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    Why I’m Glad We Don’t Have a Woman President

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    Believe it or not, observing Obama’s presidency has actually made me glad that we don’t currently have a woman in the highest political office. You’re probably gasping with shock, after reading that sentence—especially if you’ve been following my blogs for the past two years. Not only am I constantly voicing my opinion that I think [...]

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    Film Review: To Educate a Girl

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    I’ve often wondered if those who are provided with less, make more with what they are given. On Thursday, I went to a screening of a documentary called To Educate A Girl, and was convinced once again of the life-changing importance of education for girls and women. More importantly, I also realized the incredible drive to [...]

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    Do’s and Don’ts of Politics

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Do: Support and defend a person’s right to express their views, even if you don’t agree with them. Kudos to John DeGioia, President of Georgetown University for publicly advocating on behalf of Georgetown student and recent celebrity Sandra Fluke after she was publicly attacked for her stance during the recent contraception hearings. DeGioia said, “She [...]

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    How Far We Haven’t Come

    Sunday, February 26, 2012

    After attending a recent event commemorating past voices of the women’s health movement, I turned on the news to watch the recent contraception hearings, and realized just how far we haven’t come. As has been pointed out by many over the course of the past few days, there were no women on the first panel of [...]

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    When Women Are in the Driver’s Seat

    Sunday, February 19, 2012

    In our modern age of SUV soccer moms and female NASCAR drivers, we sometimes forget that the ability to drive was—and still is—an essential step toward mobility, individuality, and freedom for women around the world. Signing up for driver’s ed was relatively easy. I went with a couple of friends to a nearby high school [...]

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    Women & the Workplace: Can the Perfectionist Girl Really Have it All?

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    In a recent college interview, I was asked what I thought were the biggest issues facing women in this country today. I initially responded with the fact that women still do not receive equal pay for equal work. But then another issue came to mind. While it may not be as clear-cut, I think the [...]

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    “Iron Lady” Too Soft on Margaret Thatcher

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Being the avid history nerd that I am, I was basically counting down the minutes until the opening of Iron Lady, the new film chronicling Margaret Thatcher’s life, starring Meryl Streep. I mean, what could be better than Meryl Streep (who is awesomeness in human form) taking on a complex, fascinating character like Prime Minister [...]

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    Herman Cain and A “Black Flower in the White House:” Sexual Harassment is Not a Joke

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    This week in the news brought us two bizarre sexual harassment stories, which unfortunately were treated as humorous, strange, and somewhat fictional, rather than receiving the serious attention they deserved. In response to allegations of sexual harassment, GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain stated in a recent stump speech, “We look forward to focusing our attention on [...]

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    There’s Nothing Real About These “Real Beauty” Campaigns

    Friday, October 28, 2011

    Although at first it appears that companies like Dove and Bare Minerals have taken a step in the right direction by running “Real Beauty” campaigns, there’s often nothing real about them. When I see an ad that claims to feature real women, yet the woman are still remarkably flawless, it doesn’t do a whole lot for me. At least [...]

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    Barbie Boys, Tomboys & Gender Rules in Childhood

    Friday, October 28, 2011

    I just gave a three-year-old boy a Barbie for his birthday, and it got me thinking about how girls have won the ability to wear jeans, have short hair, and “be sporty,” but boys still have to struggle to appear as masculine as possible. When I was a little girl, I loved dressing up as [...]

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Extraordinary Girls: Meet Julia Landauer, College NASCAR Racer

Julia Landauer began racing go-carts when she was still in elementary school. Now a sophomore at Stanford, Julia has maintained a career in racing, becoming one of only a few women NASCAR drivers. I talked with Julia recently about her amazing career, extraordinary goals, and crazy-busy life! FL: What first sparked your interest in racing? [...]

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Interview: Amy Richards

Profile of Third-Wave Feminist and Writer: Amy Richards Amy Richards is the co-author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, along with Jennifer Baumgardner. You can read my review of her book here. In addition to this project, she has worked on several other books, and been a continuous advocates for women of all [...]

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Interview: Gail Collins

Profile of a New York Times Op-Ed Columnist: Gail Collins Gail Collins is a New York Times Columnist and bestselling author, who has written two books about the history of women in the United States. In addition to writing about groundbreaking women, Ms. Collins is one herself. She became the first woman ever appointed editor [...]

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Film Review: To Educate a Girl

I’ve often wondered if those who are provided with less, make more with what they are given. On Thursday, I went to a screening of a documentary called To Educate A Girl, and was convinced once again of the life-changing importance of education for girls and women. More importantly, I also realized the incredible drive to [...]


Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, By Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards Want a no-nonsense guide to feminism? Here it is. Manifesta, by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards is packed full of information and evidence that hope to define feminism. The two authors begin the book with a look at a world without feminism.  [...]


Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated, By Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney If the title isn’t grabbing enough, the introduction alone will entice any reader. Through her own story as a female representative, the stories of other working women in America, and statistics and evidence supporting her point, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s, Rumors of [...]


Girls of Riyadh

Girls of Riyadh, By Rajaa Alsanea Girls of Riyadh, by Rajaa Alsanea is an expose in disguise.  Although the book, beginning with, “Ladies and Gentlemen: You are invited to join me in one of the most explosive scandals, and noisiest, wildest all-night parties around,” is meant to be scandalous, it ends up being so for [...]

Fiona Lowenstein

My name is Fiona Lowenstein, and I am a high school student. I started Barbara's Angels in 2008 when I was fourteen. My interest in politics was first sparked during the Bush vs. Gore election in 2000. My site is devoted to educating girls my age about politics, women's issues, and feminism with the hope that my generation will bring a new wave of female leaders!

About Barbara

Barbara Seaman was a women's health writer, activist, mother, and grandmother. She wrote eight books and is remembered by many as a principal founder of the women's health movement. She died of lung cancer in February 2008.