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Obama’s Supreme Court Choice: Plenty of Talent—and an Opportunity

Obama’s Supreme Court Choice: Plenty of Talent—and an Opportunity

| April 19, 2010

A half dozen extraordinary women occupy the White House list of candidates to replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court, according to reports. The author argues that President Obama should seize this chance to make a historic step toward true diversity at the top of the judiciary system. 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 »

Make Room on the Bench

Make Room on the Bench

| April 6, 2010

U.S. law schools now graduate as many women as men, and women are nearly half of all law firm associates. But representation in the judiciary branch is far from equal, a recent study shows. More »

A Vibrant Encounter Space Online: The International Museum of Women

| March 31, 2010

The International Museum of Women is an innovative “new media” approach that utilizes women’s creative powers as a bridge for activism. 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 »

Health Insurance: States Move Ahead on Curbing Costs

| March 19, 2010

Whatever happens with health reform in Washington, D.C., unfair health insurance rates for women are being banned by an increasing number of states. Here, two New Mexican advocates tell how it happened in their state. More »

In Chile, Bachelet Steps Down

In Chile, Bachelet Steps Down

| March 10, 2010

Michelle Bachelet’s presidency comes to a tumultuous end less than two weeks after her country withstood an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. Here, the author assesses what her term in office has meant for women in Chile and what lies ahead. More »

Who Needs More Women in Government? Everyone

Who Needs More Women in Government? Everyone

| March 4, 2010

Women leaders have shown they know how to work together, whether it’s in the public or private sector. Women’s Campaign Forum President Sam Bennett describes a new initiative to put enough women in office this year to overcome the political impasse plaguing our nation’s lawmakers. More »

Health Care Reform—Obama’s Challenge

| February 25, 2010

Obama meets with Republicans today in a health-care summit. Women who helped put him in office expect him to step up and lead—on both access to quality care and access to abortion. More »