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World’s Easiest Job Interview? Handling Allegations In Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Recently, while interviewing a woman who had experienced work-related sexual assault, I heard something that has taken on particular resonance in the wake of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford agreeing to testify before Congress in Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing.  In my interview, the woman invoked Anita Hill and the Clarence Thomas Confirmation Hearing.  She […]

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#MeToo, Cultural Shifts on Sexual Harassment & Employers

When Tarana Burke founded the #MeToo Movement in 2006, she wasn’t looking to start a viral campaign; she was looking for lasting and radical change.  As she explained to Ebony last fall: “It wasn’t built to be a viral campaign or a hashtag that is here today and forgotten tomorrow. . . It was a […]

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It Is Time For Men To Own Their #MeToo Complicity

If you were on social media in the last few days and are connected to any women, the #metoo and related campaign was likely a ubiquitous presence in your feed.  For those of you who missed it, “me too” responded to the following prompt: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted […]

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9/11, Charlottesville, and Children: A Why-To Guide to Teachable Moments

On September 11, 2001, I was teaching fourth grade in Washington DC.  When we got notice of the first hit, I was in the middle of a lesson on phonics and root words.  One of the school’s administrators stepped into the room, approached me closely, and whispered a question to me about whether I knew […]

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Why Women’s History Month Matters

This was originally published two years ago, but it remains relevant today.  Happy Women’s History Month! March is Women’s History Month, and if you’re anything like me, you probably treat that announcement with less than overwhelming enthusiasm.  BUT, maybe we’re off on that front.  Here are some facts you might not know about Women’s History Month. […]

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Systemic Discrimination Is Killing Black Babies in the United States

A few days ago, the Nation published a devastating article by Zoe Carpenter about the infant mortality rates for African-American babies.  The article deserves a careful and thorough read; it is a damning indictment of America’s collective failure to live up to our ideal of providing an equal playing field to young black Americans.  After […]

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Vestiges of Coverture: Child Marriage in Present Day United States

After my long-lasting obsession with 16 and Pregnant, I’m familiar with the fairy-tale fantasies of young women in high-school, who believe their Prince Charming must be the man-boy with whom they flirt, and text, and Snap, and procreate.  I also remember how mature I felt (and was, in some ways) when I was finishing up […]

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Baggage Claim 15 at Dulles International Airport, Saturday Jan 28

So many people with signs.  They were streaming in from the parking lot in little groups — three here, two more there, a group of five laughing as they hurried in against the chill.  Then entering the concrete halls of the Dulles International Airport, there was the sound, bouncing.  Instead of announcements about baggage claim carousels, […]

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Poetry for this Inaugural Day

On a day like today, we need poetry. First, Langston Hughes.  Let America Be America Again.  Read it all here.  But also, this: O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free. The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME— […]

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Some Distractions In Advance of the Trump Inauguration

Today, I have to be out of my house as it gets cleaned in advance of the three houseguests who are coming to march and the approximately fifty guests who will use it as a launching point for the March on Saturday morning. This means that I am seeing, up close and personal, all the […]

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