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Purple people?

I am helping with a Girl Scout summer book club—and being around a bunch of eager, smiling girls makes me feel a bit happier. Recently, we read the book The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart. According to these authors, we all need to be more purple, and they define […]

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Be prepared

Before she was the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi was the mother of five. She had five children in the span of six years and one week. In her book Madam Speaker—Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, Susan Page reports that Pelosi drilled into her children an unofficial family motto—“Proper preparation prevents poor […]

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Women belong

“Women belong in all the places where decisions are being made,” Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said.

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Kindness and more kindness

“There are three ways to ultimate success,” Mr. Rogers once said. “The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.”

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Keep working

“When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t put it down until you get to the end of the row,” Alice Paul, the suffragist, once said.

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Let our love be loud

“Let our prayers be silent,” says Chett Pritchett. “Let our work be visible. Let our love be loud.” My friend Kerry Smith, a Methodist minister, quoted Pritchett in her church’s weekly online newsletter. –Joy

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Let’s work together

L Grandma Moses, the American folk artist, once said, “Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.” I have always liked that quote. Today, we all need to work together—a little harder than we have been—to make the world a better place. –Joy

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Proper work

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work,” the poet Mary Oliver once wrote.

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Equal pay? Prove it!

Iceland has a new law that requires companies and government agencies to prove they are paying men and women equally. “Of course, it has always been illegal to unequally pay men and women,” Frida Ros Valdimarsdottir, the chairwoman of the Icelandic Women’s Right Association, told The New York Times. “But this is a legally binding […]

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Going “full steam”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84, but she’s not planning to retire. She has a standard answer for interviewers who ask how long she plans to stay on the Supreme Court, reports The Dallas Morning News. She will keep working as long as she can go “full steam.”

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