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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The Burqa: Tool of Oppression? (In the News)

April 26, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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How do Muslim women feel about the burqa—the garment that former French President Nicholas Sarkozy called “a sign of enslavement and debasement”?

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Mary Ann McDonnell, the Word-Keeper

April 22, 2016 by Judie Rae

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By Judie Rae

“I write to center myself, to encourage myself, to commune with the ecstasy and render meaning to things that may appear random,” says the word-keeper. “It is where I learn from my habits, successes, disappointments, heartaches, and heartbreaks.”

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At Last, a National Monument to Women’s Equality (In the News)

April 21, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Now we have a destination dedicated to all American women, and particularly to the memory of women whose agitating, lobbying, and legislation-drafting impacted thousands and thousands of women’s lives.

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The Wednesday Five: Best Longreads of the Week

April 20, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five we share with you the best Longreads of the week with features on legendary Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown, how Meryl Streep won her first Oscar, pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin, the slapstick anarchists of “Broad City,” and Lifetime as one of the best places in Hollywood for women.

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A Woman Who Made a Difference: Illinois State Sen. Evelyn Bowles

April 19, 2016 by Carla Baranauckas

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By Carla Baranauckas

Evelyn Bowles’ accomplishments are many: being a teacher, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, serving five terms as Madison County clerk and two terms in the Illinois State Senate. But her interactions with individuals — sharing her intelligence, her patience, her kindness and her optimism — are what may be her true legacy.

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This Saturday, on HBO: The Story of the Clarence Thomas Hearings (In the News)

April 15, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

This Saturday, at 8 p.m. EDT, HBO will air “Confirmation,” a film on the notorious 1991 Senate hearings in which Anita Hill charged Clarence Thomas with what now would be termed “sexual harassment.”

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How Karen Allen Has Lived Her Life on Her Own Terms

April 13, 2016 by Paige Morrow Kimball

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

At 64 Karen Allen plays the lead role in the new film “Year by the Sea,” and later this year she will direct her first film—a project she’s wanted to do for more than 40 years.

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The Wednesday Five: Women and the World of Chefs

April 13, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five: one woman makes ‘Food & Wine’ 2016 best new chef list; executive chefs and the gender gap; women chefs and the lack of equal pay; a chef’s first person narrative on when her male assistant made more money than her; and food star Sara Moulton is still cooking and teaching after her Julia Child days.

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Gender Equality Will Add Trillions to U.S. Economy

April 12, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute, “The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in the United States,” says that gender parity in the United States could add up to $4.3 trillion a year to the Gross Domestic Product by 2025.

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Gender Equality Will Add Trillions to U.S. Economy

April 11, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute, “The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in the United States,” says that gender parity in the United States could add up to $4.3 trillion a year to the Gross Domestic Product by 2025.

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Enslaved by ISIS: What Happens After the Girls Escape? (In the News)

April 8, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Many hundreds of girls abducted and sold into sexual slavery have been rescued since ISIS overran northern Iraq in 2014. Now, they need help in rebuilding their lives.

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Strange Bedfellows: Political Differences in Marriage

April 7, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Regardless of the outcome, this election has brought renewed focus to sexism and women’s rights. Perhaps men everywhere may learn that the clock has run out on the obsolete idea that women are figures to be ridiculed and demeaned.

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