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How Kathryn Smith is Helping Break Barriers Once and for All

Joan Wages | Posted 01.29.2016 | Women
Joan Wages

There's been excitement, and rightly so, over the recent news reports that the NFL had hired its first full-time female coach. Kathryn Smith was selected by the Buffalo Bills as an assistant coach.

The Average American Has a Lot to Learn About Women's History

Joan Wages | Posted 12.29.2015 | Women
Joan Wages

Nearly 60 percent of respondents said their history education focused more on the contributions and accomplishments of men than women, and previous research has demonstrated that only 15 percent of figures in history textbooks are women.

The Importance of Telling the Story -- Crusade for the Vote

Joan Wages | Posted 11.16.2015 | Women
Joan Wages

As we work to inspire, educate and empower others by integrating women's history as part of the distinctive culture of the United States, we applaud the writers and producers of Suffragette who recognized the need to expand awareness about this significant moment in Britain's history.

Power of Women in and Behind Films

Joan Wages | Posted 10.27.2015 | Arts
Joan Wages

While women make up half of the movie-going population, often the stories on the screens do not reflect society's reality -- unless a woman is directing, producing or writing.

Women Aspire to Raise the Bar

Joan Wages | Posted 08.17.2015 | Women
Joan Wages

Why does it matter that there are more women in the field of law? The primary reason would be to bring the female perspective into law firms, courtrooms and our legislatures.

People Really Don't Know That Women Actually Invented Things

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.10.2015 | Women

If this video is anything to go by, New Yorkers need a serious refresher course on women in history.  In the video created by MAKERS, a host asks...

I Salute Our Founding Mothers!

Jackie DeHon | Posted 07.15.2015 | Women
Jackie DeHon

I'm proud to thank the Founding Fathers for their sacrifices and daring in establishing the United States of America, but I'm also proud to thank the Founding Mothers who supported those sacrifices and kept the home fires burning while they were gone.

Two for the History Books

Joan Wages | Posted 07.14.2015 | Sports
Joan Wages

Billie Jean King was lobbying for comparable prizes for men's and women's tennis competitions in the early 1970s. Yet, here we are in 2015, and the women soccer players took home 5.7 percent of what the guys did.

Pathway to STEM Careers

Joan Wages | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
Joan Wages

The need for improved STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is a trending topic. STEM skills have been identified as necessary to remain economically competitive as a country, and many have pointed out the benefits that accrue to all of society when diverse teams tackle technological and scientific problems.

Women's History in April -- Ratify the ERA!

Jackie DeHon | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Jackie DeHon

I spoke about Women's History on April 29 at a lovely luncheon at the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Canyon Lake, Texas. The library was launching a wonderful exhibit on the History of Woman Suffrage in Texas.

Funny Girl Gig: Cecily Strong Fourth Female Entertainer At White House Correspondents' Dinner

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 06.20.2015 | Women
Beverly Wettenstein

Saturday Night Live comedian Cecily Strong, 31, is the fourth female featured solo entertainer at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, on Saturday, April 25. Considered one of the top gigs in the comedy business, the annual roast of the president and politicians is considered Washington's equivalent to the Oscars and called the "Nerd Prom."

An App That Highlights The History Women Made Right Beneath Your Feet

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.23.2015 | Women

With some help from Google, a group of women are changing history by spotlighting herstory. The SPARK Movement has partnered with Google to create ...

Progress Requires Patience in This Town, but Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

Joan Wages | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
Joan Wages

Some of our supporters have wondered what's taking so long, and I can only point to the fact that as Ms. Conwill indicated, few things move quickly in this town. The good news is that today, we are closer than ever to making the Museum a reality.

5-Year-Old Portrays Iconic Black Heroines In This Incredible Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices

Two parents on a mission to teach their daughter the value of self-empowerment reached their goal which resulted in the coolest photo portrait series ...

12 Baby Girl Names Inspired By Groundbreaking Women

nameberry | Pamela Redmond Satran & Linda Rosenkrantz | Posted 03.06.2015 | Parents

In honor of Women’s History Month, here a dozen daring, groundbreaking women -- who also happen to have noteworthy names that you just might want to...

Women's History Month: What Notorious R.B.G., Viola Davis and DVF Taught Me About Empowerment

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Stacy Slotnick

The recognition of women's contributions should not be relegated to the single month of March as the gender gap still exists, but we can reflect on ways to expand women's rights around the globe by celebrating (and studying) the work of today's female trailblazers.

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.

Women Still Held Back in Unsuspecting Ways

Joan Wages | Posted 03.30.2015 | Women
Joan Wages

Yes, we are still talking about women receiving equal pay in 2015. While there are several factors that contribute to this discrimination, one that comes to mind is an old, but not fully abolished legal practice known as coverture

Making the Case for a National Women's History Museum

Joan Wages | Posted 01.24.2015 | Women
Joan Wages

As a young girl sitting through history classes, I often wondered where were the women during all of that time? It was as though I was learning men's history. Where was women's history?

Mary Magdalene and the Mother-Daughter Relationship

Rosjke Hasseldine | Posted 12.28.2014 | Women
Rosjke Hasseldine

On a recent trip to New York City I visited the JP Morgan Library, where I viewed the Crusader Bible. The Crusader Bible, reportedly created around 12...

World War II, Through the Eyes of a Red Army Medic

Brian Kahn | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
Brian Kahn

She had brought photographs of herself before, during and after the Great War, and she spread them on the table. The last showed her standing straight wearing a dozen medals and ribbons common in photos of Red Army veterans.

Translating Jean Racine (Part 2)

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

Over twenty centuries later of Racine's period, society had been developed in every way. The Roman empire intervenes and takes care of the state and puts aside the citizen's worries.

Translating Jean Racine

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

When you read Jean Racine, the French dramatist of the 17th century, you have the same feeling when you first take in Homer in your hands, I mean the same awe and uneasy feeling to understand a majestic poetry.

Remembering Madam CJ Walker as Organizations Work to Preserve Her Estate

Rhonesha Byng | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Rhonesha Byng

Most people tend to fawn over celebrities, but I'm the type of person who is more so enthralled with everyday people who overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve something that seems impossible.

Woman: A Hidden Power

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 10.24.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

The importance of woman is not only huge but without her it is impossible for the man to exist and create.