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The Nobel Peace Prize: A Laughing Matter?

3 Comments | Posted October 22, 2011 | 15:57:17 (EST)

The last few weeks we have experienced joy and sorrow for new and old Nobel Peace Prize winners -- the death of the first African woman winner, Wangari Maathai, as well as the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, and...

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Got a Global Cause? Look to Women for Support

Posted January 10, 2011 | 17:54:59 (EST)

Recent research released by the Women's Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University that revealed American women are more likely to give to charity than men (in most cases twice as much) has been generating big buzz through mainstream and social media (

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The Gender Gap in Philanthropy Revealed

Posted October 28, 2010 | 17:20:26 (EST)

If you were to do a "man on the street" survey in the United States asking the question, "Who is the first person that comes to mind when I say the word 'philanthropist'?" the vast majority would likely respond with Gates, Buffet or Soros, if they're able come up with...

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It's the Women, Stupid

Posted August 13, 2008 | 18:22:42 (EST)

It's the women, stupid: Did mismanagement lose Senator Clinton's bid for the White House? Or was it Mark Penn's bad strategy to woo women?

It's clear from Joshua Green's The Front-Runners Fall piece in this September's Atlantic that Mark Penn was counting on XX chromosomes to usher Senator Clinton in...

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Obama, McCain and Mother Vote

Posted June 30, 2008 | 18:17:11 (EST)

Friday, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton hosted a joint public appearance in the aptly named town of Unity, New Hampshire. The event aimed to garner campaign contributions and promote party healing, but it also serves as a crucial opportunity for Hillary to pass the mother torch to Obama.

At last...

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Unfetter Women's Intellect on Campaign Trail

Posted June 23, 2008 | 15:22:22 (EST)

I've got whiplash. That's how quickly the national discussion of women's leadership has changed from one of the merits of an accomplished senator turned potential first female president to the clothes of the potential first ladies.

Media coverage everywhere is "Michelle vs. Cindy." Where do they buy their dresses? Do...

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McCain to Capture the Women's Vote Through Golf Bags?

Posted June 9, 2008 | 15:26:25 (EST)

The race is on. The general election is finally here and voters now have a clear choice: Senator Obama or Senator McCain.

For better or worse, getting elected isn't just about the issues. Citizens decide on a number of factors: Do they like the candidate? Do they trust them?...

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Obama Can Reach Hillary's Female Loyalists

Posted June 6, 2008 | 08:30:58 (EST)

The news cycle is buzzing with questions about how Obama can capture many of the 18 million Senator Clinton female voters who had their hearts broken on Tuesday. It's important to know that they weren't just upset for Hillary, they were upset for themselves. Many saw Senator Clinton's fight as...

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Oprah, Hay Bails and Hoops: The Women's Vote in IN and NC

Posted May 8, 2008 | 13:45:47 (EST)

Women, again, decided the primaries Tuesday. They accounted for 57% of the North Carolina voters and 56% of the Indiana voters. But while Senator Clinton scored big with women in Pennsylvania securing a whopping 59% of their votes, the tides turned last night in Indiana and North Carolina. With hay...

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Sex Strike for Peace?

Posted April 26, 2008 | 11:08:09 (EST)

Pray the Devil Back to Hell premiered Thursday night at the Tribeca Film Festival with red carpet notables such as Edie Falco, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Rosie O'Donnell, Eric Jong, and Russell Simmons.

The documentary by Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker is the extraordinary story of a small band...

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Indiana, North Carolina and the Gender Gap

Posted April 25, 2008 | 21:58:15 (EST)

Women were 59% of the voters in the Pennsylvania primary and 57% of them voted for Hillary Clinton. There clearly is a gender gap in this primary election, but it's not necessarily what you think.

Women, overall, don't necessarily default to the female candidate, despite conventional wisdom. Only...

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Fairness and Steroids: What the Mitchell Report Tells America About Itself

Posted December 18, 2007 | 13:24:20 (EST)

My grandfather, John Zandell, served in World War II but unlike so many other veterans, the only combat time he saw was fighting bears and the bitter Alaska winters. His was stationed in Dawson Creek where he helped build the Alcan Highway, a land link between our 49th state and...

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The Democratic Republic of Congo, Hope and Chicken Dinners

Posted December 3, 2007 | 22:30:00 (EST)

Last Thursday morning, I was e-mailed a news report about an 11-month-old baby girl who had died in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a day after she was raped. As a mother of a six-month-old, my stomach turns thinking about what this baby went through and I can't imagine...

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Polar Bears and People

Posted November 26, 2007 | 16:52:00 (EST)

Imagine seeing as many images of hunters and fisherman drowning as we see of polar bears. Up North, way up in the Artic, the Inuit people suffer from today's effects of global warming. Not only is their way of life being threatened but so are their lives.

Ms. Shelia Watt-Cloutier,...

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