She Remembers His Helping Hand: Frank Gifford Gave Her a Chance, and She Made a Life

August 10, 2015 by Melissa Ludtke

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By Melissa Ludtke

A friend of mine died yesterday. He was 84 years old. We hadn’t seen each other in at least three decades, maybe longer. But that’s beside the point: I will always think of Frank Gifford as my friend. Here’s why: Frank saw potential in me when I didn’t see much in myself and he reached out a hand to help me discover it.

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At 40, Christie Rampone is Oldest Women’s Soccer Player in a World Cup Final

July 6, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Last month, at age 39, Christie Rampone became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup game, when the United States defeated Nigeria, 1-0. She had her 40th birthday on June 24 and became the oldest women’s soccer player to ever appear in a World Cup final.

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America the Beautiful

July 4, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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It was the glorious view from Pikes Peak, back in 1893, that inspired a poem penned by Catherine Lee Bates that would become our national hymn.

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Mary Stucky—a Woman Who’s Making a Difference

June 23, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

How a Peabody Award–winning journalist goes about teaching a new generation of foreign correspondents the old-fashioned tricks of her trade: how to find—and reliably report—serious stories on consequential issues.

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Sarah Sayeed, a Woman Who’s Making a Difference

May 26, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“So many people see religion as a source of division and violence,” notes Dr. Sarah Sayeed. “Islam in particular is in the limelight right now as the most divisive or the most violent religion . . . but there’s so much beauty in it, so much inspiration for so many people around the world!”

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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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Jenny Burton: “Singing is the Best of Who I Am”

February 17, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Jenny Burton’s new album includes soaring inspirational anthems that seamlessly blend the spiritual with R&B, Motown, and musical theater. “I want to stand up with all my life experiences and put it into songs and put it on that stage,” she says. “I want to let it go out and help heal, give clarity and joy.”

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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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The Real Lauren Bacall

August 15, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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The Dakota courtyard was lit in a whole new way. Had there been a change in the outdoor lighting? Perhaps the full moon had slipped from its orbit and was angling in a novel way? No, the light was emanating from the most stunning 41-year-old on the planet. Lauren Bacall was coming home on the arm of her husband, Jason Robards.

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A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Clara Bingham, Investigative Journalist

June 24, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“These are David and Goliath stories,” Clara Bingham acknowledges. “I like to write about whistle-blowers and people who put their lives on the line to fight corruption.”

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Memorial Day: Remembering the Women

May 26, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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“It is not of the dead alone that we think on this day. There are those still living whose sex forbade them to offer their lives, but who gave instead their happiness. Which of us has not been lifted above himself by the sight of one of those lovely, lonely women, around whom the wand of sorrow has traced its excluding circle?”—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1884

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Mrs. Patmore of ‘Downton Abbey’: Out of the Box

May 20, 2014 by Paige Morrow Kimball

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

Lesley Nicol’s off-screen demeanor is far from that of the character she has become known for; still, much of the inspiration behind Mrs. Patmore came from Nicol’s own personality. “Mrs. Patmore and I have a similar sense of humor,” Nicol says. “I’m not as sarcastic as she is, but we’re both funny.”

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Dominique Browning: “Making a Difference in the Air We Breathe”

May 19, 2014 by Judith A. Ross

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While what we do at home is important, “it’s not what is going to solve this [climate change] problem,” Dominique Browning says. “What will work is old-fashioned citizenship.”

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Days of Their Lives: Sandy Wilbur, Forensic Musicologist

April 29, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

What IS musical plagiarism? Is a particular number of notes, strung in a certain order, the giveaway? Sandy Wilbur, forensic musicologist, says no; it’s more complicated than that.

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