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Gloria Feldt
Gloria Feldt
Gloria Feldt is a leading women's activist, keynote speaker, and best selling author most recently of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. She teaches Women, Power, and Leadership at Arizona State University and is former president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
 
May 31, 2011 9:12 am
Today I begin a new series on the 9 Ways Blog, "She's Doing It." As I've traveled the country talking with people at bookstores and speaking events, and as I've heard from hundreds of you via social media and e-mail, I sense a movement on the rise. Some women like Manisha Thakor , I'm thrilled to say, tell me they were inspired by No Excuses to start new businesses or like Brooke Elise Axtell...  Read More
May 27, 2011 7:00 am
In the newsletter I sent out this past week, I began with this quote from the late feminist poet, Muriel Rukeyser: "What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open." This week's Roundup links to a selection of articles, each of which represents a way that women are using their "power to" by simply telling the truth, which is so often the most...  Read More
May 25, 2011 7:00 am
My grandmother used to say: "The rich suffer too but they suffer in comfort." Apparently for the wealthy deposed IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, suffering in comfort won't come easy. He has been denied the right to live in one comfortable NY apartment after another as a consequence of his alleged sexual assault upon a hotel maid. Without making judgments about "DSK" who will soon enough...  Read More
May 20, 2011 8:04 am
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has put all his movie projects on hold, including one called "Cry Macho.” Oh the irony of that title. Let me get him a hanky so Mr. Macho himself doesn’t douse those phallic cigars he puffs on with his tears. There’s also a yummy irony in the fact that the woman who brought down this powerful man is near the bottom rung of social power, a...  Read More
May 20, 2011 7:00 am
I'll get to Arnold Schwarzenegger later. For now it's enough simply to observe that over the past few weeks, the world has been cracked open to reveal--and we hope come to revile--the sexual hubris that has enabled so many men to feel entitled to power over women's bodies. I've made the "power over" versus "power to" distinction in No Excuses. What more direct way to rob women of their power...  Read More
May 17, 2011 7:00 am
Have you ever heard of Barbara Peabody Smith, who went by her nickname Kate? I hadn't until I read her obituary last week. Her story is an inspiring reminder of how we can define our own terms. Defining terms by making language nonsexist changes everything--how people think and therefore how people act. Little wonder that this daughter of journalists understood the power of language. But what...  Read More
May 13, 2011 7:00 am
Last week my husband and I had the parental gratification of cheering two daughters as they received Bachelor of Science in Nursing pins. The commencement speaker took as his theme their college's tag line "Find your purpose." It's a lofty rhetorical exhortation and the newly minted nurses seemed inspired by it. It also set me to thinking about the importance of taking the next step--after...  Read More
May 12, 2011 7:00 am
Among the many impressive women I interviewed for No Excuses , Jacki Zehner stands out. The youngest woman and first female trader to become a partner at Goldman Sachs in 1996, Zehner is a founding partner of Circle Financial Group . She matches her business acumen and success with her strong commitment to philanthropy, including the Women’s Funding Network and Women Moving Millions ...  Read More
May 4, 2011 7:00 am
The Women's Media Center Board and special guests. From left to right: Jodi Evans, Jewelle Bickford, Jane Fonda, Gabourey Sidibe, Julie Burton, me, Carol Jenkins, Robin Morgan, Marlo Thomas, Gloria Steinem, Jamia Wilson, Michaela Monaha. Before she began her remarks at the podium, Jane Fonda pointed her digital camera at the 500 women and a few men packing the Paley Center auditorium on...  Read More
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