Ruth Rosen

Ruth Rosen, a journalist and historian, is professor emerita of history at the University of California, Davis and a visiting professor of public policy and history at UC Berkeley. For 11 years, she wrote op-ed columns for the Los Angeles Times, and from 2000-2004 she worked full-time as a political columnist and editorial page writer at the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 1:45pm
'We Will Not Be Beaten': Thoughts on the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act
Until the women’s movement organized in the late 1960s and early 1970s, most Americans considered wife beating a custom. The police ignored what went on behind closed doors and women hid their bruises beneath layers of make-up. Like rape or abortion, wife beating was viewed as a private and...
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The life, music, and spirit of the musician is told in the new book, “A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen” by Liel Leibovitz. (Photo: APN/Chris Pizzello) Views
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 9:45am
Leonard Cohen and 'A Broken Hallelujah'
There are surely some Americans who have never heard of Leonard Cohen. Then there are those who remember his early songs, like “Bird on a Wire,” popularized by Judy Collins in 1968, but who dismiss him as a poet/songwriter of despair and depression. Finally, there are the millions of fans, and I...
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Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:15pm
Why Women's History Month?
“Everything that explains the world has in fact explained a world that does not exist, a world in which men are at the center of the human enterprise and women are at the margin "helping" them. Such a world does not exist —never has” —Gerda Lerner
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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 7:02am
US Republicans and Their “Female Troubles”
Now that it’s 2014, American political analysts, strategists, and operatives are revving up for the November midterm elections . High on the Republican agenda is the goal of convincing women to counter President Obama and vote for their congressional and gubernatorial candidates.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 5:55am
The Republican War on Women: The Newly Invisible and Undeserving Poor
While the rest of the world debates America’s role in the Middle East or its use of drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the U.S.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 7:48am
Why the Relentless Assault on Abortion Rights in the US?
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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:56pm
Feminism's Long March: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (Or Have You?)
In 1968, the Phillip Morris Company launched a memorable campaign to sell Virginia Slims , a new brand of cigarettes targeting women, itself a new phenomenon. It had a brand-new slogan:
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Friday, July 6, 2012 - 7:31am
The 'Obamacare' Challenge to American Individualism
Early in the morning, half awake, I heard my husband let out a whooping cheer from somewhere in the house. “I can’t believe it,” he kept saying. Like most of my friends, he--a Director of Public Health--- was sure the Supreme Court would never uphold the patient Affordable Care Act (ACA), President’s Barack Obama’s signature effort of his years in office.
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Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 10:39am
The Gender Gap and the American Presidential Election
Who will capture American women’s hearts and help President Obama or Governor Romney win the Presidency next November? This is the question that the two major parties and their political analysts try to answer every four years. Should we appeal to them as soccer moms? Working mothers who need broader benefits? Waitresses who are single parents? What do we say about abortion? Economic equality with men?
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Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 10:29am
Contraception: The New American Soap Opera
For weeks, bewildered Americans have witnessed politicians debate whether or not contraception should be covered by President’s Obama’s new health care plan. On March 1, after some of the most bizarre theatrical antics remembered in this nation’s political history, the U.S.
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