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Investing with a Gender Lens: How We Can Use Our Dollars to Drive Positive Change

We at the National Council for Research on Women were excited to participate in the Women Funding Network’s webinar “Investing with a Gender Lens: How We Can Use Our Dollars to Drive Positive Change.” This webinar was a follow-up to the panel with the same name at the recent WFN Annual Conference, “The Power of Global Networks,” in Brooklyn, NY. The Council was proud to be a collaborating partner for this important gathering of women’s funds from across the United States.


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Nobel Prize Winner Says Women Writers Are Inferior; NCRW President Responds

In response to this week's Wall Street Journal blog post, "Nobel Prize Winner Says Women Writers Are Inferior," NCRW President Linda Basch left the following comment:

It is difficult to fathom that in the year 2011 there can still be a debate over the writing abilities of women versus men. How many prize-winning authors, Nobel prize recipients included, will it take to convince V.S. Naipaul and others that the works of women are as powerful, creative, and praiseworthy as those of men?

The quality, style, and imaginations of men and women writers are as complex and varied as the individual writers themselves.


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Day of Action: End Rape in War!

Today is the culmination of the Nobel Women's Inititative's conference to end sexual violence in conflict.  And how appropriate--they are ending it with a day of action!  Love it.  Here is their call to action:

Did you know that up 500,000 women were raped during the Rwandan genocide?
Did you know that over 64,000 women were raped in Sierra Leone?
Did you know that over 40,000 women were raped in Bosnia-Herzegovina?
Did you know that thousands of women are raped every day in Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo?

Enough is enough.
Thursday is our international day of action against sexual violence in conflict.


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Nobel Women’s Initiative’s Conference on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Today marks the beginning of the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s Conference on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. This three-day conference gathers over 100 women—including Nobel Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire—to discuss how to end sexual violence in conflict. According to this article on the conference’s approach,


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Denim Day & the Right to be Sexy—Because There’s Never an Excuse for Rape!

By Kyla Bender-Baird

Today is Denim Day. I’m wearing jeans to work in support of sexual assault survivors and to raise awareness about sexual assault misconceptions. Denim day has been around since the late 1990s when the Italian Supreme Court overturned a sexual assault conviction because the survivor wore tight jeans when she was raped. In protest, women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans to work. (read more about denim day’s history here)


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Inked: An Interview with Alison Bechdel

As part of its Transforming Lives Documentary Film Project, the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University features the following interview with comic artist Alison Bechdel (see Dykes to Watch Out For).  Mimi Zander -- a Rutgers University senior, IWL Leadership Scholar and awarding-winning filmmaker -- is the lucky duck who interviewed Bechdel.  In the interview, Bechdel discusses how internalized misogyny at the beginning of her drawing career prevented her from drawing women.  She could only draw women if she thought of them as lesbians. Of course, this all passed.  But it's always interesting to hear about an artists' process and journey. 


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FAST FACT: LGBT Health Edition

By Kyla Bender-Baird

This week has been National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week. All week I've been keeping my eye open for a fact to feature in honor of this important week.  Well, last night, the National Center for Transgender Equality delivered it straight to my inbox. Don't you love it when that happens? 


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Poverty Measurements Need a Facelift

By Carrie Wolfson*

Tuesday, March 29, proved to be an important day for advancing our understanding of poverty, with two unaffiliated events tackling different aspects of this important issue. The Women of Color Policy Network, in conjunction with the Center for American Progress, hosted an event to discuss the measurement of poverty and poverty reduction programs within the U.S. Just one hour later, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity led an audioconference to discuss lessons that U.S. policymakers can learn from the U.K. on reducing childhood poverty.


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Geraldine Ferraro: Toughness and Fearlessness Rooted in Hardship

By Vivienne Heston-Demirel

The career of Geraldine Ferraro was remarkable, not only because of her nomination as Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1984, but because of her stellar accomplishments from what were extremely humble origins. She was the daughter of Italian immigrants of modest means. Her father died when she was 10 and her mother had to support her and three brothers as a seamstress. Geraldine was incredibly gifted and driven from an early age.

“In school she used to be captain of this, president of that, I knew she would become a leader,” her mother Antonetta [nee Corrieri] Ferraro told the New York Times in July 1984.


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Remembering Geraldine Ferraro

With the passing of the great leader, Geraldine Ferraro, many groups are reflecting on her remarkable career and important contribution to the fight for women’s equality. Among her many accomplishments, Ferraro was the first woman to be a major-party national nominee in her 1984 run for vice president of the United States. She used her three terms as a Congresswoman to pass legislation that brought equality to women in pensions, wages and retirement, in addition to spearheading efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. More recently, Ferarro served as an Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. We've collected some of the reflections and tributes published over the last few days, remembering the extraordinary life of Ferraro. 


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