A wave of new voter identification laws in states across the country have drawn plenty of criticism, and rightly so. They’re a thinly veiled attempt by Republicans to suppress voting by the poor, who are disproportionately black and Hispanic and tend to vote for Democrats. But the news coverage has missed another class of victims: [...]
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine might just be the nation’s newest champion when it comes to changing the culture of protecting schools and student athletes ...
During the women’s liberation movement feminists developed a method of listening to women. They called it “Consciousness Raising.” Feminists understood that in order to understand ...
Face it, with the controversy surrounding Miami Dolphins football players Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, we all know way too much now about the friendly ...
I never thought I would screen my film Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation in Islamabad, Pakistan. Before visiting Pakistan I thought of Pakistani women as all the same – veiled and oppressed. Screening my film in Islamabad changed my opinion. My documentary covers significant events in the U.S. feminist movement from the years 1963 through [...]
I do not accept Jesus as my lord and savior. I am one of of the 22% of Americans who do not identify as Christian, a statistically significant number, but also a significant minority. I can’t speak for all of us, but I can say that as a non-Christian American, I have long lived with [...]
Political analysts continue to dissect Tuesday’s election results, and there are plenty of interesting threads to tease out. What does New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s dominant win portend for his viability as the GOP presidential nominee in 2016? How would he fare against Hillary Clinton if she were to win the Democratic nomination? In Virginia, [...]
In 1755, a twenty-year-old John Adams had recently decided to become an attorney. In order to do so, he needed to study under a practicing attorney first. For that privilege, he would need to pay said attorney for the apprenticeship. How did he earn money to pay his mentor? He did what any of us [...]
What would you think if your children’s principal wore a shirt in school with the words “Proud of Our N*gg*r Heritage?” What if she hung a poster in the school’s main office that said “Spic Families are Strong Families,” or posted a sign on her office door saying “Ragheads Welcomed Here,” or hung a banner [...]
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages! Please direct your attention to the center ring of the many-ring circus that is the Affordable Care Act roll-out! In that ring you will find insurers merrily mailing out policy cancellation letters to policy-holders in direct contradiction of assurances from President Obama that all who [...]
As they do every year, parents will write off their kids’ lack of sleep on Halloween night and bad behavior the next day as unfortunate side effects of a rite of passage. Considering the mountains of candy children collect, however, it can be a long, scary November for parents (and teachers). Many will not connect [...]
Julianne Hough made headlines over the weekend for wearing a Halloween costume resembling a regular character on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” played by the actress Uzo Aduba. Hough’s costume featured an orange jumpsuit, her hair in bantu knots, and dark skin. The party was barely over when photos of her, identifying [...]
What with the government shutdown, problems signing up for Obamacare, school shootings, and a still-sluggish economy, it seems like we haven’t had much good news lately. So let’s make some of our own. Saturday, October 26 is Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Make A Difference Day is a celebration [...]
Arnold Schwarzenegger might be my daughter’s new best friend. No, my eighth-grader isn’t a fan of the “Terminator” movie franchise or Schwarzenegger’s tenure as California governor. But as a girl who was adopted from China, she likes his recently reincarnated idea about changing the Constitution so that the ability to run for president of the [...]
MELBOURNE, Australia — Recently I saw Julia Gillard, Australia’s first female Prime Minister, in conversation with Anne Summers at the Melbourne Town Hall. She and Anne spoke for 50 minutes and the audience asked a variety of questions for the remainder. It was her second extended interview since losing the Prime Ministership. People queued early. [...]
Author’s Note: Recently, Miley Cyrus claimed she wouldn’t let a “70-year-old Jewish man” tell her how to run her career. The hosts of The View defended her, citing the folly of youth, though newly-minted co-host Jenny McCarthy questioned it only to make the point, “I would always trust any Jew ‘cuz they know how to make money.” [...]
For years, we’ve explored (and debated) the concept of food deserts. Call it what you like, one thing is certain—there are clear disparities in access and availability to healthful, nourishing food across community lines. Efforts such as opening a 26,000 square foot Whole Foods in Detroit and a 29,000 square foot store in Newark, New [...]
My generation of Jews in America was exemplified by Woody Allen – the iconic nerdy, neurotic, maximally verbal, physically wimpy, funny white American Jewish man — harmless and humorous from beginning to end, or so it seemed. Of course, if you’re up on your internet gabs about celebrities, you will know that Woody’s not all [...]
When I don’t have something to worry about, I invent it. This is not an acceptable practice for any parent. Life provides enough natural worries. This thought came to me several weeks ago as I was discussing the potential government shutdown with my adult son, who lives in Washington D.C. I wondered how he would [...]
Throughout its 168 year history, Scientific American has been known as much for its writers as it is for its exploration of science and technology. Many famous scientists, including Albert Einstein, have written for the magazine. Danielle Lee is another one of its well-known scientific writers. Lee, a biologist who studies animal behavior, mammals and the [...]
The tiny town of Greece, New York is in the news these days because the citizens of Greece like to pray when they start their monthly town meetings. Prayer in one’s daily life rarely makes headlines, but in this case, Greece’s prayers have made it all the way to the top of the American judicial [...]
Burberry’s Chief Executive Officer has the distinction of being the highest paid Chief Executive Office in Britain. What makes this news and why should we care? Well, because Burberry’s CEO is a woman — 53-year-old Indianapolis native Angela Ahrendts has an executive compensation package worth 16.9 million pounds, almost 5 million pounds more than the next [...]
I put my kids on the school bus last week, just as I would any other day. They are way beyond preschool now, and were never eligible for Head Start, so they are not among the thousands of children whose programs were closed as a result of the government shutdown. As a parent, it [...]