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Secretary Clinton: The Uses of “First Lady Tendencies”

Secretary Clinton: The Uses of “First Lady Tendencies”

| August 24, 2009

A recent media take on the secretary reveals a truncated view of appropriate diplomatic style. A sense of mission derived from her own experiences drives Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and the broad scope of her background grounds her work. More »

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Health Care Reform—What’s At Stake for Women?

| August 20, 2009

The firestorm about the public option may miss the point for women. Women’s groups have worked with the White House and legislators to put critical expansion of care in all the major health care reform bills making their way through Congress. More »

Sotomayor’s Confirmation—What Her Victory May Cost the Republicans

Sotomayor’s Confirmation—What Her Victory May Cost the Republicans

| August 7, 2009

Conservatives tried to convince the Senate, and the nation, that an impressive judge with an impeccable record was simply a product of affirmative action. It didn’t work. More »

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Saving Afghan Women from the "Liberators"

| August 4, 2009

The Obama Administration acts as though George Bush abandoned Afghanistan for Iraq and, therefore, an infusion of troops and money will solve the country’s massive problems. But, argues the author, the international community is already engaged and intent on supporting Afghan women. Lasting change must come at the hands of Afghan women themselves—and Afghan men. 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 »

White House Focuses on Violence Against Women

White House Focuses on Violence Against Women

| July 9, 2009

Based on her past performance, advocates—including the author, who worked with her in New Mexico—have high expectations for Lynn Rosenthal, the new White House advisor. More »

Reality and Hope at the White House

Reality and Hope at the White House

| July 8, 2009

At a recent White House reception, the author learned, on LBGT issues, the difference between having a leader or an ally in residence. More »

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Responsible Solidarity: An Appeal to the Public on the Matter of Iran

| June 26, 2009

The author urges us to stand against the violence threatening the masses of protesters in Iran, but to insist that our leaders not infringe on Iranian sovereignty—as has happened in the past. Her commentary is based on a speech she delivered on Tuesday at San Francisco City Hall. More »

Addressing the Muslim World, President Obama Reached Well Beyond the Arab Dignitaries

| June 8, 2009

The author wonders if his pre-speech visit to a kingdom where women are oppressed weakens his appeal on behalf of women’s rights. More »