It’s A Woman’s World

Ever wondered what life would be like if the world were ruled by women? I have. I've imagined less sexual violence, more peace among nations, less income inequality, less gender superiority and the unquestioned right of a woman to choose. Although some aspects of society are not the best, they are certainly not progressing toward…
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5 Articles: Time Magazine Turns 95

Time magazine marks its 95th anniversary this month, on March 3. Choosing five articles to highlight the occasion initially felt daunting, until I considered that March is Women's History Month. I immediately wondered how often Time's annual Person of the Year issue has featured a woman. It didn't take long to discover that individual women…
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Not Asking For It

Sexual slavery is unfortunately nothing new, particularly in times of war. If you liked Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht might be right up your alley. I'm going to cover some other books dealing with forced prostitution, some fiction, some not, as well. Bracht's White Chrysanthemum tells the story of Hana and…
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Women Leaning Sculpture Returns to Harold Washington Library Center

Once again, Women Leaning, the four quirky wood figures with pencil-drawn hands, finely sanded pompadour hairstyles and solemn plaster faces, gracefully hug the wall on the 7th floor of Harold Washington Library Center. The wood and paint glistens anew and the plaster faces are unblemished. This important sculpture by Marisol had been undergoing restoration at…
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Invisible Women and What They Do About it

Tom Perrotta has written several books, including The Leftovers, which was turned into a successful television series, and Little Children, which became an acclaimed movie starring Kate Winslet. Returning again to American suburbia, his new book focuses on feminine middle age and sexuality. This seems like a good time to consider other books about middle-aged women…
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Shining Women Are People Too

In this age of big data and Amazon.com, it might be easy to think companies, especially our employers, have our best interests at heart. They know exactly what we want, before we want it. But as disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon explosion and leak show us, sometimes money comes before everything, even worker's lives…
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