Another Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Mary Palmer, Seattle’s Pied Piper

April 12, 2014 by Toni Myers


The Global Reading Challenge is designed to include all fourth/fifth graders, not just the avid readers, though they are its biggest cheerleaders. Though it means more work, they love the excitement (as well as the safety) of competing in teams; the wild and crazy practice sessions; the recognition by everyone in school; the realization later that they will always and forever be Global Scholars.

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Days of Their Lives—Earth, Fire, Water: Jerolyn Morrison’s Dream Job

April 1, 2014 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Jerolyn and her fellow researchers tease out the details of the ancient Minoans’ domestic life through piecing together shattered objects, chemical analysis, experiments (like cooking demonstrations), and informed speculation. “We put these deposits together very slowly, very meticulously, to form a story about an archaeological deposit that’s been excavated,” she tells us.

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International Women’s Day: Nineteen Doses of Inspiration

March 8, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Miriam Makeba

And so it goes in the fight for women’s rights: There is, occasionally, a semi-step forward. And advocacy has a lot to do with it.

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Those Radical Rosies: Keeping Their Stories Alive

February 11, 2014 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

“It has taken a couple of generations for the belief in women’s competence to really sink in,” notes producer Elizabeth Hemmerdinger. “Women of my generation have it . . . women in their sixties. But younger women, the 35-year-olds, they’re absolutely certain. ‘Fighter pilot?’ they’ll say. ‘No problem!’”

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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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Fifty and Forward!

January 17, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

CNN over 50

Michelle Obama turns 50 today. What a stellar representative she is of women in our demographic! Intelligent, fit, and attractive, she is a model mother and spouse whose commitments to good health, education for all, and the preservation of families are values we embrace.

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Days of Their Lives: Louise Fili, Always Elegantissima

January 14, 2014 by Mariam Aldhahi

Louise Fili

By Mariam Aldhahi

By borrowing from the form of vintage Italian signs and advertisements, graphic designer Louise Fili maintains an elegant, classic feel that manages to ignite nostalgia in even the most devout modernist.

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Women Who’ve Made a Difference: Ann Buttenwieser, the Floating Pool Lady

January 9, 2014 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Pleasure has been Ann’s business since 1980, when she came up with the idea of a floating swimming pool. “The joy on the faces on the kids, both in Brooklyn and particularly in the Bronx . . . ” she says “. . . except for my four children, and marrying my husband, ‘The Floating Pool Lady’ is the best thing that could have happened to me.”

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January 3, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

It is our mission—and pleasure—to celebrate women who are flourishing in the second half of life. For a start-of-the-year dose of inspiration, we offer WVFC’s 2013 profiles of women who impress us—“Women Who’ve Made a Difference.”

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Notes from Resilient Rwanda

December 22, 2013 by Lauri Romanzi, M.D.

By Lauri Romanzi, M.D.

This is not the Kigali of the genocide. I repeat, NOT the Kigali of the genocide. Rwandans, demonstrating unfathomable resilience, have restored the country to its organized, dynamic, industrious ways of being many years ago.

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Wednesday 5: Over-40-and-Fabulous Actresses Under the Radar

December 18, 2013 by Paige Morrow Kimball


By Paige Morrow Kimball

What about the actresses who aren’t on the “top ten box office earner” list? What about those actresses over 40 who work constantly in film and television, but have yet to become household names? These women have been at it for years, with dozens of roles under their belts. They’ve paid their dues, honed their craft, and they have somehow managed to survive in the volatile business of entertainment.

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Doris Lessing: Masterful Writer, Confounding Woman

December 14, 2013 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag


It used to be unseemly for women to admit that, like men, they were aggressive, domineering, selfish, and driven in their work and careers. Fortunately, gone are the days when women pretended their careers “just happened” or they were “lucky.” Now we know that in her life, Lessing was a mix of charm and ruthlessness.

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“To Be Is to Do”: The Astonishing Entrepreneurs of TEDWomen 2013

December 9, 2013 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Jessica began her talk by jumping a special rope in high heels. That rope used the energy of her movement to generate electricity. She plugged the special handles into a light bulb and demonstrated its effect . . . with appropriate audience response.

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Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

November 28, 2013 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Rev. Dr. Sandra McCann has switched careers abruptly—and with some amazement—all through her life. Ask her how she happened to become a doctor, then a radiologist, then a priest, and she’ll say, with a touch of wonder, “I was taken by surprise!”

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Wednesday 5: ‘Women of Change’ for Whom We’re Thankful This Year

November 27, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share with you five women (although we could share with you 100 times more) we’re incredibly thankful for this Thanskgiving. And we didn’t have to look far—they are right here in our Women’s Voices vast family. These women move us, challenge us, inspire us, and make us laugh. On the eve of Thanksgiving, we share with you their stories and the valuable life lessons they’ve shared with us and our readers over the course of the year.

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