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An Open Letter to Representative Chellie Pingree

Representative Pingree, Your announcement yesterday that you will not seek the open Senate seat in Maine made my heart sink. My emotional reaction to your well-reasoned decision surprised me. After all, as someone who has operated in the political arena for quite a while now, I’m accustomed to the pragmatic decisions and political calculations that […]

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On International Women’s Day, a Woman’s Pleasure

Today was International Women’s Day. There were articles written by thoughtful well-meaning women and smart indomitable women, coming together to welcome our progress and caution about the obstacles yet to conquer. I couldn’t help but feel pre-emptively weary of reading these articles. These last few months have been such a scathing beating of American women […]

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Women Advancing Haiti’s Future

I just returned from Haiti, where I was working with women, convened by the Haitian group Femmes en Democratie, to develop a women’s policy platform. In Creole, nap vanse means we advance, and it is critical that Haitians move forward together to build a stronger country and a stronger economy. The priorities identified can help both women and […]

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Sex is Not a Recreational Activity

Sex is not a recreational activity. Tennis is a recreational activity. Sex is a natural human urge and a normal part of everyday life. In all the coverage of Rush Limbaugh’s misogynist rant, the key point no one seems to be bringing up is that sex is not a sinful thing bad girls do. Sex […]

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Woman Wins Historic $167 Million Sexual Harassment Award

Ani Chopourian, a 43–year-old surgeon’s assistant, received a $167.7 million dollar award this week from a California jury for sexual harassment. It is believed to be the largest verdict ever granted to a single victim for sexual harassment in the United States. The jury allocated $42.7 million as compensation for lost wages and mental anguish. […]

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March Madness: If we let Limbaugh yell “Slut!” the terrorists win

So, admitted drug addict and destroyer of “traditional” marriage Rush Limbaugh shouted “Slut!” into his microphone this week and the country has turned on a dime. (Cue: Sound of record scratch.) Well, well, well lookey what we have here, folks. We’ve got ourselves a good old-fashioned slut-shaming! Honestly, I feel a little disappointed in Rush. I mean, slut? That’s the best you […]

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Succeeding on the First Day

You survived the interviews, you got the job offer.  Now you’re getting ready for your first day.  Changing jobs is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life.  But if you’re prepared ahead of time, that first day, and subsequently first week, can be easy and smooth. Get a good night’s sleep. Eat […]

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“Girls Like Us” — Rachel Lloyd’s Memoir Illuminates the Sexual Exploitation of Children

The first time I saw Rachel Lloyd was in 2005, the year of the 70th Annual Academy Awards. “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” had taken the honors for best song. Whenever I complained about that tune being showcased, people would remark, “Lighten up.” Yet when Lloyd  addressed an audience in Soho about the issue […]

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