Bride Spurns Veil, Redefines Nuptials

In the anthology, “Here Come the Brides! Reflections on Lesbian Love And Marriage,” co-editors Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort offer an array of intimate insights. In this excerpt, performer Holly Hughes finds it’s easier to get married on Facebook.

It Takes Women to End Global Poverty

Women produce half of the world’s food, earn 10 percent of the world’s income and own less than 1 percent of the world’s property. The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation says its anti-poverty efforts aim to change these statistics.

Europe: Beware Banks Bearing Micro-Loans for Poor

A few weeks back Susan Feiner spoke at a conference in Valladolid, Spain, to counter this week’s micro-credit summit there. Austerity programs like those proposed for Europe, she says, are women’s real nemesis, not the lack of tiny, high-priced loans.