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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 »

First 100 Days—Feminists Give High Marks to Obama

| April 29, 2009

Women’s rights activists give high marks to President Obama for his fast footwork in reversing many policies of the Reagan and Bush presidencies. More »

Tracey Ullman Examines the “State of the Union”

Tracey Ullman Examines the “State of the Union”

| April 24, 2009

Sketch comedian extraordinaire Tracey Ullman found a comfortable niche on Showtime for her satiric probe of America’s psyche. But no viewer gets to remain complacent under her penetrating gaze. More »

In Iceland, Our Long-Sought Victory in Battling Human Trafficking

In Iceland, Our Long-Sought Victory in Battling Human Trafficking

| April 21, 2009

On April 17, the last day before Iceland’s parliament adjourned to prepare for elections on April 25, members passed a bill criminalizing the act of buying individuals for purposes of prostitution. Patterned on the Swedish law that addresses the demand fueling the commercial sex industry, the action was hailed as an historic moment in the international struggle against human trafficking. Via Equality Now, here is a dispatch describing the campaign from Gudrún Jónsdóttir, spokeswoman for Stigamot, a women's rights organization in Iceland. More »

Democracy and Pandora’s Box: Family Laws in Afghanistan

| April 20, 2009

For women in Afghanistan, the promise of democracy seems not to include equality, nor protection from the potential of domestic violence. Here, the secretary general of Parliamentarians for Global Action explains the politics behind the proposed oppressive law regulating Shia marriages. More »

Quiet Push to Recognize Suffrage Sites

Quiet Push to Recognize Suffrage Sites

| April 9, 2009

Spearheaded by New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, powerful chair of the House Rules Committee, legislation was signed into law at the end of last month that will help celebrate the not-so-ancient history of how women won the vote in the United States. More »

Afghan Women to Obama: We Must Be at the Table!

| April 2, 2009

The author, a global affairs professor who has worked extensively in Afghanistan, talks to Dr. Masooda Jalal, a political leader and the subject of a new documentary. Her message: women must be involved in peace making; the Taliban and warlords are “only powerful because we allow them to be.” More »

Chances Improve for Ratification of CEDAW

| March 30, 2009

The United States has been an odd holdout in ratifying the UN treaty on women’s rights. Now it’s a priority of the Obama Administration, and Senator Barbara Boxer chairs the subcommittee that will hold hearings. Still, there’s no guarantee. More »