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Could Appointing Women CEOs Be A Win?

~ Listen to an excerpt of The Jerry Doyle Show as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and his guest Anita Finlay engage in a lively battle of the sexes while discussing — Mary Barra, the stats to back women CEOs, The Ellen Show, inclusion and solutions vs shopping confirmation bias, women drivers and more … ~ Just […]

The Inspiration of Nelson Mandela

As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of his inspiring words: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I […]

This Guy — Sir Nicholas Winton, Hero!

(Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah!) I have come to almost detest the word hero these days. I think it’s overused and it’s used incorrectly. We have a funny idea in this country about what makes a person a “hero.” We have a weird obsession in this country with athletes and movie stars. We call pro-football players […]

Magnificent, Courageous “Batkid” Reminds of the Joys of Giving and Thanksgiving

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the touching, beautiful story of five-year old Miles Scott, in remission after a three-year battle with Leukemia.  Given his love of Batman and all thing superhero, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 13,000 San Francisco ‘volunteers’ showed up to help make his crime fighting dreams a reality.  Here he is getting the keys […]

Honoring Grit And Not Just The Gritty

Too often we seem to revel in the gritty and forget to honor our grit, but we shouldn’t. When I was young, an uncle came to live with us while getting back on his feet after a stint in the army.  He was a returned veteran of the Vietnam war — young, handsome and little wild.  James […]

Veteran’s Day Needs To Include Women Leaders In War

“Nancy Wake, “the White Mouse” and the most decorated woman of the 1939-45 war, disliked people messing around with her life story.  Small wonder.  It was an extraordinary story and an extraordinary life.” So wrote John Litchfeld in his tribute to Ms. Wake in The Independent, Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis: Ms. […]

Words To Create By: “The more you Learn …”

“The more you learn, the more you have a framework for that knowledge to fit into.” Bill Gates, 60 minutes interview ~~~ William Henry Gates III (1955 – ) Co-founder of Microsoft Father, husband, programmer, inventor, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, billionaire

Becoming Barbie — In Just 37 Seconds

Laura Willard posted a great video on Upworthy that has since gone viral, entitled See Why We Have An Absolutely Ridiculous Standard Of Beauty In Just 37 Seconds… This is the best example I’ve seen of the destructive power of the endless “Barbie-izing” of women and girls. Both sexes get an exaggerated and unrealistic vision of what women look like. […]

#BraveGirlsWant — Support for The Brave Girls Alliance!

By Anita Finlay:  The Brave Girls Alliance is a magnificent group of women of all ages working to take back mainstream media and show young girls just how fabulous they already are.  Airbrushed, hyper-sexualized images need not apply, thanks.  Having made a small contribution to this cause, I was surprised to see my tweet wind up on a 25-foot billboard in NYC’s […]

Kim Kardashian, Big Media and the Infantilization of America

After giving a speech on the effects of media bias (a light topic, I know!), a student asked, “How is anyone going to hear your message when they are obsessed with the Kardashians?”  I pulled a scientific sounding response out of my…er …left ear, but I suspect her question was better than my answer. Dr. Michael […]

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Antoinette Tuff Super Human

Superman, Clark Kent, has nothing on Super Human Antoinette Tuff. It’s easy to have courage in the face of unimaginable danger when you have super human strength, speed and leaping abilities.  It’s easy to put your life on the line for the good of humanity when your body is indestructible.   It’s easy to be […]

A Girl’s New Best Friend — A Many Faceted Network!

When I was growing up it was universally proclaimed that a girl’s best friend was (wait for it) — a DIAMOND! As Marilyn Monroe told us in the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” diamonds were suppose to be a girl’s investment in her future.  Her lifetime ace in the hole.  Her go to, if and […]

A Day of Honor and Resentment

Memorial Day is a national holiday of picnics and parades. It is also a deeply personal day in remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I am honored and humbled that those who serve feel their country and fellow Americans are worthy of their sacrifices.  Yet wars […]

~ This Time, Women Are Here To Stay

Back in 2008, when Hillary Clinton was running for president, I came across an old black and white pictorial on American women from the late 1940’s at a used book fundraiser.  Since I was feeling more than a little dispirited over the fate of women at the time, I bought the book hoping for inspiration from […]

~ Seeing Things In A New Light: Gangs And Little Old Ladies

Words have a way of changing over time. A generation or so ago, the word ‘gang’ referred to an informal group of friends with whom you regularly socialized.  Emphasis on friends and social. Back then, your ‘gang’ or ‘the gang’, as they were affectionately referred to, were the people who saw you through the highs, […]

~ Presidential Quotes

A few presidential quotes in honor of Presidents day: “On this view of the import of the term republic, instead of saying, as has been said, “that it may mean anything or nothing,” we may say with truth and meaning, that governments are more or less republican as they have more or less of the […]

~ On FDR’s New Deal: The American People Sound Off

Almost daily there are headlines, numbers and analysis being thrown at FDR’s New Deal.  Obama Gives Us the Same Old New Deal. And, How Government Prolonged the Depression. Or, Stimulus: Can it work like Roosevelt’s New Deal?  And Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ Resurfaces in US Economic Stimulus Debate. But all of these discussions seem to overlook the […]