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Dr. Cecilia Ford on Sunday’s Inaugural Concert

By Womens Voices for Change
Sunday’s concert on the Mall in Washington was about the most joyous public occasion I have ever witnessed. The tone of the entire event was happy and exciting, but in a peaceful, calm, secure way, not unlike Mr. Obama himself. It was clear that the speakers and musicians were honored to be there, and even quite  starstruck. President-elect Obama was…
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WVFC Special Report: Inside inaugurational Washington

By Womens Voices for Change
(Editor’s Note: As Inauguration Day approaches it all looks exciting on TV, but how is it for those of us who live in Washington?To give us a glimpse, a special email from a systems analyst and FOW — Friend of WVFC — lets us know below. Her name and employer have been anonymized for perhaps-obvious reasons. — Ed.) My office…
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Sarah Chayes on real life in Afghanistan; Nobelist Shirin Ebadi rousted before UDHR celebration; Ingrid Betancourt on captivity and freedom

By Womens Voices for Change
Kandahar candid: Veteran reporter Sarah Chayes left NPR in 2002 to live and work full-time in Kandahar, Afghanistan, after the fall of the Taliban government. After three years of rebuilding homes and working with a dairy collective, she set up the Arghand co-op, which produces hand-made silks, soaps, and body oils to be sold in the US and Canada. Arghand…
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Poetry

Voices in Verse: Susan Kinsolving

By Womens Voices for Change
PERIAPT AND HU-KWA She bought the tea trolley at auction along with other pieces that took her fancy, mostly Chinoiserie.  After the diagnosis, she placed the trolley in the living room where chemo and chamomile often kept her asleep on a chaise.  One day longing for distraction, she began to dust and noticed a small oblong compartment underneath the trolley:…
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New Power Women Set to Save Earth; Malveaux back to the briefing room; Emily Yoffe in 18th-Century Virginia.

By Womens Voices for Change
Power Innage: For those who feared that the only intersections of green power and grrl power over the last decade were Powerpuff Girl Buttercup and Batman villain Poison Ivy, today brings good news from the Obama transition team. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Carol Browner will coordinate energy and climate policy, in a new position that is encouraging lots of speculation…
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Lifestyle

Birthday Cupcakes

By Womens Voices for Change
by Grambo Last Wednesday I had the TV on as I was rushing to get out of the house. I wanted to check the weather and so turned on the TV to one of those chatty morning shows.  “Oh, good,” I thought, “A welcome break from All-Doom-All-The-Time.” I pop my head through the little black turtle neck and I see…
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Thursday NewsMix: Depression-era depression fighter; Elizabeth Warren evaluates the bailout; Over-40 indie filmmakers honored; Foggy Bottom faux pas

By Womens Voices for Change
Split-pea soup for the soul: Diana Foote, food writer for the Treasure Coast Palm newspaper, says that anti-depressants are not what’s needed during the recession. Instead, she writes, “I suppose the erratic Dow has something to do with it, but I don’t feel safe anymore without a hambone in the freezer.”
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Newsbrief: Nicole Kidman At UN Today; Romer To School New President on The Next Depression

By Womens Voices for Change
Did you know today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women? We didn’t – though WVFC has long been watching  “Say No to Violence” campaign, headlined by Nicole Kidman. Now,  Kidman will present the million NO! signatures to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. First, at a press event live as we write, Kidman joins UNIFEM Executive Director…
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Mother-Daughter Post-Election Special, Part One: What It Felt Like in Grant Park

By Womens Voices for Change
Two weeks after Election Day, WVFC is pleased to present a pair of perspectives on this paradigm-shifting election, from baby boomer and WVFC advisory board member Dr. Cecilia Ford and her daughter, 25-yea-old guest blogger Kate White. First, White describes the scene in Chicago's Grant Park on November 4;  tomorrow, Dr. Ford will weigh in on some of the complexities…
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Post-Election Newsmix: The New Power Women, Part One

By Womens Voices for Change
In addition to its history-making moment for the White House and the nation, with the highest turnout in literally a century, Tuesday’s election is bringing a new wave of women to Washington.. WVFC plans to go into more detail  as things proceed, but today and tomorrow we’ll offer a quick roundup of the highlights (with video). First, our two new…
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Politics

Health Care in the debate:

By Womens Voices for Change
Managing chronic illnesses like diabetes has now been proposed.  This is something that we can solve  with universal weight control and exercise. McCain hammering the obesity problem too. McCain wants walk in clinics and 5000.00 for health insurance.  Joe The Plumber is now sick.  Women watching are sick too. McCain now saying that we will get Universal Health Care with…
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Politics

October 15th, 2008: The Last Presidential Debate

By Womens Voices for Change
Pat,Coward, Cathy and Linda, live blogging for the debate 9:15pm Why Is Your Economic Plan Better Than Your Opponent's Plan?  Both Senators McCain and Obama urged short term relief for the suffering American taxpayers.  McCain refusing once again to address Obama directly.  Speaking about an Ohio plumber, a small business owner, who will suffer due to Obama's tax increase on small…
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Politics

Pre-Debate Buzz: What Can We Actually Learn?

By Womens Voices for Change
This pre-debate Newsmix is later than it should be. The news itself felt more sparse — perhaps lost in bytoday's round of hard economic news, perhaps simply waiting till things got started. But here are some gems to soothe the antsy if you don't want to listen to yakking commentators. At the New York Times, Katherine Seelye gives her usual…
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