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Women’s History Month Primer: Running for Office

| March 23, 2010

At the highest level of elective office in the United States, we’ve seen only a few women go after a major party nomination. The author, a professor of communications arts and sciences, extracts some lessons from their campaigns. More »

Mary Daly, 1928 to 2010

| January 11, 2010

The leading feminist philosopher and theorist died January 3. Here, her friend and former student explains the extraordinary reach of Mary Daly’s fierce intelligence and strong will. More »

The Two Sides of Louisa May Alcott

The Two Sides of Louisa May Alcott

| December 23, 2009

A new documentary, to air next week on PBS’s “American Masters,” paints the creator of Little Women and its feminist heroine Jo as a complex personality, caught up in the needs of a difficult family. More »

Honoring a Friend, Recalling a Battle for Women in Journalism

| December 18, 2009

As newspapers suffer hard times, the alumnae of a classic battle at the New York Times paid tribute to their chronicler. More »

Liberia’s Difficult Path Toward Reconciliation

Liberia’s Difficult Path Toward Reconciliation

| July 23, 2009

Having emerged from a long and violent civil war, President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia try to inch their way toward a just peace, while former president Taylor is on trial for war crimes against the citizens of a neighboring country. More »

Who We Are, and What We See

| July 15, 2009

The author, a psychologist/psychoanalyst, explains how Judge Sonia Sotomayor is naturally informed by her gender and ethnicity as she performs her duties on the bench. More »

Congresswoman Barbara Lee—a Rebel Inside the House

Congresswoman Barbara Lee—a Rebel Inside the House

| June 1, 2009

Now in her sixth full term in the House of Representatives, the congresswoman holds to her radical roots, explaining in her new book just how mainstream those revolutionary programs have become. Currently chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, she spoke to author Emily Wilson of her need to define herself. More »

Fearless Judge, Fearful Conservatives

Fearless Judge, Fearful Conservatives

| May 29, 2009

The nation has barely had a chance to meet the new nominee for the Supreme Court, but some are all too ready to resent a woman of such fortitude. The author argues that sexism is evident in the agenda of many of Judge Sotomayor’s opponents. More »

As Secretary of State, Clinton Can Exercise a Range of Roles

| May 18, 2009

In her current job, Hillary Clinton has found the freedom to express herself in various modes that work for her and for the Obama Administration. She is winning the appreciation of the public and of political and media observers. More »

In the Name of Mothers Around the World

| May 7, 2009

The author, co-founder of the grass-roots peace and justice movement CODEPINK and board member of the Women's Media Center, calls on us to honor Mother’s Day as it was originally intended—by the abolitionist, feminist and pacifist Julia Ward Howe. More »