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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: www.elayneclift.com

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(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 15, 2012
What Happens When "Jane" Comes Marching Home Again? Sexual abuse of military women is rampant and under-reported for fear of reprisal. And it doesn't stop there.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Is America Really as Safe a Place to Live as You Thought? Feeling safe living in the US? You may want to think again.
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 24, 2012
Orifice Politics; What the War on Women is Really About Men at war - using the orifice to get to the office!
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 27, 2011
Why Are We Sexualizing Young Girls? Why is our overly-sexualized culture being foisted on young girls? Parents need to ramp up opposition.
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 4, 2012
Beauty and the Beast: The Ugly Attacks on Activist Women Why was Ashley Judd attacked for her looks? It goes deeper than "The Beauty Myth."
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 22, 2012
DSM-5 Could Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health The 5th edition of the DSM - the "psychiatrists' Bible" - will be out in 2013. Practitioners who rely on it should remember the Hippocratic Oath: "Do no harm." Patients should beware unscientific labeling.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The Beauty and Challenge of a Bi-cultural Marriage An American woman reflects upon her 36-year marriage to a Londoner and concludes she wouldn't have missed a day of it.
(48 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 24, 2012
What Ever Happened to Gun Control? What will it take for Congress and Americans to return to the issue of gun control?
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 28, 2010
A Letter to President Obama From a Frustrated Supporter I'm still behind the president but is he still "fired up and ready to go"? A letter of frustration to the White House.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 31, 2011
Boring Blogs and Not-So-Social Media Has social media had it's 15 minutes of fame?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 21, 2013
When It Comes to Mental Health, Do No Harm An exhibit in NY underscores what care must be taken when it comes to mental health diagnosis and treatment.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Women's Friendships Lift Moods, Save Lives " The Girls From Ames" aren't the only ones finding value in female friendship. Studies repeatedly show that friendship is good for women -- and men.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 29, 2010
THE ASSUMPTIONS WE MAKE ABOUT OTHERS CAN BE WRONG Why do we assume the homeless are dangerous? When I lived in Wash., DC, I volunteered at a shelter for homeless women. One evening an attractive, well-dressed, middle-aged woman came in. She was made-up, wore silver bracelets, and sported a handsome chenille scarf. I asked if she was a board member. "No," she said. "I live here right now." The assumptions I made about other women who showed up looking poor were equally
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 2, 2010
Safe Motherhood Revisited Another look at maternal mortality worldwide asks why we can't end the scourge that kills over half a million women annually.
The troubling death of a lion reveals much about mainstream media. Notably the need for courage, intelligence, and heart., From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Troubling Times in the Bush, and in Media's Back Rooms A murdered lion, death by Israeli zealots, MSNBC program cancellations. What could they possibly have in common?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Nurses: The Heart & Backbone of Health Care May 6 - 12 is National Nurses Week. What better time to honor nurses and to remember the difference they make in health care delivery, policy and financing.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 30, 2015
Remembering the Human in Human (Sex) Trafficking Shame on Republicans for trying to sneak anti-abortion language into the proposed Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015! Do they really think raped girls haven't been punished enough?
(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.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2012
Rising Fundamentalisms Threaten Us All Fundamentalisms, whether religious or political, are more than a "War on Women." The encroaching signs of totalitarianism should be of concern to all of us.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Understanding Abortion In an election year it's more important than ever to remember what abortion is really about: women's lives.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 4, 2015
Prison Health Care Sorely in Need of Reform Being in prison is no picnic, but few people realize that it can be a matter of life and death for those needing health care. A recent measles outbreak in California help to make the case.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 27, 2014
Will Our Gilded Age Lead to Another Progressive Era? In today's Gilded Age, Wall Street bankers dress down for dinner, their women in Gucci, Pucci and Louis Vuitton casual-wear. They live on Fifth Avenue as the barons did, or in rehabbed Brooklyn brownstones perhaps, and keep beachside condos in Boca Raton and Belize. Will the 1% lead the way to a new Progressive Era?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 19, 2011
Can We Give Troubled Teens Another Chance? Should youth offenders be charged and sentenced as adults? Elizabeth Lozano who received a life-without-parole sentence for a crime she committed at age 16 may change your mind.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 30, 2012
Nanny Abuse is a Two-Way Street Nannies can be abusive to the children in their care, but often they suffer abuse themselves.
