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Mental Health is a Feminist Issue

For great reasons (the presidential election!) and for terrible reasons (an increasingly fatal heroin epidemic…) mental health has been increasing its visibility in the United States.  Mental health treatment faces many problems as a whole—decreases in funding, misconceptions about treatment, a virulent social stigma, and many areas lacking qualified health professionals.  However, for women in […]

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Obama Nudges the Country towards Sexual Revolution with 2017 Budget Proposal

In a shockingly progressive move, President Obama unwaveringly turned the country towards education, choice, and sexual revolution (finally!) by acknowledging that teens have sex, regardless of teachers and/or parents telling them not to until marriage. The sexual revolution was legislatively proposed in Obama’s 2017 budget proposal by swiftly and completely eliminating all funds for abstinence-only-until-marriage […]

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Doulas Save the World One Birth at a Time

Imagine you’re in the most vulnerable, intense, emotional, and possibly painful moment in your life. How do you cope? Some turn to drugs, some turn to doctors, but some turn to a doula (pronounced Doo-La). Childbirth is often that moment of physical and mental truth for women. In the twentieth century natural childbirth declined in […]

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Priceless

Priceless. Seen in his smile. Seen on his hands. When my 21 year-old son contacted me from halfway around the world to ask for funds to cover the photographs for his tandem sky-dive, my mind went in three directions.  My first thought – doesn’t he know he’s not supposed to tell his mother until after […]

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An Economist’s Formula for Shrinking the Gender Pay Gap

The workplace just isn’t a very equal place. Women still don’t earn as much as men, even when they possess the same degrees.  Women’s progress has actually stalled since the 1990’s as Harvard economist Claudia Goldin points out. But Goldin has some solutions for shrinking the wage gap. Her recent research suggests that flexibility and […]

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When It Comes to Reproductive Rights Feminism Cannot Be Blind to Biology

Anyone who has worked in the field of matrimonial and family law, as I have, would be shocked to learn of the purported “forced fatherhood” crisis that has been announced multiple times this year, most recently at Salon. Ignoring a few minor points, “stuff like biology, economics and reality,” Anna March argues that we should make […]

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Wisconsin is Not for Single Mothers

There’s nothing scarier than a racist, sexist, homophobic piece of legislation! A proposed Wisconsin law would label single parenthood as a factor of child abuse. But something tells me this law is more about vilifying single mothers than any altruistic intention to help kids. After all, a third of all parents in Wisconsin are single. […]

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Women Deliver 50

This morning Women Deliver announced it’s “Women Deliver 50” list spotlighting ideas and solutions that actually improving the lives of women and girls around the world right now.  From hundreds of submissions, to 125 finalists, we have 50 inspiring programs chosen for their work in advocacy and awareness, education, health interventions, and technologies and innovations. […]

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All-Star Cast Reads “8,” a Play About Marriage Equality

A few nights ago, while scrolling my Twitter feed, I noticed a few mentions of a live-streaming play called “8.” Just in time I clicked on a link from one of the actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s tweets and tuned in. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard that this was happening before! A live-streamed event by […]

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Breaking Up With Friends

Women are mean, mostly to each other.  Women treasure their friendships with other women, yet we treat our friends like trash the second we think we don’t want to be friends again.  I hate the freeze out.  Being on both sides is painful and stressful.  While in school there is often a group mentality about […]

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