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Lisa Cullen

Uppity Women

Uppity Women

In the 1970's Renee Richards was making news. She was fighting for her right to play women's tennis, suing the United States Tennis Association in order to compete in the women's draw at the U.S. Open.  She had never been an activist, but so many marginalized communities rallied around her and urged her on, that she realized she needed to help make a difference.  Renee Richards had left behind her previous life in 1976 when she began to live her authentic life at a time when little was understood about transgender people. She suffered boycotts, media scrutiny, angry opponents and...

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Lisa Cullen

Broken Hearts

Broken Hearts

 February is here. For the shortest month of the year, there is a lot packed into February. Of course, Valentine's Day on the 14th comes to mind first. And then there is President's Day, which we love not least for the three day weekend it's observance provides us.  But did you know (I didn't) that February is Women's Health Month? It's fitting, as the word February comes from the Roman festival of purification, called Februa.   In 2003, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association introduced an initiative to raise awareness of heart disease in...

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Lisa Cullen

Hear Us Roar

Hear Us Roar

The new year signifies hopefulness to most of us. It hints at fresh perspectives, better days ahead, the cultivation of new and better habits and the promise of greater joy as a result. But for many women, inequities in the culture persist and the new year is less a promise than a dream.  In the United States, women earn almost 60% of undergraduate degrees, and 60% of all Master's degrees. And yet, although they hold almost 52% of all professional level jobs, American women lag substantially behind men when it comes to their representation in leadership positions. There are only...

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Lisa Cullen

December

December

From the warm gatherings around Thanksgiving tables to the fresh smell of pine and woodsmoke in the cold December air, the holidays invite.  

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