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Living With Disability—And Recession

| November 3, 2009

The U.S. Congress designated October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. From an international perspective, the author explains how economic hard times are particularly harsh for women with disabilities. More »

With Budget Cuts to Higher Education, Lower-Income Students Struggle

| October 9, 2009

Funding cutbacks not only make tuition less affordable for many college students relying on government loans, but they also affect course availability, campus jobs, and other essential factors for earning degrees. More »

For Wage-Earning Women—A 21st Century Answer

For Wage-Earning Women—A 21st Century Answer

| September 4, 2009

Employed women have a wide variety of needs—equitable wages, reliable benefits, regular hours and flexible schedules—the very issues that unions can address through collective bargaining. Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act can help. More »

When Girls Come First

When Girls Come First

| August 18, 2009

At a time when both arts and physical education classes are threatened with extinction due to school budget cutbacks, non-profit programs are all the more important, especially for underserved girls. More »

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 analyzes 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 »