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Every time a baby is born in the U.S., doctors decide whether its genitals are "normal" or not. A girl born with a big clitoris is in big trouble.
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Sarah Jones Can't Wait
A woman on a mission to marry activism and art
by Jennifer Block

Lunching With the Enemy
The Independent Women's Forum are a slick antifeminist bunch, and they're always ready for prime time.
by Susan Jane Gilman
Naked Old Ladies
These arresting portraits of aging women debunk the myth that beauty is synonymous with youth.
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the silence of the bones Osteoporosis is so prevalent in women that a fractured bone is more common than stroke, heart attack, and breast cancer combined; yet a recent survey conducted by the National Osteoporosis Foundation found that 86% of respondents said their doctors had never discussed prevention with them.

hmo therapy For the nearly quarter of a million U.S. women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, the last thing they should have to fight is their insurance companies. Unfortunately, providers routinely label innovative, effective treatments "experimental" and deny coverage. To help women fight for their lives, the American Bar Association recently launched the Breast Cancer Legal Advocacy Project. In addition to a public education initiative and training sessions for attorneys willing to provide free legal services, the project is developing a clearinghouse with information on how women with breast cancer can protect their legal rights. For info and resources, check out their Web site at www.abanet.org/women or call (312) 988-5715.



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