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Finding our ways out of the ‘black box’

In graduate school, I began to be fascinated by the ‘black box’ of organizations, the peculiar ways through which organizations digest gender equality laws and policies and put out something that looks quite different from what one might expect. Connecting these two worlds – how organizations worked and whether or not women could access opportunity […]

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If you don’t like “Rape Culture” then focus for a minute on sex and status

Last week saw two media flare-ups related to how we think and talk about rape. The first erupted over a statement made by Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault. The organization urged the task force to avoid the “unfortunate trend towards blaming ‘rape culture.’ Although […]

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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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What is The Wage Gap is Costing You Every Day?

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="570"] Illustration credit: Tri Vo, PolicyMic[/caption] This piece was co-authored by Elizabeth Plank, Executive Social Editor at PolicyMic. You can reach her at @feministabulous. What would happen if we finally wage gap disappeared? We know women would be making more money, but how much more would they be bringing home? By now, you’ve […]

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7 Women Shortchanged: Personal Stories of the Gender Pay Gap

The damage done by the thousands of dollars I lost to the gender pay gap sticks with me today, despite leaving that employer long ago. My retirement fund isn’t as robust, and I took out more in graduate student loans than I would have if I’d been paid fairly. I’ve been shortchanged by the gender pay gap […]

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A Woman’s Photograph: the Music of Still-Life

How do you choose to be portrayed? If we are what we wear, what we say, and even what we eat, we are rightfully a little overwhelmed.  What is the importance of a photograph, if any? What makes intention in photography of women so important? For me while doing a shoot this weekend in New […]

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Feminist Stories From Women’s Liberation: 1963-1970

It’s March. Women’s History Month. What better time to examine the second wave of feminism and to question how far women have really come? Jennifer Lee’s new documentary,Feminist Stories From Women’s Liberation: 1963-1970, is aiming to reopen a conversation on feminism through a reexamination of the movement’s evolution. Shining a light on the grassroots women who […]

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Women who Write What they Shouldn’t

[caption id="attachment_20769" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Photo Credit: Jon Kownacki[/caption] Intro What I’ve always found striking about writing music on women’s issues, is that its connection to folk music is so irritatingly ironic.  The irony in it is this — that male folk-writers evoke a particular image in one’s mind, its fused with their music. But what […]

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You Can Help Create the Next Generation of Strong Women

    Who are the women that helped make you make you the person you are? Who has left an impression and impacted you during your growth? Most of us have memories of a professor, a coach, a pastor or a family friend who, though we may not have known it at the time, provided […]

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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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