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Amelia Earhart: After 75 Years, She’s Still Trending

Seventy-five years ago this month, Amelia Earhart took off from New Guinea in her bid to finish her trip around the world along an equatorial route. The trip started in Miami on June 1, 1937. Earhart and her navigator stopped … Continue reading

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The Best Women of Our Lives

With our war in Iraq officially over and the one in Afghanistan finally winding down, military men and women are struggling to return to civilian life, often after multiple combat tours. Yet to me, the best cinematic representation of that … Continue reading

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Women on the Titanic, Real and Imagined

One hundred years ago, at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, the Titanic sank. I just went to see the Imax 3-D re-release of the 1997 film “Titanic”despite my misgivings. Some believe that post-production 3-D is little more than a marketing gimmick … Continue reading

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Pinterest Is a Female Ghetto, But That’s Not the Problem

Pinterest, a visual bookmarking site, is both beloved and maligned as a closed society of women planning their weddings, or wishing they still were. Even as I created an account, I contributed to the mockery: What’s with all the tutorials … Continue reading

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Rick Santorum’s Poodle-Skirt Vision of America

It might have been quaint if your granddad had referred to the way girls stayed out of trouble back in his day. But to hear Rick Santorum funder Foster Friess regurgitate the old aspirin-between-the-knees nonsense on TV was as ghastly … Continue reading

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Campaigning Is Child Neglect? Since When?

People criticize GOP candidate Rick Santorum for leaving his sick daughter’s side to campaign for the presidency. “She the People” writer Patricia Murphy wondered whether the criticism would be even harsher if Santorum’s wife was running for president instead. The … Continue reading

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Esme Barrera and the Womanly Art of Imaginary Self-Protection

When I read about the murder of a woman, I do what most women do. I ask: Where did it happen? Was it on the street? In a car? Her home? Did she have an abusive partner? Or was the … Continue reading

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