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The musical battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney heated up recently as Stevie Wonder released a funky new pro-Obama song called “Keep Moving Forward,” while Meat Loaf celebrated his support of Romney by belting a goofy “America...
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique," which revealed the mind-numbing ennui of the mid-20th century American housewife, and a great deal of ink has been spilled describing how far we still...
Human Rights Watch is beating the drum this week about Saudi Arabia's discrimination against women athletes, noting among other things it is one of three countries never to have sent a woman to the Olympics. That effort should be taking aim at a...
Constant nudity is a very different thing from a flash of naked flesh. I speak aesthetically, philosophically, politically, practically. Unless you are a nurse or spend a lot of time in a naturist setting — full disclosure, I do not — or...
Less than a week before the U.S. election, former president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev berated America and all but endorsed the sitting president and fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner at an event I attended in Houston. Speaking last Thursday from a...
Over the past 40 years, college wrestling programs have been in a frequently unsuccessful fight for their lives. Nearly half of the 147 Division I wrestling programs that existed in 1982 are gone. Athletic directors would lop off wrestling teams, then...
The Hartford CourantThe bombs did not stop a field trip of first-graders from making a picnic lunch on the sidewalk outside the Old South Meeting House Tuesday afternoon. No, the gruesome pressure cooker devices did not dissuade a Kansas City couple from setting out for...
WASHINGTON -- When I met Margaret Thatcher she was out of office, watching with more than a touch of amusement as her successor, John Major, meandered from crisis to disappointment to sticky wicket. Major seemed in thrall to events, not in command of...
Over the last 40 years, I've been involved in a lot of political battles for a lot of different causes: workers' rights, women's rights, gay rights, environmental protection, anti-war, anti-nuclear power, anti-urban sprawl, animal rights, gun control,...
The Hartford CourantA new book suggests that ambitious women should "lean in" to achieve success. What do we mean by "an ambitious woman"? What defines "achieving success"? Most important, what is "a new book"? OK, I know the answer to that one: A new book is where we...
March is Women's History Month, but the headlines give us little to celebrate. Women who dare to attend protests in Egypt are routinely beaten and subjected to brutal "virginity tests." Girls in Afghanistan are beaten or disfigured for attending school....
When Chicago's Rev. Addie Wyatt died last year at 88, I wrote that she was a dynamo in the labor, civil and women's rights movements. That was a mere snapshot. On Saturday, an exhibit of her life will open at the Chicago Public Library's Vivian G. Harsh...
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