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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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Making Women’s History Now — Women’s Stories, Women’s Journalism, and the Media

In honor of Women’s History Month, Shattering the Ceiling is going to be profiling a series of women who we believe are making women’s history now.  These are the women who we want our daughters, sisters, nieces (and selves) knowing about and being inspired by.  And we imagine that when future generations are celebrating Women’s History, […]

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Making Women’s History Now — Gendered Management Challenges and Fair and Equitable Workplaces

In honor of Women’s History Month, Shattering the Ceiling is going to be profiling a series of women who we believe are making women’s history now.  These are the women who we want our daughters, sisters, nieces (and selves) knowing about and being inspired by.  And we imagine that when future generations are celebrating Women’s History, […]

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Making Women’s History Now — International Development, Environmental Justice, Race and Gender

In honor of Women’s History Month, Shattering the Ceiling is going to be profiling a series of women who we believe are making women’s history now.  These are the women who we want our daughters, sisters, nieces (and selves) knowing about and being inspired by.  And we imagine that when future generations are celebrating Women’s History, […]

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Making Women’s History Now — Cultural Diplomacy and Gender in the International Music World

In honor of Women’s History Month, Shattering the Ceiling is going to be profiling a series of women who we believe are making women’s history now.  These are the women who we want our daughters, sisters, nieces (and selves) knowing about and being inspired by.  And we imagine that when future generations are celebrating Women’s History, […]

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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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The Bias Against Black Girls in America’s Schools Needs to End

The National Women’s Law Center has produced an excellent video* about how black girls are denied their right to education by being subjected to a potent combination of racism plus sexism in schools.  In short, black girls shoulder some of the greatest burdens that come with both race and sex because we, as a collective society, have not […]

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