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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.

Visionary Women: Lessons Learned From 20 Female Luminaries

Angella Nazarian | Posted 10.15.2015 | Women
Angella Nazarian

Maya Angelou was an acclaimed author, poet, dancer, actress, singer, producer and activist. One of the lessons that we can learn from her life is the importance of saying "Yes". She discovered who she was and along the way by saying yes to various opportunities. "If I'm asked, 'Can you do this?' I think, if I don't do it, it'll be ten years before another black woman is asked to do it. And I say, 'Yes, yes, when do you want it?"

Stage Door: Three Days to See

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.01.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Her story is hugely dramatic, yet Three Days is sometimes devoid of drama. That may be because director Jack Cummings III has chosen a presentational style -- actors speaking to an audience -- in fragmented moments.

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.

Heartbroken? This Is for You

Mary-Lou Stephens | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary-Lou Stephens

By accepting the lightning as part of our lives perhaps we can, with time and experience, marvel in its beauty and its power and be transformed by the energy it brings into our lives. To love is to be open to loss. That is the bargain we make. It is worth it.

Helen Keller's Kabbalistic Insight

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Helen Keller's early frustration and despondence at her inability to communicate is no different than our own daily, existential anxiety. Each of us is, necessarily, subject to limitations, and, accordingly, to limited perspective.

Bernie Sanders' Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We can expect the right-wing echo chamber -- including Fox News hosts, Tea Party politicians, and Rush Limbaugh -- to attack Sanders for espousing an ideology that they'll likely describe as foreign, European, and un-American. But Sanders's views are in sync with a longstanding American socialist tradition.

Deaf Women History Is Something to Celebrate

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
Lydia L. Callis

Many brave and dedicated deaf women have made invaluable contributions to modern society, despite the odds against them. This powerful minority group has fought against a culture that seeks to silence them-- constantly challenging people's assumptions of who deaf women are, and what they are supposed to be.

Lessons From Our Lives: We Share the Same Story

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

It is said that some of the simplest cultures on Earth are also the happiest. Does this mean that by not being so involved in formal study and str...

Roaring Ahead to End Measles

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

One of the most contagious viral diseases ever known, measles claims the lives of 330 people every day. Tackling this formidable disease takes a unique kind of determination.

Silence Is Not Always Golden

George Heymont | Posted 08.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A charming six-minute short film by Chaitanya Gopinath titled Lunch with Yoshi (which was screened during the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival) follows a blind woman around Bangkok as she shops, rides the city's mass transit, and prepares lunch for a visiting friend.

5 Real-LIfe Wonder Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The sobering news that Olympic medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen had been severely injured in an accident, caused me to think about she-roes through American history who overcame adversity and changed America

Women in Business Q&A: Meg Sheetz, President and COO of Medifast

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Margaret (Meg) Sheetz currently serves as President and COO of Medifast as well as CEO of Take Shape for Life, a division of Medifast - a position she...

WATCH: Cazwell Drops A Sexy New Track With 'Drag Race' Favorite

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.28.2014 | Gay Voices

Openly gay rapper Cazwell and "RuPaul's Drag Race" favorite Manila Luzon have teamed up to bring us a pulsating, dance-heavy new track featuring under...

Helen Keller Met Charlie Chaplin In 1919, And The Rest Was History

Posted 10.10.2013 | Arts

Worlds certainly collided when two of the 20th century's most beloved figures -- Helen Keller and Charlie Chaplin -- met for the first time. The world...

Helen Keller's Radical Vision

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In her investigations into the causes of blindness, she discovered that poor people were more likely than the rich to be blind, and soon connected the mistreatment of the blind to the oppression of workers, women, and other groups, leading her to embrace socialism, feminism, and pacifism.

A Special Birthday Wish for Helen Keller

Kathy Spahn | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

Achieving the elimination of blinding trachoma in 2015 in Mali and Niger will reinforce the promise of global elimination for 2020 and can save the sight of thousands of children and adults. It can also serve as one of the greatest tributes to Helen Keller's legacy the world has ever seen.

Why Are We So Ashamed of Our Women Heroes?

Charles Clymer | Posted 07.03.2013 | Women
Charles Clymer

Society tells us young men can't think of women as role models, unless they're a family member, whereas young women can admire and seek to emulate anyone, regardless of gender.

The World Has Ended, As We Know It - NOW WHAT?

Michele Hunt | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Michele Hunt

If you are reading this that means we are still here, and yet the old world has faded away and the remnants that are left are dysfunctional. We are at the dawn of a new era. A dear friend of mine put it beautifully when he said, "The past has relinquished its hold on our future."

Picking the Greatest American Progressives: A Book Review

Jack Rothman | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books
Jack Rothman

Teddy Roosevelt carried out imperialist wars, FDR imprisoned Japanese-American civilians in internment camps, and Lyndon Johnson expanded and intensified the Vietnam War. These men can claim valuable achievements, but how do their unjust misdeeds figure in?

Helen Keller's Radical Vision

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

So long as I confine my activities to social service and the blind, they compliment me extravagantly, calling me 'arch priestess of the sightless,' 'w...

Who Stole Helen Keller?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Helen Keller, whose birthday we celebrate this month -- June 27th -- could be one of those role models. Instead, textbooks and children's literature distort her life's work, and miss key opportunities to inspire young people to make a difference in the world.

Helen Keller's Secret Love Life

Rosie Sultan | Posted 07.04.2012 | Books
Rosie Sultan

Though she could speak up about equality, the rights of others--even, occasionally, sexuality--Helen Keller was not granted the rights she sought for others.

The Top 10 Heroes to Teach Your Daughter How to Fight

Brad Meltzer | Posted 06.16.2012 | Parents
Brad Meltzer

As I tell my daughter, when you want something in life -- no matter how impossible it seems -- you need to fight for it. It's the lesson that links the lives of every single hero I picked for her.

Troves Of Documents And Art Lost In 9/11 Attacks

Posted 10.01.2011 | Arts

The tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City a decade ago took almost 3,000 lives. In addition to the loss of life, troves of documents and majo...