through her subtle and often silent presence.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Clean,’ by Jayne Benjulian

June 12, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

I love that a woman poet has taken a form invented by men and made it her own, bending the rules to suit her aesthetic purpose and writing about an experience so many women have had. Who among us has not surreptitiously tried on our mother’s, sister’s, or aunt’s bra?

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Book Review: Lesley Stahl’s Life as a Grandmother

June 9, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Lesley Stahl, the longtime ’60 Minutes’ correspondent, has a relatively new and joyful role — grandmother — and she writes about it in her book ‘Becoming Grandma.’

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Movie Review: ‘Love & Friendship’ — Jane Austen Addresses Marriage and Mothers

June 7, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

The average age of a Jane Austen heroine is 18.8. Enter Lady Susan, a widowed mother of 40 or so. She is refined, attractive, and boasts a far superior intellect than the friends and family she surrounds herself with.

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Book Review: ‘The Little Red Chairs,’ by Edna O’Brien

June 7, 2016 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag


By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Philip Roth has called this novel O’Brien’s “masterpiece.” I consider it a magisterial and gripping—though flawed—attempt to wrestle with profound moral issues, especially the twin horrors of religion and nationalism.

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Poetry Sunday: “I Want to Write a Poem to Celebrate,” by Maria Mazziotti Gillan

June 5, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

I found this poem last fall while reading Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s collected works and knew immediately I wanted it for Father’s Day. I’m always looking for poems that celebrate the spirit of such holidays without giving in to Hallmark stereotypes, and this is one: brimming with love for a remembered father but not tainted by sentimentality.

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