Wednesday 5: The Best of Internet this Week

January 28, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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A look at the “perfect” (quotation marks intentional) woman’s body over the past 100 years; The Onion.com posits, in a parody, the dismay of increasing number of men pressured to accept realistic standards of female beauty; and a video explores what happens when men realize they are harassing their own mothers on the street; a mom explores why “good moms” get hated on.

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The Wednesday 5: On Proper Roles for Women

January 21, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

A mixed bag of successes by, and snubs to, women in movies, advertisements, TV, and business management.

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The Wednesday 5: Visions of Womanhood at the Golden Globes

January 14, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Here are the moments at the Golden Globes we thought were noteworthy because of their boundary-breaking, glass-ceiling-cracking effects.

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Wednesday 5: The Good, the Bad, and the Absurd

January 7, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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A mixed bag of the good, the bad, and the absurd in politics, global women’s rights, tech, social media, and women’s-restroom politics.

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Today’s Talk Topic: “The World Is Not Falling Apart”

January 2, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Despite the appalling violence, civil wars, and religious hostilities that beset the world, a study by two social scientists concludes that we live in relatively peaceful times.

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The Wednesday 5: Christmas Eve Goodies

December 24, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Gifts of kindness, laughter, and encouragement for your consideration on Christmas Eve Day.

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Today’s Talk Topic: Christmastime for “Heathens”

December 20, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

How do the many and varied non-Christians in New York City feel about the long approach to Christmas?

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The Wednesday 5: Three-Dimensional Women

December 17, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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“Wonder Woman’s greatest battles weren’t waged against villains like Dr. Psycho or Professor Manly. Rather, they were against people with the power to define her. Those battles are still being fought by three-dimensional women in the engineering departments of tech companies, in political campaigns, and in the plush offices of VCs and studio executives.”

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The Wednesday 5: Radical Women

December 10, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

In this week’s Wednesday 5 we share with you five documentaries featuring the lives and stories of radical women, including Nina Simone, Marina Abramovic, and Elaine Stritch.

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The Wednesday 5: Women Who Choose Paths Less Taken

December 3, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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The five we celebrate include multi-billionaire Elizabeth Holmes, who kept quiet about her company for a decade and then landed on the cover of “Fortune”; Toni Morrison, who, at 83, is poised to release her eleventh novel; and Kristin Costello, who turned a debilitating illness into an opportunity to share her story on the radio.

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Wednesday 5: Top 5 Longreads

November 12, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share our Top 5 Longreads—longform journalism articles and narratives of more than 1,500 words, written by women and about women. They include stories of the women survivors of Hiroshima; the online abuse women face when they make their opinions public; the emotional toll of being unemployed; the intersections of journalism and environmental activism for one reporter; and deconstructing the “difficult woman” who is Vivian Maier.

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Veteran’s Day Talk Topic: Dawn Seymour of the Flying Fortresses

November 11, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Now 97, Dawn Seymour was a pioneer American female military pilot. Indeed, she was one of the “lucky 13″ women who flew the B-17 as a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Service during World War II.

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Today’s Talk Topic: Squealing Like a Schoolgirl

November 7, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Who’d have believed that the insult girl (as in “You throw like a girl,” “You run like a girl,” or—the worst—“You’re a girl”) would ever have serious consequences for the taunter?

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The Wednesday 5: In Our Own Skin

November 5, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Meaghan Ramsey shares “Why Thinking You’re Ugly Is Bad for You” in her TED Talk; a video project asks us to reflect on when we last felt comfortable in our own skin; The SEAMS moves on to the world of podcasts; the uplifting history (all puns intended) of the bra; a beautiful story of a photographer’s promise to an Indian girl.

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Book Review: Sonia Sotomayor—Too Flamboyant for the Supreme Court?

November 4, 2014 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

Because of her ethnicity, Sonia Sotomayor was automatically stigmatized. In addition, her innate extroversion was amplified by the exuberance of Latin culture, and this too was held against her, even when she became a Supreme Court justice. Her propensities for fire-engine-red nail polish, unruly hair, and “flashy” jewelry were singled out by the news media as markers of her otherness.

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