The Wednesday Five: Pioneering Women

July 22, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Becky Hammon is the first woman to lead an NBA team, author Toni Morrison on her childhood friend who served as the inspiration for her book ‘The Bluest Eye,’ poet Ladan Osman on the ‘good literary citizen,’ Neil deGrasse Tyson on teaching our children enough science, and a tribute to Margaret Hamilton whose software guided Apollo 11 to the moon.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY Speech Provides a Lesson in Acceptance

July 17, 2015 by Pat Kinney

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By Pat Kinney

The acceptance speech by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman who most of us first came to know as Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, will be remembered for what she taught us about being different.

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The Wednesday Five: Cover Women

July 15, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Body-positive statements from the women athletes featured in ESPN’s “The Body” issue; Sports Illustrated honors all 25 players of the U.S. women’s soccer team by giving each their own cover; Viola Davis and Jane Fonda talk about giving a cultural face to women on television; Junot Diaz on men who write about women; and the women steering NASA’s mission to Pluto.

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The Wednesday Five

July 8, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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How to be like Frida Kahlo, as told by Frida Kahlo; the Dalai Lama on aging gracefully; Instagram’s policing of women’s bodies; the SCOTUS marriage-equality decision in Haiku; and the Nina Simone documentary streams on Netflix.

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At 40, Christie Rampone is Oldest Women’s Soccer Player in a World Cup Final

July 6, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Last month, at age 39, Christie Rampone became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup game, when the United States defeated Nigeria, 1-0. She had her 40th birthday on June 24 and became the oldest women’s soccer player to ever appear in a World Cup final.

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“I’m A Work in Progress”: Rage and Forgiveness, 150 Years After Abolition

July 4, 2015 by Thulani Davis

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By Thulani Davis

What we have all seen since the shooting in June in Charleston is that the spiritual practice of that congregation is no work in progress; they are way ahead of us. They have shown that forgiveness, which is often taken for weakness in this culture, is a necessary tool to keep up the good fight that life requires.

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America the Beautiful

July 4, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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It was the glorious view from Pikes Peak, back in 1893, that inspired a poem penned by Catherine Lee Bates that would become our national hymn.

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The Wednesday Five: Fourth of July Reading List

July 1, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five, we gear up for the Fourth of July with five incredible works of fiction and non-fiction that speak to the complexities and brilliance of our American communities and its citizens. These works on page are a sobering meditation on the state of our union—its triumphs, its flaws, and its current realities.

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No More ‘Same-Sex': U.S. Supreme Court Affirms My Full Marriage

June 30, 2015 by Chris Lombardi

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By Chris Lombardi

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s final words of his opinion will likely be quoted in many weddings going forward: “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.” Those last words are a mic-drop declaration that the matter is settled, in every state of the Union.

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Heatstroke: A Summer Risk for the Healthy and Frail

June 29, 2015 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Prevention begins with awareness of one’s environment and altering behaviors that increase the risk of heatstroke when at all possible.

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The Wednesday Five

June 24, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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A new exhibition shows the evolution of how women experienced bathing; a crowdfunding platform set up by women researchers for women researchers; Refinery.com answers the question: How to wear sweatpants without looking lazy; this week’s dose of inspiration is the team photo of the Edmond, Oklahoma girls softball team; and John Oliver on the dangers of the internet for women.

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Mary Stucky—a Woman Who’s Making a Difference

June 23, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

How a Peabody Award–winning journalist goes about teaching a new generation of foreign correspondents the old-fashioned tricks of her trade: how to find—and reliably report—serious stories on consequential issues.

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Today’s Talk Topic: Inspired by a Working Mom

June 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

The daughters of working moms have a statistically significant advantage, in terms of education and career prospects, over the daughters of stay-at-home moms, a new study has found.

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The Wednesday 5: Best Longreads of the Week

June 10, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share with you the best longreads of the week: Cheryl Strayed’s Advice to an Aspiring Writer on Faith and Humility; The Role of Black Dolls in American Culture; Losing the Thread: How Textiles Revolutionized Technology; Why the Hotel Room Is Such a Place of Loneliness and Despair; and the New York Doctor Who Got Ebola.

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The Wednesday 5: Military Women in Film

May 27, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday 5, as we continue to carry on the spirit of Memorial Day, we are thinking of our military women and their presence and portrayals in film and documentaries.

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