The Wednesday Five: 5 Books on ‘Why We Love’

February 10, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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Today’s Wednesday Five is dedicated to five essential books that help us understand the psychology of love and that offer thoughtful examinations of why we love. And perhaps more importantly than the “why,” these books deliver beautiful perspectives on the necessity of love in our daily lives

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Daisy Bates, Unsung Heroine of the Civil Rights Movement

February 10, 2016 by Diane Vacca

By Diane Vacca

Sharon La Cruise’s film explores how Daisy Bates, a black feminist who stubbornly refused to be cowed by either black men or white mobs, managed to spur the desegregation of Little Rock schools.

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Oscar’s Women: This Year’s Best of the Best

February 9, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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When the Academy Award nominations are announced, we bemoan the lack of women recognized by the industry itself, not to mention, the virtual absence of any diversity this year. However, there are two categories that by their very nature cannot exclude women. This silver screen velvet ghetto includes Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. And this year, there are many fine contenders in each.

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Poetry Sunday: “Chimneys: A History of East Texas,” by Betty Adcock

February 7, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

Because the lines in the poem are all of roughly equal length, each section looks like a column or chimney, with the stacks getting shorter as the poem proceeds, so that the poem is also held together visually on the page.

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Composer Florence Price: To Be Young, Gifted, and Black in a Jim Crow Era

February 7, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In honor of Black History Month, we are spending the month celebrating the fabulous black women who have and are making a difference in our nation and around the world. Today, we share with you our profile of Florence Price. On the evening of June 15, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, an all-white male orchestra, led by a German conductor, played music composed by a 46-year-old black woman—a breakthrough thanks to the gifted Florence Beatrice Price.

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Costume Dramas to Enjoy this Winter – No Corsets Required

February 2, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

For the last six years, on Sunday evenings, I’ve pretty much lived at ‘Downton Abbey.’ So what to do, as it nears its end? Luckily, those of us who relish costume dramas can find consolation on our televisions or computer screens.

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Poetry Sunday: “Survival: A Guide,” by Cleopatra Mathis

January 31, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

In the heron, the speaker sees herself, aging and threatened by predators: foxes on the ground and the devastatingly inescapable “ruthless, overhead patrol.” But also, like the heron, kept going by some “blind” (not a matter of will) life force.

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New Book Explores the Secret Lives of Young Arab Women

January 28, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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Katherine Zoepf’s ‘Excellent Daughters’ is the result of hundreds of interviews over ten years, that aim to challenge stereotypes in the Western imagination that Arab women are brainwashed, naive, or simply ‘voiceless victims.’

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Movie Review: ‘The Danish Girl’ — Transexual Reality Then and Now

January 26, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

‘The Danish Girl’ is a beautiful film that reflects fine work from everyone involved. But, just as Caitlyn Jenner was criticized, justly, for joking that the hardest part of being a woman is “figuring out what to wear,” ‘The Danish Girl’ oversimplifies Lili’s transition. If all she really craves are the trappings of femininity, she is missing more than a second x-chromosome.

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Poetry Sunday: “Adjectives of Order,” by Alexandra Teague

January 24, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

How do we, who have never known this kind of war and devastation respond to suffering like this? Everything we have to offer, including the language we offer it in, is of us, tainted by a perspective that cannot empathize with the plight of war refugees like this student.

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The Fashionable Women in TV

January 22, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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Right now there are so many [TV] shows on with strong, complicated, powerful, not-so-powerful, interesting human beings who are women.

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A New Treasure from Elizabeth Strout: ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’

January 21, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

No matter how long it has been since we have left home, we still long for our mothers, even those who haven’t suffered the kind of deprivation described by Elizabeth Strout.

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Cuba: A Poet’s Perspective

January 21, 2016 by Alice Pettway

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By Alice Pettway

Despite my best efforts, my objectivity slowly melted over the course of two weeks of travel. I found myself deeply inspired by not just the physical Cuba, but by Cubans and their dedication to and admiration of art in all forms.

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Becca Yuré: A Woman Who Is Making a Difference

January 19, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Thanks to the work of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and, specifically, a remarkable woman named Becca Yuré, some of Broadway’s most beloved shows have been made available to a wider audience.

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Poetry Sunday: “Word Pond,” by Susan Kolodny

January 17, 2016 by Rebecca Foust

By Rebecca Foust

The continuity of personal history and our ability to access it through memory and creativity are Susan Kolodny’s central concerns. How do we unspool the narrative of our lives? And what are the risks and rewards of doing this?

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