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In this week’s Wednesday Five, the perilous journey for women on the migrant trail, how we can help refugees rebuild their world, how women can help the Syrian peace talks succeed, the importance of Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and Sunitha Krishnan’s fight against sex slavery.

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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.

Costume Dramas to Enjoy this Winter – No Corsets Required mast-indiansummers-ss-first-look-hires

By Alexandra MacAaron

For the last six years, on Sunday evenings, I’ve pretty much lived at ‘Downton Abbey.’ So what to do, as it nears its end? Luckily, those of us who relish costume dramas can find consolation on our televisions or computer screens.

In the News: White House Unveils New Efforts on Pay Equity

“We can’t know what we don’t know. We can’t deliver on the promise of equal pay unless we have the best, most comprehensive information about what people earn,” Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said Friday.

Breast Health: Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Both Save Lives

Prevention and early detection are important weapons in the fight against breast cancer. In October 2015, Dr. Elisa Rush Port wrote about the importance of mammograms. Today, she addresses the challenges of prevention.

How ‘Service With a Smile’ Takes a Toll on Women

“The fact that women are required to generate traditionally feminine emotions while men do the opposite furthers the idea that certain occupations are ‘for men’ or ‘for women.’ ”

Poetry Sunday: “Survival: A Guide,” by Cleopatra Mathis SONY DSC

By Rebecca Foust

In the heron, the speaker sees herself, aging and threatened by predators: foxes on the ground and the devastatingly inescapable “ruthless, overhead patrol.” But also, like the heron, kept going by some “blind” (not a matter of will) life force.

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By Molly Fisk

I don’t have any coaching clients today, nor writing deadlines, edits due, blog posts to think up. It’s just me, January, and rain. I could and possibly should write a poem about this. Or I could build a fire instead, eat some soup, and take a nap, thereby bowing at the altar of my inner California black bear (Ursus americanus californiensis).

Fitness Saturday: Why Do Yoga? A Yoga Teacher Explains Jonathan for web

Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, interviews one of New York’s top yoga instructors, Laleh Nader, about why she started to practice yoga and what it has to offer to women over forty.

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By Alice Pettway

Cuba is a riot of silhouette and tone. From the tobacco-filled valleys of Viñales to the colonial buildings of Trinidad, Cuba and its people demand attention and welcome you into a whirlwind of rum, cigars, and salsa.

Fashionable Women Over 40 to Follow on Instagram Untitled

Not only are these women over 40 considered “fashionable,” but their presence on Instagram makes them stylish techies and social media wizards!

Grandmother 911: Out of the Storybook and Into Reality ford

While there are common themes in our readers’ comments, one of the most frequent is a sense of being taken advantage of. Many of you wrote to say that your children take you for granted, expecting you to babysit at a moment’s notice without taking into consideration the realities of your life circumstances.

New Book Explores the Secret Lives of Young Arab Women book-cover-composite

Katherine Zoepf’s ‘Excellent Daughters’ is the result of hundreds of interviews over ten years, that aim to challenge stereotypes in the Western imagination that Arab women are brainwashed, naive, or simply ‘voiceless victims.’

The Wednesday Five: Best Longreads of the Week Untitled

This week, our longform list includes a shout out to the following articles: the journey of a young mother with a disability struggling to keep her child under her care; the mom who helped expose Flint’s toxic water nightmare; Samantha Bee will be the first woman to helm a late-night satire show; Glenn Close’s crusade to fight the stigma against depression; and a meditation on the ideal marriage, according to novels.

Movie Review: ‘The Danish Girl’ — Transexual Reality Then and Now x900

By Alexandra MacAaron

‘The Danish Girl’ is a beautiful film that reflects fine work from everyone involved. But, just as Caitlyn Jenner was criticized, justly, for joking that the hardest part of being a woman is “figuring out what to wear,” ‘The Danish Girl’ oversimplifies Lili’s transition. If all she really craves are the trappings of femininity, she is missing more than a second x-chromosome.