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.
Family & Friends

In Praise of the Old-Fashioned Fourth

By Deborah Harkins
Three cheers for the traditional Fourth of July celebration, Americans’ annual salute to their country. Women's Voices has covered many such home-grown tributes. Today, from our archives, we’re featuring three traditional Fourths, from towns tiny to small to huge.
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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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