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Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

If the political pundits would look around, they would even discover a significant number of prominent U.S. democratic socialists at work in a variety of fields. These and many other democratic socialists, among them Bernie Sanders, have played an important role in American life.

Women on the $10 Bill?

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 09.22.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Harriet Tubman was selected earlier this year through a nationwide vote to be on the new $20 bill. As we continue to discuss women on the money, let's discover some of the many accomplished women through history.

That All Men and Women Are Created Equal

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.20.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

One hundred and sixty-seven years ago, on July 19-20, 1848, over three hundred men and women gathered at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York for the first Women's Rights Convention. There in a small industrial town on a branch of the Erie Canal in upstate New York, began a fight that would last for 72 years.

5 Things You May Not Know About the Seneca Falls Convention

Rebecca Price | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women
Rebecca Price

Notable reformers were present, such as Frederick Douglas. It launched the national career of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. And it set into motion events and relationships that would forever change American society. Here are five things you may not know about the convention.

Which Woman Should Adorn the $10 Bill?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Although none of these 20 women were elected to office, they all had a great influence on public opinion and public policy. The reformers profiled below exercised influence not only because of the number of people they mobilized, but also because of the moral force of their ideas.

Here Are 7 Redesigns Of The $20 Bill That Honor Women

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business

If you could choose any historical woman to be on the $20 bill, who would it be? A nonprofit campaign called Women on 20s, seeks to put the face of...

5 Female Fashion Pioneers You've Probably Never Heard of

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As I read Diane von Furstenberg's biography, The Woman I Wanted to Be, I was reminded of the significant role of women in the world of fashion. Match the following women with her accomplishment.

Women's History Inspires an Invincible Attitude

Joan Wages | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women
Joan Wages

The fact is, Susan B. Anthony was a remarkable woman, and as February 15th was her birthday, it seems a good time to honor her lifetime of advocating for women's rights by sharing a bit about her in this week's post.

Finger Lakes Women Activists

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.28.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

With words that at the time were probably regarded as heresy "that all men and women are created equal," the document also listed 18 grievances, including the lack of the right to vote. The battle -- which would take 72 years -- had begun.

Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper at El Museo del Barrio

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.07.2015 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Marisol dug beneath the surface to engage with ideas that were political. Ignoring the vagaries of the art scene, Marisol explored her own vision and imagery undeterred by the knowledge that her direction was not always in tune with the prevailing sensibilities.

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

He For She Throughout History

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.06.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Many historical women whose accomplishments we are aware of today had to battle society's perceptions of women's proper place. Some women were fortunate enough to have the support of a man in their endeavors -- the "He for She" paradigm Emma Watson recently spoke of at the U.N.

New York's Finger Lakes Region: Hotbed of Activism in the 1800s

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

When I go to Seneca Falls, New York (the birthplace of women's rights), I marvel that so much activism took place during the 1800s in what we now call upstate New York.

Celebrating Women's Equality?

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Women's Equality Day quietly came and went recently, not quite 100 years after passage of the Nineteenth Amendment -- the law that said women were equally entitled, along with men, to the right to vote.

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 10.15.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Women used to wear corsets under their dresses which were very heavy, required assistance for dressing, and permanently altered the locations of a woman's organs. Bloomer advocated for a looser top, a skirt that stopped at the knee, with a pair of pants worn under the skirts.

You Can Thank Susan B. Anthony For Your Fulfilling Sex Life

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women

In her spoken word poem "Suffragette 69" posted by Button Poetry and performed at Macalester College during the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invita...

Groundbreaking Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.22.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Here are a few groundbreaking women who blazed the trail for women in the 21st century. We thank them for blazing the trail for us.

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Jill S. Tietjen

I recently attended meetings and award events at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Virginia. As always happens when I am on a college campus, I was struck by the importance and value of education.

How 'Freethinkers' Changed American History

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (RNS) More than 29,000 people visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park each year, where they sit on the wooden pews in t...

Women's Rights and Inequality in America

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

There's the woman whose co-worker had to make a sign designating her as "Engineer" because, in meetings, people would assume she was a secretary. Another woman pipes up to say: "Even if I introduce myself as 'doctor,' male (particularly older male) parents of patients still refer to me as the nurse."

165 Years Since Seneca Falls: Continuing to Organize for Equality

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 09.16.2013 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal." --Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Fall...

100 Years Later, Legacy Endures for Suffragists

David Orr | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the legions of women who led the fight, many of whom were considered extreme radicals at the time. Most suffragists first fought on behalf of other causes.

Time to 'Remember the Ladies' -- in Central Park

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York
Myriam Miedzian

There is a long history of not hearing about outstanding women, or forgetting them when they die. It's part and parcel of not seeing them represented in public places. Making women visible in Central Park would be an important step in correcting this.

Obama Asks America to Learn the Radical Lessons of Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In evoking the battles at Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall -- and in selecting Evers, Blanco, and Rev. Leon to participate in the ceremony -- Obama was reminding Americans that the progress toward a better society is made primarily by people working together through social movements.

92 Years and Voting

Stephenie Foster | Posted 10.26.2012 | Women
Stephenie Foster

August 26 is Women's Equality Day, the 92nd Anniversary of women's right to vote in the United States.