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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 »

Elena Kagan—The President’s Choice

Elena Kagan—The President’s Choice

| May 11, 2010

For his second nomination to the high court, President Obama once more chooses a woman—one who lacks a paper trail of judicial opinions and has a history of pulling support from more than one ideological sector. And that, argues the author, is what makes some people nervous. 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 »

Women’s History Spotlight: Jeannette Rankin

Women’s History Spotlight: Jeannette Rankin

| March 29, 2010

Director Kamala Lopez’s film tells the story of the first woman elected to the House of Representatives, one who bridged the suffrage, civil liberties, anti-war and women’s movements of 20th century America. More »

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 »