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Three women in Central Park

Central Park has had 22 statues of men, but not one statue honoring the accomplishments of women. Soon, though, statues of three women will be added—Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. That’s good news.

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One giant leap for WOMANkind

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all-female spacewalking team on Friday, October 18, 2019. “One giant leap for WOMANkind!” Representative Katherine Clark wrote in a tweet. Kathy Sullivan, who became America’s first female spacewalker 35 years ago, added, “We’ve got qualified women running the control, running space centers, commanding the station, […]

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We must act now

“How is it possible that the most intellectual creature ever to walk the earth is destroying its only home?” Jane Goodall asks. Goodall doesn’t try to answer that question. But, she finally concludes: “If we all get together, we can truly make a difference, but we must act now. The window of time is closing.” […]

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Is Dorothea Lange’s America our America?

The commentary on the photos of Dorothea Lange at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa asked about the poor who are still with us today. We have made progress, the writers of the commentary replied. “Still, has this progress overcome the challenges of poverty and racism?” “Maybe not” seemed to be the conclusion. Lange’s photos, including […]

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Margaret Atwood, feminist

Margaret Atwood has consistently refused to label herself a feminist. Recently, at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas, she explained that, just as there are many kinds of Christians, there are many kinds of feminists. If you look on the Internet, you’ll find 75 different kinds of feminists, Atwood said. And, these 75 different kinds […]

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Phenomenal woman

“It’s in the arch of my back,    The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” Those are words from Maya Angelou. I have a scarf, a birthday present from my friend Leslie, with those words written across it. –Joy

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Life is swell

“My life ain’t heaven, but it sure ain’t hell. I’m not on top, but I call it swell,” Maya Angelou once said. Maya, of course, says it better than I do. What I often say is: “Life isn’t perfect, but it is wonderful!” –Joy

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A complete nuisance

Toni Morrison was married in 1958. Her marriage was not a happy one, most likely because her husband believed a wife should be subservient to her husband. “I was a complete nuisance to mine,” Morrison once said.

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Sustained outrage

“What you need is sustained outrage, there’s far too much unthinking respect given to authority,” Molly Ivins once said. I recently saw the movie about Molly Ivins—“Raise Hell.” Let’s all remember Molly and raise a little more hell. –Joy

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One long struggle

“It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America,” Molly Ivins once said. I recently saw the movie about Molly Ivins—“Raise Hell.” Let’s all remember Molly and raise a little more hell. –Joy

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