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Vote!

We “can march in knit hats and go to town-hall meetings, but, if everyone voted, things would change,” Cecile Richards, outgoing Planned Parenthood president told Time magazine in its April 9, 2018, issue. Read Cecile Richards new book. I just did! Keep marching in the streets. And plan to vote. –Joy

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Jane Goodall at 84

Jane Goodall, age 84, spends 300 days a year traveling around the world speaking to people and encouraging them to help save chimpanzees and the environment. “I think how lucky I have been,” she writes in My Life with the Chimpanzees. “I spent years and years doing what I wanted to do most of all—being […]

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Working for peace

After Franklin Roosevelt, president during World War II, died, his wife Eleanor was appointed special delegate to the United Nations. “It isn’t enough to talk peace. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe it. One must work at it,” Eleanor Roosevelt once said. Roosevelt is one of the First Ladies featured in […]

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A “man’s field”

Lou Hoover, whose husband was president from 1929-1933, was the first woman to graduate from Stanford with a degree in the “man’s field” of geology. “That we have the right to vote means nothing,” she once said. “That we use it in the right way means everything.” Hoover is one of the First Ladies featured […]

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A woman’s mind

Lucy Hayes, whose husband was president of the United States from 1877-1881, was the first presidential spouse to earn a college degree. She was hailed as a “new woman”—although she didn’t support women’s suffrage. “A woman’s mind is as strong as a man’s…equal in all things, superior in some,” she once said. Hayes is one […]

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Ignorance persists

Since the early 1970s, Judy Norsigian has worked as an author and editor of nine editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves to help educate women about sexuality and reproductive health. Today, abstinence education has become pervasive and pockets of ignorance persist, Norsigian recently told an audience at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. On one of her […]

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We don’t have much time

Jane Goodall, ever the optimist, wrote in her book Reason for Hope, published in 1999: “Yes, I do have hope. I do believe we can look forward to a world in which our great-grandchildren and their children after them can live in peace. A word in which there will still be trees and chimpanzees swinging […]

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Celebrating 100 years of voting

British women won the right to vote on February, 6, 1918—100 years ago. At least some British women won the right to vote. Only female property owners who were 30 or older were eligible to vote, explains The New York Times. It took another decade before Britain extended the right to vote to all women […]

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Going “full steam”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84, but she’s not planning to retire. She has a standard answer for interviewers who ask how long she plans to stay on the Supreme Court, reports The Dallas Morning News. She will keep working as long as she can go “full steam.”

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It’s about time

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 84, recently praised the #MeToo movement. “I think it’s about time,” she told CNN. “For so long, women were silent.”

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