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Hollywood’s Niche for Black Actresses

| February 18, 2010

As a few African American women are celebrated during this award season, pop culture commentator Courtney Young asks how many Hollywood doors are actually open. More »

Eve Ensler’s Mission: Awaken the Girl Self

Eve Ensler’s Mission: Awaken the Girl Self

| February 9, 2010

Eleven years after the launch of V-Day, Eve Ensler sets out to do for girls what she did for women—uncover the truth of their experiences and create a global dialogue. Her new book is being published February 9. More »

Creating Molly Ivins, Red Hot Patriot

| January 13, 2010

How twin sisters are inspired to write their first theater piece and, with the help of some well-placed friends, go on to entice Kathleen Turner to star in the vehicle—all to provide a legendary journalist with her “second act.” More »

The Two Sides of Louisa May Alcott

The Two Sides of Louisa May Alcott

| December 23, 2009

A new documentary, to air next week on PBS’s “American Masters,” paints the creator of Little Women and its feminist heroine Jo as a complex personality, caught up in the needs of a difficult family. More »

“Truth Goes Marching”

“Truth Goes Marching”

| December 10, 2009

Historian Janus Adams reflects on two Civil War exhibits in New York, featuring John Brown and Abraham Lincoln. In a footnote she finds her key to women’s truth, hiding in the margins of history and giving us insight into the issues of today. More »

Precious Star Claims the Spotlight

Precious Star Claims the Spotlight

| November 5, 2009

With the confidence of a seasoned performer, Gabourey Sidibe portrays a particular character with universal appeal. The movie, based on a Sapphire novel, opens in limited release on Friday. More »

Gender Discrimination in Filmmaking—Bollywood Style

| October 13, 2009

Moviemaking styles may vary between Hollywood and Bollywood, but women working in the Indian commercial film industry have as difficult a time as their counterparts in the United States getting good roles and investment in their films. Director Zoya Akhtar takes a satiric look in Luck by Chance. More »

Daylight Lessons from Letterman’s Late Night Escapades

| October 5, 2009

The author, an expert on the prevention of sexual harassment and other issues of women in the workforce, suggests that human resources professionals and corporate executives take the occasion of David Letterman’s revelations to revisit their companies’ policies with the understanding that “sexual favoritism is sexual harassment.” More »

What Consequences Should Roman Polanski Face After 32 Years?

| October 2, 2009

The author, a rape survivor, takes a clear-eyed view of the Polanski case, sorting out both the needs of his victim and those of a society that cannot afford to tolerate sexual violence. More »

Marilyn French’s Characters Speak to Me

Marilyn French’s Characters Speak to Me

| September 16, 2009

A college senior considers both The Women’s Room and French’s posthumously published novel, The Love Children, from the point of view of her own generation. And the experience clarifies her feminist sensibility. More »