Why Her Circle Network?

Our country’s news history was centered around individuals like Walter Cronkite, who simply laid out the facts. Experts were consulted — true experts on the subject being reported on. Enter pundits and cable news, where they had to provide content 24/7. This changed the face of news entirely. Pundits with zero expertise in anything (yes, I’m referring to you Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) took the place of the Cronkites of the industry, and we were left with sensationalism, sound bites with little value, and dangerous input from those who really have no business being on the air. Unfortunately, “we the people” give them power by watching and clicking and legitimizing them, when truth be told, they have no justifiable reason to be educating the public on what is happening in our world. 

So it’s back to the people we go. We will provide real content, a summary of what is happening, and when possible, options for our readers, followers, and supporters to actually do something about issues that are important to them. 

We considered making this a site for all, rather than just by and for women, but then we looked at the stats, and realized that having a female-based place for news is definitely what we should do. Journalism statistics around gender are staggeringly skewed toward a male-based presentation of the news. Click here to educate yourself on why it is just fine to have Her Circle Network providing news and content around what is happening to us all. 

The Circle

Christine Merser,


I keep telling my friends to ignore Trump. He and the content you are clicking on create diversionary explosions to obscure the bigger picture of what is actually happening to the foundation of our country, our democracy, and all kinds of issues, from health care to immigration. And, every time you click on that link that ignites your anger, or rockets your serotonin level to heights greater the twenty-minute high of a pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, you are reinforcing the fact that the news agencies make money from each and every click, and they will continue to focus on what we click on until we start seeking out real news. 

Then I point out that if everyone who isn’t for Trump stopped following him on Twitter, his reach would diminish … by a lot! Go and look at his feed if you want to read what he writes, but do not follow him; that just adds to his power. And, while we are on it, the presidential election, while critical to our future (imagine what he will do if he can’t run again: no filter at all), is not the only issue. There are those who are serving in Congress who need to be held accountable for their actions. 

We are responsible for the content that we take in. I wanted to design a place where the content would be accurate, engaging, educational, and sometimes entertaining. We hope you will take the time to tell us what you’d like to see, how we are doing, and join in if you can. Want to write for Her Circle Network? Click here to apply. 

By the way, I have been writing for a long time. My blog, Freesia Lane goes back quite a ways. And, I am a movie reviewer on Screen Thoughts 

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Natasha Anandaraja (Anu),


Anu was born in New Zealand and earned her medical degree at the University of Auckland School of Medicine. She worked with international non-governmental organization programs for child health and disaster relief before coming to New York City, where she trained in Pediatrics, Global Health and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


Anu went on to train in Tropical and Travel Medicine at Universidad Cayetano Heredia in Peru, to work with the NYC Department of Health on pediatric tuberculosis, and to become the Director of Global Health Education at Mount Sinai.  


In 2017, Anu created Women Together Inc. which supports grassroots women’s groups in eastern Africa to travel, meet, and exchange income-generating skills.


In 2019, Anu joined seven current and past employees of Mount Sinai to file a federal lawsuit against the Mount Sinai Health System for gender, age and sex discrimination.  She and her colleagues formed Equity Now At Mount Sinai to draw attention to discrimination in healthcare and to provide a platform for action.


She writes on issues surrounding gender and the workplace, as well as easter African women’s issues. 

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Kathy Aspden,




I’m a bit of a self-professed experience junkie. Along with my writing, I hold a US Patent for an invention, I enjoy painting, both artistically and the occasional wall, and construction projects of any kind. I once spent nine months moving a 3-bedroom house from its original location on the water in Chatham on Cape Cod to my village residence in Marstons Mills - five towns away. It was inside that cottage that I wrote my first novel, Baklava, Biscotti, and an Irishman, published in November of this past year by Blue Shoe Publishing to enthusiastic reviews. In May, 2017, it was selected as a Finalist in the Multicultural Fiction Category for the International Book Awards.


Like many authors, writing was not my first career. After twenty-five years as a salon owner, I went back to college and began writing prolifically - short stories, essays, screenplays, reviews. This led to an online column for the Cape Cod Times, entitled HAIR’S WHAT I THINK - a candid, humorous, though sometimes serious, look at life from the perspective of a million salon conversations.


After a trip to Los Angeles to meet with a movie producer about a feature-length script and another to the 15-Minutes of Fame Film Festival for the showing of my short movie (a dark comedy about a bad divorce - aptly named, The Solomons’ Dog), I knew it was time to dive in and begin writing full time. It’s the best decision I ever made.


Sue Baxter,


A successful banker, mortgage lender, mother, real estate investor and, now, cancer survivor, Sue Baxter also is  a meditation and wellness advocate.  Mortgage lending may fill her days, but Sue credits her experience leading meditation groups with giving her the clarity and calm to cope with her illness. As with all of us, Sue is not defined by any one label  -- and has now added writing about her experience to the long list of what she does. 


Vera Brooks,


Vera Brooks is a screenwriter and producer from Chicago.  Some of her past projects include numerous webseries, several short films, an industrial video, a TV pilot, and a not-for-profit that produced over thirty staged screenplay readings.  


Vera's fourteen episode entertainment webseries, "All Things EGOT" highlights the fifteen EGOT recipients, with a retrospective of the projects that gained them EGOT (Emmy Grammy Oscar Tony) status. 


Vera is developing a Christian musical feature film, with plans to begin production later this year.  Visit her website here.

Helga Hexxer,

In House Hex-Writer

Can hexing be appropriate and a force for good? Helga thinks so. She is not Wiccan nor an official witch. Helga is an informed citizen who has worked across sectors and is passionate about social change and ethical leadership. She draws on the collective insights of her virtual coven to craft hexes in response to the cruel behavior and policies of people in power. Since 2016, Helga has written and shared over 600 hexes. It is her wish that these invocations will be part of bringing justice to those who fail to respect all people, all creatures, and our planet.


Hannah Lupica,

Social Media Associate

Hannah is attending Boston College and creating our social media platforms.  What a powerhouse majoring in Communications and already a budding writer for us. 

Why are you majoring in communications? 

I think that communication opens the door to the world. The major serves as an umbrella for all types of media that have become the center of our lives. I chose this it to learn about how the people in our always-changing world continue to relate and connect through ideas. 


Amanda Slutzky,

Contributor/Social Media Associate

Amanda is a rising sophomore at Boston University and will be working this summer creating social media content. 

"I’ve always been passionate about politics, and I think that it’s super important for young people to get involved early. In this age of easy and fast information, it’s our responsibility to educate ourselves. I’m most interested in LGBTQ+ and women’s issues, and I continue to read, listen, and learn both in and out of school. The process of unlearning internalized stereotypes is just as important as expanding one’s mindset. This is why I find reliable news sources that are exploring new perspectives so crucial today."

Leslie Grossman




Leslie Grossman is a leadership coach and an advocate for gender equality.  She is a Senior Fellow and Faculty Director of Executive Women’s Leadership at The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, where she leads a program that provides women with leadership skills that address the underlying challenges and personal barriers that typically hold women back from higher leadership positions more so than men. She can be reached at lesliegrossman@gwu.edu or leslie@lesliegrossmanleadership.com