Book Review: Sonia Sotomayor—Too Flamboyant for the Supreme Court?

November 4, 2014 by Diane Vacca


By Diane Vacca

Because of her ethnicity, Sonia Sotomayor was automatically stigmatized. In addition, her innate extroversion was amplified by the exuberance of Latin culture, and this too was held against her, even when she became a Supreme Court justice. Her propensities for fire-engine-red nail polish, unruly hair, and “flashy” jewelry were singled out by the news media as markers of her otherness.

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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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Michelle Obama: Committed to Women’s Work

January 17, 2014 by Emily Bernard


By Emily Bernard

What Mrs. Michelle Obama has put on display, and perhaps “overexposed,” is her commitment to women’s work. It’s a radical act—even feminist—in that she has become a champion of women and the work that is expected of us. She may not ever be able to go to Target again without drawing a crowd, but she has made her life as a spectacle an opportunity to advocate for two of the most neglected and unglamorous groups in this country today: veterans and obese children.

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Feminism: Katherine Spillar on the Good News

November 19, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“In the earliest days of ‘Ms. Magazine’, a majority of women did not identify as feminists, and women’s rights were debatable. In polite company you could still debate whether or not women should be equal! In polite company now you can’t have that debate.”

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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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“Just a Little Off the Top”: How Would the Chained CPI Impact YOU?

October 31, 2013 by Diane Vacca


By Diane Vacca

It’s looming again—a budget fight over adoption of the “Chained Consumer Price Index” (C-CPI), a proposal to reduce Social Security payments by estimating smaller increases in the cost of living. What IS Chained CPI, and how will it affect you?

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Janet Yellen: The Woman for the Job

October 29, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change


Celebrations of Janet Yellen’s nomination to be chairman of the Federal reserve Bank are well deserved, not only because of Yellen’s fitness for the job but also because the choice of a seasoned female economist to run the Fed is a great victory for the advancement of women.

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Let’s Make a Deal: Women Senators Get Things Done

October 22, 2013 by Diane Vacca


By Diane Vacca

Female senators have persuaded their male colleagues that “women’s issues” affect everybody; that sexual assault in the military is a real problem, and not just for women; that health, education, child care, abortion, and pay equity affect the entire family. And they seized the reins in the default debate.

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Women’s Fight Against Child Labor: Then and Now

September 2, 2013 by Janet Golden


By Janet Golden

A Labor Day toast to the zealous women who led the fight to save children from textile mills, canneries, cigar factories, and coal mines.

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Wednesday 5: Michelle Obama, Carol Jenkins, Paola Antonelli, and Oprah Winfrey

June 12, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Michelle Obama’s right to anger; a ‘Lady in Red’ becomes the symbol of Turkey’s unrest; Carol Jenkins weighs in on the ‘lean in’ debate; Paola Antonelli loves design; and Oprah Winfrey goes to Harvard.

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The Women Who Took Down Facebook’s Rape Culture

June 6, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

What to do when such a presence in our lives as Facebook sprouts near-pathological sexist features? Just walk away? Last month, some groundbreaking women had a better idea: to use a sort of jiu jitsu and startle the behemoth by using its own strengths against it.

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Wednesday 5: Real Role Models for Girls, Women in Jazz, and the ‘Cutest Couple Ever.’

May 15, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change


A mother teaches her daughter about “true” role models; a film counters the stories of women instrumentalists in the jazz movement; Marie Dutton Brown traces her journey in the publishing world over the last 43 years; Dr. Jackson Katz argues that violence against women should be reframed as a man’s isssue; and, after they’ve attracted more than 10 million YouTube views, meet the Internet’s “Cutest Couple Ever.”

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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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Wednesday 5: World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher; the Women Among TIME’s ‘100 Influencers'; Can Women of Color ‘Lean In’?

April 24, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday 5: The world’s oldest yoga teacher is a 94-year-old woman; can black women ‘Lean In’ like Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg?; the women of TIME’s 100 most influential people; women are not the only ones to blame for being their worst critics; and a hilarious clip of when TV anchors get a case of the giggles.

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Wednesday 5: Leslie Morgan Steiner, Student-Loan Debt, and Denise Scott Brown

April 17, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Leslie Morgan Steiner reminds us that domestic violence can happen to anyone; student-loan debt is growing fastest among adults 60 and older; what happens when you replace food aid with cash payments?; righting a 22-year-old wrong done to architect Denise Scott Brown; and Indian women plant trees each time a girl is born in their village.

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