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on Jan 12, 2015 - 18:11 PM ET
Rebecca Gomperts landing the ship

Vessel, Diana Whitten’s fine documentary about the Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts’s world-famous Women on Waves/Women on Web NGO, is a tribute to feminist activism, courage and ingenuity. It is also surely the most exciting movie ever made about maritime law. Shocked as a volunteer in the developing world by the death and maiming of women in illegal abortions, Gomperts had the clever idea of bringing safe and legal abortion by boat to women trapped by...

Reproductive Rights, Health, Film
on Apr 22, 2014 - 03:00 AM ET
Haiyan destruction

I’m not watching Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime’s nine-part series on climate change. I’m not going to read Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, despite its great reviews. When I see a long article in The New York Times about melting glaciers or flooded coastal plains or disappearing species or deforestation or desertification, I skip it. Why? Because I already know what’s happening...

Climate Change, Society
on Nov 6, 2013 - 13:31 PM ET
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

If Bill de Blasio’s landslide win is any indication, it’s clear that liberals—and New Yorkers in general—deplore Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his controversial stop-and-frisk policy. So it was no surprise that when he went to Brown University on October 29, his appearance generated a certain amount of buzz. What was unusual was that, after about half an...

on Aug 13, 2013 - 17:00 PM ET


Democratic Senators Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and Kirk Watson of Austin lead a rally at a protest before the start of a special session of the Legislature in Austin, Texas, July 1, 2013. (Reuters/Mike Stone)

Mea culpa: I was unfair to David Frum in my recent...

on Jun 26, 2013 - 13:22 PM ET


Senator Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, speaks as she begins a filibuster in an effort to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Wendy Davis is my hero. Make that my superhero. This brave and unbelievably stalwart legislator filibustered for nearly eleven...

on Jun 24, 2013 - 11:37 AM ET


Wajeha H. Al-Huwaider, far left, with Phellicia Dell, Rebecca Lolosoli, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tina Brown. (PRNewsFoto/The Daily Beast)

Last week I wrote in this space about the Saudi...

Feminism, Activism, World