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Colleen Crinion
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Colleen Crinion is a progressive activist focusing on women’s issues and labor. She earned her M.A. in Sociology from American University, focusing on gender, family, sexuality and the media. She has been published in the Virginian Pilot, Ms. Magazine, Fem 2pt0, and Spike the Water Cooler; and was a finalist in the Roe v. Wade blog contest for the National Council of Jewish Women in 2011. As a Board member of the DC Abortion Fund and former Planned Parenthood employee, she writes primarily about women’s issues and reproductive justice. Ms. Crinion also serves as Communications Director for the Women’s Information Network (WIN). She won a Democracy for America Scholarship to attend the Netroots Nation Conference in June 2012. Originally from Michigan, she currently resides in Washington, DC where can often be found tweeting while watching the Daily Show and Colbert Report with her dog. You can follower her at @colleeneliza.

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An Interview With Shenna Bellows

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 9:22 AM

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At the Netroots Nation conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Maine senate candidate Shenna Bellows. We didn't have a lot of time to chat, but I definitely had enough time to find out that she has a...

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Remembering Dr. Tiller

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 12:54 PM

"Abortion is not a cerebral or reproductive issue. Abortion is a matter of the heart: for until one understands the heart of a woman, nothing else about abortion makes any sense at all." - Dr. George Tiller

I've only cried once for someone that I haven't personally met, and it...

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Cultivate a Sisterhood

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:47 PM

Before Women's History Month comes to a close, I want to give thanks to the network of women who have helped me along the way (and give a shout out to one of the founding mothers of social justice). This is not to dismiss the amazing men who support women,...

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Get Ready: D.C.'s Young Women Are About to Lean In and Take a Seat

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 2:58 PM

I was listening to a show on my local public radio station the other night. The host was talking to first-generation college students. They talked about how going to school like was entering a foreign land. There were customs and norms that they didn't know, and privileges they didn't have....

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What Angelina Jolie Did Is Something We Should All Be Able to Do

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 1:04 PM

My mother spent the first 23 years of my life suffering from various battles with cancer. About a year or two after I was born, she got uterine cancer. They removed her uterus. When I was 12 the breast cancer hit, and they removed a breast. Once it got to...

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The Number One Lesson My Mother Taught Me

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 4:33 PM

While my mother was alive, I always felt very close to her. Throughout my childhood, she was a constant, unfailing source of protection and solace. I was that little girl who clung to her mother's skirts (except with my mom, it was more likely to be culottes). Far before I...

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What Sandberg and Slaughter Have in Common

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 7:04 PM

A lot has been written about Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In, and much of that has been in relation to Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All." To read some of it, you could be forgiven for thinking these works were crafted on opposing...

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Marriage Is on the Decline -- But Single Still Feels Weird

(155) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Even dry British economists are talking about it. It feels like it's been everywhere lately -- even the Supreme Court. Marriage rates: just in a slump, or do we need to talk?

The Economist reported earlier this year that marriage rates are continuing to decline in the...

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