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Posts by Sara Tonnesen

Sara Tonnesen

Sara Tonnesen is proud to have graduated from a women’s college, and has been passionate about civil rights and social justice long before she became a lawyer.  Also, she can tell you all you would ever want to know about Alpine dairy goats, houseboats, finicky greyhounds, and living in small spaces.

Lady Links I’m Loving

As my due date (and belly) loom larger in my third trimester, I have been spending more and more time on activities that can be done from the comfort of my couch. While I regularly rotate through NPR, the NY Times, and This American Life for news and entertainment, during this sedentary time I have […]

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I’m a Feminist for Bernie

I’m a feminist for Bernie Sanders. No, Ms. Steinem, not because that’s where the boys are – I’m married and pregnant (in other words, entirely unavailable) – but because my informed political opinion is that Bernie Sanders is the superior candidate for president. I am humbled by and grateful to our feminist foremothers but will […]

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A Call to Action: D.C. Universal Paid Leave Act

The District of Columbia is on the brink of becoming the most generous place in the country to become new parents.  If the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 becomes law, D.C. workers will be entitled to 16 weeks of paid leave for the birth of a child or other qualifying family or medical event. […]

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Aunt Flo Comes for a Visit – In Outer Space

When NPR’s Adam Cole interviewed two female NASA astronauts for his science Tumblr “Skunk Bear,” the most common question listeners submitted to be asked to these highly-accomplished women was “What happens when you get your period in space?”  Although Adam did not ask the question on air, he posted the answer online (the same thing […]

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The Case for Paid Paternity Leave: It’s Not All About Cute Photo Ops (though we like those, too)

Many readers may have seen the popular story being shared on the internet, with the caption, “This Is What It Looks Like When Men Are Allowed To Take 480 Days Of Paternity Leave” (although that article could just have easily been captioned, “This is What It Looks Like When Humans Are Allowed to Take 480 […]

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A Century Later, A Female Pioneer in STEM is Celebrated

As you may have seen, Google’s homepage  in March featured an illustration celebrating the birth 133 years ago of Amalie (“Emmy”) Noether, a German mathematician to rival the top thinkers of her day. Referred to by Albert Einstein as the “most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced” by intuitions educating women, Noether’s Theorem, and […]

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What’s New York Fashion Week got to do with empowerment?

Last week saw the close of New York Fashion Week, a magical time when Manhattanites come together with global taste-makers to encourage women of all stripes to display their inner beauty and outer style.  Sort of.  As much as NYFW is a salute to New York’s diverse population and global mindset, it also pays homage […]

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