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Looking Forward to 2009

| December 29, 2008

The Women’s Media Center asked feminist authors and commentators Lynn Sherr, Alida Brill, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall to tell us what women might expect from what is widely expected to be a new year of national change. Their words are as cautionary as they are hopeful. More »

Great Expectations: Challenges for the Next Secretary of State

Great Expectations: Challenges for the Next Secretary of State

| November 25, 2008

As the presumptive new secretary of state, Hillary Clinton brings considerable strengths to the job. She will need all of them to help repair her country’s damaged reputation and move ahead strategically on a demanding series of problem areas. More »

Concrete Bed

| November 24, 2008

As a result of Draconian federal sentencing laws imposed since the 1980s, the author, caught on the edges of her cousin’s cocaine-selling operation, remains locked up despite what her trial judge called her “extraordinary rehabilitation.” While we seek out family during this holiday season, she longs for her three daughters and hopes that a documentary about her case will influence judicial policy makers. More »

What Obama Really Means for Black America and Beyond

What Obama Really Means for Black America and Beyond

| November 21, 2008

The soon-to-be first family presents a potent role model. Here, the author, a sociologist and African American Studies assistant professor at Northwestern, describes the other half of the political agenda that is essential if we are to embrace the “politics of personal responsibility.” More »

California Proposition 8—We Take It Personally

California Proposition 8—We Take It Personally

| November 17, 2008

The authors, who have worked for years for national and international human rights, are not about to let a Mormon Church and right-wing sponsored setback in California stand. They join a recommitted movement to secure LGBT rights—including that of same-sex couples to marry—knowing that the nation has moved forward in understanding the essential importance of equality. More »

The Vote They Didn’t Want To End

| November 10, 2008

Last week, waking up after a historic election, hundreds of thousands of Americans celebrated as they waited to have the event confirmed in black and white. Washington Post staff writer Patricia Sullivan tells what happened in her town. More »

The Financial Debate—Moving the “Joannes” Front and Center

| November 3, 2008

As Joe the Plumber plays out his moments in the sun, a group of feminist economists rate the two candidates according to women’s economic concerns. More »

The Other Nominees

| October 31, 2008

Two women of color are running to be president and vice president of the United States. However, even a media junkie can be forgiven for missing this unique event. More »

Moose, Mousse, and Spalinism

Moose, Mousse, and Spalinism

| October 31, 2008

Here, Robin Morgan takes aim at a few “feminists” who have taken to the blogways lately to support John McCain and Sarah Palin. Their reasoning is flawed, says Morgan, to say the least. More »

Voting—Without the Girdle

| October 30, 2008

The journalist and author of a forthcoming play on suffragist Susan B. Anthony explains why not voting should never be an option. A large turnout is as important to the nation, says Lynn Sherr, as any policy choice of the winner. More »