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The Washington Post’s She The People: President Obama Must Support Afghanistan’s Women Against the Taliban

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The Washington Post’s She The People A girl reads aloud in an unsanctioned girls school in Spina, Afghanistan, on April 12, 2012. The Taliban shuttered a U.S.-funded girls’ school in 2007, leaving some children to attend an unsanctioned school in a family’s living room. (Kevin Sieff/The Washington Post) President Obama was elected to fix the […]

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Afghanistan’s Unrelenting War On Women

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There is absolutely a war on women being waged right now. In Afghanistan. In this file photo, Zarghona, who is in prison because she left her first husband who abused her and forced her into prostitution, holds her seven-month-old son Balal and looks out through their cell window, at the Kabul Women’s Prison in Afghanistan. (Suzanne […]

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Violence Against Women Is No Joking Matter

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Not all men are rapists. Not all men rape virgins because they believe that doing so will cure them of HIV, AIDS, or other sexually transmitted diseases. Not all men ravage the bodies of women and girls because they view women as tools of war. Not all men physically or verbally abuse women. But there are men […]

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Romney Closes In On The Nomination

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Well, FINALLY, there is no doubt about it — the Republican Party nominee will be Mitt Romney. Last night he picked up three victories — Washington, D.C., Maryland and Wisconsin. His delegate haul puts him more than halfway toward getting the 1,144 delegates he needs to triumph in Tampa. Yet, despite last night’s trifecta, there […]

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Creating Oases in Food Deserts

Great news for the health of America’s underserved communities!  First Lady Michelle Obama announced today she’s teamed up with some major retailers to fight food deserts in America. For those of you not familiar with food deserts, it is believed that they contribute to many of the catastrophic health problems we see in underserved communities.  […]

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Can I Become Thin If I Just Mute the Food Ads?

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As somebody who has waged a lifelong battle with the bathroom scales, I might be willing to swallow a few principles and go whole hog in embracing the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Food Marketed to Children’s proposed guidelines for the advertising of food products to children—if I thought these guidelines would do an ounce […]

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Baraka Boys: Escaping Your Zip Code

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Speaking before an enthusiastic audience at the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, Michelle D. Bernard, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy said that too often in America, the quality of a child’s education “depends on one’s zip code.” Bernard, who […]

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Mother Behind Bars Becoming Media Star

ABC News is the latest major media outlet to take note of Kelley Williams-Bolar, the Ohio mother who is spending 10 days behind bars because she tried to get a better education for her daughters. As friends of the Bernard Center will recall, Ms. Williams-Bolar, a single mother who lives in a housing project, was sent to jail […]

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