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When you hear the name Warren Buffett, terms that usually come to mind are "billionaire", "business mogul", and "one of the wealthiest people in the world".  The word "feminist’" doesn’t usually make the cut.  However, in an essay written for Fortune Magazine, Buffett urges businesses and employers to stop fueling women’s inequalities in the workforce, citing women as the key to America’s prosperity.  Buffett opens his essay with a discussion of how, upon his birth his life’s possibilities dwarfed those of his sisters merely because of his sex. Read More
Air travel is not the most pleasant of life’s activities. Cramped quarters, weird smells (seriously, how can there be so many different bad smells in one small space?) and forced intimacy with strangers can all add up to some ‘fun’ times. How about adding painful breasts full of milk into the mix? Throw in a rude flight attendant and public humiliation and you have yourself a full- blown nighmare.   Such was the experience for Indiana native Dawnella Brahos on a recent American Airlines flight. Ms. Read More
In an official press announcement, the FDA has approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B. The emergency contraceptive will be available to women and girls over the age of 15, who can present legal identification verifying their age. This decision has been debated since 2011. President Obama expressed concern and Secretary of Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA, just as it was about to approve an application from its manufacturer, Teva Women's Health, to sell it over the counter. Read More
Amanda Filipacchi is an American feminist and novelist who has published three books. Her writing has been praised for its wit and humor, and Love Creeps made The Village Voice's top 25 books of the year in 2005. Imagine Filipacchi's surprise when she noticed that Wikipedia's "List of American novelists" page was slowly moving women into their own separate category, titled "American women novelists." The author read a note at the top of the article that explained the list was too long as only American novelists, and needed to be divvied up into subcategories. Read More
We've all heard the news: Washington Wizards basketball star Jason Collins has come out publicly. The interweb is in an uproar about it and his name is being thrown around left and right. I applaud Collins for his courage, as he is now the first openly gay male athlete active in a major American sport. But one name you won't see (and probably haven't seen) in your Twitter or Facebook feeds is that of college basketball player Brittney Griner. Read More
As one of many typically male-dominated industries, technology buffs should be bowing down to the women who have pursued these careers. These ladies have been hard at work and making some serious impact. Whether she's a venture capitalist, engineer, founder, co-founder, CEO, or COO, it's clear these amazing women have accomplished so much by the ripe age of 30. Read More
In our last post about B, we raised an eyebrow at her reluctance to call herself a feminist. Why? Because we believe she is a feminist and she should own it. That’s why we did a serious double-take at what Rakhi Kumar wrote about her in the Huffington Post last week. In “An Open Letter to Michelle Obama”, Kumar reprimands the first lady for recognizing Beyonce as a role model for her two daughters: “... Read More
While modern feminist conversations frequently fall on the topic of choice for professional women – do I choose my career, or do I choose motherhood – the argument generally stops there, and never addresses the choice some women make not to be a mother at all. American culture praises mothers, and rightly so, but we are also so obsessed with them that more frequently we lean on the topic of the right to choose an abortion or not, therefore overshadowing the other more obvious right to choose to ever get pregnant or not. Read More
Here’s a Facebook page that’s worth liking: The Kurd Men for Equality campaign. Kurdish men in Iran started the campaign in response to what they believed to be misogyny in a local court case.  A man who was convicted of domestic abuse was forced to parade the streets in a dress and hijab, the traditional women’s clothing, as public humiliation. To express their disapproval of the judge’s degradation of women, local men began posting photos of themselves in women’s clothing, with the message “Being a woman is not a tool to humiliate or punish anyone. Read More
In a recent interview with British journalist Cathy Newman, the Dalai Lama said he would be pleased if his successor was a female. “Now we are 21st century…female have more potential so should take more active role regarding promotion of human compassion," he told Newman. His Holiness went on to say he believes females have more potential in actively promoting love and affection than men. But before we can count a win for the sisterhood, it must be noted the Dalai Lama doesn’t get to choose his heir/heiress. Read More