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And so once more we gather on the 93rd anniversary of that historic day when women finally won the right to vote to give out the Equal Rites Awards to those folks who are still doing their best to take us backward.

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So, dear friends, we gather again to celebrate Aug. 26, the anniversary of the passage of women's suffrage. We honor our foremothers in our special way by handing out the Equal Rites Awards for those who have done the most to slow down progress.

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Sunday marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but the big news this year is the debate over the 1965 decision of Griswold v. Connecticut that made contraception legal.

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Our one-woman panel prepares in good spirit to hand out the Equal Rites Awards to all those who did their best to do the worst for women in the past year The envelopes please.

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We became friends long after we had known each other as candidate and journalist, long after the grit that Geraldine Ferraro showed facing down press and politicians had been transformed into the grit she showed facing multiple myeloma.

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In little over a century, Americans have gone from a life expectancy of 47 to one of 78. By 2025 there will be 66 million Americans over 65. The decisions that we make individually and collectively about how to spend this gift of time will reshape the country.

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There is something fitting about writing my last column on the first day of a new year. January, after all, is named for the Roman god of beginnings and endings. [Editor's note: This is Ellen Goodman's final column.]

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I am time-traveling these days because on Jan. 1 I'll be ending my tenure as a syndicated columnist. During the last four decades, I've tracked one story more than any other.

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What does it say when the New York Post hires Eliot Spitzer's prostitute as a columnist and the bailout babies of Wall Street can't be bothered to show up to the White House?

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