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   Last week, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler blogged about sexist and discriminatory treatment from her employer. Her detailed account, shared almost 22,000 times on Twitter, outlined each alleged occurrence of sexism by her superiors. She claimed that Uber’s human resources department refused to discipline her manager when he propositioned her on her first day, even though it wasn't an isolated incident. "It became obvious that both HR and management had been lying about this being ‘his first offense’, and it certainly wasn't his last," Fowler wrote. "Within a...
Donald Trump will give his first address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, and his special guests — who will be sitting in the gallery with the First Lady — are likely to play a prominent role in his inflammatory rhetoric towards undocumented immigrants. Half of the President’s six guests are family members of people killed by immigrants living in the country illegally. Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver are the widows of Detective Michael Davis Jr and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, California police officers...

This is a collection of letters written to our body parts. Enough / Enough is an anthology making space for trans and non-binary survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to seek safety in impossible seeming places. Below is one of the first letters received in the open call: To the folds and flaps between my legs, You make me uncomfortable. Your shape confuses me and causes me to question who I am, what I am. You’re a jigsaw puzzle piece that doesn’t quite fit anywhere, but we...

A brief, inspiring list of women’s movements that forced change By Patricia Affriol Women have been shaking things up and creating real change all over the world for as long as the patriarchy’s existed. It’s a powerful thing when we put our minds together and speak out against oppression. Just look at these examples for proof and motivation. Washerwoman Strike In 1881, thousands of black laundresses working in Atlanta, GA, went on strike for higher pay. It began as a small protest of 20 women and quickly grew...
Women Working for Women began as a Facebook group in response to the election as a place for women to connect to each other and inform one another. It has since turned into “IRL” groups in cities across the country. I attended the inaugural meeting of the New York City chapter on February 18th. The event took place in a cool Chinatown loft and featured wine donated by Vinfluence, a company that supports various nonprofits. “I was drawn to help build Women Working for Women because I...
  The FBI released its file on Gamergate, an online movement that looks to stop feminist criticism of video games. How did they look to stop these types of critiques? With constant online harassment of avid female game journalists and bloggers, such as Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian. ...and the FBI refused to prosecute these men, who went as far as to send death and rape threats, even when they confessed to the harassment. Because who cares about the safety of women, right? One specific incident, heavily referenced...
On Tuesday, more than 100 women lined up in front of Brass Knuckle Tattoo Studio in Minneapolis. Each one awaited a tattoo designed by artist Chelsea Brink: scripted letters of the already-storied quote from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attempt to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren earlier this month. Explaining Warren's silencing, McConnell said, "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Immediately following McConnell's condemnation of Warren, his words began appearing everywhere — on t-shirts, memes, stickers, signs. And now tattoos.  While waiting to...
  Donate To Or Volunteer With These Crucial Organizations. American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org) Working through litigation and lobbying, the ACLU was created “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country.” Center for Reproductive Rights (reproductiverights.org)A legal advocacy group using Constitutional and human rights laws to advance reproductive freedom. EarthJustice (earthjustice.org) This environmental law agency fights for wildlife and land preservation, healthy communities, and clean energy. Everytown for Gun Safety (everytown.org) A non-profit advocating for common-sense gun laws. International Refugee Assistance Project (refugeerights.org) A group working for...
Trump's right-hand minion Kellyanne Conway has some very particular thoughts on feminism that are not only offensive but unsurprisingly wrong and contradictory. Here are a few of our favorite moments: 1. “It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in a classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion, and I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion,” — The Washington Post, Jan. 23 2. When asked about the Women’s March, she said, "I frankly didn't see the point.”- ABC This Week, Jan....
  In response to the chaos surrounding recent town hall meetings held by Republican lawmakers, certain among them have refused to hold these events altogether. Rep. Tom MacArthur, from New Jersey's 3rd District, held a one-hour telephone town hall in early February rather than a formal meeting, telling North Jersey News that he didn't "want to be baited into having an an event that some outside group [could] just make a spectacle out of." MacArthur's constituents were invited to call in their questions to the representative, but the...
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