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Radhya Almutawakel

I didn’t know her name until I read about her in the April 29 issue of Time magazine. Radhya Almutawakel is the co-founder of Mwatana, an organization that documents human-rights abuses in Yemen. Yemen, she says, faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, not because of a natural disaster, but because of man-made armed conflict. “Yemenis […]

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It’s time to act

I recently marched in the streets of downtown Dallas for reproductive rights. Our rights to safe, legal abortions are threatened. It’s time to take action. March in the streets. Write letters to Austin and Washington—to those men who are trying to take away our rights. Give money to Planned Parenthood and other organizations. –Joy

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Marching

I have been saying for months that we all should be marching in the streets. On Saturday, my friend Dory and I marched—in downtown Dallas—for reproductive rights. As we marched, we shouted, “Our bodies. Our choice.” I marched because I believe that every woman should have the right to decide when she will have children. […]

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Many mothers

I had one mother, but I have many women who have “mothered” me—women who have nurtured me, supported me, helped me when I needed help. I am going to tell a few of them how much I appreciate them on this Mother’s Day. –Joy

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A deeper question

One of her best friends, Killian Noe, has a question that she has made famous among her friends, writes Melina Gates in her new book The Moment of Lift. The question is: “What do you know now in a deeper sense than you knew it before?” “I love this question,” Gates says, “because it honors […]

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An ardent feminist

“I am an ardent feminist,” writes Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift. “To me, it’s very simple. Being a feminist means believing that every woman should be able to use her voice and pursue her potential.”

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The shady side of 50

“The heyday of a woman’s life is the shady side of 50.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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Her role model

Karen Uhlenbeck, a University of Texas at Austin professor emeritus, recently was named the first woman to win the highest prize in mathematics—the Abel Prize. Who was her role model? “Looking back now, I realize that I was very lucky. I was in the forefront of a generation of women who actually could get real […]

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Recognize your rights

“Women, wake up; the tocsin of reason sounds throughout the universe; recognize your rights,” wrote Olympe de Gouges in her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Citizen, which was published in 1791 in France. Two years after she wrote her declaration, de Gouges was arrested, condemned to death for her views and sent to […]

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A female liver?

“There is no female mind,” declared Charlotte Perkins Gilbert, who was born in 1860 and died in 1935. “The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.” I found this quote in Sarah Herman’s book Feminism in 100 Quotes. –Joy

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