Nancy J. Newman

Yes, you can!

I see you.  The most important election in our lifetimes is just weeks away.  You check the polls, anxiously.  You worry.  You tell yourself, this cannot be happening.  On one side is a smart, competent, exceptionally well-qualified woman, with a lifetime of public service and a record of extraordinary leadership on issues of importance to women, children, and families.  On the other?  Well.  Truth is stranger than fiction.  On the other side, we have a blustering, know-nothing mountebank, a man who has never held public office, and has no record of public service, policy ideas, or concern for everyday people, whatsoever. …

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Nancy J. Newman

You are the Light

How do we stay committed when the odds seem long?  How do we sustain ourselves when the light at the end of the tunnel grows dim? These are questions that drift across the minds of so many who work so hard to bring equality and justice to their sisters, their communities, and their countries.  My friend Kuda Chitsike, in her blog post of 8.27.15 for the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) in Zimbabwe, feels the light at the end of the tunnel in Zimbabwe is fading.  And yet the force of her words sparked me to write, from over 10,300 miles…

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Nancy J. Newman

Making Time

Time is precious.  We worry about it, plan for it, and never have enough of it.  Women lawyers, in particular, are deeply concerned about time, as they struggle to balance the heavy demands of law practice, client needs, and the many obligations – both joyous and stressful – of raising a family.  Bar newsletters are filled with articles, blogs, and programs about our essential struggles with time.  But did you know, you can make time? While time on a watch is uniform, time for a human is relative.  The longest year in my life was between my fifth and sixth…

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Nancy J. Newman

Get in the Game

Some news stories stay with me. Amidst the roiling flow of information that we get every day from so many sources, sometimes a story is so sad, so unfair, so impossible to explain, that I cannot shake it from my mind. One of those stories was reported internationally on December 19, 2013 under a short headline: Policewoman, Pregnant Teacher Hanged in Afghanistan. The news was cool and uninflected, noting that the bodies of these women were dumped a few kilometers from a military base that had recently been handed over to Afghan control. The police woman was Feroza, a mother…

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