Women Who Serve: Nevada County, California

November 27, 2015 by Judie Rae

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By Judie Rae

These volunteers are the quiet heroes who ask nothing in return for the hours they spend attempting to make the world a little brighter for those less fortunate.

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Women Who Serve: Philadelphia

November 26, 2015 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson


By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

I owe a great debt of thanks to the staff of St. John’s and to Judi and Ed for allowing me to be part of their team for a day (and inviting me back!), opening my eyes ever wider to the gravity of homelessness and the importance of volunteerism, particularly for those who are the most needy among us.

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The Wednesday Five: After Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


There’s an abundance of tips on how to prepare, host and then enjoy the holiday tomorrow. But what about after Thanksgiving? Here are our favorite innovative post-holiday advice on how to recover and unwind from the feasts and the family.

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Women Who Serve: Pastor Gretchen and the ‘No-Cost’ Thanksgiving Meal

November 25, 2015 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Pastor Gretchen Mertes is responsible, along with many helpers, for the “Thanks Giving Dinner,” a church tradition. Over 60 volunteers pitch in to offer this feast for 200 people. Anybody and everybody are welcome, from people without permanent homes to those who have no family to celebrate with. There are no buffet lines, all are seated at tables in order to create a family atmosphere.

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Women Who Serve: Savannah, Georgia

November 24, 2015 by Barbara Fertig


By Barbara Fertig

Thanksgiving is an important occasion for those who prepare the feasts for the homeless; women who look forward to an annual coming together for the purpose of service.

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As We Celebrate Thanksgiving, Many Still Go Hungry

November 23, 2015 by Diane Vacca


Diane Vacca reminds us of the sobering problem of hunger that still plagues many of our nation’s families and an interfaith collaboration in her Manhattan neighborhood aiming to fight it.

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Being Informed About Terrorism

November 20, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

We at Women’s Voices for Change wanted to provide a perspective, indeed several perspectives, on current events for those interested in learning more about the recent horrific events in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere. We’ve curated a list of articles by trusted journalists that may help our readers understand perplexing and complicated geopolitical events.

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Dr. Ford Reports: ‘The Hunting Ground’ — Rape on College Campuses

November 19, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Sunday night CNN will broadcast the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” (8 p.m. EST), which focuses on the subject of rape on college campuses. The film makes the point that most of these incidents go unreported, and those that are reported get little or no justice.

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After the Attacks on Paris: Remembering the Importance of Compassion

November 18, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

The times we are living in are complex. And we do not have the answer as to what policies or strategies will thwart terrorism. Yes, we need to be smart and vigilant. But we also need to make sure that we don’t harden ourselves to the point that we lose compassion.

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Another Wounded City: Paris Attacks Forge Bond of Pain

November 16, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

After 9/11, the whole world seemed to be grieving with us, just as now we stand with France.

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The Wednesday Five

November 11, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” on Bravo is the best show you’re probably not watching, the theories on why women compete with each other, Shonda Rhimes and her fabulous “Year of Yes,” Zainab Salbi’s new challenge is a talk show about women of the Arab world, and a beautiful video features people of all ages who offer words of wisdom to their younger counterparts on aging gracefully.

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The Wednesday Five

November 4, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday Five: Adele’s ‘Rolling Stone’ cover destroys the male gaze, Gloria Steinem on why those ’30 Under 30′ success lists are nonsense, a heartwarming documentary on girls who code, the lovely 97-year-old Margaret Thome Bekema receives her high school diploma, and Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra makes history in the field of classical music.

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Warrie Price: A Woman Who’s Made a Difference

October 30, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

In 1993, Warrie Price, a leader in community-based planning in New York City, was tapped to find a way to implement a master plan for the park that had not been acted on since its creation in 1986. Her mission: raise money, contribute her vision, and get the various agencies that had jurisdiction over the park to work together to rebuild and revitalize The Battery. In short, she became the civic engine that got things done.

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The Wednesday Five

October 28, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

Barbie is attempting a reinvention of sorts, but some folks aren’t buying it; a documentary film, “Cyber Seniors” offers a humorous and heartwarming take on the growing generation gap; kids unpack the equal pay debate using a lemonade stand; a new app is designed around the benefits of Tai Chi; and the story of Quinn Duane — a 27-year-old California woman who turned her cancelled wedding into a blessing for others.

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The Wednesday Five: Women for Change

October 21, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday Five, women around the world who are using their life and their work in service to others, to shed light on communities that are struggling, and to elevate the stories of women and girls.

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