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“I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” and The Courage To Make Change

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a dance performance by Memphis-based Collage Dance Collective, the Collage Ballet Conservatory, the Jones Haywood Dance School, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  It was a much needed dose of art as resistance and art as soul uplift. My favorite piece was entitled “Rise.”  Choreographed […]

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Climate Change, Environmental Justice and Feminism

Yesterday, the amazing Maya Sequeira (who will resume her blogging activities in just a few weeks) and I went for a mid-day walk here in DC.  We didn’t wear coats.  Why not?  Because it was over 70 degrees on a day when the historical average temperature is in the 40’s.  One could view this as […]

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Mobilizing and Marching: the Women’s March on Washington

When I was home in Wisconsin over the holidays, I was surprised to find how many of my relatives didn’t know about the Women’s March on Washington.  Some had vague ideas of what it was, but others had completely blank faces when I brought it up.  And when I offered words of encouragement that they should […]

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How Fox Lost Megyn Kelly: Gendered Hostility and Retaliation

Yesterday, news broke that reporter and anchor Megyn Kelly was leaving Fox News to move to NBC. Now, Fox is left without a big-name, female, prime-time anchor, and without anyone who has any history of being willing to stand up to Trump.  This is politically notable for obvious reasons, but it also has implications for […]

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Surviving New Years Resolutions: On Body Image, Diets and Feminism

Over the New Years weekend, I was lucky enough to spend time away with a group of women who are out there in the world kicking the proverbial asses with gusto.  As might be expected, talk turned to resolutions and plans for the year on more than one occasion.  As might further be expected, that […]

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Getting Ready for 2017 Feminist Style

2016 has been a doozy.  As countless memes* commemorate, many of us ended up feeling far more beleaguered than we imagined possible.  And it wasn’t just the election.  It has also been the horrifying and heartbreaking international news, the mounds of famous/inspirational people deaths, and the never-ending stream of hate crimes and police brutality suffered by […]

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The Punchlist for Productive Engagement in Trump’s America

Now that the whole series is published, here is one handy overview of the ~9 steps recommended for how to role up your sleeves and getting busy.  This is not a reprint of the whole series.  Instead, it’s a reminder — the punchlist for productive engagement in Trump’s America.  Think of it as a handy […]

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Hitting the Refresh Button: Reflection and Rejuvenation After the Election

Coincidence has it that I was going to be out of commission for the next few weeks.  Travel plus the Thanksgiving holidays was always going to take me away.  But the frenetic discussions that have spun out in the days since the election have made me realize that it is ideally positioned.  It’s perfect timing […]

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Math Isn’t Pure: Algorithms Discriminate Against Women And POC

Algorithms — mathematical programs that create sets of rules to process and sort large amounts of information — are being used to scan applications for housing, employment, insurance and credit.  But those algorithms discriminate, or at least they can.* Cathy O’Neil — whose blog name mathbabe inspires instant fangirl love — recently published her book Weapons […]

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Female Federal Employees: Is The Government Treating Women Right?

Should the U.S. Government be the employer of choice for women looking to advance their careers? Are female federal employees better off than their corporate counterparts?  Today, the Washington Post released a study on compensation trends between men and women in various federal agencies, along with an opinion piece praising the opportunities for women in […]

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