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


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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Days of Their Lives: Sandy Wilbur, Forensic Musicologist

October 6, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

Sandy Wilbur

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

October 5, 2015 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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Cantor Debbi: Have Torah, Will Travel

October 4, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Where a more traditional cantor might turn down the opportunity to officiate at an interfaith or LGBT wedding, Debbi Ballard’s approach is to focus on the possible. “I‘d rather say ‘yes’ than ‘no’,” she explains. “’No’ ends the conversation. ‘Yes’ begins a dialogue. With ‘yes,’ you leave the door open.”

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

October 2, 2015 by Toni Myers


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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Dominique Browning: ‘Making a Difference in the Air We Breathe’

October 1, 2015 by Judith A. Ross


By Judith A. Ross

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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Risky Business: Reinventing Life in Middle Age—or Later

September 30, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

By Deborah Harkins

“Law school almost killed me. It almost kills even the 22-year-olds,” says Diane Bradshaw. A singer-dancer-actress for a quarter of a century, she finally yielded, when she was 48, to the continuing call of a college education. “Law school tore up my guts,” she says. “But I’m glad it did, because practicing law tears up your guts too, and a lawyer has to be able to withstand that.” And then there was the financial risk . . .

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‘Left Behind,’ by Kim Akhtar

September 29, 2015 by Kim Akhtar


Anwar was driving fast and the car’s red taillights soon disappeared when they reached the end of the lane and turned right back onto the main highway. It happened so fast. All of a sudden Zahra was gone. She’d left me there. But why? I couldn’t understand. What had I done that was so wrong?

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

September 29, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

Clara Bingham (photo, Porter Gifford).

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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