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SPORTS
March 30, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Temple and Villanova women's basketball teams are each one victory from facing each other in the semifinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament, but tough road games and a couple of talented players await on Sunday. Villanova (22-13) travels to old Big East foe West Virginia, where it will try to halt the Mountaineers' 16-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents at the West Virginia Coliseum (2 p.m.). The defensive-minded Mountaineers, coming off a 60-39 rout of Duquesne, are led by two-time all-Big 12 first-team junior guard Bria Holmes (18.9 ppg.)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The inaugural Women's Film Festival was born in an odd place: a ladies room. Co-founder Layne Marie Williams met Phuong Nguyen while chatting in the bathroom of West Philly restaurant Landmark Americana. Nguyen, a veteran of the Asian American Film Festival, and Williams, a University of the Arts grad, exchanged cards, leading to the birth of the female-geared film festival. Starting Friday at the Ethical Society, the fest seeks to "encourage women to embrace leading roles in the film world and to inspire men and women to work side by side in the arts," Williams said.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday signed an ordinance authorizing a ballot question concerning the creation of a Commission for Women in the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter. "Women continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in this nation," said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the ordinance. "Despite representing 52.8 percent of the city population, women occupy only 11 percent of corporate board seats in Philadelphia, and women of color represent less than 1 percent.
NEWS
March 24, 2015 | BY BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN
  EVERY YEAR since 1987, Congress has designated the month of March to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of women and to learn about the long road to gender equality paved by the courageous women who came before us. Women continue to break glass ceilings in all areas of life. Consider the amazing achievements of women in the last year: *  Janet Yellen became the first woman to serve as the Chair of the Federal Reserve Board in its 102-year history. * Last summer, it took a 13-year-old woman from Philadelphia to teach the world that girls can throw just as well as boys.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Many Afghan women worry their recent gains will be lost after the last U.S. troops leave. But the story of Suraya Pakzad - a courageous Afghan woman with links to Philadelphia and Scranton - shows how ordinary Americans can help Afghan women preserve their rights. Pakzad runs five shelters for Afghan women who flee domestic violence or forced marriages. (I have visited her first shelter, in Herat, a large city in western Afghanistan.) The shelters are mainly financed with funding from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
SPORTS
March 21, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
Temple used double-digit scoring efforts from three players Thursday to beat Marist, 67-54, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and move to a second-round Women's NIT matchup with Penn at 2 p.m. Sunday. Erica Covile led the way with 19 points, while also adding six boards. Tanaya Atkinson finished with 18 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Feyonda Fitzgerald had 14 points, and six rebounds. Penn 65, Hofstra 58 - With some quality shooting from three-point range, Penn held off Hofstra on Thursday to move to 21-8 on the season and set up a Round 2 contest with Temple.
SPORTS
March 20, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Kahleah Copper, being in a holding pattern hasn't been that bad. The leading scorer on the Rutgers women's basketball team, Copper, a Prep Charter graduate, hasn't played a game since the Scarlet Knights (22-9) were eliminated from the Big Ten tournament in the second round March 6. On Monday Copper, a 6-foot-1 junior forward, and her Rutgers teammates found out they would be the No. 8 seed in the Albany Regional in the NCAA women's tournament. They will play Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against former Big East foe and No. 9 seed Seton Hall (28-5)
NEWS
March 18, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The Rev. Emanuel Nasir is a Christian living in Washington Township, Gloucester County. Shakila Rani, who is Muslim, lives in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Together, they are trying to improve the lives of Pakistani women who are being abused inside the home, are being denied educational and other opportunities, or have become the victims of violent attacks. Rani directs the Rehab Project, a provider of counseling and educational services, as well as legal and medical information, to about 50 women - most of whom are Muslim - annually.
SPORTS
March 18, 2015 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
Three Philadelphia-bred coaches have led their teams back to the top of the NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket for the second straight season. Geno Auriemma's two-time defending champion and No. 1 overall seeded Connecticut (32-1) was placed at the head of the Albany Regional in the 64-team draw, which was announced Monday night. Dawn Staley's South Carolina squad (30-2) heads up the Greensboro Regional and Muffet McGraw's Notre Dame team (31-2) leads the 16 teams in the Oklahoma City Regional.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
AS A YOUNGSTER growing up in King of Prussia with a fascination for science and math, Jayatri Das enjoyed spending time at the Franklin Institute. As with many Philadelphia-area students, walking through the giant heart made an impression on her. Today, Jayatri Das, Ph.D., is chief bioscientist at the institute, where she led the team that created the museum's largest exhibit, Your Brain, which opened last June. Tonight, Das will be among four women scientists to be spotlighted in the fifth annual "Color of Science" program at the Franklin Institute.
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