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Issue 161 — February 22, 2021

Grady Gammage auditorium, with its classic Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, buzzed with excitement, filled to its 3000+ seat capacity on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Local people who were unable to get tickets hosted watch parties in their homes and offices, and dozens of groups from India to Seattle sent pictures of their watch party events.

Carla Harris’s electrifying opening keynote trended globally on Twitter before the crush of internet users broke the venue’s internet capacity and made our livestream spotty. Even that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm.

It was…

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Issue 160 — February 7, 2021

We await near-universal availability of vaccines and see the daily morbidity and mortality toll of COVID, while the economy takes a dive and frontline workers are nearing their breaking point. In the U.S. we certainly see the liabilities of a fragmented healthcare system and the deadly consequences of our stubborn resistance to universal healthcare.

And meanwhile an initial solution to slowing the spread of the disease — working from home and schooling at home — is taking its tangled toll on families, creating a whole new set of problems.

Two articles from this past…

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Issue 159 — February 1, 2021

Oprah’s O Magazine is a rich resource if you are looking for information about Black History Month. And no doubt your inbox is filling up with proclamations and programs in celebration of the month that highlights the past accomplishments of Black men and women.

But given this particular moment of reckoning with systemic racism in American culture, I want to celebrate Black women who are making tomorrow’s history today.

I realize that history is usually thought of as a backward look. And there are lessons to be learned, inspiration to be taken from knowing…

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Issue 158 — January 25, 2021

Each week I write about what the week just past has taught us. I reflect on what happened and search for the larger meaning in its disparate events. I look through the lens of whether it’s been good for women or bad for women. I search for trends. And I look for moments of power shifts related to gender and race.

Well let me just say last week took the prize on all those fronts.

It was one to the most meaningful weeks of recent American history.

Hashtags #racialequality #genderequality #leadership #justice #courage #powerfulwomen…

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Issue 157 — January 17, 2021

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

That’s my favorite quote from Dr. King. And I feel sure that if he were writing those words today, he would include “woman.” Because as he himself often noted, justice must always expand to be inclusive of all.

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday weekend and national holiday, here are some more of his most stirring quotes.

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Issue 156 — January 10, 2021

Were you eager to leave 2020 behind?

Surprise. The first week in this brave new year has tried our souls even more than the year we thought we left behind. Whoever said the past is never really past knew what she was talking about.

It’s apparently not enough that we are still battling a raging global coronavirus pandemic that’s wreaking havoc on our health and disrupting almost everything about our lives.

It’s not enough that small businesses are being forced to close at an astounding rate. Or that women have lost or left four…

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Issue 155 — December 28, 2020

You’d think this year is an animate being one could punch or despise or dress down. Every other headline on those end-of-year emails clogging our inboxes rails against poor old 2020. Worst year ever, leave it in the rearview mirror, kick it to the curb, and so on.

Without question, the sickness and death carnage of COVID-19 has taken a toll on each of us individually and all of us collectively. Is anyone’s family untouched by a positive COVID-19 test at this point? Quite likely, we’ve had someone close to us among the 333,000…

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Issue 154 — December 21, 2020

Today on the winter solstice, the stars align. For the first time since 1226, the planets Jupiter and Saturn will be so close in the night sky that they might look like one large star.

Astronomers call it the Great Conjunction. Some people call it the Christmas star.

We humans like to imbue these celestial moments with supernatural meaning. For me personally, it’s extra special because today happens to be Alex and my 40th wedding anniversary!

I wish you and your loved ones health and joy during this unusual holiday season when most of…

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Issue 153 — December 14, 2020

This week Jupiter and Saturn will be observably closer to each other than they have been since and they won’t be as close again until 2080. This is a phenomenon not to be missed! The clearest view will happen on my wedding anniversary and the winter solstice, December 21. How cool is that?

Don’t Miss the Great Conjunction December 15

But easier to find and equally cool will be another rare phenomenon that you won’t want to miss: Julianne Moore and Gloria Steinem in an intimate conversation with YOU, moderated by two graduates of our 50 Women Can Change the…

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Issue 152 — December 6, 2020

“There are plenty of top-notch people in every demographic group for even the most high-level jobs. You just have to see them and open the barricades that have blocked them from serving.”

Jodi Enda re Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s diverse choices of top advisors.

Real change is in the air. And it’s happening fast.

It’s the kind of momentum I felt when I was on the frontline of the March for Women’s Lives in 2004. We were scheduled to step off at noon but by 11 o’clock the sheer pressure of over a million people’s common aspiration forced…

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is a New York Times bestselling author and co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a nonprofit women’s leadership organization.

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