Politics

Race, Religion and Media Scrutiny: The Obama/Clinton Difference

By Gerber Robin
by Robin Gerber | bio My biggest frustration with Sen. Barack Obama’s minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is not with the reverend or Obama. It’s with the press. I first paid attention to Wright after an op-ed by Richard Cohen in the Washington Post on Jan. 15 revealed that Wright had made Louis Farrakhan the recipient of the "Trumpeter award"…
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News · Politics

De-Evolutionary Teaching: Florida and the “Theory” of Evolution

By Gerber Robin
by Robin Gerber | bio Students in Florida haven’t been doing well on national science exams. So, what’s a board of education to do? Why, pass a new curriculum that mandates the teaching of evolution (good, so far) but calls it “a scientific theory.” Sort of like the “scientific theory” that the earth revolves around the sun? We don’t yet…
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Books · Politics

Facing Her Fear: Hillary Clinton and the Lessons of Eleanor Roosevelt

By Gerber Robin
by Robin Gerber | bio I’ve been traveling, promoting "Eleanor vs. Ike" and speaking about Eleanor Roosevelt’s great leadership. I had the privilege of speaking to nearly 100 women in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 6, one day after Super Tuesday. It was a wonderful audience of women in high-level jobs in state government and education, and they loved hearing about…
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General Medical · Health · Sex & Sexuality

Frigid No More: Vulvodynia, Medicine and Men

By Gerber Robin
by Robin Gerber | bio A very close friend told me recently that she was diagnosed with a condition new to my ears: vulvodynia. Her story makes me furious. Turns out that for about a hundred years women have been complaining about pain in their genital region. The pain may be burning or stinging, sometimes constant, sometimes just upon pressure…
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Politics

The Biggest Loser: Labor Unions

By Gerber Robin
by Robin Gerber | bio The biggest losers so far in the political primaries are American labor unions. In Iowa, labor was supposed to be Democratic Sen. John Edwards’ secret weapon, although Sen. Hillary Clinton had strong union support as well. But no national union had given support to Sen. Barack Obama. In fact, Obama spent a good deal of…
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Books · Politics

“Eleanor Vs. Ike” Imagines What If …

By Gerber Robin
Robin Gerber, an author, columnist and speaker (who we're proud to note is also penning twice-monthly columns for Women's Voices for Change), is attracting lots of attention for her new book, "Eleanor vs. Ike." The historical novel is set in 1952 and imagines what could have happened if Eleanor Roosevelt had run for president. Gerber recently told USA Today that…
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Politics

2,025 Reasons to Remain Focused

By Gerber Robin
by Robin Gerber | bio There are 2,025 reasons for Sen. Hillary Clinton and her supporters to stay calm, focused and resolved going forward. That's the number of delegates some suggest is needed to win the Democratic nomination. The other important number is 174. That's the total delegates that will have been chosen by the time the fourth vote is…
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Politics

News Mix: Feminism and Global Warming; Sexist Lessons from the Campaign Trail; Eleanor Roosevelt, Savvy Politician; Rep. Julia Carson, Diane Middlebrook

By Gerber Robin
How is feminism like global warming? Kim Mance, director of external relations for the Council of Women World Leaders, counts the ways. For starters, both have been marginalized or sensationalized in the media … Robin Gerber on sexist lessons learned from the campaign trail: "When [Fred] Thompson, along with the other candidates, was asked about his favorite possession, his answer…
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