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Angela Bonavoglia
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Angela Bonavoglia is an author and award-winning journalist. A former contributing editor to Ms., her work has appeared in the Nation, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, Newsday, Cosmopolitan, Redbook and the Women's Media Center.

Bonavoglia's first book, The Choices We Made: 25 Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion, is an oral history spanning seven decades. With a foreword by Gloria Steinem and featured on Oprah, it includes Bonavoglia's interviews with celebrities and public personalities about their experiences with abortion, including Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, Grace Paley, Kathy Najimy, Linda Ellerbee, Jill Clayburgh, Anne Archer, and Polly Bergen.

Her latest book is Good Catholic Girls: How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church. Published in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandals, it provides a fresh analysis of the role of women in progressive Church reform at an unprecedented moment in modern Church history.

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Aspiring Memoirist Shares Five Top Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:15 PM

If you visit the bio page on my website, beneath a photo of me now and another of me at age 7, you'll find an excerpt attributed this way: From my memoir in progress -- no end in sight.

Part of the problem is that I haven't...

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Why Go to Church If You're Not Sure You Believe Anymore?

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:16 PM

I'm a Catholic lapsed and lost, an unaffiliated spiritual seeker. Still, I am drawn to church every year at this time like metal to a magnet. But not just to any church. I am drawn to one of the largest cathedrals in the world, a majestic structure that sits atop...

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Raw Beauty NYC! ACA Galleries Welcome Women on Wheels

(6) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 10:47 AM

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"There is not a more beautiful room in New York City tonight!" said Peter Wilderotter, president of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, to a cheering crowd of over 200 people standing or settled in their wheelchairs at Chelsea's ACA Galleries on Saturday night, September...

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Robin Morgan, the Pope and Me

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 12:42 AM

My recent HuffPost piece -- "For Pope Francis: A To-Do List on Women" -- made the web rounds and landed on the desk of Robin Morgan. She asked me to be a guest on her show "Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan," which I happily did. The...

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For Pope Francis: A To-Do List on Women

(21) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Dear Pope Francis:

As this new year unfolds, I've decided that, with all due respect, it is time for me to share with you my suggested "To-Do list on Women." I've been deeply moved by your passionate defense of the poor; your willingness to call unbridled capitalism what it is,...

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Masters, Johnson and Me

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:52 PM

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Some decades ago, my then partner and I slipped away once a week, telling no one, to a Manhattan hospital. We would get to our floor, walk warily down a short hall from the elevator, and press a...

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The Bishops v. Birth Control: It's Not About the Money

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 6:17 PM

In announcing its final rule concerning the Affordable Care Act's guarantee of free access to birth control for all American women -- including the Catholics and non-Catholics who work in religiously sponsored schools, hospitals and social service agencies -- the Obama administration bent over backwards to accommodate the...

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Tony Winner Emily Mann on Girls Night at the Tonys

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 11:46 AM

If McCarter Theater Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann's acceptance speech at the Tonys for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as best play was gracious, so also were the circumstances under which she came to give it.

Normally, the author and the producer, generally the Broadway...

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Emily Mann to Sandi Klein: Women, Theater -- Not There Yet

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 12:14 PM

"Every place I directed in the late Seventies and the Eighties, I was the first woman to direct on those main stages... If I had won a Tony in 1995 -- I was nominated for Having Our Say -- I would have been the first woman to win the Tony...
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Friend, Feminist, Unsung Hero: In Praise of Mary Thom

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:03 PM

It's Friday night and I'm on my way home to Westchester, going north on the Saw Mill River Parkway, when the WINS broadcaster tells me I'm in the absolute wrong place at the wrong time. "Motorcycle accident in Yonkers," he says, urging anyone who can to bail out. "Saw Mill...

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Don't Call Me Inspirational! Harilyn Rousso Talks Back

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 4:30 PM

Harilyn Rousso has always been in a hurry, including when she was about to be born. It was the 1940s. Her mother was rushed to the hospital, but the doctor was nowhere in sight. Compelled to wait, the nurses refused to proceed with the birth. They held Harilyn's mothers legs...

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11th Hour Contrarian's Take on the Oscar Noms

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:51 PM

Okay, it's late, I know, but I've finally seen most of those Oscar-nominated films and I've got some questions for those judges.

Let's start with Amour, the French film about an octogenarian couple's descent into darkness. It's beautifully done in that it is uber-realistic. At the same time, you're literally...

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Nuns' Response to Takeover: Hierarchy Must Tackle Elephants in the Room

(20) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 12:48 PM

It took nearly 12 hours for Archbishop Peter Sartain -- Vatican-appointed overseer of the nation's largest association of American nuns -- to issue his paltry retort to the strong and vigorous statement released on June 1 by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, their first public...

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Congratulations, President Obama, for Safeguarding Religious Freedom!

(98) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 5:25 PM

The Sunday morning talk shows were a cacophony of apoplectic right wingers like George Will and Matthew Dowd on This Week and David Brooks and GOP Strategist Alex Castellanos on Meet the Press attacking President Barack Obama for finally standing up to Catholic big business.

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Will Obama Abandon Women for Bishops?

(27) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 10:05 AM

Many women across America are livid at the news that President Obama once again is considering selling women out on reproductive health care to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

At issue is whether Obama will renege on the promise of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the...

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At Easter, Church Expels Women's Advocate, Keeps Pedophiles in the Fold

(30) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 10:27 AM

Joining the women who have stepped forward to be ordained as Roman Catholic Women Priests and been summarily castigated and excommunicated, the latest victim of the Church's strong-armed resistance to any effort toward women's equality in the Church is internationally beloved and regarded Father Roy Bourgeois. And while it might...

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Archbishop Dolan Has 'No Comment' on NYC Visit of Excommunicated Priest

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 9:03 AM

On Saturday (Feb. 12), Nobel Peace Prize nominee and beloved Catholic Maryknoll priest Father Roy Bourgeois will visit New York City. He will appear in Jules Hart's award-winning documentary about the women's ordination movement in the Roman Catholic Church, Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, to be shown at Barnard College's...

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Women Take On Gender Apartheid in the Catholic Church

(477) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 4:18 AM

If doubts remained about the relationship between the Catholic Church's spectacular failure to address the clerical child sex abuse crisis and the church's glaring system of gender apartheid, the Vatican put them to rest in July. Engendering a firestorm of criticism, their new canonical guidelines for handling and punishing the...

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ACLU Demands Religiously Owned Hospitals Provide Emergency Reproductive Health Care

(43) Comments | Posted July 5, 2010 | 6:45 PM

In a dramatic and much needed move, the America Civil Liberties Union has demanded that the federal government step in and require religiously sponsored hospitals to stop endangering women's lives by denying them emergency reproductive health care.

The ACLU is prepared to consider legal action for any woman who...

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Reproductive Crisis? Do Not Proceed to a Catholic Hospital

(92) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 7:55 PM

So many things are galling about Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted's excommunication of Sister Margaret McBride, a member of St. Joseph's Hospital Ethics Committee, for approving the termination of the life-threatening, 11-week-old pregnancy of a 27-year-old mother of four that it's hard to know where to begin. But surely one...

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