The Wednesday Five: The ‘Genius’ Women of the 2015 MacArthur Awards

September 30, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

Mimi Lien is seen at her home in Brooklyn, New York on Monday September 14, 2015.  Adam Lerner / AP Images for Home Front Communications

This year, nine women (of the twenty four winners), who are groundbreaking in their fields of neuroscience, photography, tap dancing, history, set design, fabrication, poetry, and economy, received the coveted prize.

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A Papal Visit: Lasting Impressions

September 30, 2015 by Pat Kinney


Pat Kinney

Seeing the pope in 1995, I could feel sympathy for my mother’s experience. I somehow shared that moment with her, and that came back to me watching and listening and reading coverage of the visit of the current pope.

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Pope’s Visit Bridges Gaps Between Many Groups of People

September 28, 2015 by Diane Vacca


By Diane Vacca

Now that the whirlwind visit of Pope Francis to the United States has come to a close, I urge people of all faiths to watch and contemplate the video of the pontiff’s visit to the September 11 Memorial. The multi-faith service was deeply moving as it showed Americans embracing one another and praying for peace together.

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The Wednesday Five: Women of Arts & Letters

September 16, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share with you the headline-making women in the field of Arts and Letters.

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The Pope’s Visit: Peace, Love, and Roadblocks

September 4, 2015 by Stacia Friedman


By Stacia Friedman

During the pope’s visit, Philadelphia is banning all cars, buses, and taxis from the inner city. Commuter rail tickets will be sold in advance, by lottery. Want a train ticket? Start praying now!

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The Wednesday Five

September 2, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Elena Ferrante on the conclusion of her Neapolitan novels, the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign aims to stop campus sexual assault, a two-week experiment in giving up refined sugar yields positive results, Steffi Graf as women’s tennis unconquerable force, and a splendid list of fall 2015 movies for grown-ups.

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The Wednesday Five

August 26, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Women’s voices, great ones, are dominating podcasts, Chicago wins as the city with the most start-ups founded by women, the late photographer Mary Ellen Mark pays tribute to New Orleans in her final assignment, a new documentary charts the groundbreaking career of tennis superstar Althea Gibson, and this week’s New York Times Magazine has the award-winning poet Claudia Rankine weaving words about the athlete Serena Williams.

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The Wednesday Five

August 19, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Melissa McCarthy’s new fashion line says no to ‘plus-size’ labels, Sarah Manguso of Harper’s magazine curates a list of writers’ advice on how to be a parent, a beautifully imagined conversation between artist Frida Kahlo and poet Sylvia Plath, speaking of Frida Kahlo, we are reminded of Eleanor Foa Dienstag’s review of “Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life” on view at The New York Botanical Garden through November, and an essay by Sarah M. Broom unravels the ripples of Hurricane Katrina.

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The Wednesday Five

August 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Artist Margaret Kilgallen and the heroines she portrays in her compositions, Zehra Naqvi writes beautifully about her rejection of and return to the hijab, a program for women to employ poor women by translating for the sick, Meryl Streep’s screenwriters program selects inaugural participants, and writer Kate Angus explores a Native American legend and its lessons on hunger and desire in a failed relationship.

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Talk Topic: Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly and Reproductive Matters

August 11, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Within a matter of days we’ve seen two disparate developments, which both relate to the female reproductive system. The frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president verbally attacked a female journalist with a remark that many people interpreted as him saying she was “hormonal.” And, three major companies and the Navy announced expansions of their paid maternity leave benefits.

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She Remembers His Helping Hand: Frank Gifford Gave Her a Chance, and She Made a Life

August 10, 2015 by Melissa Ludtke

Monday Night Football commentator Frank Gifford is shown posing for the camera while sitting in the end zone of a football field

By Melissa Ludtke

A friend of mine died yesterday. He was 84 years old. We hadn’t seen each other in at least three decades, maybe longer. But that’s beside the point: I will always think of Frank Gifford as my friend. Here’s why: Frank saw potential in me when I didn’t see much in myself and he reached out a hand to help me discover it.

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The Wednesday Five: Pioneering Women

July 22, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


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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The Wednesday Five: Cover Women

July 15, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


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

Frida Kahlo's self portrait.

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


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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