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 1, 2015
A Vote for Hillary May be Hard but Consider the Alternative Despite the concerns that many progressive have about Hillary,if she is the Democratic candidate we must get behind her. A Right Wing Republican in the White House would spell disaster for years to come.
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 14, 2013
Burkhas and Bikinis: What Women's Bodies Reveal About Cultures women covered head to toe; women nearly naked. What is the message, one country to another?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 24, 2015
The Pathologizing of Children The over-prescribing of psychotropic drugs to children, some still in the crib, is alarming. Parents, physicians and educators must remember to "do no harm."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 27, 2015
What to Do About a Collective Unconscious in Despair Are we ready for another great social movement that can transform the way we live? The Civil Rights and Women's Movements can serve as models.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The War on Women Continues Globally The war on women continues unabated around the world. What do we do about it?
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 31, 2013
A Shout Out to the Bad Girls Literature is full of them. Congress has some. Feminist celebrate them. Know any bad girls?
(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?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 10, 2011
Framing Innocence: A Mother's Photographs, A Prosecutor's Zeal, and a Small Town Response A book review about what can happen in the lives of ordinary, good people who feel safe in the privacy of their homes and who trust in the protections afforded by jurisprudence.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 9, 2015
The Myth of a Model Country Gun violence, wage inequality, racism and more - how can we say America is a model country?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Birth of Octoplets Raises Questions About Fertility Industry The U.S. fertility industry is growing and becoming more alarming. It's time for some regulation.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 26, 2014
Is America a Failed State? Have we become a failed state like those we accuse of being "developing countries"? Given political corruption, police brutality, SCOTUS decisions, gun violence and more it's beginning to look that way.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 26, 2011
CELL PHONES ARE ONLY PART OF MODERN RISKS Why all the hoopla about cell phones and cancer given all the other pollutants of daily life?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 11, 2013
Can Women's Health Trump the Abortion Debate? What will it take for legislators to stop branding full service women's health clinics as abortion factories?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 28, 2010
Gay Youth Suicide: A Tragic and Unnecessary Epidemic The rash of recent suicides among gay youth begs the question: Are adults ready to accept the continuum of gender?
Lyme Disease, transmitted by the bite of a small tick, is now endemic in several states., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 1, 2015
Is Lyme the Next Infectious Disease Disaster? Lyme disease is now endemic in several states and growing exponentially across the country. Why are infectious disease specialists still in denial about its severity and chronic nature?
Goverment Shutdown - Michele Langbehn's Cancer Continues Untreated, From ImagesAttr
(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 12, 2013
What the Shutdown Means for Women Why haven't the media talked about the critical impact of the government shutdown on women?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 25, 2011
Bullying with a Badge There is no excuse for police brutality under any circumstances. The Kelly Thomas case helps us remember that.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The End of Privacy Whatever your point of view is on increased surveillance whether by bosses, doctors or drones, we would all be wise to watch out for hackers, identify thieves, and marketers. Given the increasingly complex and intrusive world we live in, personal privacy is a civil rights issues that bears watching.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 25, 2011
Are We Ready to Save Our Planet? We are fast approaching a tipping point. If we don't act now, climate change will become irreversible. 350.org and Al Gore try to inspire us.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 25, 2013
Never Again? Anti-Semitism on the Rise A rise in anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere begs the question: Never again?
