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March 24, 2010
It is safe to say that poetry was Gwendolyn Brooks’ true native language. Her first poem, Eventide, was published in American Childhood magazine when she was just 13. She published her first book of poetry, A Street in Bronzeville, at age 28....
March 23, 2010
Geraldine Ferraro, born in 1935 and raised in working-class Bronx and Queens neighborhoods, was the first in her family to graduate college. She attended Marymount Manhattan College, on a scholarship no less, where she was the editor of the school...
March 21, 2010
Liz Carpenter — journalist, speechwriter, feminist, White House staff member, witness to history and lifelong activist — died on Saturday, March 20 of pneumonia. She was 89. She was perhaps the last of a generation of outspoken, sometimes outrageous...
March 19, 2010
“Pioneering” and “first” are words closely associated with Fortuna Calvo-Roth, past president of New York Women In Communications (NYWICI) from 1991-1992. As editor-in-chief of Vision — named by Time magazine as "the leading Latin American...
March 16, 2010
Eugene Speicher, a former classmate at the Art Students League, once said to Georgia O’Keeffe, “I'm going to be a great painter, and you will probably end up teaching painting in some girl's school.” Well Eugene, it appears your prediction was a bit...
March 12, 2010
"Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man." ~ Margaret Mead I'm not completely sure what brought Margaret Mead to my attention. It was probably one of one of her frequent television appearances — she was a semi-regular on the Tonight...
March 5, 2010
Thanks to Sylvia Pressler, young girls have more opportunity in sports. A jurist and an author, Pressler is best known for her 1973 ruling that opened the doors for girls to play Little League baseball. The case involved 12-year-old Maria Pepe of...
March 4, 2010
  Last week NYWICI received an email from Manny Gonzalez of HispanicAd.com with a link to a column he had written. Under the headline "Do white women fear wise Latinas?" the article takes NYWICI to task for having no Latina Matrix honorees in the...
March 2, 2010
In honor of Women’s History Month, Aloud is profiling a series of great women communicators of the past and present, starting today with Alice Paul. Any way you slice it Alice Stokes Paul (1885–1977) was a remarkable woman. A primary driver behind...
March 1, 2010
March is Women’s History Month. Congress first declared it so in 1987 and has reconfirmed Women’s History Month every year since with a bipartisan resolution. As the Library of Congress explains on its website, women were largely left out of history...
February 26, 2010
We know that men and women generally think and speak differently, so it should not be surprising to discover that we also blog differently. Yet seeing that "people," "state" and "world" are among the most common words on blogs written by men whereas...
February 21, 2010
A recent post on Aloud discussed the presence of sexism in Super Bowl commercials. Now we are in the midst of another great sporting event, the Winter Olympics. While watching these exciting competitions, I couldn’t help but notice Procter &...
February 21, 2010
A recent post on Aloud discussed the presence of sexism in Super Bowl commercials. Now we are in the midst of another great sporting event, the Winter Olympics. While watching these exciting competitions, I couldn’t help but notice Procter &...
February 19, 2010
A few weeks into the great economic meltdown of 2008, I visited a friend and former client, an ex-journalist who had left the corporate world years earlier to establish a successful PR firm. My friend told me how he was besieged with calls from laid...
February 11, 2010
As always, last Sunday's Super Bowl generated tons of talk about sexism in advertising — racism and homophobia, too. We'd like to know what Aloud readers think about this year's ads. You can view all of the Super Bowl ads on Hulu Ad Zone, and as...

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