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Define Yourself

The Religion of Choice Define yourself. Do you do it by the choices you make? Or the ones you choose not to make? The freedom to make a change, to decide, is what allows agency. As a writer, the dissolution of my voice is my greatest fear. As a citizen, legislation impacts my society. As […]

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Hobby Lobby and Religious Fervour: Birth Control is Now Your Boss’s Business

I was not going to comment on the recent US Supreme Court’s deeply disappointing decision in the Hobby Lobby case. But then I read Penelope’s piece, and rethought – because she argues what I’ve been thinking: People who don’t actually experience what you’re experiencing should refrain from giving set-in-stone decrees on how to manage your experience. So, in […]

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Elliot Rodger and American Masculinity

Mental health is always a factor to consider each time we dissect the latest mass shooting in this country. So is easy access to guns. But, in so many of these cases, including the latest horror in Santa Barbara, we should be talking about masculinity. There are three traditional ways to prove one’s manhood in […]

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Honoring Change Agent Mothers

When I opened an email from my friend Patrick with two photos of his adoptive daughter Norma attached, I caught my breath. The first was a photo of her at three months old in a Shanghai hospital awaiting surgery to remove a spina bifida induced sac on the back of her neck a third the […]

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Support Healing Space for Survivors of Rape and Abuse: Give to the Monument Quilt Tour

The public reaction to survivors of rape and abuse publicly disclosing their experiences is often messy and problematic.  From high school students to news anchors, the American public struggles with how to support survivors of sexual violence. We live in a country where it is safer to commit an act of rape that to publicly […]

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Help Us Celebrate the Women Who Made Our Lives Better

If we honor older women for their lifetime achievements, will anyone come? That was the question we asked 10 years ago, when we started the Foremother awards.  Our awards were definitely different from anyone else’s.  First of all, you had to be a woman over 70, and the older the better!  Not your typical award […]

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This Is My Rally Cry: Because in New Brunswick, ‘liberty’ is only yours if you lack a uterus. (#NBProchoice)

 It takes a special kind of person to work at an Abortion Clinic. You need to possess just the right combination of kindness and compassion, combined with courage, determination, and a whole lot of humility. Not something you can put on a resume, and I highly doubt it’s something you can learn from an overpriced […]

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It’s Time to Stop Losing the Women We Love—Join the Movement — #BCD2020

Breast cancer. It’s hard to find a woman who hasn’t been touched by this disease. And it is safe to say that in the coming year, even more will be affected. In 2014, it is estimated that 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among US women and approximately 40,000 women will […]

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No More Pap Smears?

If you’re a woman over 21, that headline probably got your attention. After all, who likes Pap smears? Wouldn’t it be great to never need one again? Well, don’t get too excited because the alternative could be worse, if a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee gets its way. The committee proposes replacing Pap […]

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Postpartum depression isn’t something that’s easy to talk about. It’s anathema to the image we have in our minds about what motherhood will be like. BUY VENTOLIN NO PRESCRIPTION, What’s the image on the cover of parenting books. Is it a pallid, desperate, red-eyed woman clutching a screaming baby, or is it a beautiful mother in a rocking chair looking lovingly down at her peaceful child.

I know there are countless women out there who have gone through postpartum depression or who will go through it. I hope they speak up about how important mental health coverage is.

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This piece was cross-posted with permission from AAUW

 

Hannah Moulton Belec is the AAUW Outlook magazine senior editor. She loves writing and talking about film and feminism..

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