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One of two members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot jailed in August for an anti-Putin performance has been moved to solitary confinement.   Prison officials stated that Maria Alekhina, 24, requested the move for her own safety; Russian site Lifenews specified that other inmates threatened Alekhina following a heated discussion about religion. Band mate Yekaterina Samutsevich was released on appeal in October, but Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova continue to serve their two-year sentences in remote labor camps. Read More
What’s the deal with Facebook hating so hard lately, taking down photos revealing realities of women’s issues?   This past week Facebook banned Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir, an Icelandic women’s rights activist, for reposting sexist comments she found publicly posted on the site.  Now we’re hearing that Facebook punished a woman for posting a photo of herself breastfeeding her daughter.   Gina Crosley-Corcoran is the creator of the feminist motherhood blog, The Feminist Breeder, and former member of the ‘90’s grunge band, Veruca Salt. Read More
Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir A well-known Icelandic feminist has been banned by Facebook for outing sexism online. In February, Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir set up a Facebook album called “Men Who Hate Women,” which is made up of screenshots documenting sexism on Facebook — such as this photo of a woman in her underwear strung up like a pig with an apple in her mouth. The caption reads, “Feminist found in town this morning — captured and put on the grill. Read More
  Last week, in a New York Times article, Neil Genzlinger made some hilariously scary points about NickMom—the new block of mostly scripted shows on Nick Jr. He blames the decline of males on the constant availability of sports shows (thanks to ESPN) and fears that the same might happen to women now that Nick Jr. is offering a mindless alternative to reading, working, and doing other tasks that might advance the human race. Read More
A recently published study on violence against women found that the mobilization of feminist movements is more important in stopping violence against women than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or even the number of women in politics.  The study, conducted over 40 years and in 70 countries, is the largest study on violence against women ever conducted. It found that feminist movements were the first to bring attention to the issue of violence against women, push for government action, and command support and attention from the public and the media. Read More
  While the abortion debate continues to rage in the US, across the pond, in Ireland, news of a woman’s death, caused by the denial of an abortion, is stirring up the debate once more in a country where abortion remains inaccessible to women. Savita Halappanavar, 31, died on October 28 in University Hospital, Galway after being hospitalized for a week due to severe pains at 17 weeks of pregnancy. She was found to be miscarrying, but because a fetal heartbeat was detected, doctors refused to terminate the pregnancy. Read More
Tuesday, in addition to preserving sanity in the White House for four more years, brought major victory for women in politics. The Senate is now 1/5 female. While this is still far from equal, it’s a new record high and a definite step in the right direction.  There’s a lot to celebrate here (like Claire McCaskill defeating walking rape gaffe Todd Akin, for example), but I’d like to take a moment to focus on the wonders of a personal favorite of mine: Massachusetts’ new Senator and Supreme Badass, Elizabeth Warren. Read More
If you want women to have the same rights as men, the best thing you can do is vote tomorrow.  The ERA Education Project focuses on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, which simply states that women and men are equal under the law.  “Why is this still even a question? Aren’t all people supposed to be equal in the U.S.?  Aren’t women people?  What on earth is going on here?” says Kamala Lopez, founder of the ERA Education Project. Read More
What’s scarier than monsters, ghouls, zombies, or vampires? The pay gap! Women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter appeared on the Colbert Report on Halloween night to talk about the Lilly Ledbetter Act and her new memoir, Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond. “My guest tonight became the face of equal pay for women. Tonight, I will pay her just as much attention as I pay my male guests,” Colbert said as he introduced Ledbetter. Colbert led Ledbetter through the story of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Read More
I was first introduced to funny lady (and generally awesome human being) Tina Fey during the 2008 election season. Her hilariously dead-on impressions of Sarah Palin never failed to put my racing 19-year-old mind at ease. Little did I know that in 2012, our rights to safe and legal abortions, affordable birth control, and equal pay would be at stake. Clearly, we still need our Tina. Enraged by the vomit-inducing rape comments made by Republican politicians, Fey struck back…hard. Read More