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.
Money & Careers

A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Pamela Yew Schwartz, Bereavement Counselor

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

In Dr. Schwartz’s bereavement group for Chinese men, “They talk about sports—sports is a lifesaver. They talk about playing mahjongg. But eventually someone will ask, ‘How do you make the rice for one person?’ Another will say, ‘The loneliest time is before I go to sleep at night, and do you sleep in the middle of the bed?’ Supposedly they don’t like to talk about their feelings, but they do, they do.”

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Book Review: The Venturesome Life of Gail Sheehy

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

Sheehy’s memoir is the tale of a tempestuous romance; a compelling look into the first stirrings of female revolt in the 1960s and ’70s; and the story of a reporter who throws herself into danger so persistently that her book is clearly the blueprint for a screenplay.

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A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Ludy Green

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

Since some domestic abusers vengefully track down their escaped partners, Second Chance Employment Services works with the Department of Justice to “change anything that needs to be changed to make a woman untraceable," the agency's founder says. "We had a woman who had to change her name and Social Security number three times.”

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Appalachian Voices: Power to the People!

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

This, I guessed, was a small band of activists who had grit and optimism, given that they’re fighting so massive an opponent—the entrenched, politically powerful coal industry. I found myself wondering, “Who ARE those guys?”

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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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Those Radical Rosies: Keeping Their Stories Alive

By Deborah Harkins
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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Family & Friends · Lifestyle · Travel

The Transition Network: Helping Women Savor the Second Half of Life

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

The Transition Network is a community of professional women 50 and up, and therefore each member is going through a different kind of “what’s next?” transition: children leaving home; elderly parents coming back; pondering the risks of changing careers; retirement; being widowed; being newly remarried; navigating the single life as a mature woman. TTN provides intellectual stimulation, entertainment, and support to women going through these transitions.

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News

Women Who’ve Made a Difference: Ann Buttenwieser, the Floating Pool Lady

By Deborah Harkins
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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