High heels—no longer required

When Nicola Thorp reported for work as a temporary receptionist in the financial center in London, her supervisor told her that she had to wear shoes with heels at least two inches high. Thorp stood up for her rights to wear flat shoes and started a petition that gathered 150,000 signatures. More than two years […]

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Women without birth control

Lizel Torreras, the wife of a garbage scavenger in the Philippines, mixed together bitter herbs and mahogany bark, a home remedy for abortion. She would have taken birth control pills, but she couldn’t afford to buy them. “With just two kids, we were already struggling,” she said. “The children were going to have a hard […]

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Tell a girl that she is smart

Researchers at New York University asked boys and girls to identify a person who is really, really smart. At age five, children associated being smart with their own gender. But, by six or seven, girls were “significantly less likely” to pick women as being really, really smart. The study suggests that girls often believe that […]

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Non-fat woman walking

Judge Bailey Moseley, who sits on the Texas Sixth District Court of Appeals, posted this “joke” on his Facebook page: “After just one day in office, Trump managed to achieve something that no one else has been able to do. He got a million fat women out walking.” I am one non-fat woman who marched […]

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The sun shines in us

It’s easy to dwell on the negatives things that are happening when you read the newspaper every morning, listen to the news on NPR during the day and commiserate with family and friends at dinner. But, always, there are good things happening—even in the worst of times. I am trying to dwell on those things, […]

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Hope is left to us

I have been depressed by the election results—so depressed that I resorted to eating chocolate for three days. But marching in the Women’s March in Austin improved my spirits. I took action! And I am going to continue to take action. I have made a goal of writing at least one letter to my representatives […]

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Speak up for things that matter

I walked Saturday with my friend Susie and 40,000 other people in the Women’s March in Austin. We were standing up, speaking up for issues that matter to us. “Our lives begin to end when we’re silent about things that matter,” Martin Luther King once said. –Joy

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Dignity and decency

Michelle Obama once said, “We learned about dignity and decency—that how hard you work matters more than how much you make—that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.”

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The power of hope

Michelle Obama once said, “When you are struggling, and you start thinking about giving up, I want you to remember something that my husband and I have talked about since we first started this journey nearly a decade ago—something that has carried us through every moment in this White House and every moment of our […]

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People who are strong

“People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together,” Michelle Obama once said. –Joy

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