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Interview: Journalist Lynn Sherr On Why Swimming Is Her Passion and Salvation

Lynn Sherr, photo from book jacket "Swim"

By Stacey Gualandi/June 25, 2012

For more than 30 years, Lynn Sherr was a correspondent for ABC News, and I watched her religiously every Friday night on 20/20.  But this talented writer has also authored many books on all kinds of topics from Susan B. Anthony to giraffes.   Her latest book is on an unlikely subject, but one that I found out is her great passion and joy, swimming!

“The water is where I go to meditate, to celebrate, and to just feel better no matter what I’m looking for.”  Lynn Sherr

I was thrilled to talk to her on The Women’s Eye Radio Show about Swim: Why We Love the Water, her outstanding career in broadcasting, and even how we all started out as fish.  Here’s an excerpt from that interview…  [Read more…]

TOP 10: Why the Woman Who “Has It All” Doesn’t Really Exist

Glamour Magazine Wonder Woman for Deborah Spar article

Why the Woman Who “Has It All” Doesn’t Really Exist: Debora L. Spar–glamour.com–9/17/13

TOP 10: Meredith Viera Launching You Tube Channel LIVES

Meredith Viera, NBC Host

Meredith Viera Launching You Tube Channel LIVES: huffingtonpost.com–8/26/13–Photo: NBC

TOP 10: Sheryl Sandberg Pushes Women to ‘Lean In’

Sheryl Sandberg and Norah O'Donnell--60 Minutes/CBS

Sheryl Sandberg Pushes Women to ‘Lean In’: Norah O’Donnell/Simon and Naphin–cbsnews.com–3/10/13–VIDEO

Take 2–Your Guide to Happy Endings and New Beginnings by Leeza Gibbons

Leeza Gibbons book, Take 2ON TWE RADIO MAR. 30-31: In Take 2—Your Guide to Happy Endings and New Beginnings (Hay House Publishing), television host Leeza Gibbons writes about personal loss, disillusionment and rebooting her life.  It’s about starting over; taking inventory; and getting smarter and stronger.

Leeza pushed the reset button on her own life and advises her readers how to do the same thing by practicing flexibility and forgiveness.  She writes and tells the TWE radio audience that balance is bogus and gives tips on how to be better to yourself.

If you’re looking to reinvent or need to know how to find a new beginning, this could be the book for you!

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TOP 10: A Game Aims To Draw Attention To Women’s Issues

"Half the Sky" Game Video Trailer screenshot

A Game Aims To Draw Attention To Women’s Issues: Elizabeth Jensen–nytimes.com–12/18/13–Photo: Half the Sky Trailer

Lilly Ledbetter’s Tireless Fight For Equal Pay And Fairness

Lilly Ledbetter from Random House: Lance Johnson Studio

UPDATE 4/8/14: On Equal Pay Day, Key Facts about the Gender Pay Gap from Pew Research

UPDATE 8/24/13: Obama Touts Fair Pay Act at Historic Seneca Falls Site

UPDATE 6/10/13: 50 Years Ago President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal to discriminate against women based on pay.

Lilly Ledbetter is one courageous fighter. She was at the center of that historic discrimination case that inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, the first official piece of legislation that President Obama signed into law in 2009.

“You should expect and get a good day’s pay for a good day’s work.”  Lilly Ledbetter 

Lilly has just written her memoir, “Grace and Grit, My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond.”  The book is the bold story of her journey fighting for pay equity that took her from Possum Trot, Alabama all the way to the Supreme Court and The White House.

We are so pleased that Stacey Gualandi was able to interview Lilly on The Women’s Eye Radio Show recently.  Here’s an excerpt from her talk with this amazing advocate for fair pay…   [Read more…]

Farzana Ali On Reporting From The Danger Zone In Northwest Pakistan

Farzana Ali

Farzana Ali covering the Af-Pak peace talks in Kabul/April 2011

By Pamela Burke

UPDATE: 5/2/11 with Osama Bin Laden’s Death

EYE: Are you shocked at the killing of Bin Laden?

FARZANA ALI: Nobody would believe it, but history shows that Al-Qaida’s top leaders tried to hide themselves in such safer urban places. Almost three months earlier Umar Patek, alleged Bali bombing plotter, was captured from this city but the news was made public only in March. Likewise, the city is on the Silk Route, a road to China. So we journalists are expecting more news like this in the future.

EYE: Are people surprised that he was living in Abbottabad?

FARZANA ALI: Yes, of course. There is an atmosphere of uncertainty throughout the country’s urban areas.

EYE: Will this make your country a safer place?

FARZANA ALI: As far as Al-Qaeda, yes. I think they are no more of a threat, but the situation now is different. We have a lot of problems regarding extremism not terrorism. Likewise we have a lot of geo-economic, geo-strategic, and geo-political crises added by the offspring of Al-Qaeda. So I expect worst days coming ahead.

EYE: Do you see a change now in the power of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in your country?

FARZANA ALI: Yes, but who will fill the vacuum is the big question.

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When journalist Farzana Ali leaves her home in the morning, she says she doesn’t know whether she will see her family again. The territory she covers in Pakistan is considered one of the most dangerous in the world.

“I want to be a hope for present and future female journalists as well as a symbol of courage…” Farzana Ali

She has seen it all reporting for newspapers and television in this northwestern region for the past 14 years. From the caves in Kotkai where the head of the suicide bombers is reported to have lived to Tank and South Waziristan covering the case of a future bride who was allegedly killed for cutting her hair, she has traveled all over in search of important stories.

Farzana Ali in Bajor Agency

Reporting in Bajaur Agency at a girls' degree college/2010

Farzana reached out to The Women’s Eye recently after reading the website. She thought it might connect the women of her region to the outer world. Her desire is that her voice be heard, and we wanted to listen. Here is our candid exchange… [Read more…]