social issues


Big Little Lies: On Disinformation Degrading Our Democracy

Disinformation is degrading our democracy. Smithies are striving to shore it up.
Smith Alumnae Quarterly, January 2023

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Banned: Book Bans and Democracy in Distress

The debate over what constitutes 'appropriate' content jeopardizes the open exchange of ideas.
Smith Alumnae Quarterly, November 2022

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Katrina Gamble

Block The Vote: Voter Suppression Laws On The Rise

Voter suppression laws are on the rise.  But these Smithies are fighting back.
Smith Alumnae Quarterly, August 2022

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Bans off Our Bodies Protest Rally

My Body, No Choice: Navigating a Post-Roe World

Navigating a post-Roe world with abortion rights advocates.
Smith Alumnae Quarterly, August 2022

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A New Dawn for Red Wolves

After years of legal contests, federal officials are poised to reintroduce more red wolves to the wild.
Sierra Magazine online, April 2022

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New Hope for the Red Wolf?

New Hope for the Red Wolf?

For the first time in years, the species’ numbers have increased in the wild
Sierra Magazine online, June 2021

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The Confederate Governor Who Loved Jews: A Monument To Zebulon Vance Is Coming Down

Why some activists say Zebulon Vance is long overdue for a reckoning in the Jewish community.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, March 2021.
First Place, Simon Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association for coverage of North American Jewish history.
Story republished in The Jerusalem Post, The Forward, and others.

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Is the US Fish and Wildlife Service Slow-Walking Red Wolf Recovery?

Critics say the agency is moving too slowly to save the animal from extinction
Sierra Magazine online, October 2020

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Charlotte’s Monument to a Jewish Confederate Was Hated Even Before It Was Built

For more than seven decades, the North Carolina memorial has courted controversy in unexpected forms
Smithsonian Magazine online, September 2020

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Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Shouldn’t Be A Test Case for COVID-19

Here’s what the RNC needs to do next.
The Charlotte Observer, May 2020

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Paving The Way: Barnard Program Helps Students Become Leaders In Science

Barnard’s Science Pathways Scholars Program helps students build experience in the lab to become leaders in science
Barnard Magazine
March 2020

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Women’s Colleges Are Having a Moment

Some people wrote off women’s colleges as an anachronism.  They were wrong.

Smith Quarterly, September 2019

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Balance at the Ballot Box

Smith Quarterly, September 2018

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The Southern Revolt Against Offshore Drilling

In South Carolina, opposition to President Trump's drilling plan is a bipartisan affair.
Sierra, February 2018

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Women Mayors Lead the Charge on Climate Change

The worldwide alliance of major-city mayors who believe their cities must take the lead on climate change, with or without their national governments' help.
UTNE Reader, 
Spring 2017

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1st Gen Changing the Script

1st Gen Changing the Script

Being first in the family to finish college can sometimes mean culture shock and confusion. But it can also open the door to a new life.
Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Summer 2016

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Wearing My Father’s Tallit at the Western Wall for Me, and for My Daughter

Why I flew halfway around the world to pray with women I’d never met
Tablet, November 2013

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Pipe Dreams

North Carolina’s tobacco industry may have gone up in smoke, but local farmers have found another fruitful way to work the land: winemaking.
enRoute, March 2011

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Presidential Gifts

The surprising ins-and-outs of gift giving when you’re the president of the United States.
Vogue.comAugust 2009

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Rose Hamid: Flight Attendant, Hijab Wearer

What if that woman with the head covering who’s walking down the aisle of your plane is not a passenger, but a flight attendant?
WorldHum.comAugust 2009

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