“Battling” Bella Abzug

“This woman’s place is in the House—the House of  Representatives.” When I first heard about Bella Abzug it was from that quote in her successful 1970 campaign–and about The Hat. As a recent graduate from Wagner College, I knew with a fierceness I was just...

Taking a Stand- Another Perspective

Women’s History Month. Another Perspective On What Will You Stand For? The man nudged his son with his foot and nodded his head at him. The boy looked up from his seat on the airport shuttle, looked at a much older and obviously frail woman (older than me by far), and...

“Those Crazy Women Drivers”

Women’s History Month. Auto Independence for Women. 2016 I take for granted that I can get in my car any time of day or night, and go pretty much anywhere the roads go. Living in Tucson, Arizona means I can drive in any direction for hundreds, even thousands of miles....

A Musical Mentor

Women’s History Month. Sometimes the influence is not in national or world history, but in our own personal history. Going to college was a given in our family. Education was the key to dispelling ignorance, opening doors, and self-improvement. I don’t think my...

What Will You Stand For?

“We don’t want ‘those kind’ of people here.”  The words not only stung but also gave my heart an extra wallop of confusion, anxiety and fear. In the 1960s my partner and I were thrilled to be able to afford to live in NYC­–a dream come true for us. We found a spacious...