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The Power of an Ask

I’ll admit it—I own a power outfit. And it was only a few weeks ago that I woke up in a D.C. hotel room, put on my pressed skirt and my sensible (but classy) black heels, and took a bus with my friends to Capitol Hill. I remember listening to my shoes click on the marble floor, shuffling through printed pages of talking points, a nervous, excited energy rising from the center of my stomach.

United States Capitol

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Photograph of the United States Capitol taken by Pete Groustra.
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Photograph of the United States Capitol taken by Pete Groustra.

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Lisa Batya Feld on Beate Sirota Gordon

This Week in History: On October 25, 1923, Beate Sirota Gordon was born. Lisa Batya Feld describes how the 22-year-old made history by writing women's equality into the Japanese constitution after WWII.
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Ellen Rothman on Rose Schneiderman

This Week in History: On July 16, 1936, Rose Schneiderman was elected vice chairman of the newly formed New York State Labor Party. Ellen Rothman discusses the contradiction of this "red rose of anarchy" who actually worked within the system to create change throughout her career.
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This Week in History: On July 16, 1936, Rose Schneiderman was elected vice chairman of the newly formed New York State Labor Party. Ellen Rothman discusses the contradiction of this "red rose of anarchy" who actually worked within the system to create change throughout her career.

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This Week in History: On July 16, 1936, Rose Schneiderman was elected vice chairman of the newly formed New York State Labor Party. Ellen Rothman discusses the contradiction of this "red rose of anarchy" who actually worked within the system to create change throughout her career.

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Ruth Ben Israel, expert in labor law, photographed in 2014.
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