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Marcia G. Yerman
Marcia G. Yerman is based in New York City. Her writings – profiles, interviews, essays, and articles – focus on women’s issues, human rights, the environment, and the arts can be found at

She is a contributing writer for the health site EmpowHER.

She has been published by AlterNet, RH Reality Check, Women Make News, Women News Network and The Raw Story.

She writes for Moms Clean Air Force, a site bringing visibility to the issue of clean air and environmental concerns.

Yerman promotes the view that if women's frame of reference is not reflected in the arts (film, theater, visual arts, literature), then their true identities and visions will be defined by male-driven popular culture.

Yerman was co-founder of cultureID, a platform dedicated to a nexus of culture and activism.

She has worked with both non-profit organizations and the business sector. She was a consultant on women and culture at The Women's Media Center, and handled public relations and outreach for The Feminist Art Project. Yerman was host and producer of Women In Art, a cable television program about women in the art world.

Yerman's background includes her role as both a curator of exhibtions reflecting diversity, and as an artist.

Entries by Marcia G. Yerman

IPCC Report: Impacts, Adapation, Vulnerability

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Since the newest information from the IPCC came out last Monday, I have immersed myself in reading the details of the report. The New York Times captured the essence of the Working Group II findings with the headline: "Panel's Warning on Climate Risk: Worst is to...

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Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation: 1963-1970

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 11:19 AM

How far have women really come? Jennifer Lee's new documentary, Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation: 1963-1970, is aiming to reopen a conversation on feminism through a reexamination of the movement's history. Shining a light on the grassroots women who had less media visibility, Lee traces the fight for...

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XL Pipeline: Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Waxman Question Koch Bros

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:30 AM

As a writer on environmental issues, as well as a person concerned about the future of the planet, I am anxiously awaiting the decision on the XL pipeline. I keep questioning if the United States is ready to set an example by eliminating the extraction of fossil fuels as integral...

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The Expressive Edge of Paper

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 2:13 PM

With the New York weather finally thawing, gallery visits are back on the agenda big time. When I received an invitation to the Anita Shapolsky exhibit, The Expressive Edge of Paper, it struck a chord. Of the 27 artists included in the show, I had some personal connection with a...

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Safe Climate Caucus Pumps up Advocacy and Action

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:57 PM

When I first wrote about the Safe Climate Caucus, they were new on the scene.

Last year, the agenda of the Safe Climate Caucus was to have a member of the House of Representatives speak daily on the impact of climate change. Now, with new members on board,...

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A Conversation With Dudley Charles

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:30 PM


Most artists talk about their personal history with a definitive sense of knowing that they were destined to be an artist.

Not Dudley Charles.

A soft-spoken man with a melodic cadence to his voice, Charles shared with me his story of...

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'We Are Not Doing Enough to Counter Climate Deniers' -- Madeleine Albright

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 8:54 AM

It seems that despite whatever statistics are presented to show evidence of climate change, a vocal contingency continues to question the findings. It has become an ongoing source of contention and debate.

Recently, Wellesley College hosted a conversation entitled "The Politics of Climate Change." Present were former Secretary of State...

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India, Human Rights and the Bhullar Case

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:17 PM

In 2011 I wrote a story covering a demonstration to protest the impending execution of Sikh Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar in India. Bhullar's mercy petition, filed in 2003, languished for eight years until India's President rejected it in 2011. Since that time, not much has changed....

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Looking Back On 2013: Activism Helps Heal

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:14 AM

As we enter into the final month of the year, it's natural to take an inventory of 2013. As I reflected on the environmental front, the nagging image of climate deniers immediately came to mind. There are several members in the United States Congress that I find positively...

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Warmer Temperatures Change the Balance of Nature

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 12:00 PM

There are days when I get seriously concerned about whether or not we will move substantially forward in the fight against climate change. Despite all the dire news that comes into my mailbox, I have also been encouraged to read about research that continues the efforts to understand and document...

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'Toxic Hot Seat' Ignites Awareness

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 8:04 AM


Toxic Hot Seat, a new documentary directed by James Redford and Kirby Walker, takes an in-depth look at chemical flame retardants. It interweaves the multiple narratives of investigative reporters, scientists, lawmakers and community activists as they...

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Should the Media Deny the Denier?

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 12:59 PM

As an online writer focusing on environmental issues, remarks posted on my pieces tend to skew toward, "Give it a rest" or "What hysterical nonsense!" This usually leads to a mudslinging fest between self-proclaimed anti-Greenies and those begging the "skeptics" -- who believe the moon landings were faked -- to...

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Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 5:27 PM


Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist, by Diane Radycki, relates the personal story and artistic history of a woman that has much to offer today's audiences.

Radycki's book, which had its origins in a Harvard Ph.D. dissertation, sees Modersohn-Becker...

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Social Good Summit 2013

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 8:34 AM


The Social Good Summit was back in New York City for its annual conference, timed to coincide with the influx of speakers attending the 68th United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative. For three days, panels convened...

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IPCC Report: Man-made Climate Change Is a Scientific Certainty

(156) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 11:05 AM

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its new report on Sept. 27. The media and blogosphere were immediately filled with articles, comments, and push back. It's a square dance that happens with regularity around this issue. Everybody plays their role. The debate goes on.

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Activist, Mother, ExxonMobil Shareholder: Jane Dale Owen

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 11:29 AM

2013-09-26-JDowen.jpgFifteen years ago, Jane Dale Owen moved back to her family home in Houston to be with her aging parents. Believing that she was suffering from the flu for a two-year period, Owen sought out doctors, toxicologists, and chemists. From them she...

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Fall Climate Change Preview

(75) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 10:31 AM

Summer is considered a quiet time, a hiatus before the renewal of fall. However, on the environmental front, there is no time for a break or a respite. My inbox was filled with information about concerns that we cannot look away from. Moving forward, these are the issues that will...

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Girl Be Heard: Staging the Revolution via Theater

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 12:23 PM

Girl Be Heard (originally known as the Project Girl Performance Collective) is a not-for-profit theater group that is the brainchild of Ashley Marinaccio, Artistic Director, and Jessica Greer Morris, Executive Director. They have melded their talents and backgrounds to create "social justice theater." The...

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Climate Change "in Our Backyards"

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 12:32 PM

Last month, the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a full committee hearing on the topic, "Climate Change: It's Happening Now."

In Chairperson Sen. Barbara Boxer's opening statement, she referenced previous testimony from a range of witnesses -- including scientists -- who have attested...

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Small Businesses Support President Obama's Climate Plan

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 12:16 AM

In the widening post-Obama "Climate Plan speech" conversation, small business owners are becoming vocal on what their needs and beliefs are. I was on two press calls this month about the intersection of the environment and the economy.

The first call was to alert the media that...

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