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What’s Behind the Rise of Women’s Philanthropy?

What’s Behind the Rise of Women’s Philanthropy?

| July 14, 2009

The author, a veteran fund-raiser, explains new data on women’s generosity—and how the projects they support strategically expand possibilities for women and girls around the world. More »

“Supa”: A Report from Kenya

“Supa”: A Report from Kenya

| June 22, 2009

The author, a medical doctor and writer, learned in an African village the truth behind the alarming worldwide maternal health statistics—when she was asked to treat a patient whose only resource was her mother, frantically urging her to “push.” More »

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 »

Intervale Green Apartments: Green, Affordable—and for Low-Income Women

Intervale Green Apartments: Green, Affordable—and for Low-Income Women

| April 7, 2009

In a Bronx, New York, neighborhood that once epitomized urban decay, the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation has created apartments that conserve energy, cost less to operate than conventional housing, and are beautiful and healthy places to live. It took the vision of a woman who refused to be discouraged. More »

Masculine Mystique, Meet Feminine Mistake

| January 16, 2009

Relationships are often tested during times of economic stress. In covering the phenomenon, the author wonders why some in the media seem to latch onto an outmoded model of marriage roles. More »

A Candle Cursing the Darkness

| December 23, 2008

Despite the gloomy economic reality, women’s wealth proportionately is increasing in the United States. The author tells how she and other women donors are creating a new model to use their funds to make a difference. More »

Larry Summers Is Not the Change I Was Expecting

| November 8, 2008

I am the president of the Larry Summers fan club. As the director of the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, you might find that odd. More »

The Financial Debate—Moving the “Joannes” Front and Center

| November 3, 2008

As Joe the Plumber plays out his moments in the sun, a group of feminist economists rate the two candidates according to women’s economic concerns. More »

Speaker Pelosi: Leadership Tested By Fire

| September 30, 2008

The financial meltdown is testing the leadership abilities of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and then some. More »

Weathering the Storm, Then Changing Course

| September 25, 2008

An economic storm is descending, and for many, the storm will be bad. While the Bush Administration and Congress wrestle with how to bail out Wall Street, and argue about how softly CEOs of failed financial institutions should be allowed to land, average citizens must leap into the new reality without benefit of 24-karat parachutes. More »