Category: she-files

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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Film Director Ana Asensio on Persistence

DENVER AND NEW YORK VIA PHONE—There is a musical quality to Spanish actress and filmmaker Ana Asensio’s voice that is both transfixing in its soft and hypnotic tone yet also strong and direct. She is, in a word, charming yet her directorial debut…

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Her Story: My Mother’s Alcoholism, Dry January and the Women’s Movement

DENVER--Dry January. It sounds inhospitable, boring, lonely even, especially coming on the heels of December which is chock full of reasons to surround yourself with friends and alcohol. Until recently,…

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Celebrating Our First Anniversary

DENVER AND FLINT, MICHIGAN--One year ago today millions of women joined ranks and marched for equality across the globe. It's not a coincidence that it's also's first anniversary. We…

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Her Stories: On the Precipice of Parenthood

LONDON--Whoever created the German word schadenfreude—it is defined as “enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others”—must have been a parent.

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