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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Debra Katz believed Christine Blasey Ford “had challenged outdated social norms and had only been able to do so because the #MeToo movement had given her a window, because standards had already shifted,” Jody Kantor and Megan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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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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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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