BY Laura Fontaine Haines
on Feb 20, 2014
It’s no secret that the members of Pussy Riot have not been warmly welcomed back into Russia. The absolutely repulsive video footage of members being attacked with whips and pepper spray has gone viral over the past couple of days.
Earlier today though, in Sochi, a press conference held by Pussy Riot in collaboration with Cinema For Peace and The Voice Project (organizations that utilize the powers of film and music to create and encourage ... Read More
Happening RIGHT NOW at Macy’s Herald Square: the anti-sexism protest group UltraViolet is gathering outside of the iconic Macy’s location to protest the company’s continued lobbying – and you won’t believe this – against equal pay for women.
A bill mandating equal pay for equal work passed through Texas legislature – which is a miracle of itself – but Governor Rick Perry vetoed the bill at Macy’s behest, ... Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jun 11, 2013
Living in the United States, it is hard to imagine what it would be like to have your rights strictly limited. We can’t fathom how it would feel if, during a peaceful protest, all forms of communication were disassembled and we were sprayed down with tear gas. We must try to place ourselves in that situation, or at least realize injustice when it is staring at us in the face.
But it’s not.
The human rights violations that are occurring in Istanbul, ... Read More
Barbie’s iconic pink mansion unfolded in Berlin yesterday, and a local feminist group took a stand against it's arrival. With a rally cry of “Pink Stinks," protesters marched to the dream house– functioning as a half museum, half endless "walk-in closet" - in numbers far exceeding that of regular attendees. Barbie herself was seen pinned to crucifix, and set on fire, burning her into a melting mess. Security guards promptly escorted protesters out of ... Read More
BY Teresa Lu
on Apr 11, 2013
After a fiery petition and subsequent protests outside their flagship store in New York City, Reebok has finally dropped rapper Rick Ross from their campaign. The controversy with the rapper stemmed from a line of his lyrics that glamorized date rape.
UltraViolet, the gender equality group that spearheaded the movement, celebrates this positive turn in events. Co-founder Nita Chaudhary says, “We are thrilled to hear that Reebok is joining the fight against ... Read More
BY Teresa Lu
on Apr 05, 2013
Yesterday, protesters in various cities joined the Ukrainian feminist group Femen for an international "topless jihad" to combat oppressive sexism in Muslim communities. The protest was inspired by Amina, the young Tunisian woman who was condemned by her country for posting topless photos of herself on the internet."Our boobs will be stronger than their stones" says a protester. Participants have posted photos from Paris, Milan, San Francisco, Montreal, and ... Read More
BY Teresa Lu
on Mar 23, 2013
19-year-old Tunisian feminist Amina, who posted the following photos of herself on the internet, has recently been delivered by her family to psychiatric care.
The photos were first posted to the Femen-Tunisia webpage. The first photo displays the words "Fuck your morals" written in ink across her torso. The second one shows her smoking a cigarette, adorned with the Arabic words, "My body is my own and not the source of anyone's honor," in an effort to ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Oct 02, 2012
Members of FEMEN, a Ukranian feminist activist group, bring attention to their cause by baring their boobies. The group known for topless protests has now started something of a feminist “international training camp” in France, which opened on September 18.
Inna Shevchenko, a prominent FEMEN member, was wearing nothing but salmon-colored denim shorts and the words “Free Riot” painted on her body when she chainsawed down a giant ... Read More
The three women of the radical Russian protest band Pussy Riot will hear the verdict of their trial on Friday, and we urge you to come out and hear their words on Thursday at a Free Pussy Riot public reading in New York. These women would be imprisoned on charges of "hooliganism" for their church-staged protest of Putin and the Russian government. The women, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, face up to three years in jail, a ... Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Aug 08, 2012
With 3 members of Pussy Riot on trial in Russia, Madonna is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of them, urging the Russian court not to condemn the trio to prison. The women, all in their 20s, are on trial for performing a song in a Russian Orthodox church protesting Putin and his support by the church’s leaders-- particularly Patriarch Kirill. The rockers’ prosecutor asked for a three-year prison sentence, although they could face up ... Read More