Who Revoked Joan Rivers’ Feminist Card?

Joan Rivers was a woman who made her way in the comedy world at a time when few women were able to. The thing that distinguished Rivers was that she did her comedy her way without adhering to what was deemed the acceptable style of the time. She was no sweet Mary Tyler Moore on […]

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Joan Rivers: Comedian, Diva, Feminist and Scholar

With the passing of Joan Rivers, there is plenty being written about her online and said about her on talk shows. The death of any celebrity means days worth of constant coverage, tributes, and scrutiny. The world had something of a love/hate relationship with Rivers — or shall we call her by her real name, […]

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The Last Option on the Table

During the short drive from Beirut toward Damascus, our taxi turned off the road and pulled into a refugee camp in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley. As a journalist and academic who writes about international security, I wanted to see the refugee situation I had read about for myself. I watched as a truckload of women […]

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For All the Young Women Who Think Feminism is BS

Are you a woman who thinks that feminism isn’t for you? Maybe you believe we’ve achieved equal rights and we don’t need a “movement” anymore?  Maybe you wonder if continued discussions about women’s rights are just all BS? It is not. While you are entitled to your opinion and even your experience on this question, […]

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Writing About Depression as Myself: Sharing in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death

When I considered blogging my depression, it was a complicated decision. My blogging pseudonym, Daisy, allowed me a little freedom on my blogs Compost Happens and A Mother’s Garden of Verses. My family and closest friends knew, but that was about it. I maintained a semblance of privacy from coworkers, supervisors, neighbors, and others who […]

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Happy Labor Day, Mary Poppins!

As we celebrate Labor Day weekend, maybe it’s time to revisit the minimum wage discussion? Who better to get that started than Mary Poppins?  We think Mrs. Banks — remember she went all activist on Mr. Banks? — would approve! Mary Poppins Quits with Kristen Bell from Funny Or Die Image via Wikimedia Commons/Andreas Praefcke

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Josh Gordon vs. Ray Rice: Women Should Yell Wake Up, NFL!

The NFL has reminded the country once again how stupidly lopsided their decision-making is regarding players’ bad behavior. As football season kicks off in a matter of days, the NFL upheld its decision Wednesday to suspend Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon for a year after he failed a marijuana test. Yes, an entire year, […]

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At Least 50 Shades of Gray Hair

Since I wear my hair short, I get it cut fairly often to keep it out of my eyes.  I’ve been going to the same salon since the ’90s.  My stylist knows me and I know a fair amount about her.  I look forward to catching up with her because she’s smart and fun.  But […]

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Hidden: My Life in Anti-Semitism

With the current conflict in Israel, and the seemingly non-stop coverage of back and forth bombings and cease fires between Israel and Gaza, suddenly anti-Semitism is all the rage, popping up in places I thought I would never see it again. With everyone, even people not involved in the conflict, picking sides, it seems fashionable […]

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Shonda Rhimes’ Rules for Better Living

The blogosphere abounds with lists and tips for better living. We suspect lots of people are like us — we have a love/hate relationship with those things. Many of those articles are link-bait and ultimately a waste of time; we thought we might learn something or get a laugh, but then we end up being […]

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Another White Guy for “Meet the Press”?

Oh, mainstream media. You have done it once again.  It seems that you just can’t help yourself when it comes to promoting white guy after white guy, especially for your signature shows. Rumors have been swirling that David Gregory is on his way out as host of “Meet the Press.” In many ways that’s a […]

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Suicide: Thoughts on Depression & Robin Williams

Yesterday I had lunch with a friend whose father died via suicide. Our conversation spanned other topics, but I didn’t know that my thoughts would turn to suicide later that night. The last time I saw her –when we were both 17– I didn’t know much about suicide. But since then, I’ve seen it happen […]

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FMLA Anniversary: Imagining the Family Leave World We Deserve

Twenty-one. This number has come to symbolize adulthood. It means good luck in cards. But when it comes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, twenty-one stands for “too damn long” – too little progress over too many years. On August 5, 1993, Congress implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), six months after […]

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Jill Biden Promoting Women’s Empowerment in Africa

On the eve of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leader’s Summit, Jill Biden recently toured Zambia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold a variety of discussions on empowering African women to move forward as entrepreneurs and helping both women and girls on that continent to real their full potential. The Second Lady’s visit […]

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