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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 »

A Transformative Oscar Moment?

A Transformative Oscar Moment?

| March 1, 2010

Women & Hollywood’s blogger here assesses the implications of a historic win for Kathryn Bigelow. 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 »

Sarah Weddington: On the 37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Sarah Weddington: On the 37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

| January 22, 2010

The author, who learned in high school about the Supreme Court case that gave women reproductive choice and control over their lives, talks to the lawyer who won that victory. More »