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Women Rising

The members of the Senate Judiciary holding confirmation hearings on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh should read Victoria Woodhull’s words below. Senator Kamala Harris is intrepid enough to evoke if not the words, then surely the sentiments of dealing with federal...

Developmental Gender Awareness — 5 Steps

With the rise of movements like #MeToo, #EqualMeansEqual, and #HeForShe, the Internet is flooded with ideas for how parents today can help their children develop a healthy, humanist mindset – one that respects and encourages beyond simple tolerance.  So, how do we...

The Four Waves of Feminism

For centuries, women have been changing our culture as active feminists – some in small private ways, and some in spectacularly public ways – but all extraordinarily powerful. According to mainstream media, there are four waves of feminism, the first taking place in...

A Personal Note from Neal Katz

It’s great to arrive in San Diego to co-host a Dual Book Launch with the most honored living Latin American author, Victor Villaseñor, as we release our newest books, both celebrating Women’s Empowerment. My debut novel, OUTRAGEOUS: Rise to Riches garnered twelve...

RISE UP!

Solidarity in Publishing and the First #MeToo SOLIDARITY is the hyper fuel of social media and cultural change.  Here are two historical incidents that demonstrate attempts to inform, incite, and change the narrative on the new women’s equality movement. In 1972 one...

#MeToo Started in 1872

Before the social support for today’s #MeToo movement, two women courageously denounced and accused two public figures, and exposed the rampant sexual misconduct of "the most famous man in America," the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, and others—in 1872. It was unheard...

Congratulations to Brie Larson

It's About Time Victoria Woodhull Gets Her Due   Congratulations to Brie Larson, Amazon Studios, and the whole team for announcing the production that will highlight the life and times of Victoria Woodhull. Within a few years, I expect to see movies for...

THEN AND NOW – POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." – George Santayana Political cartoon by J. Keppler showing Uncle Sam encouraging former VP Colfax to commit Hari-Kari for his involvement with the Credit Mobilier scandal, 1873. These are the platform...

Modern Feminism: Excuse Me! Equal Does Mean Equal.

Happy International Women's Day, Week, Month! Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day across the globe and the commencement of the first HeForShe Arts week in New York City (links below), all part of Women History Month. Happy celebrations. Honor your HERstory....

Stand Up! Declare: “I Am a Male Feminist”

In a time of populous politics, when iconic men from President Carter and President Obama to Prime Minister Cameron support feminism, and celebrities like Johnny Legend, Patrick Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Lovett, Mark Ruffalo, and Aziz Ansari, (plus so many others) don...

Suffragette Movie Review

Suffragette could have been much better. The compelling emotional drama uses history as scenery. The newly released movie, Suffragette, is sure to ignite some controversies. It already has when many groups disliked the public display by the key actresses when they...

1st Woman to Run for President of the United States

Happy Birthday Victoria Woodhull! Know your HERstory! Happy Birthday, Vickie!  This week we celebrate and honor Victoria Woodhull, born September 23, 1838, who ran for President in 1872. This amazing woman along with her sister Tennessee Celeste Claflin operated the...

Belva Ann Lockwood (1830–1917)

Know Your HERstory! Second woman to formally run for President.* The first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court.  " I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade — or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to...

IST or ETTE?

When is an 1800s American Suffragist a Suffragette? When she runs for President. In my novels, I portray the early woman suffrage movement and the charismatic leaders, Victoria Woodhull and her sister, Tennessee Celeste Claflin. I thought it might be helpful to...