While we can look back with pride on the accomplishments of women before us, we must also look forward with determination to break down the remaining barriers that limit women's opportunities.
Whatever subjects we choose, as women writers we are cataloging historical and cultural events in ways that go far deeper than the two-dimensional stories told by photographs. We get into the heads of our audience in ways that movies still can't.
In honor of women's history month and to celebrate the paperback publication of The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R., I arranged an interview with Eugénie R. herself (heretofore known only as my fictional character) to find out how this 19th century woman feels about our 21st century world.
Perhaps I'm biased, but Chicago is a special place for women. The women who hail from this city are more than historic; they are change agents.
Women as a whole have made great strides towards equality, but the fact remains that too many girls in the developing world live in circumstances that are unfair at best, and dangerous at worst.
If you liked Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven, you'll also enjoy An Unquenchable Thirst. It's like watching a quiet religious political thriller.
This peak in representation is the first step in overcoming a plateau on the policy front. What can we accomplish with a tipping point of women in office? Imagine the results.
While we should celebrate and lift up the women making a difference for our communities and our planet every day, Women's History Month gives us a nudge to do it now.
The dialogue targets empathy for these nuanced female characters. "Me? The villain of this story?" says Greenhow to Pinkerton. "It's all a matter of perspective."
Yes, it's Women's History Month, and I'm on the college lecture circuit. Like I tell the students: February is Black History Month, March is Women's History Month, and the rest of the year is for white guys.
At Daytona, Danica Patrick makes the record books. In Silicon Valley, Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg make waves. And on PBS, "MAKERS: Women Who Make America," makes all of us think about the importance of women in society. What a great way to start Women's History Month!
Women and girls around the world need and deserve a just education which will nurture their ambitions. Unfortunately, the disparity in education between girls and boys continues to grow in the third world.
If you are a woman feeling called into ordained ministry or other church leadership, know that there are many sisters and brothers in Christ who will support and love you in your journey.
I realize Elle is not real, but that doesn't make her contribution to contemporary society any less significant. In order to properly explain my debt of gratitude to this fictional character, a little background is in order.
As we look beyond this day of rare focus and promises, we need to push our discussions of the religious dimensions of contemporary women's issues beyond the "safe" territory of politically correct language and bland assumptions.
The progress that those who have gone before us have made. The progress that seemed impossible, but was fought for and obtained. The progress I've personally witnessed, just in my lifetime. But there is much progress needed -- much still ahead of us.