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 19, 2010
The Shady Side of Sixty Growing older has its rewards even if it is a bit alarming.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 2, 2010
Health Screening: What's a Woman to Do? Women are confused about new recommendations for breast and cervical cancer screening. What do women's health advocates think?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 13, 2012
How Did Misogyny Become a Full Time Job? Misogyny is out of the closet thanks to Republican fundamentalists and the Catholic Church. Is this really 2012?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 30, 2010
Yes Virginia, There Are Some Good Politicians In a politically contentious time, let's remember some of the good politicians.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Milestone for Women Achieved by Affordable Care Act In August 8 new, important prevention-related services became effective via ACA that will have a profound effect on women and their health. Who could possibly be against that?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 26, 2014
Why the Millennials Give me Hope The children of Baby Boomers are socially conscious and pro-active in a way that should give us all hope for the future.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 28, 2010
A Message for Liberal Whiners...and the Democratic Leadership Liberals need to stop complaining and get with the program. This election is too important to whine about Democratic shortfalls during the first two years.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 24, 2010
Remembering the Women Who Brought Us the Vote It's the 90th anniversary of women's suffrage, yet some women still don't vote. If only they knew what women endured to give us that right maybe they would.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2012
Rape is More Than a Women's Issue You can tell a lot about a person or political party by what they think and say about women. Does anyone need to know more than this when they vote on Nov. 6?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 20, 2010
The Insanity of Our Times Has America gone mad? From building an Islamic community center to DADT, from anti-immigration hysteria to widespread corruption, what will it take to set us right again?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 7, 2014
Are We Really the Greatest Country on Earth? Can a country that uses capital punishment, sanctions torture, and abuses its veterans really be nirvana?
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Sexual Bliss for Women with a Little Pink Pill - Really? Flibanserin is Big Pharma's latest controversial innovation designed, it seems, to respond to American women's quest for an eternal wet dream. Why is Puritanical America so fixated on sex, sexual desire and sexual performance?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sisterhood is Powerful When it Tackles Teen Pregnancy A successful model for curbing teen pregnancy
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Are We Headed for a Robotic World? Are we headed for a robotic world? With Google's recent purchase of Boston Dynamics, the firm that makes battle robots that look like galloping headless horses, people are starting to take note of what our future may look like.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 24, 2011
Back to the Backroom? Legislation Threatens Women's Right to Abortion If conservatives in Congress and in state capitals have their way, women will be back to hanger days, especially if they're poor.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 22, 2011
The War on Women Persists An all-out assault on women by Republicans is trying to take us back to the Dark Ages, but we won't go!
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 28, 2009
Growing Up in a Glass Bowl: Malia & Sasha in the White House A look at White House kids, how they fare, and what they say after the fact - with particular attention to the two newest kids on the block.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 5, 2014
Welcome to the New America, Where Oligarchs Rock! Is Oligarchy the new "word for the day"? Is there even a word that captures how dangerous that is for America's future, or a word for the day when democracy died?
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"?
Talking about police brutality isn't the same as changing it. Let's change it., From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 29, 2015
Policing Post Mortem: What Needs to Happen Next? Let's not let police brutality go the way of gun control legislation or the war on women. Some suggestions for stopping the violence.
Listening Skills, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 22, 2015
The Fine Art of Listening Listening doesn't always come easily but it's deeply important in a world full of pain - and promise.
Jean-Leon Gerome: The Slave Market, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Ferguson, Feminism and Faith Offer Lessons for Our Common Future Surely the time has come to tell our personal narratives about violence, oppression and marginalization if we are to realize our common humanity.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 31, 2010
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE HAITI DISASTER? What can Haiti teach us about disaster relief?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 9, 2014
Women Take Lead as Abolishing Death Penalty Gains Traction State by state, women are taking the lead in ending the death penalty. They range from activist nuns to exonerees to family members. And they're having an impact.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Bullies, Brutality and Bullets: Violence in America Prevails Military sexual misconduct, police brutality, gun violence - we have become inured to violence in America.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 1, 2009
Before You Buy Pink...Think Now that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, can we think twice before we pink?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 7, 2014
Standing Up to Corporate Greed What happens when employees, customers and even management stand up to abuse by the powers that be? This ongoing case study is compelling.
(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?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 21, 2011
Let's Hear It for the Bad Boys Enough already with corporate bullies and con artists, banker bums, oil company execs and creeps in political office.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Real Stunner in the Midterm Elections What Michelle Obama might have liked to say after the way the Democratic Party treated her husband and handed the midterm election to Republicans.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 12, 2008
The Madness of Powerful Men This op ed. reflects upon corruption as a characteristic among powerful men (and a few women).
