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Women Need Immigration Reform: What You Can Do About It

| June 24, 2010

Women immigrants in the United States are a positive force in their communities. Rather than criminalizing them, argues the author, we must let them take care of their families. More »

Women’s Stake in Fighting Arizona’s New Law

Women’s Stake in Fighting Arizona’s New Law

| May 20, 2010

The author, a Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices alumna, reports back from a Mother’s Day delegation in Phoenix to protest the state’s treatment of immigrant women. More »

Rhonda Copelon—An Architect of Feminist Human Rights Law

| May 18, 2010

When Rhonda Copelon died this month of ovarian cancer, she was 65 and the influence of her ground-breaking legal career could be appreciated around the world. Here, adapted from a tribute at an awards ceremony last year, friend and colleague Charlotte Bunch describes her extraordinary personal and professional contributions. More »

The Problems We Mothers Wish We Had

The Problems We Mothers Wish We Had

| May 6, 2010

While the media focus on “Work-Family Dilemmas of the Rich and Famous,” the average employed mother has few resources and fewer choices, says the author of a new book, “The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation.” More »

The Way We Talk About “Women’s Lit”

The Way We Talk About “Women’s Lit”

| May 3, 2010

Marketing demands and an underlying thread of sexism in the publishing industry work together to trivialize literature written by women, argues WMC Progressive Women’s Voices commentator Courtney Young. More »

Saving the Earth: What Science Can’t Accomplish

Saving the Earth: What Science Can’t Accomplish

| April 22, 2010

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the author describes how women have worked to break through the seemingly impervious bureaucracy at the UN to finally impress on world leaders that saving the earth depends on guaranteeing women equal rights and status. More »

The Paycheck Fairness Act: Now an Economic Imperative

The Paycheck Fairness Act: Now an Economic Imperative

| April 20, 2010

On this Equal Pay Day, the author, executive director of the national education equity organization AAUW, argues that the nation’s recovery from the Great Recession depends on fair pay for women. More »

“The Heretics”: Women of the Heresies Collective

| April 12, 2010

The author interviews the maker of a documentary that captures a prolific period of feminist art, focusing on the collective as, according to the film web site, “a microcosm of the larger international women’s movement, in which thousands of small, private groups of women met together in forms unique to their own settings.” More »

Leaders as Guides of Return: Wilma Mankiller

Leaders as Guides of Return: Wilma Mankiller

| April 7, 2010

In her book, Revolution from Within (1992), Gloria Steinem tells a story about her close friend and collaborator Wilma Mankiller, who died yesterday. In the excerpt below (pages 94 to 98), Steinem describes how Mankiller, even before she became the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, led by empowering her people. More »

Tomorrow’s Journalism

| March 8, 2010

As the world recognizes International Women’s Day, essayist Mary Kay Blakely assesses the contribution of women’s media, not the least of which may well be charting a path to a healthy journalism that serves the public good. More »