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Respect and liberty

“Let us imagine a world where women, freed from the grip of violence, flourish in respect and liberty.” Those words are part of a monument in Ottawa’s Minto Park. This monument is dedicated to the memory of women killed by men, Amal El-Mohtar explains in a review of Naomi Alderman’s book The Power in the […]

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Women’s empowerment?

In her book The Power, Naomi Alderman explores “the more extreme results of a movement that seeks rather than interrogates power.” However, if feminism becomes a means of domination, “it has lost its way,” concludes a reviewer of the book in Vogue magazine.

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We need nurturing in return

“The whole male-female thing in this country is very volatile right now,” Glenn Close, the actress, once said. “I think many women are feeling used by men. They invest a lot in a relationship, in nurturing a man emotionally and in his career, but they have their own careers and emotions and they don’t get […]

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It’s we, we, the world

”It’s time for us to realize that we are a part of all the suffering in the world–those who are hungry and starving, all those animals that face extinction,” says Jane Goodall, primatologist and United Nations messenger of peace. “Then, we begin to make the change from ‘I’ to ‘we.’ It’s we, we, the world. […]

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Assertive women

“Studies show that people don’t like assertive women. How can women get past that?” Time magazine asks Mika Brzezinski in its October 1, 2018, issue. “Well, I think the question is problematic,” Brzezinski answers. “Does it matter that you’re liked? We need to worry about being effective, being someone who gets the job done.”

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She did the work. He got the prize.

Bell Burnell was a graduate student when she looked through her telescope on a chilly English night in 1967 and discovered pulsars—making one of the most important astronomical finds of the 20th century. Then, in 1974, a Nobel Prize was awarded for her work—but the prize went to her adviser Antony Hewish. Now, decades later, […]

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A new president

Dr. Leana Wen, the health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, has been named the new president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. NPR reports that Wen wants to help Planned Parenthood continue providing health care for women. “In the ER, I saw what happens every day when people don’t have access to the basic […]

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A quiet, but significant gesture

“It is often the quiet gesture that carries the most significance—the one that suddenly directs the symphony,” says author Mary Anne Radmacher.

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The quiet voice of courage

“Courage does not always roar,” says author Mary Anne Radmacher. “Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying: ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

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What is good, right and just

I am blessed to have friends who are strong, independent women, and this year they gave me birthday presents about other strong, independent women. I received a Ruth Bader Ginsburg mug and two RBG pins, a book of paintings by Emily Carr and a beautiful book of photos of Michelle Obama—Chasing Light by Amanda Lucidon. […]

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