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Women of Color Reflect upon Obama Win The reaction to Obama's victory among women of color was moving and insightful.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 20, 2013
Paying Attention to Climate Change Before It's Too Late Oil covered wildlife. Sludge clogging waterways and snaking down suburban streets. The potential for disaster, especially with a transcontinental pipeline, have never been greater.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Who Will Tell the Stories of Missing Girls & Captured Women? Why don't we hear the voices and stories of the women and girls captured by Boka Haram and ISIS? Are they less newsworthy than counting drone attacks and the usual war stories?
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 19, 2011
Contemplating a Not So Dear Watson Are computers getting just a bit too scary? Consider Watson.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 6, 2013
the Drone Dilemma For the first time in history a civilian intelligence agency is using robots to carry out military missions -- killing people -- in countries where the U.S. is not officially at war. Shouldn't we be worried about that?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 28, 2012
A Dose of Skepticism About Doctors Can Be Healthy Can you trust your doctor? Horror stories aside, consider some steps to be sure.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 27, 2015
Vaccines, Crusades & VicariousThrills What do the measles vaccination debacle, the President's speech mentioning Crusades, and Brian William's dismissal have in common?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Paying Attention to Fair Pay On Pay Equity Day women have yet to reach parity in their paychecks. Legislation aims to correct that.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 19, 2011
In Post-Conflict Countries, Where are the Women? Despite a UN resolution passed in 2000, women in Iraq and Egypt are still not allowed to participate in post-conflict planning. What are men afraid of?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 24, 2011
The Rise of the Proletariats: Time to Revisit Marx? Let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Marx has a lot to teach us in these troubled times.
(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.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 27, 2011
Eliminating Violence Against Women Takes More Than a Day In Somaliland violence against women takes many forms.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 26, 2011
Proud to Be a Vermonter Vermont is poised, again, to lead the nation; this time with universal health care.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 3, 2014
Two Nobel Prizes, 65 Million Girls Absent From School This year's Nobel Peace Prize winners have helped shine a light on the urgency of girls' education but millions still have no access. It's an important challenge.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 27, 2009
First Ladies and Forgotten Women Why are smart women so threatening, especially when they're First Ladies?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 31, 2011
What Would Moses Do? What is becoming of Israel, a country that once prided itself on its democratic principles and ethical behavior?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 6, 2008
The Inspiration of Elder Women Commentary on older women as inspirational, with a slant towards women as political activists
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 30, 2010
Seeing the World Through the Lens of Gender When you look through the gender lens at what's happening economically, politically, and socially, all kinds of issues emerge that don't always garner the attention they deserve.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 26, 2014
Reacting to Conflict in the Middle East: A Revealing Litmus Test Reactions to the Israel/Gaza conflict on social media are stunningly bifurcated between those who take a human rights view and those who see events through a political lens. Will enough people find their voices of conscience in time to end the conflagration?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 27, 2013
Mastectomies, Movie Stars, Media and Medicine What impact will Angelina Jolie's decision to have a prophylactic double mastectomy have on other women?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 30, 2010
Men Struggle with Double Shift on the Homefront Dads are kicking in at home more now, but they find it a challenge.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 13, 2014
What Does the Future Hold for Afghan Women? With the Taliban making a comeback and President Karzai hostile to the US, what will will happen to females in Afghanistan?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Revisiting "The Banality of Evil" Hannah Arendt was pilloried for her contemplation of "Eichmann in Jerusalem" in 1961. But in light of torture, police brutality, sexual assault and political corruption it may be time to revisit her argument about "the banality of evil."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 27, 2009
Trust Me, We're Just Friends Why is friendship between males and females so often assumed to be sexual?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A Woman's Place: The House, Senate and Cabinet As women gain seats in the halls of policymaking, the promise of women in politically high places is poised to reveal itself.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 22, 2010
US Maternal Health Care Crisis Raises Red Flag In some countries the maternal mortality rate is going down. The US is not one of those countries.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Are There Lessons to be Learned from Kayla Mueller's Sad Story? Are there important lessons for other young idealists who want to head off to foreign lands to help people in war-torn countries in Kayla's story?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 1, 2009
Taking Another Look at Breast Cancer A post-Breast Cancer Awareness Month look at how the cancer establishment frames the disease and how the leading advocacy organization on the topic seeks to reframe the discussion.
