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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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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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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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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The Wednesday Five: Women in Politics

January 13, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


As we head into an election year, undoubtedly, women in politics continue to make headlines — both good ones and offensive ones. In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share five important articles that reflect the “State of Women in Politics.”

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The Wednesday Five — The Food Edition

January 6, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday Five — The Food Edition: “In Defense of Food” explores a cure for today’s industrially driven Western diet. “Chef’s Table” goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world’s most renowned international chefs. “A Year in Burgundy” features a half-dozen wine-makers — artists whose personalities shape the flavor and style of the wines they lovingly craft. Bon Appétit magazine lists its healthy food trends for 2016. And, Food & Wine magazine offers a winter survival kit to warm up, stave off colds and flus, and detox from the extra holiday weight.

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Why the Comfort Women Settlement Matters

January 4, 2016 by Susan Brownmiller


By Susan Brownmiller

In the last days of December 2015, the government of Japan formally apologized to the government of South Korea and agreed to a financial settlement of eight million dollars to provide health care for the remaining handful of Korean women, now in their nineties, who were forcibly held in Japanese military brothels during the Second World War.

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Women’s Voices Best New Year’s Resolutions Stories

January 2, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


It’s that time of year — New Year’s Resolutions time. Last year, our contributors shared some great ones. Here is a recap of three of our best New Year’s Resolution stories of 2015.

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The Wednesday Five: Best of 2015

December 30, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five, Women’s Voices for Change is highlighting some of its most engaging stories of the year — as determined by you, our faithful readers.

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