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Marilyn French, 1929 to 2009

| May 4, 2009

A brilliant feminist theorist, her 1977 novel, The Women’s Room, connected with millions of women who had no way before of claiming their anger and discontent. And, as Women’s Media Center President Carol Jenkins tells us, Marilyn French was a tender and caring friend. More »

Reflections on the Observe and Report Date-Rape Controversy

Reflections on the Observe and Report Date-Rape Controversy

| April 27, 2009

Tracey Ullman Examines the “State of the Union”

Tracey Ullman Examines the “State of the Union”

| April 24, 2009

Sketch comedian extraordinaire Tracey Ullman found a comfortable niche on Showtime for her satiric probe of America’s psyche. But no viewer gets to remain complacent under her penetrating gaze. More »

AmazonFAIL: How Online Social Tools Can Wreak Havoc—and Repair It

| April 13, 2009

The author explains what probably happened over the weekend to threaten sales of LGBT and feminist books on Amazon.com—and how social media instantly jumped into the fray. More »

Media Attacks: Getting Even—and Then Some

Media Attacks: Getting Even—and Then Some

| April 13, 2009

Stung by Michael Savage’s attack on children with autism and their parents, playwright Carolyn Doyle, in a one-woman performance currently running in San Francisco, uses her craft to show how a family navigates a mysterious world. More »

Communicating with Jane Fonda

| March 27, 2009

Not content merely to speak to her Broadway audience eight times a week through a critically acclaimed performance, Jane Fonda is blogging daily and twittering nightly. She finds herself hooked on the instant feedback. More »

Patsy Mink: Paving the Way

Patsy Mink: Paving the Way

| March 25, 2009

Kimberlee Bassford discovers a subject for her documentary who had crafted the laws that made it possible for the filmmaker to achieve her education and career. More »

Pondering the Chick Flick

| March 23, 2009

Call it what you like, the genre comes with both good and bad traits. The author suggests that we reward Hollywood at the box office only when it resists its misogynistic tendencies. More »

“Lonely Soldier Monologues” Only Opens an Essential National Conversation

“Lonely Soldier Monologues” Only Opens an Essential National Conversation

| March 20, 2009

What Would Ida Do?

What Would Ida Do?

| March 19, 2009

At a time in many ways parallel, though more perilous, than our own, Ida B. Wells stood up and spoke out. For Women’s History Month, her biographer describes her complex understanding of how race, class and gender play out in the politics of change. More »