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About Martha Coakley

By Diane Vacca
Attention, all candidates and wannabees: Learn a valuable lesson from Martha Coakley. If you want to win, don’t take anything for granted. Fight as if your political life depends on it, because it does. The electorate is fickle; just because you’re a Dem running in one of the bluest of blue states for the seat Ted Kennedy held for 47…
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Congratulations, Justice Sotomayor!

By Women's Voices For Change
Today, Judge Sonia Sotomayor became Justice Sotomayor — the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.   WVFC has been watching these weeks before her confirmation with great interest — with news blogs as President Obama chose her and a sharp commentary by Diane Vacca of the deep sexism in the media’s treatment of the third female Justice in history. Late last week,…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

A Mother’s Day remembrance : Natalie Wolff McIntyre

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
The lilacs are blooming again at 4121 Pontiac Trail in Orchard Lake, Mich., just as they were one year ago on Mother’s Day. This was the day my mother-in-law died.  Natalie Wolff McIntyre had spent her last day in and out of consciousness; when conscious, she was so very present. I was with her husband, Bruce, and their children when…
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The Next Justice?

By Chris Lombardi
In all the chat since  Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his retirement Friday, none dispute that President Obama is likely to add to the number of women on the Court. “Even Laura Bush was disappointed that her husband didn’t name a woman to replace Sandra Day O’Connor,” according Harvard Law’s Mark Tushnet. As the New York Times points out,…
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Books · Poetry · Politics

Katherine McNamara: “It’s about moving into the unoccupied spaces”

By Chris Lombardi
Katherine McNamara  started crashing people’s  expectations early –  peeling off to Paris in the middle of a Cornell history Ph.D. and learning she was a poet, striking out for Alaska just as the oil boom was ending;  founding one of the first prestigious literary magazines  published entirely on the Internet. And ever since we met last month at WVFC’s “The…
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Newsflash: Kirsten Gillibrand, Friend of WVFC, to be Senator?

By Chris Lombardi
With today’s news that Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand has been appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Clinton, we were doubly proud that the Congresswoman gave WVFC so much time last year. (Above, see her school the House Ethics Committee.) We’ve reprinted the interview below. What do WVFC readers feel about the idea of a Senator Gillibrand? (And…
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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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From Oilman’s Daughter to Funding Women’s Power; Checklist for Breast Cancer Prevention After 40; Ruling Rikers Like the Perfect Tough Aunt

By Womens Voices for Change
“It gets into your blood”: That’s how Swanee Hunt, director of the Women and Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, describes a family that wasn’t shy about passionate political opinions. She writes at Women’s Enews that she knew that wealth meant that she had power — before she knew what she would use it for: Dad [H.L. Hunt]…
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Iron Jawed Angels on HBO and in Real Life

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
It has been a long while since Women’s Voices for Change has posted any news of ourselves.  Early on, many of you came to rely on us for a kind of open door/open mouth policy wherewith we invited you in for coffee and showed you the new underwear we’d just purchased.  Those were the heady days of our beginning and…
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Essay – Election 2008 Is Boom or Bust

By Laura Baudo Sillerman
By Laura Baudo Sillerman At 61 years old I find myself wondering about my generation’s role in the current election and our lives’ legacy as well.  We were, many of us, student revolutionaries.  Some of us were called idealists, troublemakers, hippies, long-haired freaks and several less flattering monikers.  Still, most of us paddled straight from college into the mainstream.  My…
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