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?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 30, 2010
To Err is Human, But Dangerous in Hospitals Medical mistakes in hospitals are a serious issue, especially for older patients.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2012
The Travails of Air Travel Just Keep Getting Worse What's next from airlines, pay toilets?
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 25, 2016
A Frightening Move to the Right in the US and Elsewhere We are among many western countries moving dangerously to the right. we need to be mindful of the full picture, and the real threats, surrounding civil rights here and elsewhere.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Pornography of War You know its poster child: A "wounded warrior" learning to walk with a prosthesis; a female officer incapacitated by depression; a homeless vet wandering aimlessly. How many more pornographic pictures must we view to see that violence is always trumped by vision, and that suffering is the last, worst solution to conflict?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Corruption, Control and the Pathology of Power The world is full of Bernie Madoffs. Corruption happens across cultures and none of us fully understands why so many people seek personal gain though unsavory behaviors. What does that say about our collective humanity?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 24, 2011
International Women's Day and the Launch of UN Women It's the 100th anniversary of International Day and the UN has just launched its new agency for women. There's hope yet!
(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 31, 2013
Putting an End to "The Woman Question" Can we finally put an end to Freud's irritating question about what women want?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 28, 2009
America Reveals Its Shadow Self Reflections and worries about political violence in America
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 25, 2009
On the Backs of Women: The Politics of Betrayal From Afghanistan to America, when the chips are down, it's always women who get thrown under the bus.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time to End a Two-Tiered Justice System Why do white collar criminals get away with murder - sometimes literally - while ordinary people - who are sometimes innocent - languish is inhumane prisons?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Elephants in the Pay Equity Room We lost a great opportunity to talk about myriad issues surrounding pay equity (and discrimination) during media coverage of National Pay Equity Day last month.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ennui, Anonimity and Overload: A 21st Century Paradigm At least 3 phenomena are affecting us more than we may realize. Is that the sound of a collective sigh we're hearing?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 13, 2011
Women, Water and Health: Essential Trio Women and water are both vital resources in a world of climate change. The health of the world depends on both.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 24, 2015
What Does It Mean to Be A Developed Nation? Are there lessons to be learned from our Southern neighbors before we call ourselves a developed country?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 28, 2012
It's Not Just the Economy, Stupid! Now that we're finally in the election year, let's play careful attention to the myriad issues that matter.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 27, 2014
A Long Cold Summer When Civilization Seemed to Retreat Dare we hope that the summer of so many disasters coupled with political violence might lead us to find our better selves?
(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?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 28, 2009
There's Hope for Health Care Yet A commentary on health care reform as new ideas float in the ether of Washington, D.C. among organizations that do their homework and have access to policymakers.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 27, 2011
Occupying First Class The dichotomy between the world's wealth and poverty could not be more stark or disturbing from 40,000 feet above Africa.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 30, 2016
What's Missing in Dialogues About Poverty? Republicans just don't get poverty and don't want to - or else they'd have to fix it.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 26, 2014
Micro-aggression: Subtle But Searing Subtle forms of aggression - a particular kind of bullying - have a terrible impact and need to be stopped.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 1, 2015
Can We Do Better on Childcare in America? Why isn't the abysmal state of childcare in America on the radar screen? We have lessons to learn from abroad.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Women Scientists and the Nobel Prize The bad days of ignoring women scientists may be over, but there are still invisible barriers to overcome.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 22, 2012
This Election is a Moral Referendum This year's election is more than a political event of vast consequence. It is a collective decision on the future of morality in the world's leading democracy.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 12, 2008
Where is the Media When it Matters? This op ed. asks readers to reflect on what has gone awry with a media establishment that can't even react when it is being insulted.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Notes from the Field: A Development Project That Actually Works An international education program that supports social justice work around the world. What could be better than that?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 20, 2013
This Memorial Day, Let's Remember Women in War Now that women can enter combat officially, it's a good time to remember the many roles women have played during wartime, whether military or civilian.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 14, 2013
Remembering a Rape Victim and the Meaning of Her Death The rape unto death of an Indian woman is not unlike the massacre of innocent children by gun violence in CT: We must understand the root cause of such violence and put an end to it now.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 28, 2016
Thoughts From a Disillusioned Democrat It's hard being a news junkie, especially when sandbox politics prevail, even between the candidates in my party, in light of how vital this election is.
Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders?, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 1, 2015
He Said, She Said: An Election Dilemma Choosing between Bernie and Hillary is a real challenge for some Democrats. Here's what I need to see in any candidate.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 4, 2012
Is There Any Ho;e for Adjuncts? For a time things were looking up for adjuncts. Now the picture is bleak.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Death Of Trust Modern life leaves us little room for trust as we once knew it.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 27, 2013
Lessons From Abroad: Ten Tips in Ten Days What can we learn from "the old country"? Plenty when it comes to culinary pleasures, transportation and sustainable living.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 30, 2009
Women Weigh In on Priorities for New Administration As women increase their numbers at the tables of decision making there is hope for change as we tackle the big issues of our time.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 1, 2016
Overcoming the Politics of fear FDR was right about not letting fear paralyze us. So are others who refute right-wing scare-mongers seeking to be President. We all have a responsibility as well as a stake in this.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Is Big Pharma Getting Away with Murder? When profit-driven Big Pharma behaves badly patients suffer but stockholders rejoice. What's wrong with that picture?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 24, 2015
Glimmers of Hope for Our Common Future It's hard these days to hang on to a positive picture of our common future. But there are some glimmers of hope.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 20, 2010
NEW LEGISLATION, NEW PILL, OLD PROBLEM FOR AMERICAN WOMEN Pro-life Republican women gain momentum in this year's elections, states try to stop abortion, and women continue fear for their reproductive rights.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 4, 2011
IS THE RESPONSE TO BIN LADEN'S KILLING A CAUTIONARY TALE? Was the response to Bin Laden's killing appropriate or a warning sign about American nationalism?
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Summer of Their Discontent: Reflections on the Trayvon Martin Verdict The dignity of Trayvon Martin's family and supporters following the Zimmerman verdict reminds us that we have far to go in realizing MLK's dream.
Pink out for Planned Parenthood, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 29, 2015
The Continuing Harassment of Planned Parenthood The Gotcha Game surrounding Planned Parenthood isn't likely to end soon. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)is right: "The American people are sick and tired of it."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 15, 2012
Military Wives Also Suffer the Wounds of War Military spouses bear a huge and invisible burden when Wounded Warriors return home. They need and deserve our support.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 26, 2013
Fifty Years of Milestones for Minorities Remembering MLK and the Civil Rights Movement as well as the Women's Movement as the president was inaugurated again offered new hope for a better America.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 30, 2013
Is the Pope Really Ready to Address the "Woman Question"? Pope Francis is popular, humble, and genuinely likeable. But will he do what is right for women?
Hillary Clinton - Why didn't she address Israel's transgressions?, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 21, 2016
Do Unto Others: A Chilling Look at Israel's Treatment of Palestinians and Why HRC Should Have address It at AIPAC Why didn't Hillary Clinton address Israel's transgressions in her speech to AIPAC? Here's some history she, and everyone, should know if there is any hope for a two-state solution.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 26, 2015
Where Are Women's Organizations in the Fight for Reproductive Rights? What explains the invisibility of feminist organizations as women's reproductive rights continue to be eroded? And why don't they want to talk about that question with a feminist writer and activist?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 3, 2014
It's Time to End the Epidemic of Sexual Assault What do city subways, college dorms, and military service have in common? They are all venues for the vulnerable when it comes to sex assaults.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Unsung Heroes Deserve Attention Too The world is full of ordinary people whose acts of kindness and generosity go unnoticed. They deserve to be honored as much as media-selected heroes.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 27, 2011
A Troubled City Reveals Troubling Times What do the London riots teach us? An inveterate Anglophile is worried that the lessons may be missed.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 30, 2009
Reflections on Gays, Israel, and Inaugurations Thoughts on California's Prop 8, the Mideast conflict, and President Obama's inauguration as January draws to a close.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 28, 2009
Offerings Without an Altar Reflections on how the world's religions can add to one's world view.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 3, 2015
Shut Up and Put Up: A Military Culture of Retaliation When Rape Happens The military's culture of silence and its shocking retaliation against whistleblowers needs to be stopped.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 9, 2016
A Post Feminist Era? Not By a Long Shot Jordanian women are demonstrating that there's a feminist community in every corner of the world.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 28, 2010
