Category: she-files

Rocking Out in Belfast at Women’s Work Festival

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND--It’s 2016, launch night of the first ever Women’s Work Festival in Belfast. I’m sitting in a taxi with Annie Nightingale, the pioneering female DJ of BBC Radio…

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Patrice Banks is Putting Women in the Driver’s Seat

DENVER AND UPPER DARBY, PENNSYLVANIA VIA EMAIL—Women have been passengers in the romance between men and their cars for too long. Cars are fast, dangerous machines, a symbol of freedom, something to be mastered and…

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An Unlikely Center for Chinese Women’s Contemporary Art in U.K.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Nestled within the record stores and alternative cocktail bars of Manchester's Northern Quarter sits an impressive piece in the world of the Chinese contemporary art scene. The…

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Who’s Afraid of Ageing?

DENVER AND NEW YORK VIA SKYPE—With her characteristic “let’s talk about it” approach to problems and wry sense of humor, Ashton Applewhite, an activist and expert on ageing, is taking…

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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’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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