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WINTER 2009


Winter 2008


Special Inaugural Issue

Visions for Change
Inside this special issue, we asked feminist leaders and activists-including Kim Gandy, bell hooks, Margaret Cho, Alice Walker, Ani DiFranco, Cynthia Enloe, Dolores Huerta, the editors of Feministing.com and you, our readers-to share their visions of what must be done to move forward at this extraordinary time.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Letters
Keeping Score

 
National
Global

A Women’s Bill of Rights
Election: The Sequel
Rape Kits in Cold Storage
Vatican Justice
Short Takes
Calendar

No Longer Silent
Clandestine=Unsafe
Doing Hard Time Together
One-Named Power Player
Too Young to Marry
Short Takes

FEATURES

Cover Story
Visions for Change | ELEANOR SMEAL
Feminists have high expectations of our new president—and we must help him deliver on his promise.

Also, we asked what readers and feminist activists would like the new administration to accomplish, and here are your thoughts.

Reason Comes in From the Cold | SUSAN JACOBY
Blind faith is out and the scientific method is back—and that’s all to women’s good.

Beyond Babysitting | CORNELIA GRUMMAN
From birth to kindergarten, children need better education than many are receiving. With a new president at the bully pulpit, they might just get it.

Ana’s Choice | PATRICIA ZAVELLA
Immigrant women face life-anddeath decisions: Dare they risk crossing the border? Must they leave their parents behind? Must they separate from their children? Now Congress faces a life-and-death decision: Can it reform immigration law to make it more humane?

Lives on the Line | ALISA TANG
Facing a resurgent Taliban, Afghan women have had to cover up and take cover. Yet many still press bravely forward for their rights.

 
DEPARTMENTS

Money
Rescue Remedy | MARTHA BURK
Don’t forget women during the economic recovery.

Media
The F Word on The L Word | SAL RENSHAW
And by that we mean feminism

Law
Equal Pay and Beyond | DEBRA S. KATZ &
JUSTINE ANDRONICI
Congress should not only fix the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter mistake, but take further steps to erase wage discrimination.

Excerpt
Mandalas | ROSHNI RUSTOMJI
A remembrance of the unending wars the author has watched and lived through

Backtalk
Ode to Joy | Donna Brazile
President Obama = a new mold for leadership and a strong voice for women

Book Reviews
Nisi Shawl on Yiyun Li’s The Vagrants

Premilla Nadasen on Pamela E. Brooks’ Boycotts, Buses, and Passes: Black Women’s Resistance in the U.S. South and South Africa

Moya Bailey on Tricia Rose’sThe Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why It Matters

Jennifer Cognard-Black on Elaine Showalter’sA Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx

Erin Aubry Kaplan on Kathryn Stockett’s The Help

Bookmarks
Great reads for winter 2009

DVD Watch
Feminist films available for home viewing

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