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Shake Up The System
If you want to make change, it's never too late, and these activists can tell you how.

What to Ask Your Gynecologist
Before you slip into those stirrups, here's what you need to know and what you need to demand.

by Molly M. McGinty

Run For Her Life
Hillary Clinton wants to be the first First Lady to hold elective office...maybe she plans on teaching Bill a lesson or two,maybe...
by Blanche McCrary Boyd
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Walking While Female
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Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna
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Anatomies by Anndee Hochman
Her Own Medicine by Sayantani DasGupta
Out of the Ordinary by Noelle Howey and Ellen Samuels, eds.
The Abortion Myth by Leslie Cannold
In The Name of Salomé by Julie Alvarez


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Think that what young men want most is money, prestige, and power? Guess again.

According to a study released by the Radcliffe Public Policy Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 70% of men aged 21 to 29 said they would trade in some of their pay for more family time. What's more surprising is that only 63% of women in their twenties agreed.

 
Most executives at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia are women, but daughters who participated in this year's Take Our Daughters To Work Day would never know that. Instead of learning the challenges of running a multimedia outfit, they spent most of the day rotating between cooking, craft, and gardening activities. After lunch they met with Ms. Stewart. We can only hope that during the Q&A, the girls asked Martha how they would earn a living making crafts.
 
On April 2, 2000, a unique headline ran in the op/ed section of the Hartford Courant: "Wanted: An Answer to Why Fewer Women Write Letters to the Editor." The daily had noticed that about two thirds of letters were written by men, and asked why. More than 140 women found the time to articulate that time is just what they're lacking. "Women assured us that they have opinions; they are just too busy juggling work and family to write about them," says Bill Williams, letters editor. "Get real!" wrote Carol E. Dares. "If women spent time writing letters, who would take responsibility for the minutiae of raising the kids, nursing the elderly parents, cleaning the bathrooms, maintaining the relationship, planning the social life, doing the civic duty, and now that we're liberated, bringing home the bacon?" Wanted: an answer to why so many women are still soloing on the second shift.
 
Maybe it's the sensation of fingers on a tired scalp, or the way the shears echo chimelike as they shape the latest do. Whatever the reason, women are prone to purge their secrets at the salon. "Hairdressers often see signs or hear stories of abuse," says Susan O'Toole, director of community outreach at the Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut, "but they don't know how to deal with it." That's why she created a seminar for cosmetologists on how to counsel while they cut, teaching them how to approach clients and offer referrals. The idea is gaining popularity: O'Toole received calls from 135 organizations wanting to conduct the seminar, and the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology is developing a training program. Her next targets are restaurant workers and taxi drivers. Says O'Toole, "Domestic violence is everyone's responsibility."