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  • Don’t Wish Me A Happy International Women’s Day And so starts my day, with an inpouring of wishes for a Happy International Women’s Day! Since I’m an American living in Madrid, Spain, the wishes come in both English, mostly from female friends and oddly, the ones in Spanish tend to come from male friends, who send “felicitaciones.” It’s hard work trying not to ...
  • Will Obama Sue Trump For Libel? A year ago, candidate Donald Trump proclaimed that, if elected president, he would change the nation’s libel laws to make it easier for people like him to sue those who make false and defamatory statements about them. “One of the things I’m going to do if I win,” he promised, is “to open up our ...
  • Investing In Girls And Women Is The Smartest Thing We Can Do This International Women’s Day, I want to salute and honor women and girls across the world for their courage, strength and perseverance. Despite all the progress we have made, millions of women and girls continue to face challenges ranging from access to education and employment opportunities, to early marriage and lack of access to reproductive/ ...
  • The Complicated, Distressing Relationship Teens Have With The News By Will Kane, Common Sense News Ellis Rainer, 11, starts his day with Good Morning America. At school, he might spend time on Snapchat and Instagram looking for updates from friends or news from media organizations like ESPN and The Today Show. By the time he gets home, he sits down with his parents each evening ...
  • Celebrate Women On International Women’s Day And Every Day Video: Dolly Meckler (@dollymeckler) | Words: Jon Savitt (@savittj) Alright, let’s be real: if you’re reading this, then there are women in your life who deserve your endless praise. “But I’m a misogynist POS blah blah blah…” Do you also drive a Model T? Kindly join us in the 21st century. Thanks! Happy #InternationalWomensDay or, as ...
  • Hidden Figures No More: Meet 4 Inspiring Women In STEM This year, award-winning Hidden Figures cast Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae brought to light the untold story of women mathematicians who served an essential role in NASA: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, meet 4 inspiring ladies in STEM also reaching for the ...
  • Let’s Give The CIA The Credit It Deserves For months now, our country has endured the tacit denigration of American ingenuity. Countless statements ― from elected officials, activist groups, journalists and many others ― have ignored our nation’s superb blend of dazzling high-tech capacities and statecraft mendacities. Fortunately, this week the news about release of illuminating CIA documents by WikiLeaks has begun to give adequate credit ...
  • Nigeria, How Can We #BeBoldForChange? International Women’s Day 2017 is a significant time to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. A call to contribute in the conversations that “can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.” Without united voices, women would be left behind. Most especially young ...
  • If Trump Wants To Win In The Muslim World, He Needs To Know This History U.S. President Donald Trump has emphasized that a central focus of his administration will be to wipe the so-called Islamic State “from the face of the Earth.” Key presidential advisers like Steve Bannon have spoken of Islam as the enemy of the United States and the West. And now Trump has signed a second Muslim-focused ...
  • Who Will Train Young Journalists When The Veterans Are Gone? His name was Dick Benke. Tall, dark wiry hair, bespectacled. Short sleeve plaid shirts and khakis. Barely smiled. He was one of those journeyman reporters and editors who sat seriously at their corner desks in the newsroom and just churned out copy. But he had one other big job: Breaking in new, young reporters. Benke was assigned ...
  • Why Moms Demand Action Will Participate In Day Without A Woman When we stood with millions in January in our nation’s Capitol for the Women’s March on Washington and hundreds of sister marches nation and worldwide, the power of our collective voices as women demanding that our leaders address our interests, safety and welfare was palpable. Regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation or political party, we ...
  • Trump’s Speech: Approval Uptick And Opinion Headwinds President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress in late February won him praise from pundits and an uptick in his approval rating. As the news cycles move on, however, perhaps more fundamental challenges remain, including a negative public reaction to high profile items on the Trump administration’s agenda. Specifically, Trump’s early emphasis on ...
  • Ending America’s Addiction Crisis Will Take More Than Words “Our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and ultimately stop.” – President Donald Trump In last week’s joint address, President Trump identified tackling and ultimately defeating our country’s struggle with addiction as a major goal of his administration. But what does that really mean? How do we put a stop to the drug epidemic that is ...
  • The Madness Of King Trump At TomDispatch.com today, Rebecca Gordon writes about “American carnage” resulting from forever wars across the globe.  Her article references King George III, the “mad king” of Britain during the American Revolution, which raises an interesting point.  In Britain today, there’s a Royal Navy and a Royal Air Force, but there is no Royal Army.  That’s ...
  • For Societies To Thrive, We Must Ensure Gender Equality Consider this: gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa $95 billion annually in lost revenue. In a corporate setting, that extent of losses would call for a serious reset of the business’s operational approach. Despite stupendous advancements in science and technology, it has taken mankind two millennia to fully realize the critical role of women in the ...
  • Lesbian and Bisexual Women and Trans and Intersex People Are Left Behind Every year on International Women’s Day we are reminded that we still live in a world where most women are left behind. This is especially true for lesbian and bisexual women as well as trans and intersex people (LBTI people) who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination daily. Patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia are all ...
  • Here’s What It Would Cost The U.S. Economy If Every American Woman Went On Strike Tomorrow By Lisa Ryan On Wednesday, women around the world will go on strike in observance of International Women’s Day as part of “A Day Without a Woman.” While not every woman has the luxury to take a day off from paid work, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress determined what it might cost ...
  • From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mr. Donald J. Trump Assume for a moment, as many have suggested, that the whole Trump/Putin/Russia calamity is a deliberate distraction, a deflection to shift our gaze from the destruction of government and democratic principles that Trump, Bannon and their cohort — aided and abetted by a compliant Congress — seem intent on implementing. What then to make of this ...
  • Bro Do You Even Lift? The Challenges of Being a Slender Man In recent history, the topics of body positivity and fat-shaming continue to make headlines. Whether it’s the the mainstream media, social media ‘personalities’, or anonymous online haters, attacks on the weight of anyone isn’t particularly cool. A focus on physical health and wellness is one thing, but our society’s obsession with skinny can clearly ...
  • 11 Ways To Stay Motivated From People Who Refused To Quit Being an entrepreneur is rough. Things never go as planned and take 10 times longer than intended. There are highs and lows, and many times it feels easier just to give up and throw in the towel. These 11 driven entrepreneurs, and members of The Oracles, share the No. 1 tip they use to stay ...