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The past expands

I am having a major birthday this month. My book club defines a major birthday as one that involves a change in decades. And, I do feel older. I also feel as if I should be grown up by now. But, if I’m grown up, why do old issues and old emotions keep creeping into […]

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Don’t mess with Texas women

I am the proud owner of a poster from the Women’s March in Austin in January 2017. It features a woman’s leg with a red cowgirl boot squashing an elephant and proclaims: “Don’t Mess with Texas Women.” Fortunately, I was able to get two posters at the march—one for me and one for my daughter […]

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Welcoming babies in the Senate

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to allow members to bring their newborns on the chamber floor. Some older male senators were reluctant at first because they feared their colleagues would breastfeed or change diapers in the Senate chamber, Ms. magazine reported in its summer 2018 issue. Because of this rule change, Senator Tammy Duckworth can […]

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We are marching

In the past two years, some 20 percent of all Americans have attended a rally or protest or march, reports the Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation. Plus, the foundation’s poll was conducted before the gun violence demonstrations in March and the teacher walkouts in April. The top reason for protesting? Women’s rights, according to the summer […]

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Take what you want

“Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want…,” says Ava DuVernay, director of A Wrinkle in Time and Selma. “It’s unfortunate, and it has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed.” Ava DuVernay will speak in Dallas on […]

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Emma’s chipping at stone walls in Africa

My niece Emma is coaching a basketball team, cooking chocolate chip cookies and applying band-aids. In Namibia in Africa. Where she is a Peace Corps volunteer. Emma, who played basketball in college and loves to cook, has filled in for a coach at a youth league semi-final game and made cookies for the nurses at […]

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Every great dream

“With rare courage, she led over 300 Negroes up from slavery to freedom,” reads a bronze plaque honoring Harriet Tubman. It is placed at the entrance of the Auburn Courthouse in Auburn, New York. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer,” Harriet Tubman once said. “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience […]

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Very bad injustice

When I attended a Girl Scout book club meeting earlier this summer, we discussed the book Who Was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough. We learned that Harriet Tubman had to leave her parents when she was six-years-old because she was “hired out” to work for a weaver. When Harriet dropped the yarn, she was […]

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Miss America without her swimsuit

The Miss America pageant is scrapping the swimsuit competition, according to an article in the June, 6, 2018, issue of The Dallas Morning News. “We are not going to judge you on your outward appearance,” explained Gretchen Carson, chairwoman of the Miss America Organization. Instead, the organization will focus on women’s talents, intelligence and ideas. […]

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Redefining the word princess

Meghan Markle is a biracial, divorced, 36-year-old American feminist, says Sophie Gilbert at TheAtlantic.com. Millions may have tuned in because of fascination with royal tradition, but what we witnessed was “the redefinition of the word princess.” It’s about time we redefined the word!

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