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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Merry Presidents’ Day!

February 16, 2015 by Carla Baranauckas

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By Carla Baranauckas

Would we think of/appreciate Presidents’ Day differently if the United States had or will have a woman as president?

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

November 4, 2014 by Diane Vacca

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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