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Jul. 28, 2016 8:27 am
Twitter is a wonderful thing. Today it raised my curiosity when I saw a well intentioned Tweet from the popular Twitterer Dr Brooke Magnanti - who defines herself online as: "Author, forensic scientist & ex call girl Belle de Jour" Today, Dr Maganti Twittered : "The term illegal immigrant was first used in 1939 as a slur by British toward Jews fleeing the Nazis. Maganti cites a CNN...  Read More
Jan. 10, 2016 4:46 am
Postscript: Sunday 10th January 2016 22.30 GMT . A more detailed version of this blog post can be found on The Patrick Matthew Blog , which delves deeper into the John Lindley Wellingtonia Plagiarism Question with more data and detail. Postscript 23rd January 2016 . The Wildlife photographer Peggy Edwards kindly sent an email update from the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh on some the...  Read More
Jun. 28, 2014 11:32 am
Like so many others, the Major General Benjamin E. Butler “ Coined Contraband Myth " is long busted. But most embarrassingly it lives on in the latest published literature. Weirdly, even in the 21st century, many people, academic scholars included, suffer under the credulous delusion that something in a book, or in a peer reviewed article, must be true by virtue of it being in print. Such...  Read More
Mar. 13, 2013 1:33 pm
Amity Shlaes, one of America’s most interesting and influential public intellectuals, has just published Coolidge , a biography of that laconic president. It is meticulously researched, and compellingly written, and of this writing residing on The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list at number 6. This book’s prominence appears due less to its exploration of an enigmatic historical...  Read More
Oct. 1, 2012 7:45 am
I like to think that voting is a trendy thing for young Americans. We see it as a rite of passage and a chance to impact the world. I like to think that come November 4 th , some of us make it a point to show off our ‘I Voted’ sticker, like it’s the status symbol for the concerned citizen. But in reality, voting isn’t that easy when you’ve never done it before and it takes a lot of...  Read More
Mar. 14, 2012 5:37 pm
As a footnote to, or distraction from, this enervating campaign season, consider the increasing likelihood that no veteran of the war in Vietnam will ever inhabit the White House. That war appears destined to become the first major military conflict in American history from which no service member ascended to the presidency. Even vets from lesser-known fights such as the Black Hawk War (Abraham...  Read More
Mar. 1, 2012 11:06 am
“ If women want any rights more than they got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it. ” — Sojourner Truth, 1797-1883. Former slave, abolitionist,women’s rights activist, Methodist minister. Truth’s admonition seems archaic now. Why are we still “talking about it?” Is women’s history of struggle for equal rights relevant in a world where women have outpaced men in...  Read More
Jan. 15, 2012 7:49 pm
I'm excited to invite you to a No Excuses: 9 Ways to Boost Your Power in 2012 workshop I'll be offering in collaboration with Digitistas in New York on 1/31. The deets- are below--please click here to register . (Oh, and as a Friend of Gloria, if you use the code NoExcuses when you sign up, you'll get a $10 discount in addition to a copy of the book and many practical tools to boost your...  Read More
Dec. 19, 2011 3:57 pm
A political consultant who taught me lots about the workings of the lawmaking process when I was new to retail politics told me that politics is in the end all theater. Rarely has his analysis seemed as accurate as watching the House Republicans today try to justify holding American citizens in a state of suspended animation, wondering what's going to happen to their paychecks next year or...  Read More
Dec. 14, 2011 10:53 am
Please read this article, and just as the steam is coming out of your ears, go sign the petition and leave your comment for the president. It's up to us to hold him, and all politicians, accountable. Out of patience with Obama Administration betrayals on health issues, a coalition has launched a petition demanding an agenda that is fair to women. It wasn’t the first time that President...  Read More
Nov. 30, 2011 7:00 am
I am thrilled to share with 9 Ways readers this post generously contributed by Jenn Pozner and posted originally on her WIMN Blog . In it, she interviews Jaclyn Friedman, author of an important new book, What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety . The title gives you a great intro, so I won't embellish except to say that Jenn did a great interview,...  Read More
Oct. 19, 2011 7:00 am
I've known Phoenix City Council candidate Brenda Sperduti as a civic activist for over 20 years. Because I so often encourage women to run for public office, it's only right that I do what I can to highlight the accomplishments and character of those I'd like to see making the decisions at all levels of government. Special note to my Phoenix friends: Early Voting deadline is fast...  Read More
Oct. 17, 2011 10:55 am
It's all about leadership. Would you agree? Arena Asks: The Obama administration is scrapping a long-term care insurance program created by the new health care law, reports the New York Times. The administration’s decision was another setback for the new law, which is under attack in court, in Congress and in many state legislatures. How much does this erode support for the health law?...  Read More
Oct. 13, 2011 4:43 pm
I get a little nostalgic in October remembering my late parents whose birthdays were this month. So when Bonnie McEwan, president of the public interest communications firm Make Waves , suggested I write about how people in middle management can be leaders, I chuckled to think of one of my father's favorite sayings: "Everybody puts their pants on one leg at a time." That conjures up amusing...  Read More
Oct. 12, 2011 10:00 am
"Isolation is an illusion. So many of us have suffered through violence against our bodies, souls and minds. I hope that by sharing my story and what I've learned through recovery, women will be inspired to break open their own silences. Suffering can be the seed of awakening. When we awaken, we encourage others to do the same." You may have heard of the name Brooke Elise Axtell through her...  Read More
Oct. 5, 2011 7:00 am
