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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Ellena Savage: Selfish, grumpy and unkind? That’s my kind of woman

The characters I find thrilling are women who are absolutely not socialised or charitable or good.

June 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: Queen of Nothing

It’s good to be the queen of nothing

April 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Isabel Allende — Tales of Passion

With charm, humor and passion, Isabel Allende delivers a series of stories about women with passionate hearts who survive difficult lives.

March 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Thank you, Elizabeth

A respectful, sorrowful, grateful farewell to Elizabeth Warren, the smartest, fiercest candidate in the race and one who deserved better from our still deeply sexist culture.

March 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Connie Post: Iron Will

I still see her, standing there
fastening a floral apron
tripping on the cord of her own life

March 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Re-reading Christina Rossetti’s ‘In an Artist’s Studio’

The value of Rossetti’s poem lies in both the expert use of the Petrarchan sonnet, a particularly challenging form to master in English, and in the poet’s complex stance on the role of art in creating and re-enforcing images of women.

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Vanessa K. Bohns: Weinstein jurors must differentiate between consent and compliance – which research shows isn’t easy

Did the women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault consent to his sexual advances of their own free will, or were they coerced?

January 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: I Quit The Black Eyed Peas. Then They Became Famous.

Kim Hill was a rising singer. She met a young rapper named will.i.am. As their group became famous, she had to make a decision about what kind of performer she wanted to be and how she wanted to be perceived as a woman among men.

December 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kristin Henderson: A Feminist Alternative to Trump’s Chest Beating on Iran

If there’s ever to be genuine and just peace between the two nations, diplomacy must be the priority, and Iranian civil society must be acknowledged and respected.

December 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Akashinga “The Brave Ones”: Nature Protected by Women

A growing body of evidence suggests that empowering women is the single biggest force for positive change in the world today.

November 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Diane K. Martin: Love Before Breakfast

He would give her something to cry about.
If she knew what was good for her,
she would do something with her hair.

November 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Nellie Bly Makes The News

An animated documentary about the legendary journalist who changed the game for women in reporting before women even had the right to vote.

October 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Strength

Strength is a film about female physical and emotional strength from the point of view of a weightlifter and narrated by Adele Hampton reciting her poem ‘Lessons in Olympic Weightlifting’.

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Roberta Hatcher: The Knitting Activist

Over under the country unraveling,
the old anxiety returning,
she sits and knits pink hats
for a new generation of women marching.

October 2, 2019 · 2 Comments

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