Daisy Bates, Unsung Heroine of the Civil Rights Movement

February 10, 2016 by Diane Vacca

Sharon La Cruise’s film explores how Daisy Bates, a black feminist who stubbornly refused to be cowed by either black men or white mobs, managed to spur the desegregation of Little Rock schools.

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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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Michelle Obama: Committed to Women’s Work

February 3, 2016 by Emily Bernard

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By Emily Bernard

Mrs. Michelle Obama has put on display her commitment to women’s work. It’s a radical, even feminist, act, becoming a champion of women and their expected work.

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In the News: White House Unveils New Efforts on Pay Equity

February 2, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

“We can’t know what we don’t know. We can’t deliver on the promise of equal pay unless we have the best, most comprehensive information about what people earn,” Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said Friday.

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America Has Disappointed Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2016 by Patricia Allen

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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

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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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American Women and Guns

December 8, 2015 by Caitlin Kelly

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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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Another Wounded City: Paris Attacks Forge Bond of Pain

November 16, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

After 9/11, the whole world seemed to be grieving with us, just as now we stand with France.

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Rebellious Women: Heroines of the Labor Movement

September 7, 2015 by Janet Golden

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By Janet Golden

“That’s the rebel girl/For the working class she’s a precious pearl”: So goes Joe Hill’s song celebrating one of the eight firebrands we’re honoring here—women who fought tirelessly (and effectively) for workers’ rights. Alas, these days hardly anybody knows their names.

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Talk Topic: Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly and Reproductive Matters

August 11, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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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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“I’m A Work in Progress”: Rage and Forgiveness, 150 Years After Abolition

July 4, 2015 by Thulani Davis

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By Thulani Davis

What we have all seen since the shooting in June in Charleston is that the spiritual practice of that congregation is no work in progress; they are way ahead of us. They have shown that forgiveness, which is often taken for weakness in this culture, is a necessary tool to keep up the good fight that life requires.

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No More ‘Same-Sex’: U.S. Supreme Court Affirms My Full Marriage

June 30, 2015 by Chris Lombardi

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By Chris Lombardi

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s final words of his opinion will likely be quoted in many weddings going forward: “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.” Those last words are a mic-drop declaration that the matter is settled, in every state of the Union.

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Book Review: “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy”

March 3, 2015 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Morse-code messages in needlework . . . dispatches sewn into hoop skirts . . . a spy/coquette called both “an accomplished prostitute” and “the Secesh Cleopatra” . . . who knew? A review of a rousing new book about the daring and resourceful female spies—and soldiers—of the Civil War.

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The Way We Were: The SNCC Teenagers Who Changed America

February 26, 2015 by Judy Richardson

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By Judy Richardson

How did they find the courage to do it—challenge the racist order in the South in the 1960s? Who formed the strategy, who dared to take it out to some of the most racist Southern counties? In this forthright memoir, Judy Richardson gives us an insider’s look at the danger-ridden early years of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, “the only national civil rights movement led by young people.”

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