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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 »

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 »

Stepping Over the Line

Stepping Over the Line

| October 30, 2008

Voters know when a candidate has broken the civility rules. More important, they care. A woman hoping to be reelected to her seat in the House of Representatives may well learn that lesson next Tuesday. More »

What Is the True Story of McCain’s Wartime Experience?

| October 28, 2008

Journalists have had years to vet John McCain’s account of wartime heroism in Vietnam. But no real critique of its veracity has emerged from leading media outlets. Reporters and commentators remain remarkably disinclined to investigate a major underpinning of McCain’s argument that he is qualified to be commander-in-chief. Here, historian Mary Hershberger questions why. More »

Net Gain Probable for Women in Congress

| October 24, 2008

Some of the new women candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives are Democrats challenging in red districts. Their victory could swell the Democratic majority. More »