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Libertarians and the Struggle for Women's Rights

David Boaz | Posted 05.23.2015 | Women
David Boaz

March is Women's History Month, which reminds me of the role women played in launching the libertarian movement and the role that women with libertarian values have played in advancing women's rights.

Showcasing Great Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 05.17.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Martha Graham's impact on the art of dance has been compared to the impacts of Stravinsky, Picasso and Frank Lloyd Wright to the fields of music, painting, and architecture, respectively.

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.

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.

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.

Fighting Back Against 'Hobby Lobby'

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.16.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

New York State has long been a leader in advancing women's equality, stretching back to the Seneca Falls Convention 166 years ago this weekend. Sadly, as we mark this important anniversary, hard-won victories by the women's rights movement are being threatened by a radical right wing that seeks to roll back the progress we've made.

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.

From Small Beginnings, or Finding Your Inner Bad Girl!

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

We have a word for that exuberant, extravagant dreamer too. We call that person a human, because our species, throughout history, regularly accomplishes achievements that were never previously thought possible.

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...

Celebrating Women's Equality Day and Continuing the Fight for Voting Rights

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.26.2013 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

As we celebrate Women's Equality Day and the anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, many Americans -- women and men, young and old, rich and poor alike -- still face barriers to voting.

The Fight for Women's Equality Continues

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

In 1963, women made 59 cents on average for every dollar that men earned. In 1999, women earned 72 cents to the dollar. Today, women's earnings hover at about 77 cents to every dollar paid to men.

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...

Seneca Falls: 165 Years Later and Still Struggling for Equality

Dina Bakst | Posted 07.18.2013 | New York
Dina Bakst

Despite significant triumphs for women over many decades, the fight for fairness and equality carries on. Discrimination and inequality continue to punish New York women, especially the pregnant women and mothers of our state with the fewest resources.

Declaration of Equality

Lynn Yeakel | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Lynn Yeakel

The Declaration of Sentiments, produced in 1848 at the women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY, used the language of the US Declaration of Independence to describe the imbalance of equality between men and women.

Understanding Race

Martha S. Jones | Posted 04.07.2013 | College
Martha S. Jones

Yes, to understand race we must understand Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall. But for the Understanding Race Project, that is just the beginning.

Can O.F.A. and Obama's "Inside-Outside" Strategy Move Congress?

Pearl Korn | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Can P.D.A., the C.P.C. and O.F.A. work together to build a larger coalition? Will Jim Messina reach out to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party? Hey, the president offered a progressive agenda, Jim. Why not?

Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall Redefined 'We the People.'

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

They say speeches don't create change. THEY are wrong. Barack Obama's inaugural address lifted up a nation that has been downcast, instead of looking up at the one sky above us.

Obama's Second Inaugural Address And My Personal Journey From The Stonewall To The National Mall

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The president's words struck me to the core. Just as I became an accidental activist when I transitioned, I was an accidental participant in the Stonewall uprising when I stumbled upon the chaos when I was trying to attend a concert at the Village Vanguard on the night of June 28, 1969.

The Inaugural and More: Obama's Inclusive American History Narrative

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

That day, as in the inaugural address, the president gave pride of place in our country's story to victories won on the military battlefield and in the battle for equality. Placing Stonewall in that pantheon makes his historical narrative even more fully inclusive.

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.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship that Changed the World

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kate Kelly

Penny Colman's new book tells a compelling story for readers. Colman also masterfully presents the facts, focusing on the friendship of two of the leaders of the suffrage movement.

Henry Kissinger: Moral Midget Destined for Obscurity

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

At key points in his ego-driven career, Henry Kissinger was confronted with a choice between power and moral principle. He chose power, and became a moral dwarf.

Learn To Say 'No'

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

"A man of quality is not threatened by a woman for equality."  That's a familiar bumper sticker slogan for some of us. Men are crucial to any social...