March 2012

The Hunger Games? Left me satisfied

I adore The Hunger Games trilogy. I can't say enough good things about it and I can't recommend it enough to people. It's dark, yet uplifting, painstakingly detailed, poignant, and never overdone. So as the movie release neared, I was a bit apprehensive about three things: love, violence, and gravity. I didn't want manipulative, overdone romances between Katniss and Peeta or Gale. I didn't want "cool fights" that left people wowing because I don't want anyone amazed or gleeful at a kid's death. And I didn't want eye-porn glory shots that diminished the dignity of the story.

Interview with National Women’s History Museum President Joan Wages

Walking around downtown Washington DC is like passing by a kaleidoscope of museums. For lifelong political lobbyist Joan Wages, however, one museum is missing – a museum celebrating the achievements of women and one that can stand toe-to-toe with all the rest in Washington. Since 1996 the National Women’s History Museum has worked to make that dream a reality.

Ancient Celtic Women and The Roman Historians Who Love/Hate Them

With Women's History Month upon us, I definitely want to do my part to tout the unsung heroines of yore. And who is more unsung than the women of ancient history? Sadly, that is pretty depressing work as there were few places where women weren't kept like prisoners, traded like property for power or money, treated as no better than broodmares, or even condemned to die in infancy for the terrible crime of being born without a penis. 

Anne Boleyn: A Queenly Role Model?

Guest Article by Claire Ridgway of The Anne Boleyn Files

As an owner of a website dedicated to Queen Anne Boleyn, I receive countless emails from people every day telling me of their fascination with Anne Boleyn, their passion for her and her story, their appetite for new information on her. It's truly mind-boggling the way that this woman has found her way into millions of hearts all around the world, yet she has been dead for nearly 500 years and was executed for treason, adultery and incest.

A Woman of Environmental History: Professor Waangari Muta Maathai

Barack Obama’s contribution to the global climate talks in December 2011 was a message in which he urged countries to preserve their forests much like Wangari Maathai had been doing since 1976 in Kenya.

Yup, the whole world was being urged to play catch-up to a woman who had a simple idea some 35 years previously in Kenya.

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Winners for the 2012 Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Raffle

We have had an amazing time these last couple months, working closely with the Sweet Clark and Lana forum in order to raise money for The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Without further adieu, we are announcing our raffle winners!

First for the Lana Lang/Kristin Kreuk Raffle:

1) The winner of the 2x3 season two promotional poster is Esma Al-Kubeisy.

2) The winner of the Teddy Bear and the mug is Katie Silverman.