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100 years of suffrage

In 1918, 100 years ago, the United Kingdom granted property-owning British women the right to vote. It took another decade before the women in that country had the same voting rights as men. Thousands of British women celebrated earlier this month with parades and banners. They remembered the controversial, sometimes militant, suffragettes who went on […]

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Redefining the word princess

Meghan Markle is a biracial, divorced, 36-year-old American feminist, says Sophie Gilbert at TheAtlantic.com. Millions may have tuned in because of fascination with royal tradition, but what we witnessed was “the redefinition of the word princess.” It’s about time we redefined the word!

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Amazed forever

When she was in junior high, people always asked the poet Naomi Shihab Nye what she wanted to be when she grew up. In her book A Maze Me, Nye writes that they never asked her “who or how do you want to be.” And, she adds, “I might have said, ‘Amazed forever.’ I wanted […]

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Amazing!

I heard Naomi Shihab Nye speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. And, I just read the poet’s book A Maze Me. This San Antonio poet writes: Life is a maze. You are a maze. Amazed. And amazing. –Joy

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Queen Charlotte?

It’s unlikely that it ever will happen, but it’s worth mentioning. For the first time in British history, the birth of a baby boy does not impact his big sister’s spot in line for the throne. Queen Elizabeth’s Succession to the Crown Act in 2013 makes Princess Charlotte the royal family’s first female who wasn’t […]

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Peace and Justice

When Mary Turner was brave enough to denounce her husband’s lynching by a rampaging white mob, she, too, was lynched. Then, she was hung upside down, burned and sliced open so that her unborn child fell to the ground. Mary Turner is one of thousands of black people who are honored at the new National […]

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Courage calls to courage

A bronze statue of Milicent Fawcett now stands outside Britain’s Parliament. It’s the first statue of a woman to stand alongside the statues of 11 men, including Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. Fawcett was president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies and a leader in the movement that secured British women over 30 […]

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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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