The Wednesday Five: Inspiring Commencement Addresses from Women of Note

May 25, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five, we’ve curated a selection of five commencement addresses from the 2016 graduation season by women of note — Maria Popova, Carrie Mae Weems, Sheryl Sandberg, Anne Marie Slaughter, and Hoda Kotb — that are sure to inspire.

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Netflix Review: ‘The Ascent of Woman’ — Making Women Part of the Narrative

May 24, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The series, ‘The Ascent of Woman,’ makes a compelling case that the way a society treats its women is indicative of not only its overall fairness, but also its economic success.

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From Screenwriter to Rabbi: Susan Nanus, a Woman of Reinvention

May 24, 2016 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“I had a very joyful and fulfilling career as a writer—but after 25 or 30 years, it’s just time to try something new,” Susan Nanus says. Her goal was worthy and her journey toward it transformative: She says, “I am different than I was when I started. More spiritual, certainly.”

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The Pakistani Squash Champion Who Disguised Herself as a Boy (In the News)

May 20, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Dressed as a boy, Maria Toorpakai Wazir played on the boys’ squash team of an academy run by the Pakistani air force. Then her gender was discovered, and the death threats from the Taliban began.

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The Wednesday Five

May 18, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five: the Women Deliver Conference on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women opens; Congress passes bill that allows WWII Women Air Force Service Pilots to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery; the women of Fast Company’s list of the most creative people in business; Hoda Kotb offers valuable life lessons at her commencement speech to Tulane University’s class of 2016; and the all-female Shakespeare production of ‘Taming the Shrew’ goes live this summer.

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Clean Air Activist Dominique Browning Receives Audubon’s 2016 Rachel Carson Award

May 16, 2016 by Judith A. Ross

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By Judith A. Ross

A well-known writer and editor who topped the masthead at “House & Garden” magazine for more than a decade, Browning has turned her formidable leadership skills and deep passion for the environment toward tackling today’s thorniest and most consequential challenge: climate disruption.

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The Wednesday Five

May 11, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five: Sheryl Sandberg leans into single motherhood, Monica Lewinsky on overcoming shame, Gloria Steinem has a new show aptly titled ‘WOMAN,’ saying goodbye to ‘The Good Wife,’ and a son’s moving film about the unopened voicemails from his mom.

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The Foul Rein of the Biological Clock (In the News)

May 11, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

In 1978, Richard Cohen wrote “The Clock Is Ticking for the Career Woman” in ‘The Washington Post.’ And suddenly, newspapers and TV shows all across the U.S. were focusing on stories about women obsessing about the need to get married and have babies before their biological clocks ran out.

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The Wednesday Five: Good News Edition

May 4, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share with you nothing but feel-good news: How a love of reading helped a woman go from homeless to Harvard; the ‘Ole School Supreme Dance Team’ of women over 40 has all the right moves; using the arts to promote healthy aging; a 100-year-old world record holder shares her running secrets; and the joy of family in photographs

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‘The Gender Gap’: 30 Years of Women’s Voices at the Polls (Film Review)

May 3, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

In 1984, more than thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan was running for re-election and a young filmmaker named Jenny Rohrer produced and directed a 16-minute short entitled ‘Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie’ in conjunction with Kartemquin films.

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Shedding a Light on Social Media Harassment of Female Sportswriters

May 3, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Women have been covering sports for decades. Initially, they were hardly welcomed with open arms to this part of journalism. In many cases, they encountered overt discrimination and harassment. Now, a new public service announcement released on YouTube last week illustrates some of the daunting challenges women still face in this field.

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On the Bright Side: The Winning ‘Woman’s Card’

May 2, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Unlike Man Cards, Woman Cards do not increase in value as they age,” Alexandra Petri writes. “In fact, they depreciate. Do not collect Woman Cards. Even in mint condition, they are worthless.”

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Oral Sex Is Not Rape if the Victim Is Unconscious From Drinking, Oklahoma Court Rules (In the News)

April 29, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

In a decision that “completely gobsmacked” the Tulsa County district attorney, Oklahoma’s criminal appeals court recently ruled—unanimously—that state law does not criminalize oral sex with a victim who is completely unconscious.

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At the Women in the World New York Summit, Mary Beard Traces the Origins of Misogyny

April 28, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

During an election season in which a presidential candidate is accused of “playing the woman’s card” simply for CWF (campaigning while female), the Women in the World New York Summit, held earlier this month, produced some noteworthy sessions.

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The Wednesday 5: Women of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

April 27, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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This year, 40 women made the list of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. While some of the more notable names might come as no surprise, we’re fascinated by the women whose names are not yet at the household level, but whose influence and impact are deeply felt around the world. Here are five women we look forward to following: Christina Figueres, Hope Jahren, Lori Robinson, Diana Natalicio, and Sunita Narain.

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