Esther Cepeda: Why some women shun feminism

By Esther J. Cepeda November 14 at 6:05 PM Esther J. Cepeda is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group. CHICAGO — And now for another episode of “As the Feminism Turns” — you know, the overwrought soap opera about who is and isn’t a...

Protecting human rights is crucial to global security

November 13 at 4:58 PM In his Nov. 9 op-ed, “What the World Bank won’t utter,” Philip Alston made the case for the World Bank to support human rights, but he ignored the role that protecting human rights (and addressing global poverty) plays in ensuring the security of all...

Reflecting on a divisive word

November 13 at 4:58 PM My great pride in being a direct descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe has been greatly diminished in learning from the Nov. 10 front-page article “The N-word” that it was Rolfe who may have first used the word that I have always found to be so abhorrent....
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Editorial: Montgomery schools should rethink how faith factors into the scholastic calendar

(Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) By Editorial Board November 13 at 6:51 PM MONTGOMERY COUNTY school officials unquestionably faced an unenviable task when asked to revisit their policy on religious holidays and school closings. But the school board managed to take a...
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Dionne: Will Obamacare separate Scalia from his principles?

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas (L) and Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES) By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer November 12 at 7:52 PM Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they’ll deploy...
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Meyerson: The right economic message can get the Democrats back on track

(Matt Rourke/AP) By Harold Meyerson Opinion writer November 12 at 7:51 PM A bit belatedly, Democrats have detected a deficiency in their 2014 midterm campaigns: They didn’t really have an economic message. Economic messages are serious business for Democrats. Republicans...
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Will: A potential fresh start for U.S. foreign policy

US President Barack Obama. (Petar Kujundzic/AFP/Getty Images) By George F. Will Opinion writer November 12 at 7:52 PM Barack Obama’s coming request for Congress to “right-size and update” the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against terrorism will be...

G-20 leaders should pledge to end fossil-fuel subsidies

November 11 at 7:24 PM The Group of 20 summit this week in Brisbane, Australia, is an opportunity to galvanize international action on climate change if leaders agree to end subsidies for exploration for oil, gas and coal. The scale of these subsidies is not widely recognized....
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Editorial: Protecting cyclists and pedestrians should not come with special treatment

) (Linda Davidson/The Post) By Editorial Board November 11 at 7:41 PM ADVOCATES FOR bicyclists and pedestrians argue that District law puts them at a disadvantage when they are hit by automobiles. The city operates with an outdated standard of contributory negligence, they say,...
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Editorial: Can China and Japan ease their tensions?

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and China’s President Xi Jinping, right, shake hands during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, in Beijing, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (Kim...