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Deborah Swiss
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Deborah Swiss is the author of "The Tin Ticket” and three other books about women’s issues. “The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women" has been optioned for a feature film, focusing on the true story of three working class women who lived extraordinary lives as they triumphed over tragedy, relying on their resiliency and friendship with one another. Swiss’s other books are: “The Male Mind at Work”; “Women Breaking Through”; “Women and the Work/Family Dilemma.” She holds her master’s and doctorate from Harvard University and her B.A. magna cum laude from Bowdoin College. Visit her online at: www.deborahswiss.com.

Entries by Deborah Swiss

Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Imagine you are a seven-year-old being offered for sale to a strange man -- by your own father. "I looked into his eyes and could see that he did not want to give her up," said Diana Mao who witnessed the horrors of sex trafficking during her 2007 trip to...

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Child Trafficking in Your Own Backyard

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:50 AM

It happens in Boston, Massachusetts. It happens in Kolkata, India. More human beings are currently enslaved than at any time in history. Globally, 80 percent are women and children, most of whom are the victims of sex trafficking. About two million children are currently being exploited in the international commercial...

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Tough Mothers, Nobody's Slave

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:59 AM

What would you do if you were 12, without parents, and starving? That was the predicament faced by Agnes McMillan, just one of the 25,000 girls and women who Great Britain conscripted as "tamers and breeders" and deported to Australia from 1788-1868. Agnes was poor and illiterate. In the middle...

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The Alzheimer's Reality: A Nation in Diapers

(10) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 1:56 PM

My mother Peg did everything right in terms of controlling risk factors yet today suffers from advanced Alzheimer's. She worked as a nurse until retirement and enjoyed solving puzzles of all sorts. She walked her golden retriever two or three miles every day. The energetic woman who was never larger...

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One Woman's Guide to Changing the World

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 5:28 PM

Two hundred years ago, Elizabeth Gurney Fry dared to enter Newgate Prison, which was labeled as London's "prototype of hell." It was the start of 30 years of visionary reforms by one of history's most effective and hands-on social activists. Yet Fry is unknown to many. As we celebrate women's...

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Calling Rotarians Worldwide: Is It All in the Genes?

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 2:19 PM

It's been only 26 years since a Supreme Court ruling opened the door for women's membership in Rotary International. Among the more than 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide, women account for 22% in North America and 15% internationally. Kerry Kornhauser, a Rotarian from Melbourne, Australia is certain we can do much...

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Stop the Binge Drinking, Ladies: Alcohol Killed My Sister

(23) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Two years ago this month, my sister Diane lost her long battle with the bottle. She was brilliant. She was beautiful. And she was an alcoholic. On Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, I received the call from a police detective that no one wants to hear: "Ms. Swiss, I have some...

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The Heart of Christmas Past

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 10:52 AM

Australia is one of the first places in the world to ring in Christmas. So it seems fitting to reflect on a holiday not so long ago that was celebrated in Lismore, New South Wales on Dec. 25, 1869. The newspapers tell us that it was a lovely summer day....

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Alzheimer's and the Case of the Missing Turkey

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 8:45 AM

Thanksgiving has always been a major celebration in our family. It's also the season where I was first given hints about the early phases of my mom's Alzheimer's. Over the years, I've often conjured up unrealistic expectations for the perfect family celebration. My holiday ideal certainly did not include chasing...

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A Fine Soft Day For A Writer In Ireland

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 7:00 AM

It had been raining off and on as we made our way from Galway, along the Ring of Kerry, to charming Cahersiveen. The grey-blue sky and rolling mist gave the green fields the magical look that defines the west of Ireland. It's what the Irish affectionately call "a fine soft...

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Finding the Blessing in Alzheimer's: Peg's Crush on Dr. Oz

(4) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 9:24 AM

It's another return trip -- three years' worth -- from weekend care for my mother, Peg, who suffers from moderate Alzheimer's. My hair is clipped up haphazardly, I haven't showered in two days, yet I'm not the family member who has dementia. I'm sitting in the bumper-to-bumper circus that is...

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Strong Shelias: I'll Take a Tall, Leggy Blonde Please

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 11:03 AM

When Julie Henderson accepted her role as manager of the Cascades Female Factory in Hobart, Tasmania, congratulatory messages included some good-natured ribbing. "Ah, I'll take a tall, leggy blonde please," joked one well-wisher. If only Julie's job were as uncomplicated as manufacturing a batch of living Barbies. Her mission includes...

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Don't Forget the Willy Warmer: A Writer's Journey to New Zealand

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 12:45 PM

"Hello happy people." That's a salutation you don't see every day. It was an email from book buyer Colette Doherty and my first clue about Kiwi culture. The fun-loving folks who live on New Zealand's wildly beautiful Coromandel Peninsula share an unbridled appreciation for the arts.

Thames, New Zealand...

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Patriotism and the Hero Factor

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 3:36 PM

On April 16th, Massachusetts celebrates Patriots' Day, a local holiday that honors the start of America's struggle for independence. For the past thirty years, I've lived in historic Lexington, down the street from the site that marks the battle that sparked the American Revolution. Yet I have never felt more...

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Iron Petticoats and Darwin's Blunder

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 4:12 PM

March 8 is International Women's Day. This year's theme focuses on ending hunger and poverty so it's especially fitting to consider the legacy of the 25,000 convict maids shipped from Great Britain to Australia, the vast majority sentenced for crimes born from hunger and desperation.

Today an estimated one...

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A Writer's Journey Through Oz

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 4:13 PM

What makes a reader race to a comfy chair ready to curl up with a new book in hand? It's the same magical sense of surprise, discovery, and inspiration that keeps us writers writing.

Australia has just launched the National Year of Reading. Aussies proudly read more books per...

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Honoring Fearless Ancestors At The Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted December 25, 2011 | 9:54 AM

The holidays offer a special time to share the cherished traditions that our children will remember and pass on to the next generation. Gathering our families together for dinners and celebrations, it's easy to forget what a long road it's been for some of our ancestors and the lucky chain...

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Making The Most Of Our Time

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 7:28 AM

There's a new breed of activists on the rise. Mothers at mid-life are banding together around the rhetorical question: If we don't help this planet, who will? It's a different spin on the imperative to save Mother Earth but both share an urgency to roll up our sleeves and do...

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The First Female Flash Mob

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 3:17 PM

The stomping grounds for the first female flash mob might seem an odd choice for the latest addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a site selected for "outstanding universal value." But after spending the last six years trying to uncover the accurate history of the skinny, pock-marked women...

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