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Finland and Domestic Violence: The Strong Nordic Woman is in Trouble

by Catia Bruno

Finland is an amazing country, especially if you happen to be a woman. This was the first place in the world where women could vote and be elected – and in less than 100 years, Finns elected a female president and a female prime-minister. It is a country where more than half the workforce is female, as well as almost 50% of the cabinet ministers. Here, maternity leaves are well-paid and don't hinder your return to work. If you are a female voice in the media or in business, you are going to be respected and possibly praised. No wonder this country is number three in the gender equality index of the European Union.

The Subtle Backlash: It’s My Kid in a Box.

by Ariel Chesler

As we celebrate 93 years of women’s right to vote, the backlash against women’s rights, equality of the sexes and challenges to gender norms is everywhere. We see it most clearly in the intensifying attack on reproductive freedom throughout this country, but, it is seen in many areas: pay inequity and the harm that motherhood has on women’s careers, the lack of progress on high-level jobs for women in business and in government, the continuing and horrifying  frequency of domestic violence and rape (including in the military), the way women’s bodies are portrayed and displayed …


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For Ruth: A Tribute (1923-2013)

by Phyllis Chesler

And so she is gone.

But my dear friend, Ruth Bergman Jody, will be with me—and with those who have loved her--for as long as we all shall live.

I will not take her phone number out of my address book. Who knows? If I call, maybe she’ll answer.

Ruth arrived here as a teenaged Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany in 1940—a fact she never dwelled upon in our first thirty six years together. She lived in Mexico for a decade, was close to the pianist Claudio Arrau, returned, received a Master’s degree in Counseling from Columbia University and became the Director of Guidance and Tutoring at Hunter …


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Review: City of Soldiers: A Year of Life, Death, and Survival in Afghanistan

by Elayne Clift

City of Soldiers: A Year of Life, Death, and Survival in Afghanistan
Author:  Kate Fearon
Interlink Books, Northhampton, MA
ISBN: 978-1-56656-902-6
Memoir/Politics
318 pages
Paperback: $17.95

Kate Fearon is a gutsy woman with a good sense of humor and a very difficult job.  Currently head of the Mitrovica Office for the International Civilian Representative in Kosovo, she spent 2009 to 2010 in Afghanistan as Governance Advisor on rule of law issues to the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team. Her new, highly readable memoir is about the rough …


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A 'Stubborn Little Hold on Life' An abortion before Roe v Wade

by Frances Karlen Santamaria

I'm not sure how or when I first heard that my mother had an abortion before I was born, but I knew, in a vague way, by the time I was a teenager, that I might have had an older brother or sister had my mother not terminated a pregnancy. 

My mother didn't hide her past from her children, and it is possible she even told me of her abortion, but I don't remember her doing so. Perhaps my father did—he would have become a parent while still in college. I do recall, when I was in my thirties, discussing my mother's family with an aunt and how she suddenly leaned close and whispered to me about her abortion; for a moment I felt as though it was 1958 and …


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Entrusted with Women's Sacred History

by Jennifer Baumgardner

In 2004, frustrated by the gridlock around abortion, I embarked on an awareness campaign to put a face on abortion statistics. More than a million women have abortions each year, and for most, it's a secret—even a shameful secret. The truth is, however, that women who have abortions are religious, mothers, grandmothers, smart, rich, poor… they are our loved ones and deserve safe spaces in which they can tell the truth about what has happened to them in their lives. Merely making the film "I Had an Abortion" (and creating the T-shirt emblazoned with that statement) prompted hundreds and hundreds of women and men to tell me their abortion story. I …


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Artist in Transition

by Linda Stein

I’m caught in an artistic state of transition. I didn’t plan it. It came slowly, over a period of 6-8 months, maybe more. I wasn’t aware of it happening. It took me by surprise.



Now, it’s become clearer to me: I have, indeed, been in a gestating/ incubating phase.



“Jollywood,” Afghanistan – Teenage Girls Create And Perform Their First Play

by Sahar Muradi

In eastern Afghanistan under the glow of an April sun and the sweet scent of orange blossoms, a small revolution begins. Six young women, ranging in age from 13 to 19, huddle in the basement office of a local civil society organization and brainstorm ideas for a play by women about women -- and for women.

Just a week earlier, they had taken their first theater workshop ever.

Welcome to Jalalabad, otherwise known as Jollywood. This is the home of Afghanistan’s burgeoning film industry. The myriad DVD shops downtown display titles such as “The Tailor’s Story,” “Faith,” -- and “Talk Show,” starring local Afghan men and just-over-the-border Pakistani women.

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AFTER HURRICANE SANDY: Long Beach Psychologist Copes And Helps Neighbors

by Mary W. Quigley

On Monday evening, October 29, as super storm Sandy made landfall on Long Island, Laurie Nadel crouched in an attic crawlspace with her boyfriend and cat and watched as waves crashed through her one-story home. She saw her washing machine, furniture and clothes churn in more than four feet of water that destroyed her house and all its contents.  "It was like being in the movie Titanic, watching a force of nature," says Dr. Nadel, a 64-year-old psychologist and journalist.

When the sun rose the next day, Dr. Nadel joined her neighbors on the barrier island of Long Beach to survey the damage.  The force of the waves rushing through their homes had pushed their belongings …


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After Sandy: The Nature of Rebuilding From the Heart of an Architect

by Carol Clouse

In the surge of Sandy, I sat alone in my home in southeast Pennsylvania, and listened to the moans of the moon and the howling of the wind. Harmony and melody. My friends in Montana – where I also live – emailed me earlier that evening to say that they were having dinner with my boyfriend. I was on the east coast, and my friends in the west were worried. They expressed their concern to my boyfriend.

He told them that I would be fine. “Her house,” he said, “is built like a bunker.”

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Merle Hoffman on Eldrige & Co

by The Editors

Merle Hoffman, President and CEO of Choices Women's Medical Center and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of On the Issues, was a recent guest on CUNY TV's Eldridge & Co.

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Her conversation with host Ronnie Eldridge on New York's Channel 75 will air on the following dates: October 24th at 9am, 4pm, and 9pm, October 27th at 7pm, and October 28 at 11 a.m. You can also catch the discussion on the

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WRITING ON THE BODY AT THE BROOKLYN INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

by The Editors

Only a few more days to register for a course on "Writing on the Body." Registration closes October 2.

The course, capped at 20, is taught through the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. The institute was founded a year ago and is a  collective of recently minted  scholars who offer six-week discussion-based seminars on the academic topics they know and love.

Writing on the Body will be taught by Abby Kluchin at Singularity and Company in Dumbo. (18 Bridge Street). Class will be held from 7 to 9 pm on Thursdays for six weeks beginning October 4. Tuition fee is $315.

The body …


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Where's The Women's Room This Year?

by Carol Jenkins

It was my brilliant friend, the writer Marilyn French, who presciently and prodigiously wrote about the war against women in The Women's Room, her landmark 1977 novel, which opened the populist door to feminist thought. Before she died in 2009 she documented our existence in The History of Women in the World, a four-volume work scaled back from the 10,000 pages she had written about us.

Few wanted to believe when Marilyn published The War Against Women 20 years ago that the systemic and organized resistance to women's equality in the world  this global …


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