Category » Feminism
Today, the House of Congress will be considering the renewal of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than 500 days ago. Why hasn't such a crucial piece of legislation been renewed? The short answer is that House Republicans blocked the VAWA vote in order to pursue their own conservative agenda in the form of an adapted bill. The differences between the original, meaty, bipartisan Senate VAWA and the lean, pared down conservative alternative are pretty stark, and predictably concerning. Read More
After this morning's news on a Republican-backed gay marriage proposition, it's nice to know conservative government can surprise us. (Congratulations on being decent human beings, guys, even if you're probably just trying to avoid the Chik-Fil-A backlash because you're intimidated by the LBGTQ movement! Here's a cookie!) Unfortunately, there are still about a million shady bills floating around Washington, and one of them is trying to repeal the Violence Against Women Act. Though 78 out of 100 senators voted to pass VAWA, the 22 naysayers are hoping to weaken it. Read More
A new chapter of women’s history in the world of sports was written this past weekend. For the first time ever, a fight between two women was the main attraction at the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The fight was between bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey and challenger Liz Carmouche (AKA the Girlilla). These women are real Amazons; Ronda Rousey has a background in Judo and is an bona fide Olympian, while the “Girlilla” has had special martial arts training from the Marines. Read More
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wants to start a women’s workplace revolution. Sandberg unveiled her plan for high-achieving ladies during her 2010 TED talk, during which she lamented the small percent of women who have reached the upper echelons of their chosen professions. Next up, Sandberg will be promoting Lean In, her manifesto/memoir/self-help book slated for release on March 11th. According to the Lean In plan, women will organize themselves into small, active, cells; what Sandberg has trademarked as Lean In Circles. Read More
And we think the SAT and ACT are hard.  They have nothing on China’s Gaokao exam.  Also known as the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (NCEE), the Gaokao is the sole determinant in university admission in China.  Approximately 9 million students take this test every June over the course of three days on subjects including Chinese, Mathematics, English, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.  As Los Angeles Times journalist Barbara Demick states, the Gaokao exam “is to the SATs somewhat like a triathlon is to a relay race. Read More