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[14 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 103 views]
The Humans Collective is Coming to the Milford Readers & Writers Festival

I am excited, and not a little prejudiced, that the Milford Readers & Writers Festival will be heralded in at the Milford Theatre with an energetic and truly unique performance by Humans Collective, an ensemble of performers who come together to create art that is reflective of the diverse human condition. I’m excited because this is an amazingly talented group of young performers and I may be prejudiced because my lovely granddaughter Dana, is a part of this ensemble and, I have to say, the reason they are coming to Milford.

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[14 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 113 views]
The Soul of the Milford Readers and Writers Festival – Words.


They can lift you, inspire you, move you, rattle you.
They can shape you, mold you, flatten you, devastate you.
They can cut you deep.
They can rip you to shreds.
They can make you brave.

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[14 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 103 views]
The Milford Readers and Writers Festival: How it all Got Started

Like many good ideas, this one began with a “what if…” Sean Strub, Amy Ferris, Bob Levine, and I were discussing the many writers conferences we had each attended, how much advice, constructive criticism, and moral support they offered aspiring writers. “But what about the readers?” I wondered. “Why aren’t there conferences for the people who love to read?” As a writer myself, I know how exciting it is to have a conversation with a thoughtful reader.

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[14 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 371 views]
Forty Years of Feminism and Friendship

I am really looking forward to interviewing Gloria Steinem at the Milford Readers and Writers Festival. She has played such an important role in my life for over 40 years.

I was hired at Ms. Magazine for my magazine experience, not my feminist credentials. That was clear when I showed up for work in a pink(!) version of the Career Gal uniform: tailored blouse, pencil skirt — and a girdle. My new boss Gloria Steinem and the rest of the staff were in more comfortable and less “acceptable” clothes. Which was sensible, given that the office furniture was orange crates and three-legged cast off desks.

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[22 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 1,311 views]

Labor Day has always felt like New Year’s Day to me. It’s the school calendar that continues to promise new possibilities. This year they include a new project, some especially interesting trips, and wonderful news from several of my writer friends.

I am going to Billings, Montana to give the keynote at the first Annual Exceptional Women Luncheon on September 17. I am especially delighted to be there because, in addition to the opportunity to celebrate terrific women, the event will be co-sponsored by the brand new Billings chapter of The Transition Network, an organization I have admired and supported since its earliest days.

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[10 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 3,232 views]
Reinventing the Workplace:<br />An Intergenerational Challenge

Suzanne Braun Levine

One of the most persistent and misguided assumptions about the relationship of younger and older workers is that they are adversaries – competing for the same jobs and incompatible in work habits. This presumption of intergenerational hostility ignores the productive synergy that happens when their skills and work styles mix and energy meets experience, technological fluency meets accumulated people skills, ambition meets not sweating the small stuff.

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[22 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 765 views]
Women’s Lib: Then and Now

Suzanne Braun Levine

A Founding Feminist’s review of five issues that still need work

In 1972, when I joined Ms.magazine — the exciting and very controversial new “women’s lib” publication — I had just gotten my “MRS degree,” which was considered an honor, except that being married meant that I could not get a bank loan without my husband’s signature. Also, back then, I wasn’t allowed in most restaurants wearing pants; job listings were segregated under “help wanted – male” and “help wanted – female” and I had had an illegal abortion.

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[1 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 651 views]
Is Encore the New Women’s Movement?

Suzanne Braun Levine

Last week I spent an exhilarating evening exploring the Encore message with Marci Alboher and close to 200 people who had come to the New York Public Library to find out more about her book The Encore Career Handbook. In our presentation, Marci covered the nuts and bolts of how to envision and find work that matters to you in the second half of life, and I tried to connect the Encore Movement with the Women’s Movement – in which I have spent both halves of my working life.

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[10 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 23,568 views]
Celebrating Women’s History Month:<br /> The Stories We Tell

Back in 1972, when I signed on at Ms. magazine, our mission was to document the history women were making every day. Early detractors, like newsman Harry Reasoner, dismissed those efforts by pronouncing the material too sparse to sustain a magazine for more than a few issues. But Ms. kept on filling its pages. It became the place to find out about women athletes, women scientists and executives as well as the brave rebels who were speaking truth to power — women who went unremarked in the rest of the media.

Also unremarked were women whose accomplishments had been lost to history, because no matter how awe-inspiring a woman’s story would have been if she were a man, it was rarely deemed worth including in the record of human accomplishments; if it had been suggested back in the seventies, the phrase “women’s history” would have been considered an oxymoron.

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[11 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 33,452 views]
Excerpt: What Will It Take to<br /> Make a Woman President?

by Marianne Schnall,
Founder, Exec. Director

Excerpted from What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power by Marianne Schnall. Copyright © 2013. Excerpted with permission from Seal Press.