Openly Gay Woman Wins Miss Missouri Pageant (In the News)

June 23, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Erin O’Flaherty is the first openly gay woman to win the Miss Missouri pageant and will compete in Miss America in September.

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Let LGBT Be the Issue to Unify Us

June 23, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Perhaps a dialectic is occurring that will eventually lead to truly widespread acceptance of LGBT individuals. This issue could be an important step on the road to easing tensions between groups, maybe even a cornerstone. Why? It is now recognized that sexual/gender orientation is an issue that any family can encounter and knows no racial, ethnic or political divisions.

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The Wednesday Five

June 22, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five: women are writing the best crime novels now more than ever; Charna Helpern is the hidden architect of modern comedy; an inspiring story of how one family’s heirloom wedding dress has been worn by 11 brides over 120 years; the Women’s Prison Association is turning the women of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ into prison activists; and Mary Norris is ‘The New Yorker’s’ comma queen.

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A Mother’s Worry About Assault Weapons

June 16, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Your question, why are such guns available, is the one on everyone’s mind this week. Advocating for better mental health care is one of the actions you can take to help protect your children and other people.

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The Wednesday Five: Women of the 2016 Tony Awards

June 15, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share with you our favorite award-acceptance speeches and performances from the storied Tony Awards. These women and their performances this season were, as fellow actress Audrey McDonald beautifully declared, “intelligent, resonant, and vibrant.”

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Hostility and the Female Head of State (In the News)

June 15, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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If Hillary Clinton is elected, Malcolm Gladwell wonders, will she be subjected to the kind of chilling sexist commentary unleashed on former Australian prime minister Julia Gillian?

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It Can (Finally) Happen Here

June 12, 2016 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

“I distinctly remember feeling envy mixed with frustration and fierce anger when I realized that boys had advantages available to them in the universe outside of 875 W.180th Street, Apartment 1B that were not accessible to me.”

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Thoughts on Giving Up My Job

June 10, 2016 by Ann Buttenwieser

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By Ann Buttenwieser

“I will miss the exhilaration of appearing ‘onstage.’ I will miss the interaction with young, bright students, their faces lighting up when they ‘get it’ . . .”

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Historic Moment for Women Across the Political Spectrum (In the News)

June 8, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

At Women’s Voices for Change, we don’t engage in partisan politics. But for women across the political spectrum, Hillary Clinton’s achievement of becoming the first woman to be the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party is a truly historic moment.

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The Wednesday Five: Best Longreads of the Week

June 8, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share our Top 5 Longreads—longform journalism articles and narratives of more than 1,500 words, written by or about women.

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A Brief Life in the Counterculture

June 3, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

What we gained in that uniquely utopian time far outweighed what was lost. An air of acceptance encouraged individuality, openness and creativity. Everyone deserved a chance to be brought into the fold of peace, love, and rock ’n’ roll. If you were against the Vietnam War, you were cool. If not, we welcomed the chance to change your mind.

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Book Review: Clara Bingham Captures Complexity of ‘the Sixties’

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

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

‘Witness to the Revolution’ is an important book that will be a reference point for years to come in the effort to understand one of the most complex periods in our nation’s history. Clara Bingham has captured it like a photograph of lightning just as it strikes.

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Special Parking Spaces for ‘Women Drivers’: Really? (In the News)

June 2, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

The stereotype of women being inferior to men behind the wheel has been around for nearly as long as the automobile.

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The Wednesday Five

June 1, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five: Bio-engineer Frances Arnold is the first woman to win the prestigious ‘Millennium Technology Prize’; the real housewives of Jane Austen; is ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ a tale about sex, drugs, and colonialism?; The New York Times asks if Broadway is woman enough?; and stay-at-home moms and ‘intensive mothering.’

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How Gold Star Mothers Celebrate Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 by Chris Lombardi

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By Chris Lombardi

Cathy Smith is a Gold Star Mother: Her son Tomas, shot by a sniper in Fallujah, died two years ago. But that doesn’t mean she opposes observing Memorial Day—rather, the opposite.

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