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The standards have shifted

Debra Katz believed Christine Blasey Ford “had challenged outdated social norms and had only been able to do so because the #MeToo movement had given her a window, because standards had already shifted,” Jody Kantor and Megan Twohey write in their book She Said. “Things have qualitatively changed,” Katz said. ”The institutions have not changed. […]

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The beginning of change

On January 16, 2019, 12 women who had been part of the reporting for Jody Kantor and Megan Twohey’s book She Said gathered in Los Angeles. “This is what everyone in the room, and more people beyond it, now understood,” they wrote. “If the story was not shared, nothing would change. Problems that are not […]

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Female-female alliances

When Ashley Judd studied at Harvard, her favorite course was Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice, taught by Diane Rosenfield. The class learned about bonobo apes, “who over the course of evolution have eliminated male sexual coercion in their communities. If a male does get aggressive toward a female bonobo, she lets out a special […]

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Think

“Evil comes from a failure to think,” Hannah Arendt wrote in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. “It defies thought for as soon as thought tries to engage itself with evil and examine the premises and principles from which it originates, it is frustrated because it finds nothing there. […]

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A snappy new day

“I think I’ll make a snappy new day,” Mr. Rogers once said. That’s good advice. It’s rainy in Dallas, and I am feeling the after-the-holiday blues. The quote is one of the many quotes on my new Mr. Rogers mug, one of my favorite Christmas presents. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat […]

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Judging people

“I … try to teach through my opinions, through my speeches, how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like, color of their skin, whether they’re men or women,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said. For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks […]

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Real change

“Generally, change in our society is incremental, I think,” says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks and an RBG mug. –Joy

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A gentle touch

“It will be welcomed much more if you have a gentle touch than if you are aggressive,” says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks and an RBG mug. –Joy

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The spirit of Christmas

Christmas is over! New Year’s Day is past. It’s time to return to our normal routines. I am going to remember, though, in the coming days the spirit of Christmas. Love and peace and hope. As Scrooge said in Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol,” “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep […]

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The magic of beginnings

“And suddenly you know. It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings,” Meister Eckhart once said. Happy New Year!

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