Deborah Harkins Deborah Harkins, who co-edits WVFC's site, was an assigning editor at New York magazine for more than 20 years. She has also been the articles editor of The Modern Estate, a columnist for The New York Daily News, and associate editor at NYCityWoman.com.
Politics

Rebellious Women: A Labor Day Toast

By Deborah Harkins
The bravery of our foremothers is too often unsung. On this, our national day off, won for us in 1894, we toast the heroines who took to the ramparts to help end the era of starvation wages and 60-hour workweeks.
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Music

Concetta Tomaino and the Healing Power of Music

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

Who knew that music has the power to help stimulate the memory of patients with Alzheimer’s disease; help Parkinson’s patients learn to walk again; reduce blood pressure; help restore speech to a patient who has had a stroke? . . .

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News

From Screenwriter to Rabbi: Susan Nanus, a Woman of Reinvention

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

“I had a very joyful and fulfilling career as a writer—but after 25 or 30 years, it’s just time to try something new,” Susan Nanus says. Her goal was worthy and her journey toward it transformative: She says, “I am different than I was when I started. More spiritual, certainly.”

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Emotional Health · Family & Friends · Lifestyle

Poker, Bunco, and Other Games Women Play

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

The conversation can get spirited; these are not the clenched-teeth poker sessions you see in old Western movies . . . gunslingers silently throwing down cards. “There are a lot of egos around the table,” Brownmiller says, “and lots of things have happened to people around the table in the last few weeks . . . . We are all competitive, and nobody likes to lose."

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Money & Careers

Sandy Wilbur, a Woman Who Is Making a Difference

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

"I realized that our kids (our future leaders) must learn the basics and founding principles of our democratic way of life so that they can be engaged at an early age and be lifelong participants. That is where ‘Learning History Through Music’ came from—my passionate belief that ALL citizens—We the People—need to be engaged in the process for democracy to survive.”

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News

Warrie Price: A Woman Who’s Made a Difference

By Deborah Harkins
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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Money & Careers

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

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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Books · Fitness

That’s Why the Lady Is an Ump

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

Perry Barber has called more baseball games during her 32-year career than any other woman umpire, and more than a lot of men, too. She means to continue umping as long as her strength and her legs hold up—and goddess help any bureaucrat who tries to keep her out of the game.

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