The Three Michelles: Music to My Ears This Holiday Michelle Bachelet, Michelle Obama, and Michelle Rhee have all made their mark on contemporary life. I'm glad they have.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Pretty Profiles Are Fine, but Where are Stories of Powerful Women? The media loves stories of "smart girls" who make it big in a man's world. But where are the stories of smart women whose impact on the world is notable?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 28, 2009
Economic Security: A Woman-Centered Perspective With a new administration in place, what do women want?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The Perversity of Sexual Assault Knows No Bounds First it was the military. Then college campuses and churches. Then prisons. Then war crimes and UN Peacekeepers. Now come stories of sexual aggression in Baltimore's public housing sector, refugee and migrant camps abroad, and the public squares of some of Europe's finest cities. How does it end?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 23, 2009
Why Not a National Friendship Day? We have days to honor our mothers, fathers, grandparents and lovers. Why not a day to commemorate our friends?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 22, 2008
What Behavior Reveals in a Political Season A commentary revealing troubling behavior by John McCain and those who support him.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 28, 2013
Finding Balance in a Dangerous, High Tech World Fnding a balance between an abundance of caution in matters of security and our fundamental right to privacy challenges all of us.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 31, 2009
Some Feedback for President Obama as Year 1 Ends An Obama supporter offers feedback to the president after his difficult first year.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 30, 2012
Dear Michelle: Are you There, There? Michelle Obama has chosen to play her part cautiously, positioning herself as a rather traditional First Lady who chooses safe issues and treads lightly. Is she is more Nancy Reagan than Hillary Clinton?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Whose Parenting Now? Thre's something satisfying when adult kids start worrying about you.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 26, 2012
What's Really Important About Women Trying to Have It All What did we miss during the debate about Anne-Marie Slaughter's article in The Atlantic, and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's pregnancy?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 17, 2016
The State of the Art: Republican Redux and Reproductive Rights A good number of Republican states are tripping over themselves to restrict a woman's constitutional right to abortion. Could they be terrified of the number of women gaining agency over their lives - and their votes?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 30, 2012
Never Again? What About Syria? As Syrian atrocities continue, we must ask when will we really mean "Never Again?"
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 25, 2010
Worrying More and Enjoying It Less From earthquakes and mudslides to lost civility and educational failures, there's a lot to be concerned about in 21st century America.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 30, 2012
The Jersey Shore Before Sandy For those of us who hail from NJ, Hurricane Sandy brought back memories.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 2, 2011
Hip Hip Hooray for a Hopeful, if Slightly over-the-Top Day Sure, the Royal Wedding was a bit exessive, but didn't we all need a break from reality?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 26, 2012
Why Language Matters in An Election Year Language is always important but never more than in a crucial election year.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Left, Right and Wrong: Divided Supreme Court Causes Concern amid Celebration Is the Supreme Court safeguarding our Constitutional rights or tilting ever more to the political right?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 2, 2011
An Actor, An Author, a Politician and a Budget Crisis Saying goodbye to three extraordinary women who would have had no time for the Republican's proposed budget reform
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time for a Second Look at the Second Wave Young women need to understand what's at stake in this election. Hillary Clinton and her team aren't exactly helping them. They need historical context and full information to make good decisions, and they need to vote!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Suffer the Little Children The time for talk is over. we must stop being a country of killing fields. We must pass sensible gun laws.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 5, 2008
For This I Give Thanks Post election commentary
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 27, 2011
Questions for the New Year From Wikileaks to Net Neutrality, there are a lot of unresolved questions lurking in my mind as we move from one year to the next.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 19, 2010
Worrying More and Enjoying It Less Modern life is worrying, from politics to potential natural disasters.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 18, 2008
Making Waves for Hillary A Second Wave feminist reflects on why so many of her generation back Hillary Clinton. Could it be "knee-jerk feminism"?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Getting Away with Murder...and Rape Why aren't people taking more seriously The Roman Polanski case? Misogyny, pure and simple, says one feminist writer.

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