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A Theatre Season To Savor

A Theatre Season To Savor

| June 5, 2009

As Broadway celebrates with the Tony Awards Sunday night, the nominations recognize some, but hardly all, of women’s great successes in theatre during the last year. The author analyses why an industry that is bucking the economic downturn continues to shortchange productions by and about women. More »

Ain’t No Women (Like the Motown Women)

| May 12, 2009

There’s a lot to celebrate about 50 years of Motown music—including the careers of two women whose behind-the-scenes efforts helped create a new genre of music. More »

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 »