Gwyneth Paltrow Supports Effort to Make Personal Care Products Safer: In the News

February 12, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


When more than 200 women in 40 states filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Wen Hair Care cleanser and conditioner damaged their skin and hair, they brought the issue of safety in cosmetics and personal care products into the spotlight.

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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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Zimbabwe Court Bans Child Marriage After Challenge by Young Brides: In the News

February 8, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

We are pleased to report on yet another landmark law, triggered by a woman suing over inequality, that has expanded women’s rights somewhere in the globe. Last week, the welcome court ruling took place in India. This week, it was handed down in Africa.

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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


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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U.S.-Cuba Relations: Bridging the Gap

February 5, 2016 by Alice Pettway

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By Alice Pettway

The Cuban immigration officer looked at me askance when I told him I’d like my U.S. passport stamped. My accent stood out in a whirlwind of European and South American voices. My anxiety wasn’t lessened as my taxi from the airport passed billboards referring to “El Bloqueo”—the blockade—as genocide.

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In the News: Women-Owned Businesses and Federal Contracts

February 5, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Rule changes have made women-owned small businesses eligible for no-bid contracts with the federal government, according to the Small Business Administration.

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Landmark for Women’s Rights in India: Court Rules That Woman Can Be Head of Family

February 4, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

The change was triggered by a lawsuit brought by a woman who wanted to manage her family’s property after the death of her father and three uncles (who jointly owned the family’s assets).

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The Wednesday Five

February 3, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday Five, the perilous journey for women on the migrant trail, how we can help refugees rebuild their world, how women can help the Syrian peace talks succeed, the importance of Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and Sunitha Krishnan’s fight against sex slavery.

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Michelle Obama: Committed to Women’s Work

February 3, 2016 by Emily Bernard


By Emily Bernard

Mrs. Michelle Obama has put on display her commitment to women’s work. It’s a radical, even feminist, act, becoming a champion of women and their expected work.

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In the News: White House Unveils New Efforts on Pay Equity

February 2, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

“We can’t know what we don’t know. We can’t deliver on the promise of equal pay unless we have the best, most comprehensive information about what people earn,” Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said Friday.

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New Book Explores the Secret Lives of Young Arab Women

January 28, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


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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The Wednesday Five: Best Longreads of the Week

January 27, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


This week, our longform list includes a shout out to the following articles: the journey of a young mother with a disability struggling to keep her child under her care; the mom who helped expose Flint’s toxic water nightmare; Samantha Bee will be the first woman to helm a late-night satire show; Glenn Close’s crusade to fight the stigma against depression; and a meditation on the ideal marriage, according to novels.

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The Wednesday Five: Women in the Sciences

January 20, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday Five — focused on women in the sciences — four out of eight of the NASA astronauts headed to Mars are women; the story of Marie Curie, the incredible scientist who launched a nuclear age; the women tech insiders defining the 2016 campaign; neuroscientist Beth Stevens is among this year’s ‘genius’ women of the MacArthur Awards; and commemorating the outstanding women in science we lost last year.

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In the News: How to Bridge That Stubborn Pay Gap

January 19, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

The strongest equal pay bill in the country went into effect in California this month.

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America Has Disappointed Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2016 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Consider the path that is being chosen for American citizens in the 21st century and remember Dr. King’s hopeful words — that we can have a country where “All men, yes black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’ ”

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