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Mary Ann Swissler

Mary Ann Swissler

Mary Ann Swissler is a Madison, Wisconsin, based writer and critical thinker. She’s published articles on grassroots activism on breast cancer, women's issues, national and local politics, the environment, and the arts. She can be reached at eyewryt@gmail.com.

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Using Student-Made Films to Confront Campus Sexual Assault

Using Student-Made Films to Confront Campus Sexual Assault

November 6, 2013

Student filmmakers and their professors at five far-flung colleges have united to create a diverse collection of short films to promote campus sexual assault awareness and prevention. So far, the films have reached 400 additional schools, and counting. More »

Human Trafficking Bill Resurrected in Congress

Human Trafficking Bill Resurrected in Congress

February 15, 2013

This week the Senate took care of the unfinished business of reauthorizing legislation to combat the crime of trafficking, including services for domestic victims. Now it's up to the House. More »

Violence Against Women—Unfinished Business

Violence Against Women—Unfinished Business

January 4, 2013

The new Congress will have to undo the damage caused by GOP House members who blocked reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act—legislation that until now had earned broad bipartisan support. More »

“Warehoused” with Mental Illness—A Filmmaker’s Story

“Warehoused” with Mental Illness—A Filmmaker’s Story

November 30, 2012

"Kings Park" documents a dark age for many women hospitalized with mental illness. The filmmaker looks to the promise of ObamaCare for a better future. More »

DNC Platform—Reaching for a New Normal

DNC Platform—Reaching for a New Normal

September 6, 2012

The author, who last week analyzed the potential impact on women of the policies outlined in the Republican National Platform, here turns to the Democratic statement of principles. More »

Tea Party, Anyone?

Tea Party, Anyone?

August 31, 2012

The GOP platform presumably states the values of the party—not good news for the 99 percent of us, argues the author. More »

Stopping Traffic

Stopping Traffic

July 10, 2012

The worldwide child sex industry has set up shop in the United States. Mary Ann Swissler asked advocates what it would take to stop it. More »

Women Work to Save Preventive Care Gains

Women Work to Save Preventive Care Gains

May 24, 2012

A fund designed under the Affordable Care Act as an investment in prevention, thus saving future health expenses and enriching people's lives, is under non-stop attack in Congress. More »

For “Birthers,” Honolulu Mom an Inconvenient Truth

For “Birthers,” Honolulu Mom an Inconvenient Truth

May 2, 2012

Eleanor Nordyke, who spent her career improving women's reproductive health, has an answer for those who still contend that President Obama was born outside the country: she happened to be on the scene in Honolulu. More »

Victory for Prevention?

Victory for Prevention?

April 19, 2012

As we celebrate Earth Day this Sunday, the author is cautiously optimistic about a new era with a healthier environment. More »