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100 years of women voting

Get ready to celebrate! Nationwide, 65 organizations already are planning to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage in 2020. That’s the year the 19th Amendment was passed. It’s also the year that the National American Suffrage Association, the first organization to picket at the White House, became the League of Women Voters. “Today we are [...]

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Girls today

Girls in this country are ethnically and racially diverse with half—51 percent—white, 25 percent Hispanic, 14 percent Black, 5 percent Asian, 4 percent multiracial and 1 percent American Indian. Four out of 10 of all the girls, ages 5 to 17, in this country live in families with low-incomes. Girl Scouts is trying to include [...]

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The work of today

“The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers,” said Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts. I just returned from the Girl Scout National Convention, which is held every three years, and I’ll share some Girl Scout news in the next couple of blog posts. –Joy

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Talent that wears skirts

“Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears skirts,” Shirley Chisholm once said.

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The Hermione Effect

How did Harry Potter change the world? One way is the Hermione Effect, says Eleanor Spencer-Regan, who teaches a course about Harry Potter at Durham University in the United Kingdom. The Hermione Effect, she explains, is “the celebration of smart and bookish women.” We read “20 Ways Harry Potter Changed the World” in the October [...]

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A fractured world

Through their art, they are “coming to terms with being a fractured person living in a fractured world,” explain artists Lucia Simek and Cassandra Bird. We are considering what we are doing to come to terms with this “fractured” world. We read about these two artists in the September 16, 2017, issue of The Dallas [...]

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Sexism is a clear challenge

“Sexism still exerts a pull on our lives and our choices,” says Hillary Rodham Clinton. “It is a very subtle but clear challenge that has to be acknowledged and confronted. So we have to be doing all we can to open the aperture of understanding and acceptance.” We read about Hillary Clinton in the September [...]

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Her first spacewalk

“All six of us in that first batch of women felt a self-imposed pressure,” says Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space. “We knew our performance would have a big influence on the prospects of the women who would come after us. I was thrilled to be tapped, but the ‘first female [...]

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Edit often

I found these words displayed on the wall of Forest Meadow Junior High, where I go once a week to volunteer. “Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.” –Joy

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The glass ceiling

“She broke the glass ceiling,” writes Nancy Gibbs in the September 18, 2017, issue of Time magazine. “What a jagged image we use for women who achieve greatly, defining accomplishment in terms of the barrier rather than the triumph. “Talk to women about the forces that drive them and they hit notes of joy and [...]

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