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Politics Jan 15Virginia votes to ratify ERA, putting amendment one step closer to Constitution
Virginia state lawmakers approved two separate, but similar resolutions that would ratify the ERA in Virginia. The move is seen as a major victory for women’s rights advocates who want to see equal rights written into the Constitution.
Arts Jan 13Crafters united to help Australia’s wildlife, but some donations don’t help
Crafters took up their tools to lend some comfort to hurt animals in the wake of historic and deadly Australian bushfires. But some facilities receiving these items say the outpouring of generosity may not be serving the animals who need…
Arts Dec 20Which ‘Little Women’ sister are you? Director Greta Gerwig weighs in
“Little Women” breathed life into four young women, their strengths and weaknesses a mirror for readers to find their own reflection. For more than a century, the question endures: “Do you identify most with Jo, Meg, Amy or Beth?"…
Politics Nov 22Equal Rights Amendment edges closer to reality
In the shadow of last week’s impeachment hearings, the House Judiciary Committee paved a path for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in the first full congressional hearing on the measure since 1983.
Arts Sep 10The one Robert Frank photo that might best capture America
In highlighting the daily lives of 20th-century Americans, Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank, also helped articulate an American counter-narrative of racism and inequality.
Arts Jul 31A rediscovered John Steinbeck short story is a comical tale of a chef and his cat
A little-known short story by John Steinbeck has been published for the first time in English today, 65 years after it first emerged in a French daily in Paris.
Politics Feb 26One of these states could ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
Over the years, the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment has turned into a broader culture war clash over gender equality and issues like abortion.
Nation Dec 03Why the U.S. ban on female genital mutilation was ruled unconstitutional
A judge’s decision voided some of the charges against two Michigan doctors accused of cutting at least nine minor girls in a Detroit clinic.
Nation Sep 18Majority of Americans believe constitutional rights being ‘diluted,’ poll shows
Eight in ten Americans are worried that some of their constitutional rights are being “diluted or taken away,” according to a new survey by the Montpelier Foundation.
Nation Sep 12‘It’s a potluck dinner versus the melting pot’: 6 books for appreciating other religions
Interfaith leader Eboo Patel wants to change and jumpstart the American conversation on religion.