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The Other Half Had a Dream Too

Martha Burk | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Let's hope that the 50th anniversary celebration of one of the world's most important peaceful revolutions includes its daughters equally with its sons.

The Debate Over the ERA Continues

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

The debate over an Equal Rights Amendment began three years after women received the right to vote -- and continues today. The proposal was recently re-introduced in Congress, along with a new strategy.

4 Women's Issues That Haven't Changed Since 1911

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.17.2013 | Women

Over 100 years ago, radical writer and activist Emma Goldman penned the essay "The Tragedy of Woman's Emancipation." In the piece, which the Atlantic ...

Infinite Variety Productions: Shedding Light on Untold Women's Stories

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 05.31.2013 | Impact
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

Infinite Variety Productions (IVP) is a female-focused, not-for-profit theater company whose production of Eclipsed by Patricia Burke-Brogan is based on Brogan's experience as a novice nun in one of the Magdalene Laundries in the 1960s.

The Curious History of Women Who 'Passed' As Men In Pursuit of a Dream

Marlo Thomas | Posted 07.03.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

Before Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria and Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot -- throughout history and in almost every culture -- disguising one's gender has been a common plotline in folklore, literature and theater. Cross-dressing gods and goddesses frequently populated Greek, Norse and Hindu mythology; and Shakespeare's plotlines often featured women characters posing as men

American Girl: How Radical Can a $105 Doll Be?

Molly Rosner | Posted 06.26.2013 | Women
Molly Rosner

American Girls, as spunky and courageous as they might have been in the plots of their books, were hardly radical. Their characters often came from privilege and learned about the "other" -- Native American friend, child laborer -- through some sort of friendly contact.

PHOTO: What Women's Self-Defense Looked Like In 1906

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.05.2013 | Women

You do NOT want to mess with this Victorian lady. Judging from this 1906 photo by Percy C. Bryon, she could probably take you down. According to a...

History in the Making: Women's History Month Reminds Us Why We Must Keep Working For Equality

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 05.19.2013 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

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!

50 Years of Women's History -- What Would Betty Say?

Martha Burk | Posted 05.15.2013 | Books
Martha Burk

Revolutionary when it came out in 1963, The Feminine Mystique helped unleash the activism that became the "women's liberation" movement and pushed for equal social, political, and economic rights.

LOOK: Iconic Images In Celebration Of Women's History Month

Posted 03.13.2013 | Women

March isn't just a month of odd weather and St. Patty's Day celebrations -- it's also (more importantly) Women's History Month. The National Women's H...

A Forgotten Piece of Women's History

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 05.08.2013 | Latino Voices
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

Not quite realizing that behind every exceptional woman there is a community of faceless and nameless women who have helped sustain her, the legacies of the migrant women from Puerto Rico, sculptors of today's communities in New York, are all but forgotten.

Women: The Unsung Heroes of the Environment

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Bianca Jagger

More than ever, as we face the challenges of combating climate change, deforestation, the melting of the Arctic sea ice, we will need these women: their skills, their wisdom and their knowledge.

'RuPaul's Drag Race,' 'Vampire Diaries' Stars Pay Tribute To Josephine Baker

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 03.05.2013 | Gay Voices

Just in time for Women’s History Month, photographer Lee Cherry, makeup artist Sutan Amrull (aka Raja, "RuPaul’s Drag Race" Season Three winner) a...

Mothers of Invention -- Women Who Made it Happen

Marlo Thomas | Posted 05.05.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

I don't know what you'd do on your 63rd birthday, but I certainly wouldn't climb into a barrel and pitch myself over the edge of a deadly waterfall. But that's exactly what Annie Edson Taylor did. Was she proud of herself for her act of courage? Absolutely. Would she recommend it to others? Hardly.

What Took So Long? Women's History From Those Who Made It

Martha Burk | Posted 04.27.2013 | Women
Martha Burk

February 26 marks the premiere of MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a documentary about how women took to the streets to transform society. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the series highlights women who have done extraordinary things.

Are You Better Off Than Your Grandmother?

Posted 02.21.2013 | Women

Rebecca Traister | Glamour Believe it or not, it’s been 50 years since Betty Friedan’s "The Feminine Mystique" hit shelves. The book is credite...

The Subway Beauty Queens Are Back

Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts

In the 1940s, every New York subway station had a tribute to the month's Miss Subway, a contest for glamorous young female writers. Each poster had an...

What, to a Novelist, Is the 4th of July?

Lois Leveen | Posted 09.02.2012 | Books
Lois Leveen

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a novel inspired by a real-life hero who risked her own liberty to ensure America finally made real the ideals illuminated in the Declaration of Independence?

Will Amelia Earhart's Plane Finally Be Found?

AP | OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 09.02.2012 | Women

HONOLULU — A $2.2 million expedition is hoping to finally solve one of America's most enduring mysteries: What exactly happened to famed aviator...

Title IX at Notre Dame: What Though the Odds be Great or Small

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 08.25.2012 | Sports
Anne Dilenschneider

This is truly a day to celebrate! For the past year, 230 women, primarily from the University of Notre Dame's Classes of 1977 and 1976, and their coaches have worked diligently to recreate the rosters of the first women's sports teams at the University.

Andrea Stone

Women's Museum Seeks To Improve On Checkered Past

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Women's History Museum has made changes to its governance and is sharpening its mission after a Huffington Post investigati...

Happy Hole-y Friday

EllynAnne Geisel | Posted 06.01.2012 | Home
EllynAnne Geisel

June 1 is National Doughnut Day and I am in celebration mode. Almost 80 years from its introduction, the doughnut is still a happy food that satisfies the spirit as well as the appetite.

Andrea Stone

Women's Museum, Under Scrutiny, Seeks Ph.D.

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Better late than never. Days after a Huffington Post investigation revealed a host of problems at the nascent National Women's Histor...

Andrea Stone

Blight At The Museum: Why Washington Still Has No Women's History Museum

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sixteen years ago, a small band of women working on Capitol Hill launched a campaign to "Free the Sisters of the Crypt" and raised $85,0...

Help Meryl Streep (and Other Iron Ladies) Teach Rush Limbaugh a Lesson

Keli Goff | Posted 05.06.2012 | Women
Keli Goff

March happens to be Women's History Month. While we all know that for the next month we can look forward to occasional references to our country's greatest women, you may not know that we still don't have a national museum to honor the contributions of women.