Category: she-files

Landscapes Where Art Meets Action

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT—Alyssa DeLaBruere, a teaching artist and activist based out of Vermont, is acutely aware of the grave dangers the United States' national parks and monuments face under the…

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Her Story: Ageism at 42?  

DENVER--It was the stiff tone of such a casual question that still sticks out in my mind:  “Are you comfortable working with people in their 20s?”  I wondered if I'd heard…

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Her Stories: Artist and Poet Mahogany Jones on Her #NotUrAssumptions Project

DETROIT—We know the adage that “a picture speaks a thousand words” but I am not sure if we consider how many volumes are spoken in relation to the images we…

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New Zealand Designer Karen Walker Reflects On Her Three Decades in Fashion

LONDON AND AUCKLAND VIA EMAIL—In the fashion world 30 years is a lifetime. Just ask New Zealand designer Karen Walker who not only made her New York Fashion Week runway debut of her collection in 1998 but also debuted her designs at Barneys New York that same year. “The major shifts I see in the industry are that [fashion] is a whole lot faster,” she told she-files.com’s Ginanne Brownell Mitic in an interview via email. “Trends get picked up, blown up and spat out in weeks rather than seasons because of the speed with which ideas spread now.’

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Her Story: Is Being Polite Holding Women Back?

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM— It might sound silly that being polite could hold women back, but it’s common and often goes unrecognized. While completing an internship at a regional newspaper recently,…

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As Record Numbers of U.S. Women Run for Office, One Michigan Candidate Explains Why

LANSING, MICHIGAN—Gretchen Whitmer had her #MeToo moment before it was even a movement. Back in 2013, Ms. Whitmer, as the Democratic minority leader of the Michigan Senate, stood up and…

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Jelena Djokovic Talks Busy Schedules, Childhood Education and What Makes a Good Teacher

MONTE CARLO AND LONDON VIA EMAIL: Jelena Djokovic is one of those people who seems to somehow eek more than 24 hours out of a day. The 31-year-old wife of…

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Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers Reflects on 30 Years in Music: “On We Go”

FLINT, MICHIGAN AND DECATUR, GEORGIA VIA TELEPHONE: The lyrics of Emily Saliers’ song “OK Corral” –off of her 2017 solo album “Murmuration Nation” –are haunting, stark and relevant (“If you…

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Her Stories: A Beijing 2022 Figure Skating Hopeful Gets Olympic Fever in South Korea

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA--Yesterday I arrived in PyeongChang as a part of the Team Great Britain Ambition Programme. My skating partner, Lewis Gibson, and I, along with four other British athletes and…

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Her Stories: Four Flint Philanthropists Fund Film on Human Trafficking

GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN - Human sex trafficking is a misunderstood concept. Like many others, I initially believed the Hollywood version of the problem: A victim is kidnapped off the street…

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