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Elayne Clift is a writer,lecturer, workshop leader and activist. She is senior correspondent for Women's Feature Service, columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel and Brattleboro (VT) Commons and a contributor to various publications internationally. Her latest book is ACHAN: A Year of Teaching Thailand (Bangkok Books, 2007). She is also the editor of Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Visions for a Just Society (UPNE/Tufts U., 2007). She lives in Saxtons River, Vt. and invites readers to visit her website:

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Oblique facade 3%2C US Supreme Court., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 27, 2022
The Dangers of a Deranged Judiciary This month as we go to the polls to vote for people to represent us at all levels of governance it is deeply important to remember that these midterm elections are monumentally significant in an unprecedented way, with the possible exception of the Nazi scare in the 1930s and 40s. Results of all elections have consequences, but this time they will serve as a precursor to the most consequential election in our lifetimes in 2024
Ketanji Brown Jackson %28robe photo%29., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 26, 2022
The Life Force of Livid Women is at Work In 1995 when activist, advocate and former Congresswoman Bella Abzug uttered these words at the 4th World Conference of Women in Beijing, thousands of women there and everywhere felt the force of her words: "Women will change the nature of power, power will not change the nature of women. Never underestimate the importance of what we are doing. Never give in and never give up!"
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Cybercrime: The Phenomenon That Keeps on Taking I'm pretty good at spotting scam emails and texts but I still got caught. Alarmed by what seemed like a legitimate PayPal warning that a large sum of money was being charged to my account, I fell for a message that could have destroyed me financially. It took a Herculean effort to ensure my financial safety and identity.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 19, 2022
Is This the Country You Want to Inhabit? At last alarm bells are ringing. Most sentient Americans are beginning to realize what is at stake in the November midterm elections, and the 2024 election that will follow - unless by then they are cancelled. That's because unless you're a devotee of Donald Trump and his ilk it is now clear that we are in the early stages of full-blown fascism and the death of democracy in America.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 18, 2022
The Other Long Haul Covid As the new Covid booster becomes available it's good to see eligible people lining up to receive it. In addition to providing a new layer of protection against the virus, the vaccine is a reminder that the Covid pandemic is not over, despite changes in safety protocols that contribute to continued resistance to preventive behavior change.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 29, 2022
From Passports to Passwords: Living a Technological Life We are all being held hostage by massive technology glitches on the Internet. Does corporate America care?
We need gun reform now, student lie-in at the White House to protest gun laws, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 26, 2022
Another Day, Another Newtown: The Obscenity of Gun Violence When news of another school slaughter broke, this time again in Texas, the bile that rose in my throat was as bitter as the memory of Columbine, Newtown, Parkland - and the other grievous incidents of gun violence in schools - all 554 of them since Columbine, as NPR has reported.
A Cape Cod Cottage - vintage postcard, From Uploaded
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 7, 2022
A Personal Tribute to Mothers and Role Models It was a house of love and a safe haven where laughter was frequent, anxiety had no place, affection reigned. It was a Cape Cod bungalow with a white picket fence that made me feel warm and happy. In short, it was 1950s perfect and I wished it were mine. I lived across the street in a house that became a place of illness, loneliness, and "quiet despair."
Alexey Neyman (right) protesting in Times Square, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 24, 2022
An Artist, a Mission, and a Meaningful Moment There are occasions in life that gift us serendipitously. Often they move us. Such was my experience when I met Russian born Alexey Neyman, an 83-year old Jewish artist whose exhibition, "The Habitual Light of Memory," is raising funds for Ukraine.
Desperate, From PixabayPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Pathologizing Grief: How Long Can You Be Sad? Here we go again. The so-called experts in psychiatry charged with updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), the less than empirical "bible of psychiatry" that clinicians rely on for reimbursable diagnoses, have decided that six months, maybe a year if they're generous, is sufficient time to recover from a life-shattering loss.
MaryWollstonecraft., From WikimediaPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 31, 2022
Women Who Change the World: La Pasionarias Past and Present Throughout history women have left their mark on the world in numerous, and often unknown, unrecognized, or forgotten ways. What better time to honor some of them than Women's History Month, especially the "pasionarias."
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 13, 2016
The Archetypal Journey of Hillary Rodham Clinton Hillary Clinton represents a new type of archetype - a female hero on a quest who survives the Underground and comes out intact, changed by the experience, and able to create change because of it.
Islam in Europe: Switzerland: Canton guidelines allow burkini in ..., From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Can Women Finally Put an End to the Clothing Police? Patriarchy still prevails when it comes to how women dress. Women can make their own fashion decisions without permission from Daddy, designers and demagogues.
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Why I Will No Longer Post to OpEdNews OEN readers take note: I will no longer be posting here. That decision is explained here.
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 24, 2016
Time to Get Behind Hillary Hillary Clinton may not be perfect, but now that she's the Dem candidate, can we give her her due? Especially in face of the alternative?
Black Lives Matter Protest, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 9, 2016
America's Many Faces of Mounting Fury America's recent violence against Blacks and police reveals how badly it has lost it's way. What can be done about the overt and incipient hatred that is revealing itself in a nation that prides itself on being "better than that"?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The Naked Truth About America's Rape Culture What has the Stanford rape case taught us about America's rape culture? What are we going to do about it?
New Parents, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 1, 2016
The Urgency of Family Leave Legislation When will America get with the rest of the developed world and provide paid family leave?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Fort Hood Survivors Still Struggle to Recover Seven years ago an army psychiatrist fatally shot 13 people, injuring 30 others, at Ft.Hood. Why is this attack still classified as "workplace violence instead of a terrorist attack?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Patriarchs and Politicians Weigh In on Women It's been a while since blatant misogyny on the scale we see today reared its ugly head so overtly in political circles. But thanks to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and others on the far right, we are reminded of just how base male attitudes towards women can be.

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