Female Cadets at West Point Are Now Required to Box (In the News)

September 22, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York State first admitted women — 119 female cadets — in 1976. While those women and the ones who followed have undergone rigorous training, the requirements for women were modified so they didn’t have to do everything that male cadets did.

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Movie Review: Tina Fey Is a Woman on a Mission in ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’

March 22, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

‘Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot’ is an engaging, entertaining movie. And Tina Fey is wonderful in it. (One begins to wonder if there’s anything this brilliant writer, producer, actor can’t do.) But, it could have been much more.

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The Wednesday 5: Military Women in Film

May 27, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


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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Wednesday 5: Top 5 Longreads

November 12, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share our Top 5 Longreads—longform journalism articles and narratives of more than 1,500 words, written by women and about women. They include stories of the women survivors of Hiroshima; the online abuse women face when they make their opinions public; the emotional toll of being unemployed; the intersections of journalism and environmental activism for one reporter; and deconstructing the “difficult woman” who is Vivian Maier.

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Wednesday 5: Women of Innovation

October 29, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Dr. Bodnar and Lady EB

Elena Bodnar, doctor, creates a bra that can transform into a life-saving device; Isabel Allende talks about aging and staying passionate at 71; photographer Graciela Iturbide is featured in “Art21”; an irreverent reinterpretation of women having a terrible time at parties in Western art; and a biopic tells how Margaret Keane won credit for her artistic work back from her husband.

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Memorial Day: Remembering the Women

May 26, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


“It is not of the dead alone that we think on this day. There are those still living whose sex forbade them to offer their lives, but who gave instead their happiness. Which of us has not been lifted above himself by the sight of one of those lovely, lonely women, around whom the wand of sorrow has traced its excluding circle?”—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1884

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Those Radical Rosies: Keeping Their Stories Alive

February 11, 2014 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

“It has taken a couple of generations for the belief in women’s competence to really sink in,” notes producer Elizabeth Hemmerdinger. “Women of my generation have it . . . women in their sixties. But younger women, the 35-year-olds, they’re absolutely certain. ‘Fighter pilot?’ they’ll say. ‘No problem!'”

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SECOND ACT: Mike Huckabee, the Male Libido, and a History Lesson

February 1, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


The U.S. supplied condoms to our soldiers during World War II—because it learned, in World War I, that neither morality lectures nor threats against those who contract a disease can constrain the male libido.

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Reaching for “Soul Repair” on Veterans Day

November 11, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

Soul Repair addresses the condition among veterans called ‘moral injury, as defined by psychiatrist Jonathan Shay: “Betrayal of ‘what’s right’ in a high stakes situation by someone who holds power.” Shay knew from his decades of work with Vietnam vets that “the body codes moral injury as physical attack and reacts with the same massive mobilization” in response.

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‘Memorial’: A Term That Compels Us to Remember

May 27, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

The very term “memorial” ought to compel us to remember. “Bringing Mulligan Home” tells the complex stories of 12 marines who fought on Okinawa during “the good war.”

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Jennifer Beals and Sen. Claire McCaskill: ‘Military Sexual Assault Survivors, We Have Your Back’

May 1, 2013 by Chris Lombardi

Senator and former prosecutor Claire McCaskill, who has been working against sexual assault for 40 years.

By Chris Lombardi

Women from very different worlds, including a Hollywood star; senators; congresswomen; and veterans from all branches of the military, converged in Washington, D.C., last month to address an age-old crime.

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The Wednesday 5: Athena Film Festival, Rosie Schaap’s ‘Drinking with Men,’ Hillary and the Mansplainers, and More

January 30, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

Contrare has embedded into Afghanistan three times, over a period of one and one-half years. She has gone into several provinces, with different factions and divisions of the armed forces, to research her book "Bullets in My Pocket.

This week’s Wednesday 5 went to the source about women in combat, cried at a sweet love story from an old friend, found an authoritative guide to great local bars, took some lessons from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and got excited about this year’s Athena Film Festival.

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Wednesday 5: Wives and Mistresses, Women Over 40 in Hollywood, and Thanksgiving Tables as Works of Art

November 21, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

The media-created smackdown between the “wily temptress” and the “boring, betrayed wife” in the Petraeus scandal; is television annihilating women over 40?; men speak out on roles for women over 40 in Hollywood; the multiple jeopardy of being an African woman; and the Thanksgiving table as a work of art.

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The Wednesday 5: The Little Black Jacket, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Judge Marilyn Milan

June 13, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

This week, bloggers payed homage to the little black jacket, specifically the Chanel version, synthesized the recent news on hormone replacement therapy, offered tips on short-term bond investments, gave a shout-out to Judge Marilyn Milian, and anticipated the release of a documentary on rape in the U.S. military.

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Our Sisters Who Serve

May 28, 2012 by Mare Contrare

By Mare Contrare

In Afghanistan, as I observed these fit, smart women dressed in men’s camouflage, carrying a weapon, serving in a kinetic combat zone, I wondered what changes have occurred since the first female served our country.

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