Is Estrogen Evil or Essential?

Unless you’ve had a hot flash — that dizzying, toxic, sitting in a sweat-lodge feeling from the neck up — you may not understand why the recent news from Yale University about the estrogen studies of 2002 makes postmenopausal women take notice. Yale researchers believe that upwards of 50,000 women may have died unnecessarily after […]

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Hillary Watch: The Road to 2016!

Since so many people are fascinated with whether or not Hillary Clinton — former First Lady, former U.S. Senator and former Secretary of State — is going to take another run at the White House in 2016, The Broad Side is launching a new feature called “Hillary Watch: The Road to 2016″ to keep you […]

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Hunger: Ramadan Challenge or Story of Life?

Thirty minutes from the city of Bahir Dar, at the end of the sole, dusty road leading through a tiny village we ducked into the cool interior of a mud-walled duplex. Six or seven of us crowded into the front corner of the last home on the left, no larger in its entirety than my […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: Baby Booming

George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, son of Duchess Catherine and Prince William, has arrived. News of the young prince’s birth was broadcast by every branch of the news media, including the old branch: a town crier. This boy George’s birthday has overshadowed other news in the labor and delivery wings of the world. Until now. […]

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Is Netflix the New Feminist Hollywood Leader?

Things haven’t been looking good for women in the television industry for a long time. According to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, only 7% of directors, 13% of writers, and 20% of producers are female. With such a dearth of female representation in front of and behind the camera, it’s been a […]

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Huma Abedin – The Good Wife Stands By Her Man

She stood there while her husband spoke about his sexual transgressions. Her hair tied in a loose pony tail, nervously fidgeting, she flashed the obligatory smile at the high-profile mayoral candidate for New York City. As he calmly and casually brushed off the latest of his sexting allegations, she played the role of dutiful wife. […]

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Be Kind to Princess Kate

As the world welcomes the new royal baby, I feel tremendous empathy for Princess Kate. I was in the hospital delivering my second baby two weeks ago, and I’m still in throes of newborn parenthood. If you’ve never been a newborn parent, or if it’s been a few years, you may not know (or you […]

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Saying Goodbye to Helen Thomas

The well-known White House reporter, Helen Thomas, died on July 20 at the age of 92.This paragraph from the Washington Post obituary for Helen Thomas sums up my view of her: When President George H.W. Bush announced that the defense budget would remain the same after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of […]

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Are You Being Watched?

You are being watched. Yes, you, the forty-something harried female in the silver RAV-4, the one with the lacrosse sticker on the scratched back bumper. A National Public Radio story caught my attention earlier this week about the burgeoning network of police cameras photographing license plates.  A new ACLU study notes that license tag captures […]

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Creationism Doesn’t Work with Journalism

Journalist Virginia Heffernan displayed incredible courage coming out as a creationist. Well, incredible courage and incredible foolishness. Heffernan has had a successful career in her chosen field. She has written for The New York Times and the website Slate in the past. Currently Yahoo! News features her work, where she mostly writes about technology. Last […]

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Who Can Profile?

I cannot hold my virtual tongue any longer. I have seen countless comments on the dozens of blog posts I’ve read in connection with the George Zimmerman homicide case that make reference to the “fact” that the killing couldn’t have been racially motivated because GZ is Hispanic (sic), not white. Somewhere along this country’s checkered […]

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