When Women’s Bodies Get Censored on Facebook: An Artist Responds

August 26, 2015 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

In my portraits, the personal and the political are interlaced: they involve risk through a literal baring of self, expose the vulnerabilities of aging, and explore with humor and pathos, how I as an older woman exist and navigate as unnoticeable in an urban environment.

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Family Story ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ Melts the Heart

August 25, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Growing up and growing strong with a bipolar dad may have seemed like an impossible mission. But, clearly, writer/director Maya Forbes’ film ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ shows she has moved forward. Her tribute to her father and their troubled times together is worth seeking out. It’s not always easy to watch but, all-in-all, it’s a good story.

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Poetry Sunday: “Mating Season,” by Andrena Zawinski

August 23, 2015 by Rebecca Foust


By Rebecca Foust

The writer of “Mating Season,” Andrena Zawinski, tells me that it “is one of those poems that appears like an unexpected gift that only needs to be accepted, in this case written down.”

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The New Musical ‘Waitress’— A Bittersweet Slice of Heaven

August 18, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

“Waitress” was (and is) a wonderful little movie. “Little” in the sense of quiet and intimate, no huge stars, no special effects. It is bittersweet (especially when you think about Shelly’s untimely death), yet it remains a celebration of motherhood and sisterhood, of staying true to yourself or finding yourself again if you’ve lost your way.

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A Small-Town Artist With a Big Heart

August 18, 2015 by Diane Dettmann


By Diane Dettmann

Kate Sullivan has learned a lot about herself as a woman and as an artist. She’s dedicated to preserving the fiber art processes of spinning, weaving and rug making that have been a tradition in the small town of Afton for generations.

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Poetry Sunday: “Necessities,” by Rusty Morrison

August 16, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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This poem is about finding—in the middle of a hectic day in a hectic life—a moment of deep stillness. And about how such moments nourish and allow us to experience silence and to rediscover a place from which creativity can emerge.

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‘Ricki and the Flash:’ Meryl Streep and a Motherhood Not Taken

August 11, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

There are several ways “Ricki and the Flash” might have gone. A fish-out-of-water comedy: punk rocker vs. the gated community. Or earnest family drama with secrets and lies and Oscar-worthy revelations. But, thankfully, Ricki avoids most of these Hollywood formulas. Much of the credit goes to Meryl Streep, of course.

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Poetry Sunday: “Anchor,” by Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

August 9, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


We get a glimpse into what the speaker’s life was like when she was 20: joyous, but also with the fear of getting loose and lost. Remembering all that confers perspective and the realization that the anchor is not marriage and motherhood but “the self,” and that being anchored can be a positive thing.

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Women as Victims: ‘The Hand That Feeds You,’ by A.J. Rich

August 6, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How do you know when epic flaws are actually abusive traits that are harmful to you — and that love has nothing to do with it? A new novel, by A.J. Rich, called ‘The Hand That Feeds You,’ attempts to answer that question while at the same time providing a new entry into the genre of highbrow semi- literary thrillers.

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An Immigrant Story: Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ Opens this Week

August 4, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

‘Hamilton’ is a genius synthesis of historical and contemporary politics, human passion, strength and tragic flaw.

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Poetry Sunday: Susan Terris: ‘Memo Poems’

August 2, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Susan Terris’s “memo poems” are an example of a “nonce” or made up form—here unrhymed and unmetered couplets with no capitalization and no punctuation. According to Terris, the apparent informality of the poems is “deceptive” and produced work that was, for her “uncharacteristically raw and intimate.”

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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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