Articles written by: Katrina Markel

Two Presidents In One Week. It’s Caucus Season.

Photo by Katrina Markel

  Ostensibly President Obama was in Omaha — nicknamed “Obamaha” for the day — last Wednesday to tout his economic record, highlight the city’s low unemployment rate and re-cap his State of the Union address from the night before. He was also greeted with adulation by a crowd of approximately 8,000 people at the University of Nebraska Omaha. The crowd […]

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Substantive Debate In Des Moines. Iowa Takes Its First-In-The-Nation Role Seriously

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the CBS News Democratic Presidential Debate at Drake University Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, November 14, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Chris Usher/CBS © 2015 CBS Television Network. All Rights Reserved.

People lining up in Des Moines to get photos w @billclinton pic.twitter.com/wksSZXVMvB – Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) November 14, 2015 It was a crisp November day on Saturday as the Democratic Party geared up for its presidential debate at Drake University in Des Moines. Bill Clinton was spotted downtown and so was a giant papier-mâché  Bernie Sanders.   Caitlyn Jenner was posing for […]

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Madeleine Albright Campaigns To Make Hillary The First Woman President

Photo courtesy of Center for a New American Security

I’ll admit it. I geeked out a little when I heard that the first woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright was going to be in Iowa campaigning on behalf of her friend and fellow top diplomat, Hillary Clinton.   She spoke at one of my favorite restaurants, Dixie Quicks, which meant that I had to take an early lunch  to hear her. […]

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Lessons Learned from a Mom, Muslim and Powerhouse Entrepreneur in Nebraska

Sally speaking to WiTH

Entrepreneur, Project Manager, Agilista, Coder, Change Agent, Immigrant, Muslim, Wife, and Mom…any and all of those titles could apply to Sally Elatta. She’s the president and founder of Agile Transformation, a consulting firm based in Omaha, Nebraska.   Recently,  members of  Women in Tech Heartland gathered at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska offices to hear her speak about her career as an […]

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SNL Spoofs Rom-Coms and Lack of Female Superhero Movies

SNL Spoofs Rom-Coms and Lack of Female Superhero Movies

Saturday Night Live gave Black Widow her own movie this weekend. Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow in the Avengers) hosted the show and SNL used the opportunity to parody  by-the-numbers romantic comedies, which are   usually   always marketed to women. They also  tapped into growing  criticism that female superheroes often take a back seat to the male characters. Take a look….  

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“A League of Their Own” SNL Parody Takes on Sexism and Racism

“A League of Their Own” SNL Parody Takes on Sexism and Racism

The Taraji P. Henson SNL episode last night had many winning sketches (the GoT parody to name one), but I was particularly taken with this little parody of “A League of Their Own.” It simultaneously attacks historical racism and sexism with lines like, “While our husbands are away, we are the racists.”  

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Aussie Mom Does Make-Unders Of Glamour Dolls

Aussie Mom Does Make-Unders Of Glamour Dolls

I loved Barbies as a kid. I didn’t think they were supposed to be realistic, I thought they were more like the characters on “Dallas” — selfish, vain, petty and extraordinarily pretty.   We had more than one Barbie fight where someone’s doll was pushed into the Barbie pool (see old episodes of “Dallas”). Perhaps I didn’t get a poor body […]

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Our Favorite Oscars Tweets & Quotes

Our Favorite Oscars Tweets & Quotes

NPH opens the show: “Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest–I mean brightest”. #Oscars2015 #NPH – LipstickAndPolitics (@LipstiknPolitks) February 23, 2015   Ask her about the causes she supports, not her support garments #oscars #AskHerMore: http://t.co/RdjPR3k6pB – Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 22, 2015   Thanks for asking. I’m wearing sweats & a tank-top, both Kirkland brand – impulse purchases on […]

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SNL Gets A Jump On Feminist Critique Of Super Bowl Ads

SNL Gets A Jump On Feminist Critique Of Super Bowl Ads

SNL was really on point with the feminist content last night. There was the send-up of beauty pageants with Miss Trash 2015, though I suppose you could make a counter argument that there was some slut shaming or something going on with that sketch.   I thought they made good use of the women in the cast. Oh, and I hate […]

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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Is Reality For Thousands Of Women

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Is Reality For Thousands Of Women

According to the International Center for Prison Studies, one-third of the women incarcerated in the entire world are in the United States.   That’s more that 200,000 women.   In the infographic below you can see some other statistics compiled by ColorofChange.org and Ultraviolet. These are sobering stats, which I will probably consider the next time I settle down to watch OITNB…let […]

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7 Reproductive Rights Issues to Watch in 2015

Photo courtesy of Debra Sweet

  by Nina Martin ProPublica, Jan. 16, 2015, 3:50 p.m. To say abortion opponents are feeling fired up in 2015 would be a massive understatement. In their first week back at work, congressional Republicans introduced a sweeping prohibition on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy (H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act), as well as bills that would ban […]

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Amy Poehler’s Speech Will Make You Love Her More

Amy Poehler’s Speech Will Make You Love Her More

I’m almost through reading Amy Poehler’s charming, hilarious and honest auto-biography, “Yes, Please.” I may like it even more than   – as she puts it – her ‘work wife,’ Tina Fey’s book “Bossypants.”   In it she writes passionately about working with orphans in Haiti. I’m not being facetious when I say that I’m considering the possibility of adopting from Haiti […]

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Better Public Policy Could Help Women Stay at Work and Rise to Leadership Roles

Better Public Policy Could Help Women Stay at Work and Rise to Leadership Roles

The Center for American Progress has released this infographic to help explain the challenges women face at work – especially mothers earning low wages. They argue that better public policy could help to close this wage and leadership gap.  

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