How Far Can You “Lean In” if You’re Not Pretty?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called “lean in” concept, and the pressures put on young women in our culture to be and do it all, whatever “all” is, and work-life balance and all that. In the midst of which, as the mother of college-aged daughters, I often find myself wondering: would […]

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Remembrances of Memorial Day Weekends Past

Memorial Day weekend meant two distinct and important activities for a child growing up in an Indiana town in the 1960s. Race Day was about fun and family, and Decoration Day was about country and family. Sunday was Race Day, an acceptable reason for missing church. Indiana’s 92 counties then shared the same time, in […]

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Silver Bullets? I’d Rather Have Chocolate Ones

A seven-year-old boy named Myles wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden with his solution for gun violence. Chocolate bullets. The Vice President is completely on board with this idea, because, as he says in his letter back to Myles, “People love chocolate.” Some fellow writers at The Broad Side had very strong reactions […]

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Broad of the Week: The Latina Rebel of the Civil War

Loreta Velazquez was no normal little girl. Even as the young daughter of Cuban aristocrats, she railed against the injustice of being a girl in a world that privileged boys. Her story is told in “Rebel,” a new episode of “Voces” on PBS, premiering Friday, May 24th. Velazquez was sent to New Orleans as a […]

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Wolf Blitzer’s Faith-Based Journalism in Oklahoma

Americans are accustomed to reporters framing tragedy in divine terms. Survivors were the beneficiaries of “miracles.” Everyone should pray for the victims and their families. And so on. For CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, such religious pandering recently backfired embarrassingly. He was on the ground in Oklahoma after a powerful tornado devastated the town of Moore. It […]

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The Sound of One Hand Praying?

This June marks the fourth annual global rosary relay. What’s that, you ask? Founded in 2010 in an effort to mobilize the prayers of Catholics worldwide, this relay is an effort to bring awareness, along with many hundreds of prayers, to the topic of the sanctification of priests. Catholic priests, to be exact. Remarkably, given […]

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Two Very Different Takes on Working Family Flexiblity

Republican Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and others in his party have recently been promoting an idea that conservatives have long shied away from — government-mandated workplace flexibility. Republicans have made it clear for decades that the idea of flex-time and other ideas to promote flexibility should be left up to employers and […]

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What is REALLY Important to Military Families

Military families have big concerns about their pay and benefits, employment opportunities for their spouses, and their children’s education. Probably most American families have those concerns as well, but these issues present special challenges for military families because of issues surrounding deployments and frequent family moves. Blue Star Families’ 2013 Military Families Lifestyle Survey, recently […]

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College Debt Has a Female Face

As the graduation season winds down the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” are fading, the mortarboards and robes are coming off, and the after-parties will soon be over. When the new college grads wake up, many will be in a new world. Welcome to Debtorville. The number of U.S. adults with student loan debt has […]

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Workers Have Advice for President Obama

Duncan McTaggart regarded President Barack Obama from 15 feet behind him on the stage. The president delivered a speech to Duncan’s co-workers, his congressional representatives, Baltimore’s mayor, and Maryland’s governor at Baltimore’s Ellicott Dredges plant, one of the oldest dredging equipment companies in the world. McTaggart had just finished introducing Obama to the crowd. Not […]

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President’s Woes Don’t Equal Watergate

Inside the beltway, there’s a tendency to “gate” everything.  If you’re old enough, or a student of history, you know that Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal was one of the most notorious presidential scandals ever (that didn’t involve an intern!) Ever since then, any potential trouble for a president (and sometimes others) in Washington has been […]

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Angelina the Amazon

In Greek mythology, Amazons were said to remove a breast in order to better shoot arrows. This week, the world awoke to realize that the breathtakingly beautiful Angelina Jolie had removed both of her breasts in order to better see her grandchildren. A lot has already been written on Jolie and her decision. For the […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: Scandals Abound!

Benghazi. Tea Party targeting by the IRS. Associated Press records seized by the Department of Justice. Kerry Washington. Okay. That last one is actually an actress from a television show called Scandal that has recently exploded in popularity. The first three, though? Those are scandals that likely won’t see closing curtains for a while. They are […]

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The IRS & the Tea Party: Nonprofits Need More Scrutiny, Not Less

Washington Republicans and Democrats finally found something about which they can agree: The Internal Revenue Service should not have singled out groups with conservative sounding names for heightened scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. Democrats can claim consistency. When Bush Administration departments were caught politicizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and using partisan litmus […]

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Charles Ramsey and the Racial Language Barrier

It’s high time for white folks to stop laughing at the way black folks talk. Of course, I’m referring to the latest social media sensation: Charles Ramsey, the man who is a hero for his Good Samaritan role in the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight from the Cleveland home of Ariel […]

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