BY Marissa Dubecky
on Jan 22, 2015
Roxane Gay has always had a full schedule, and fortunately for her followers, it seems she’s only getting busier. Following the May 2014 release of her first novel, An Untamed State, Gay’s collection of essays titled Bad Feminist became a New York Times bestseller. Its success sent her on a national book tour and propelled her in the direction of “household name” status (a feminist scholar developing this much clout? We are so excited ... Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Jan 12, 2015
Ava Duvernay might not have taken home a Globe last night, but that doesn't mean her mere nomination isn't a landmark. Duvernay is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, insane as that sounds in 2015.
Wait a minute, you may be thinking: We’ve never had a black woman win a Golden Globe for best director before?! Before this year, a black woman has never even been nominated? Sad, but true. Ava DuVernay’s nomination last night ... Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Dec 12, 2014
A few days ago, HuffPo Entertainment posted an interview with Evangeline Lilly from the premiere of the third and last Hobbit installment. She has a lot of nice words about working with Peter Jackson and being fortunately typecast in kick-ass female roles. She spoke of wanting to continue filling roles in which her characters are “strong because of their compassion, they’re strong because of their vulnerability, they’re strong because of their ... Read More
“Free The Nipple” is a film with a mission to empower women across the world. It is an equality movement that stands up against female oppression and censorship prevalent around the world.
The film, inspired by true events, follows a group of young women in New York City who protest the archaic censorship laws. It is illegal for a woman to be topless (including breastfeeding) in 35 states. The director of the film, Lina Esco told Variety, ... Read More
If you haven't heard by now, singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has called out fellow performer Beyoncé for not being a "true" feminist. In a September interview with PrideSource, Lennox stated:
“I would call [Beyoncé] feminist lite… It's tokenistic to me. I mean she's a phenomenal artist... but I'd like to sit down (with her)... and hear what [she] truly think[s]. I see a lot of it as [artists] taking the word hostage ... Read More
Writer Amanda Hess recently sat down with Mike Pesca of The Gist to discuss the influx of males that are now labeling themselves as advocates for gender equality (#Heforshe), Aziz Ansari and why everything in the world is just so damn complicated.
Ansari’s recent declaration of feminism on The Late Show with Dave Letterman was a prominent talking point during the podcast. If you missed it, in-between typical talk-show anecdotes and Beyoncé references, ... Read More
BY Emily Robinson
on Jul 15, 2014
Though the Church of England has some notoriously anti-woman roots (Beheading of Anne Boleyn? Rejection of Queen Elizabeth?), this influential Anglican institution is slowly making its way into the 21st century.
As of yesterday, July 14, women can officially be ordained to serve as bishops in the Church of England. Nice! Delayed, but nice!! The vote was met with (almost) unanimity in the House of Bishops, which is a big step up from the 2012 vote - which ... Read More
BY Emily Robinson
on Jun 25, 2014
On Sunday evening, every single bar I passed on New York’s Second Avenue was packed with both women and men, screaming at the top of their lungs and cheering for the USA in their World Cup match against Portugal.
According to CNN, similar scenes were scattered across Iran this past Saturday. Restaurants were packed with fans - both women and men - who were excitedly cheering on their country’s team in the nail-biting match against ... Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on Mar 21, 2014
The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps Sr., died of natural causes at 84-years-old on Wednesday, March 19th. Phelps and his small Topeka, Kansas-based congregation, which is largely comprised of his own extended family members, is best known for leading repugnant anti-gay protests at public events such as funerals of AIDS victims and deceased members of the armed forces. The church was founded in the 1950's and has been spewing nonsense for way ... Read More
BY Emma Pacchiana
on Dec 11, 2013
Geena Davis has been increasing awareness on Hollywood sexism for over ten years with her foundation, the Institute on Gender in Media. The research-based institute has commissioned the largest body of information on gender in film and television ever gathered. And recently she took to the Hollywood Reporter's Women In Entertainment Power 100 issue with a guest column on the ways the film industry can improve itself and the world around it, published today ... Read More