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“Why Aren’t You Smiling, Honey?”

| October 22, 2009

The media and the blog world have been discussing women’s “happiness” quotient since a headlined Huffington Post item offered cumulated poll data indicating they weren’t. The author, who writes about and speaks to women now in their fifties and sixties, reports that she hears quite a different story. More »

It’s Not a Man’s World or a Woman’s Nation

| October 15, 2009

You’re going to be seeing a multimedia blitz about a new national study of women’s status called The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything. Gloria Steinem gives you a preview of this project created by Maria Shriver and a D.C. think tank, and suggests ways you can use it and also judge its success. More »

Coming to Terms with the “F Word”

| September 23, 2009

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 »

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 »

Marilyn French, 1929 to 2009

| May 4, 2009

A brilliant feminist theorist, her 1977 novel, The Women’s Room, connected with millions of women who had no way before of claiming their anger and discontent. And, as Women’s Media Center President Carol Jenkins tells us, Marilyn French was a tender and caring friend. More »

AmazonFAIL: How Online Social Tools Can Wreak Havoc—and Repair It

| April 13, 2009

The author explains what probably happened over the weekend to threaten sales of LGBT and feminist books on—and how social media instantly jumped into the fray. More »

Quiet Push to Recognize Suffrage Sites

Quiet Push to Recognize Suffrage Sites

| April 9, 2009

Spearheaded by New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, powerful chair of the House Rules Committee, legislation was signed into law at the end of last month that will help celebrate the not-so-ancient history of how women won the vote in the United States. More »

Pondering the Chick Flick

| March 23, 2009

Call it what you like, the genre comes with both good and bad traits. The author suggests that we reward Hollywood at the box office only when it resists its misogynistic tendencies. More »

Life and Work: A Conversation for International Women’s Day

Life and Work: A Conversation for International Women’s Day

| March 6, 2009

The authors are appearing in New York City this month (March 18 at the 92nd Street Y-Tribeca) as part of an ongoing national tour to explore feminist issues through a multigenerational panel. The panel’s appearances (which have also included author Kristal Brent Zook) provoke more conversations: in Kansas City, a local panel adopted the format to continue to explore different dimensions of women’s lives. Here, the authors share their perspectives on work and life choices. More »