From Screenwriter to Rabbi: Susan Nanus, a Woman of Reinvention

May 24, 2016 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“I had a very joyful and fulfilling career as a writer—but after 25 or 30 years, it’s just time to try something new,” Susan Nanus says. Her goal was worthy and her journey toward it transformative: She says, “I am different than I was when I started. More spiritual, certainly.”

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Clean Air Activist Dominique Browning Receives Audubon’s 2016 Rachel Carson Award

May 16, 2016 by Judith A. Ross


By Judith A. Ross

A well-known writer and editor who topped the masthead at “House & Garden” magazine for more than a decade, Browning has turned her formidable leadership skills and deep passion for the environment toward tackling today’s thorniest and most consequential challenge: climate disruption.

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Mary Ann McDonnell, the Word-Keeper

April 22, 2016 by Judie Rae


By Judie Rae

“I write to center myself, to encourage myself, to commune with the ecstasy and render meaning to things that may appear random,” says the word-keeper. “It is where I learn from my habits, successes, disappointments, heartaches, and heartbreaks.”

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

April 19, 2016 by Carla Baranauckas


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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How Karen Allen Has Lived Her Life on Her Own Terms

April 13, 2016 by Paige Morrow Kimball


By Paige Morrow Kimball

At 64 Karen Allen plays the lead role in the new film “Year by the Sea,” and later this year she will direct her first film—a project she’s wanted to do for more than 40 years.

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Sandy Wilbur, a Woman Who Is Making a Difference

February 18, 2016 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

“I realized that our kids (our future leaders) must learn the basics and founding principles of our democratic way of life so that they can be engaged at an early age and be lifelong participants. That is where ‘Learning History Through Music’ came from—my passionate belief that ALL citizens—We the People—need to be engaged in the process for democracy to survive.”

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Composer Florence Price: To Be Young, Gifted, and Black in a Jim Crow Era

February 7, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


In honor of Black History Month, we are spending the month celebrating the fabulous black women who have and are making a difference in our nation and around the world. Today, we share with you our profile of Florence Price. On the evening of June 15, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, an all-white male orchestra, led by a German conductor, played music composed by a 46-year-old black woman—a breakthrough thanks to the gifted Florence Beatrice Price.

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Michelle Obama: Committed to Women’s Work

February 3, 2016 by Emily Bernard


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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Women Who Serve: Nevada County, California

November 27, 2015 by Judie Rae

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By Judie Rae

These volunteers are the quiet heroes who ask nothing in return for the hours they spend attempting to make the world a little brighter for those less fortunate.

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Women Who Serve: Philadelphia

November 26, 2015 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson


By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

I owe a great debt of thanks to the staff of St. John’s and to Judi and Ed for allowing me to be part of their team for a day (and inviting me back!), opening my eyes ever wider to the gravity of homelessness and the importance of volunteerism, particularly for those who are the most needy among us.

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Women Who Serve: Pastor Gretchen and the ‘No-Cost’ Thanksgiving Meal

November 25, 2015 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Pastor Gretchen Mertes is responsible, along with many helpers, for the “Thanks Giving Dinner,” a church tradition. Over 60 volunteers pitch in to offer this feast for 200 people. Anybody and everybody are welcome, from people without permanent homes to those who have no family to celebrate with. There are no buffet lines, all are seated at tables in order to create a family atmosphere.

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Women Who Serve: Savannah, Georgia

November 24, 2015 by Barbara Fertig


By Barbara Fertig

Thanksgiving is an important occasion for those who prepare the feasts for the homeless; women who look forward to an annual coming together for the purpose of service.

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As We Celebrate Thanksgiving, Many Still Go Hungry

November 23, 2015 by Diane Vacca


Diane Vacca reminds us of the sobering problem of hunger that still plagues many of our nation’s families and an interfaith collaboration in her Manhattan neighborhood aiming to fight it.

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Warrie Price: A Woman Who’s Made a Difference

October 30, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

In 1993, Warrie Price, a leader in community-based planning in New York City, was tapped to find a way to implement a master plan for the park that had not been acted on since its creation in 1986. Her mission: raise money, contribute her vision, and get the various agencies that had jurisdiction over the park to work together to rebuild and revitalize The Battery. In short, she became the civic engine that got things done.

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The Wednesday Five: Women Making a Difference

October 14, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five, we pay homage to our own popular series “Women Making a Difference” with stories that are getting lots of traffic around the web about five groundbreaking women of our time—Elena Ferrante, Steffi Graf, Dr. Barabara Ross-Lee, Oprah Winfrey, and Gloria Steinem.

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