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

April 12, 2014 by Toni Myers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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WOMANPOWER 2013

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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