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Diane Vacca is trained as a medievalist and taught medieval literature, Spanish and Italian at several universities before becoming a journalist with specialties in politics, the arts and New York City. Her work can also be found at Vacca Bureau of Investigation,Comedy Beat and the New York City biweekly Chelsea Now, where she covers everything from education and public housing to landmark designation and the arts.
Books

Book Review: ‘Because of Sex’


By Diane Vacca

“Sadly, [Fox News commentator Gretchen] Carlson's suit follows a time-worn pattern: supervisor propositions subordinate, subordinate refuses, supervisor makes subordinate's life a misery.”

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News

Pope’s Visit Bridges Gaps Between Many Groups of People


By Diane Vacca

Now that the whirlwind visit of Pope Francis to the United States has come to a close, I urge people of all faiths to watch and contemplate the video of the pontiff’s visit to the September 11 Memorial. The multi-faith service was deeply moving as it showed Americans embracing one another and praying for peace together.

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Book Review: Sonia Sotomayor—Too Flamboyant for the Supreme Court?


By Diane Vacca

Because of her ethnicity, Sonia Sotomayor was automatically stigmatized. In addition, her innate extroversion was amplified by the exuberance of Latin culture, and this too was held against her, even when she became a Supreme Court justice. Her propensities for fire-engine-red nail polish, unruly hair, and “flashy” jewelry were singled out by the news media as markers of her otherness.

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Health

Banahan and Kentucky: Obamacare Done Right


By Diane Vacca

“When I applied [for Kentucky Obamacare], that was the best eight minutes of my life,” LaTonya Ellington told me. “It only took eight minutes to sign up, and it changed my life.” She photographed her application and displays it on her cell phone.

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Politics

Let’s Make a Deal: Women Senators Get Things Done


By Diane Vacca

Female senators have persuaded their male colleagues that “women’s issues” affect everybody; that sexual assault in the military is a real problem, and not just for women; that health, education, child care, abortion, and pay equity affect the entire family. And they seized the reins in the default debate.

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