I had the honor to meet Sergeant Bernadette Smith at the YWCA Women’s Leadership Conference in Tucson. We had written back and forth, as she had contacted me via this website after discovering No Excuses in a local bookstore. Once I met her in person I knew she was someone you had to meet. She is the epitome of “Power-To” utilized gracefully in a very male-centric profession. As you’ll see...  Read More
Oct. 4, 2011 9:14 pm
Do you think it's too late for Obama to redeem himself, as this question seems to imply? If you were advising him, what would you say? And do you think insurgent movements like Occupy Wall Street can help re-inspire the progressive base? Arena Asks : Democrats across the country are preparing for an onslaught of attacks from American Crossroads, an independent fundraising group that bombed...  Read More
Oct. 3, 2011 9:46 pm
Mondays are typically slow news days, and today was apparently no exception to judge from the superfluous questions asked of Politico's Arena panel today. On the other hand, I'm still ticked off that I didn't know about the Missoni collection at Target until it was sold out, so what do I know? Did any of you find the Missonis? And really, do you think the media should have spent one drop of ink...  Read More
Sep. 30, 2011 7:00 am
Autumn has officially arrived, and with it back-to-school education talk has been a big topic this week. Today’s Friday Round Up explores the power of education in general, and its power to foster gender parity specifically. President Obama gave his traditional Back-to-School Speech on Tuesday at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington telling students their achievements are a...  Read More
Sep. 29, 2011 6:48 pm I knew there’d be pushback the minute I dubbed vision the #1 leadership characteristic . "Get real," several readers e-mailed. It reminded me of the cartoon a colleague once gave me, bearing the caption: “When you’re up to your a** in alligators, it’s hard to remember your goal was to drain the swamp.” In a time of economic chaos, when many people...  Read More
Sep. 23, 2011 7:00 am
About 40 years ago, someone close to me told me she was involved with another woman and asked me how I felt about that. “I don’t know,” I replied. That was my honest answer at the time. You see, this “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) business has been around for a long time. Nobody asked, nobody told, nobody really talked at all about sexual orientation with me as a heterosexual woman, and certainly...  Read More
Sep. 23, 2011 7:00 am
About 40 years ago, someone close to me told me she was involved with another woman and asked me how I felt about that. “I don’t know,” I replied. That was my honest answer at the time. You see, this “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) business has been around for a long time. Nobody asked, nobody told, nobody really talked at all about sexual orientation with me as a heterosexual woman, and certainly...  Read More
Sep. 20, 2011 5:32 pm
You might look at my headline and reply, "Is the Pope Catholic?" because you agree with my contention that institutional sexism is bound to exist in a structure so traditionally male-dominated. Read on and let me know what you think about Arena's question of whether the new Suskind book's revelations about the treatment of women in the White House will damage Obama. Arena Asks : Tuesday's...  Read More
Sep. 19, 2011 10:21 pm
I didn't get around to answering Politico's question "Will 'Buffett tax' fly?" in time for them to publish it. But after a day of hearing the President argue his case, I'm sharing my thoughts with you. Let me know what you think. Arena Asks : President Barack Obama will release a plan today to cut the federal deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade, drawing half the savings from new...  Read More
Sep. 13, 2011 10:50 am
I wrote this commentary for the Daily Beast and titled it "Pump Up the Passion." Of course, they flamed it up and called it "Dems Need a Bachmann!" My point is that this is a moment of opportunity for progressive women to soar to leadership in a politics that sorely needs leadership, but we must a) learn from our adversaries and b) stake out a bold agenda to define and drive the debate. I value...  Read More
Sep. 11, 2011 3:54 pm
I received this inspiring letter ten years ago from a woman whose mother died on 9/11. America needs Valerie Hanna's ethic of generosity today--read on: On September 11, 2001, my mother, Valerie Joan Hanna, Senior Vice President, Technology, at Marsh and McLennan was killed on the 97th floor of tower One. She was a women’s right activist, who started as a single mom with two of her own, on...  Read More
Sep. 11, 2011 10:20 am
Listening to names and silence. Both powerfully capturing the immensity of the day and both bringing me to tears. Over the week, judiciously trying to avoid too many images, too much pain, I carefully edited what I would watch and read. In the calm and quiet of the Sabbath, I read two things and heard one that gave me a context, a frame to place around the horror that, while not muting it,...  Read More
Sep. 9, 2011 1:41 pm
What's your opinion of the president's speech? Please post below. Here's mine: Arena Asks : President Barack Obama on Thursday proposed a $447 billion jobs package composed of tax cuts, aid to states and infrastructure spending, challenging a joint session of Congress to shut down the "political circus" and pass what he dubbed the American Jobs Act as soon as possible. Will President...  Read More
Sep. 9, 2011 12:55 pm
It was a crystal clear September 11, 2001. I was on the 8:30 am shuttle to Washington D.C. The plane I was on hurtled down the La Guardia runway and then suddenly came to a halt. The pilot directed the aircraft back to the gate noting there would not be any other flights that day. I was peeved and confused. Since I had an important meeting at the Pentagon I jumped in a cab and directed the...  Read More
Sep. 7, 2011 1:27 pm
Get into the act! What question do you want to ask the candidates? Post your comments here. Arena Asks : Eight Republican presidential hopefuls are gearing up to take the stage tonight for the POLITICO/NBC News debate – the first major faceoff as campaign season kicks into high gear. If you were a moderator at tonight’s debate, what would you ask the candidates and why? My Answer: ...  Read More to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

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