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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 »

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 »

Obama Needs a Frances Perkins by his Side

Obama Needs a Frances Perkins by his Side

| May 8, 2009

President Barack Obama has emphasized that affordable health care for all is crucial for long-term economic prosperity. Frances Perkins made that point in 1933. A new biography brings President Franklin Roosevelt’s labor secretary out of the shadows just in time for us to understand why progressive women matter so much as America struggles with economic crisis, war and recovery from callous, corrupt government. 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 »