Gwen's Take

Gwen’s Take: The Arc of History and the Civil Rights Law

Posted: April 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

If it seems like we are drowning in anniversary observances, you are right.

Last year, we marked the half-century mark for the March on Washington as well as the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This year, we take note of the passage and enactment of the Civil Rights Act and the Supreme Court decision that integrated the nation’s schools (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka - 347 U.S. 483 (1954)). Next year, we will acknowledge the Voting Rights Act’s golden anniversary.

Gwen's Take: Women's Voices - Three Ways to Get Heard

Posted: April 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Gwen Ifill with Elsie Hillman at Chatham University's 2014 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics event [Credit: Anna Lee-Fields].

I met a member of a dying breed this week. But I had to leave Washington and travel to Pittsburgh to do it.

Gwen’s Take: The Tyranny of Heightened Expectations

Posted: March 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm

President Obama waves after delivering a speech in Brussels earlier this week during his trip to Europe.

Gwen’s Take: The Perils of Conventional Wisdom – Geopolitical Edition

Posted: March 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm

When it comes to politics -– and missing planes for that matter -– it helps to be an expert, or at least to play one on TV.

As I type this, cable news is playing mutely on the television on my desk. The “Breaking News” banner reads: “Officials: This is the best lead we have right now.”

That caption perfectly captures the endless speculation we have been enduring about the search for the Malaysian jetliner that disappeared March 8 in a fog of mystery worthy of nighttime soap opera.

Gwen's Take: Two Women Who Expand Hearts and Minds

Posted: March 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

In October, Gwen wrote this piece about Michele Norris and Etharine Cousin for Politico's "Women Rule" series. For Women's History Month, we are republishing the piece [Photos: The Race Card Project;

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