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Susan B. Anthony and Marion H. Skidmore on the porch steps of Marion's cottage On November 5th, 1917, Carrie Chapman Catt pleaded with New York Times readers to vote for women's suffrage: "Remember that our country is fighting for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own government. Vote for woman's suffrage, because it is part of the struggle towards democracy." The next day, women in New York State were granted the right to vote in all elections. Three years...
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...
Fight the power and grab some sassy accessories at the BUST Craftacular this weekend, May 6 & 7 at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse from 11 a.m – 7 p.m. Nasty RibbonsNasty Ribbons! They're cute, witty, and small so you can put them almost everywhere.  Get your Nasty Ribbon at the upcoming Craftacular and pass that sass with understated style. *nail polish emoji* Wear the term “Nasty Woman” as a badge of complete honor from Nasty RibbonsSend out a clear message á la Kat Stratford “Don’t Tell Me...
Margaret Atwood famously, apocryphally, said, "Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them." This quote is being played out all too literally, because a woman now faces up to one year in jail for the “crime” of laughing at Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to the New York Times, three members of activist group Code Pink were convicted yesterday “on charges related to a protest at the confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions for attorney general.” The court...
Sexual assault and domestic violence is never the victim's fault, yet the GOP's newest health care amendment seems to punish survivors by potentially stripping them of their rights to affordable health care coverage. Because calling a man with countless sexual assault allegations made against him president wasn't painful enough, now survivors must deal with the ramifications of the newly introduced MacArthur-Meadows Amendment.  The amendment, aptly named for two men, will allow states to deny coverage for preexisting conditions. And they’re including sexual assault and domestic violence, as...
We’ve seen the rise in the “trendiness” of feminism, with more and more brands offering merch that empowers women - from Feminist Apparel to the abundance of Etsy shops selling unique feminist-themed items. And apparently, some “pro-patriarchy” men are pretty upset by this. Enter Patriarchy Tees. According to their website, they are “an Anti-Feminist, Anti-Racist, Pro-Patriarchy company” that believes “America has gone a little looney by letting women be too much in charge.” Their slogan is “Patriarchy Tees: A t-shirt company for men with balls and the women who...
The German Chancellor was a part of a Women’s summit held in Berlin along with other strong ladies. Merkel was placed on a panel to answer questions and of course, the question “Are you a feminist,” came up. Somehow Merkel didn’t see that coming since she took quite some time to pause and ponder her answer. When she finally did answer, it wasn’t what we anticipated. Offering a convoluted response, Merkel said she “is not afraid of it (feminism)” but that she would not want...
The Trump Administration has continued with their policy of defunding Obama programs while simultaneously devaluing women by announcing the end of Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative. Let Girls Learn, which the Obamas started in 2015, was a program that used a holistic approach to foster educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries. It brought various departments and organizations together such as the peace corps and the Department of State to look at education through lenses such as health and wellness. It was a...
Added to Barbie’s collection of “Shero” dolls is Gabby Douglas. Complete in her signature Olympic leotard and flashing a smile, the doll joins a line of products meant to inspire young girls to reach for the stars and showcases positive and diverse female role models. Photo via Instagram/@barbie Barbie’s “Shero” line is a part of a bigger campaign by Mattel called “You Can Be Anything”. The goal is to use their products to inspire young girls to pursue any career interest they want. The “Shero” line includes famous...