Tag » Gloria Steinem
  It’s been over 40 years since Roe v Wade. Despite the outrage over the existence of Planned Parenthood and despite the decades that America has had to adjust to the fact that abortion is legal and not sending anyone to Hell anytime soon, it is still talked about in hushed, shameful tones. Women don’t “choose” abortions; they are backed into abortions by grizzly life circumstances, and they are haunted by the ghosts of the children they didn’t have. Read More
Sally Fields, honoree Marlo Thomas and Gloria Steinem.   “I didn’t realize how short this dress was,” Amy Schumer said when she took the stage to kick off the Women’s Media Awards, November 5th, at Capitale in New York City. She looked down at a photographer in the front row, “You’re basically taking a picture of my clitoris right now,” she said. She also said, “Magazines are supposed to be empowering women. But they’re not. They publish articles like, ‘How to get your pussy to smell like a Christmas ornament. Read More
Last night, Gloria Steinem sat down with Roberta A. Kaplan at the New York Public Library and talked about feminism past and present, LGBT rights, intersectionality, her abortion at age 22 and so much more. Gloria Steinem, of course, is a feminist icon who’s been working tirelessly for women’s rights since the 1960s; Roberta A. Kaplan is the LGBT activist and lawyer who successfully argued that the Supreme Court invalidate a crucial section of DOMA in United States Vs. Windsor. The first question set the tone for the night, with Kaplan talking about her experiences as a lesbian. Read More
In a must-read interview earlier this week, Gloria Steinem sat down with Cosmo to discuss everything from Miley Cyrus and threesomes to finding the balance of traveling and building a home, and, of course, how to respond to being called a “bitch.” Here are our favorite moments from the interview: On the lack of women who pursue top leadership positions: "Until men are raising children as much as women are, women won't be able to be equal in the work place, and we are so behind as a nation, in terms of flexible work patterns and parental leave. Read More
Anyone who knows me is aware that both Gloria Steinem and public libraries are two of my absolute favorite thing/people on the planet, so it was awesome to hear that she spoke at the American Library Association's Annual Conference this weekend. Steinem wasn’t only there because she’s an acclaimed author (with a new book coming out soon!)— She also loves libraries and librarians. “I think your profession is the greatest profession on earth," she said in her speech, according to Publishers Weekly. Read More
To celebrate Pride (and beat the heat), we’ve got a killer list of LGBT movies currently streaming on Netflix (and hopefully some you haven’t heard of). So kick back, maybe have a popsicle, and get ready for some awesome, relentlessly gay film—bet you can’t watch just one!   The Kids Are All Right (2010) | Directed by Lisa Cholodenko Featuring a star-studded cast including Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, and Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right is the story of a family: two moms, their kids, and the biological father who the kids decide to bring into their lives. Read More
Thousands of people voted this spring in a super-cool campaign run by Women on 20s to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. (Harriet Tubman was the winner!) As of yesterday, the goal of putting a woman on paper money has become a reality—in 2020, a woman will finally appear on the $10 bill.  The U.S. Treasury Department planned a fabulous woman’s $10 debut as a celebration of the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage. As CNN reports, “The last woman on U.S. paper currency was Martha Washington, who was on the $1 Silver Certificate between 1891 and 1896. Read More
Image courtesy of Random House I once sat on Gloria Steinem’s floor (more specifically, on one of her floor pillows). I won’t tell you the circumstances under which this happened because I have been sworn to secrecy, but rest assured: Her apartment is everything you’d imagine it to be. The walls are lined with books, many of them memoirs of those luminaries she calls friends. But enough small talk. Stop everything else you’re doing. We need to chat about Steinem’s forthcoming book, My Life on the Road, the first she’s published in two decades. Read More
  Gloria Steinem asked the question in a 1978 essay: What would happen if men could menstruate? Essentially, what would happen if menstrual periods were discussed loud and proud among uterus-havers everywhere? The organization WaterAid posed this query in their new online ads for the fictional product of “Manpons.” They created the ad to raise awareness about the 1.25 billion women worldwide—that’s about a third of ALL women—who don’t have access to toilets when they’re menstruating. Read More
Representation matters—even in your iPhone’s Emoji inventory. Recently, the Emoji app incorporated more people of different skin tones, but their options for women are still lacking.  MAKERS, an organization that aims to create the largest-ever collection of women’s stories, made the call for “Femojis” in a blog post yesterday. They commented on why Apple's new Emoji "diversity" still leaves much to be desired: “While this initiative is certainly commendable, their collection of female emojis remains limited to being a bride, a princess, or a geisha. Read More