Another Look at Thyroid Shields and Mammograms

In a recent conversation I had with an Ob/Gyn, she mentioned her belief in the necessity of having a thyroid shield when getting a mammogram. I made a mental note of it, and decided it was worthy of further assessment. When I went for my test, I mentioned it to the technician. A doctor came in to explain that it wasn’t necessary—but that was the extent of her feedback. As a strong supporter of patient advocacy, I decided the topic needed some further investigation. ...more

Domestic Violence: Everybody’s Issue

With a range of women’s concerns being pulled into the maelstrom of election cycle rhetoric, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has now become another political football. Originally co-sponsored by Democrat Sen. ...more

Naming the Shame That Can Cripple

When Amy Ferris asked me to contribute an essay to Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small, I wasn’t sure that I had any shame. Then, when I thought about it, I realized that I did. I just hadn’t framed it that way. I agreed to participate. ...more
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“Homeland” Probes Terrorism and the Existential Threat

Homeland is back. Season 2 begins on September 30, and yes, you will be biting your nails. You will be stunned at how prescient the first episode is. Yet most importantly, you will be challenged to engage with questions gnawing at America’s psyche. The scab of 9/11 may have fallen away, but the scar which remains has in no way faded with time. ...more

The BlogHer’12 Conference Returns to New York City

The 2012 BlogHer conference got off to an impressive start with an official opening address from no less than the President of the United States—live via the Internet. With signage behind his right shoulder that read, “Women for Obama,” the Commander-in-Chief congratulated organizers and attendees on the biggest BlogHer gathering to date. ...more

In America’s National Parks, Air Pollution Knows No Boundaries

Summer is a time when American families plan vacations. Many are centered on the natural beauty of our country and the National Parks System. ...more

Women Without Borders: “Include, Involve, Invest”

Women Without Borders is an international organization that works to research, advocate, and lobby globally for women. Last month they co-sponsored an evening at The Paley Center for Media, featuring a panel examining the role of women as peacemakers. Specifically addressed was the question, “Can Mothers Stop Terrorism.” Edit Schlaffer facilitated the discussion. ...more