‘The Gender Gap’: 30 Years of Women’s Voices at the Polls (Film Review)

May 3, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

In 1984, more than thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan was running for re-election and a young filmmaker named Jenny Rohrer produced and directed a 16-minute short entitled ‘Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie’ in conjunction with Kartemquin films.

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On the Bright Side: The Winning ‘Woman’s Card’

May 2, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Unlike Man Cards, Woman Cards do not increase in value as they age,” Alexandra Petri writes. “In fact, they depreciate. Do not collect Woman Cards. Even in mint condition, they are worthless.”

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Oral Sex Is Not Rape if the Victim Is Unconscious From Drinking, Oklahoma Court Rules (In the News)

April 29, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

In a decision that “completely gobsmacked” the Tulsa County district attorney, Oklahoma’s criminal appeals court recently ruled—unanimously—that state law does not criminalize oral sex with a victim who is completely unconscious.

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At the Women in the World New York Summit, Mary Beard Traces the Origins of Misogyny

April 28, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

During an election season in which a presidential candidate is accused of “playing the woman’s card” simply for CWF (campaigning while female), the Women in the World New York Summit, held earlier this month, produced some noteworthy sessions.

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A Woman Who Made a Difference: Illinois State Sen. Evelyn Bowles

April 19, 2016 by Carla Baranauckas

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By Carla Baranauckas

Evelyn Bowles’ accomplishments are many: being a teacher, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, serving five terms as Madison County clerk and two terms in the Illinois State Senate. But her interactions with individuals — sharing her intelligence, her patience, her kindness and her optimism — are what may be her true legacy.

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This Saturday, on HBO: The Story of the Clarence Thomas Hearings (In the News)

April 15, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

This Saturday, at 8 p.m. EDT, HBO will air “Confirmation,” a film on the notorious 1991 Senate hearings in which Anita Hill charged Clarence Thomas with what now would be termed “sexual harassment.”

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Strange Bedfellows: Political Differences in Marriage

April 7, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Regardless of the outcome, this election has brought renewed focus to sexism and women’s rights. Perhaps men everywhere may learn that the clock has run out on the obsolete idea that women are figures to be ridiculed and demeaned.

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The Wednesday Five: On Leadership in Politics

April 6, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five we share stories about women of color and their leadership roles in politics.

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Nancy Reagan, a Woman of Civility and Grace

March 11, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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We can admire Mrs. Reagan for the way she conducted herself as first lady, and afterward as her husband endured the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Focusing on Gender Parity for International Women’s Day

March 8, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

The World Economic Forum estimates that gender parity around the world will not be achieved until the year 2133, or 117 years 11 months from now.

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The Narcissistic Personality in Politics

March 3, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Perhaps it makes sense to evaluate candidates in some of the same ways we would anyone we were considering for a position of trust (employee, friend, spouse)? Does he or she show signs of narcissism: only talking about himself or herself, giving only lip service to an interest in you?

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Book Review: ‘Sisters in Law’—Two Women Who Have Made a Difference

March 1, 2016 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

“Sisters in Law” is an enjoyable, as well as informative, read. Women with little knowledge of the extent of women’s inequality in America until only 40 years ago owe it to themselves to read it. Anyone who already admires Ruth Bader Ginsburg will learn much about her brilliance and her achievements.

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No Viagra for Kentucky Men Without Letter from Wife

February 26, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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“Men have no problem putting government into women’s bedrooms,” Representative Marzian declares, “but when you mess with their ability to have intercourse, they wake up.”

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

February 17, 2016 by Thulani Davis

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By Thulani Davis

I became a student of the history of freedom after slavery in 2008 as Barack Obama was running successfully to become president of the United States. I wished very much to be free just to watch the campaign unfold as it was the most interesting test that has occurred in my lifetime of whether our society can practice what it preaches. It was a chance to see one measure of how deeply we have adjusted to being a very diverse society.

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Daisy Bates, Unsung Heroine of the Civil Rights Movement

February 10, 2016 by Diane Vacca

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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