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A little chocolate

“All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt,” Charles Schultz once said.

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Hillary Clinton at 80

Hillary Clinton “writes she plans to stay alive to see the first woman become president,” writes Susanna Schrobsdorff in the September 25, 2017, issue of Time. “When I read that, I envisioned her at age 80, back on the Inaugural podium in a white pantsuit….Maybe all those women and girls from all those marches will […]

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Trying to be liked

“Hillary Clinton has spent 40 years trying to be liked,” writes Susanna Schrobsdorff in the September 25, 2017, issue of Time magazine. “Unfortunately, likability is too often a woman’s most valuable currency, trumping competence and worthiness. A hint of unlikability can undermine a woman’s success like nothing else. Studies show that the higher you aim, […]

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Live each day

“Live each day as if your life was just begun,” Goethe once said.

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“Childless, short-haired communists”

Jane McCallum was featured in an exhibit about women’s suffrage at this year’s State Fair of Texas. Texas, I was pleased to discover, was the first state in the South to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920. McCallum, a suffragette, lobbied the men in the Texas legislature, the […]

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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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