U.S.-Cuba Relations: Bridging the Gap

February 5, 2016 by Alice Pettway

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By Alice Pettway

The Cuban immigration officer looked at me askance when I told him I’d like my U.S. passport stamped. My accent stood out in a whirlwind of European and South American voices. My anxiety wasn’t lessened as my taxi from the airport passed billboards referring to “El Bloqueo”—the blockade—as genocide.

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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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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: 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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The Wednesday Five

December 9, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Older women and the pitfalls of looking for love online; Barbie gets an artsy update from ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay and the doll sells out in minutes; a moving company of men help victims of domestic violence begin new lives; Nordstrom wants women to custom-design their perfect shoes; and Gloria Steinem pens the best ‘Top Ten Things I Want For Christmas’ list.

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American Women and Guns

December 8, 2015 by Caitlin Kelly


By Caitlin Kelly

Women across the United States own and use guns, whether for sport or self-defense. Some live alone, far from law enforcement, some driving long hours at night alone through sketchy neighborhoods or areas where a cellphone call would produce little help in time to be useful. These women believe that a gun keeps them safe; it’s a tool they have bought and trained to use, a feature of their independence and self-reliance.

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Talk Topic: Covering Gun Violence

December 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

In Vogue magazine, Jennifer Mascia explains what it’s like to cover gun violence in America.

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The Wednesday Five

December 2, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


The Pirelli Calendar shirks supermodels for role models; toy company GoldieBlox honors 2015’s coolest ladies with mini-tributes; Vogue magazine creates a stunning feature on women who are ‘Climate Warriors’; and the women who are transforming the country’s art institutions.

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After the Attacks on Paris: Remembering the Importance of Compassion

November 18, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

The times we are living in are complex. And we do not have the answer as to what policies or strategies will thwart terrorism. Yes, we need to be smart and vigilant. But we also need to make sure that we don’t harden ourselves to the point that we lose compassion.

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The Wednesday Five

November 11, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” on Bravo is the best show you’re probably not watching, the theories on why women compete with each other, Shonda Rhimes and her fabulous “Year of Yes,” Zainab Salbi’s new challenge is a talk show about women of the Arab world, and a beautiful video features people of all ages who offer words of wisdom to their younger counterparts on aging gracefully.

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The Wednesday Five

November 4, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday Five: Adele’s ‘Rolling Stone’ cover destroys the male gaze, Gloria Steinem on why those ’30 Under 30′ success lists are nonsense, a heartwarming documentary on girls who code, the lovely 97-year-old Margaret Thome Bekema receives her high school diploma, and Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra makes history in the field of classical music.

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