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Deborah Tuerkheimer, a former prosecutor for victims of domestic violence who teaches courses on criminal law, evidence and feminist jurisprudence, prepares law students in the “me too” era.

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Northwestern professors and an alumna offer perspectives on beauty and who gets to decide what is beautiful.

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Jasmine Warga ’10 won a John Newbery Honor in January for her recent book "Other Words from Home," a story about a 12-year-old Syrian refugee named Jude who lives in Ohio with her mother while her father and brother remain in Syria. The award-winning young adult author shares how her family’s immigrant background shapes her writing.

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In 1976, with the nation’s bicentennial as a backdrop, Edgar Toppin ’55 PhD, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), worked with President Gerald Ford to establish the country’s first Black History Month.

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If you’re an avid news consumer, it might come as a shock that almost half of US adults read or watch virtually no news at all. That’s what Northwestern associate professor Stephanie Edgerly found in her study that identified five distinct groups of news consumers.

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In 1869 the Northwestern University Board of Trustees voted to admit women as students. This academic year we are commemorating 150 years of women at Northwestern, to celebrate the individuals who have taken risks, charted their own course and inspired great change.

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Northwestern students, alumni and professors share insights into their research and performance around the world.

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Northwestern researcher Galen Bodenhausen says that despite women’s political gains, an economic crisis can spark gender stereotyping.

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Sahar Jamal, founder of Maziwa, is creating a battery-powered breast pump so new mothers in East Africa can return to work. Maziwa’s design includes a cooler and pump so that women can collect and store breast milk even if they have no access to electricity or refrigeration, and the pump’s sleek, compact design also allows women to pump more discreetly.

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After earning her performance studies master's degree, actor and writer Ashley Nicole Black ’08 MS became a TV star. She hopes her career sets an example for other diverse voices.

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