A Mother’s Worry About Assault Weapons

June 16, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Your question, why are such guns available, is the one on everyone’s mind this week. Advocating for better mental health care is one of the actions you can take to help protect your children and other people.

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Hostility and the Female Head of State (In the News)

June 15, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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If Hillary Clinton is elected, Malcolm Gladwell wonders, will she be subjected to the kind of chilling sexist commentary unleashed on former Australian prime minister Julia Gillian?

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It Can (Finally) Happen Here

June 12, 2016 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

“I distinctly remember feeling envy mixed with frustration and fierce anger when I realized that boys had advantages available to them in the universe outside of 875 W.180th Street, Apartment 1B that were not accessible to me.”

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Historic Moment for Women Across the Political Spectrum (In the News)

June 8, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

At Women’s Voices for Change, we don’t engage in partisan politics. But for women across the political spectrum, Hillary Clinton’s achievement of becoming the first woman to be the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party is a truly historic moment.

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A Brief Life in the Counterculture

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

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

What we gained in that uniquely utopian time far outweighed what was lost. An air of acceptance encouraged individuality, openness and creativity. Everyone deserved a chance to be brought into the fold of peace, love, and rock ’n’ roll. If you were against the Vietnam War, you were cool. If not, we welcomed the chance to change your mind.

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Book Review: Clara Bingham Captures Complexity of ‘the Sixties’

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

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

‘Witness to the Revolution’ is an important book that will be a reference point for years to come in the effort to understand one of the most complex periods in our nation’s history. Clara Bingham has captured it like a photograph of lightning just as it strikes.

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How Gold Star Mothers Celebrate Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 by Chris Lombardi

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By Chris Lombardi

Cathy Smith is a Gold Star Mother: Her son Tomas, shot by a sniper in Fallujah, died two years ago. But that doesn’t mean she opposes observing Memorial Day—rather, the opposite.

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‘Never Trumpet War as Glorious’: The History of Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 by Amy K. Hughes

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By Amy K. Hughes

In our country’s early years, women generally played the helpmeet role in war. However, in December the Pentagon announced that all combat roles would be open to women, and drafting women has become a distinct possibility.

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14 Attorneys General Call for More Research on Gun Violence (In the News)

May 26, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading an effort by 14 attorneys general to encourage Congress to allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun violence as a public health issue.

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‘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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