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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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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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#WhyIMarch

Because my Great Great Grandmother, Gorina Stensby Wheeler, saw her husband trade her daughter into marriage in exchange for livestock. Because Gorina had the courage to leave that husband, move to a new state, and set up a new life for her and her remaining children — all at a time when women Did. Not. Do. Those. Things. Because Gorina […]

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Last Minute Conversations About Hillary — Reaching the Unconvinced

Last week, I spent a few days knocking on doors back in my hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin.  I was telling people about their early voting options and, where possible, engaging them in discussions about why I support Hillary Clinton for President (and Russ Feingold for WI Senate).  I was particularly surprised by the number of […]

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This Day In History: Iceland’s Women Stand Together

Today’s This Day In History celebrates Iceland’s women when, in 1975, ninety percent — 90% (!) of them — went on strike from LIFE — and struck a big win in the fight for equality.  They refused to engage in wife-ing and parenting and working and cleaning and cooking and caregiving.  They called it Women’s Day […]

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What’s A Feminist to Watch on TV These Days?

As the election season winds down and the last debate is finally over, what shows should make it onto a feminist tv list? And what is a feminist tv list anyways?   Evaluating a Show for the Feminist TV List My criteria* include considerations of whether it is: (a) made by women or featuring women who […]

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When Gender Protects The Underqualified

About a year ago, Hillary Clinton showed her chops during the eleven-hour farce more commonly known as the Benghazi hearing. I wrote about the heightened scrutiny that women, including Hillary, face. I also wrote that, when listening to Hillary in the final hours of that day, I heard poise. I heard patience. I heard graciousness […]

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“Caregiverism” Feminism: A Proposal for Converting Super Humans to Mere Mortals

As the product of a single-parent household, it is not as though I am unfamiliar with the concept of a woman who puts in long hours at work while serving as the primary breadwinner.  Nonetheless, I am in awe of working professional women who are mothers.  And when it comes to the subset of these […]

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Q&A with Andi Cullins

Earlier this fall I coordinated a happy hour with the D.C. Women’s Bar Association, and I enjoyed talking with several interesting women (and a handful of men brave enough to come to a WBA event!).  I talked with Andi Cullins about her efforts to get more women on corporate boards.  Andi explained that she is […]

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Q&A with Laura Flegel

The National Employment Lawyers Association, or NELA, does a ton of great work advocating for workplace rights.  One of my first interviews for this blog was with Roberta Steele, Program Director at the organization, about how forced arbitration prevents American workers from enforcing their rights.  As the Legislative & Public Policy Director for NELA, Laura […]

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