Category » Feminism
Gloria Steinem, Allison Williams, and Tavi Gevinson got friendly last night at the premiere of MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a PBS documentary that explores the women's movement. Sadly, we were not within eavesdropping distance to hear what they were talking about, but maybe it was about world domination and the latest episode of Girls. Narrated by Meryl Streep(!) and featuring icons like Oprah Winfrey(!) and Hillary Clinton(!), MAKERS will make you laugh and cry. Read More
For the city of San Francisco, Valentine’s Day is not just a Hallmark Holiday.  This morning, San Francisco’s District of Attorney, George Gascon declared February 14th, 2013 “One Billion Rising Day,” a worldwide campaign to end violence against girls and women. “Violence against women is a serious and dangerous crime. Countless women have lost their lives because society turned a blind eye to the violence they suffered in their homes. Read More
In another idiotic article by Fox News, Suzanne Venker continues to argue that feminism is a scary, evil monster destroying the American familial institution and all the happiness in the world. Discussing feminism’s role in the destruction of pre-1970s perfect marriages, she says, “Feminism didn’t result in equality between the sexes—it resulted in mass confusion. Today, men and women have no idea who’s supposed to do what. Read More
Hillary Clinton went out with a bang on her last day as Secretary of State yesterday. Her address to the Council on Foreign Relations was nothing short of inspiring. Throughout her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton has worked tirelessly to advance women’s rights. All over the Middle East, Clinton has urged leaders to utilize a largely untapped resource: intelligent, capable women. She has encouraged women activists in Yemen, aspiring female government employees in Egypt, and young girls worldwide. Read More
Today, the Obama administration added another chapter to the Affordable Care Act saga. Under the newly proposed changes to the Act, non-profit organizations with religious affiliations will not have to pay for their employees’ contraception; instead, a health insurer will cover the cost of birth control, with no cost to the employee. The administration is responding to a series of lawsuits filed on behalf of religiously affiliated non-profits, who argued that since churches and synagogues aren’t legally required to cover contraceptive costs, they shouldn’t have to either. Read More
Out of the 4 million U.S. citizens categorized as secretaries or administrative assistants between 2006 and 2010, 96% of them were women. You might be wondering why this is, since most of you probably aren’t fantasizing about your future blossoming career as a secretary. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? When the Industrial Revolution created massive amounts of paperwork to be completed, the need for secretaries rose. Companies were keen to the fact that they could pay women lower wages, making them the perfect target for the many jobs that had been created. Read More
We’ve already heard some controversial news regarding contraception laws this week, and now we’re dealing with the proposal of anti-choice bills. The “fetal heartbeat” bill would ban abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected. Fetal heartbeats can be observed as early as six weeks from conception, before many women even begin noticing signs of pregnancy. Of course, this law would completely contradict Roe vs. Wade, which gives a woman the right to an abortion until about 23 or 24 weeks of her pregnancy. Read More
  Take My  Name, Please So, you get married, and maybe you want to change your name to his. Or  join the ranks of the hyphen-ates. Maybe you chuck last names altogether and go all mononymous like Cher or Madonna. Whatever you decide, you've got that marriage license in your hot little hand as you start whipping through all those important papers changing your name: Passport. Social Security. Bank Account. Credit Cards. Driver's License. Whoa. Not so fast there, buddy. Read More
When I think about words that might be polarizing in the feminist community, “lady” certainly doesn’t top the list. There have been huge campaigns to reclaim other historically salty terms for women, from “bitch” to “slut”—even the dreaded “c-word”. (Nope. Won’t write it out. Won’t do it.)  But figuring out what to do with the word “lady” is uniquely tricky. Unlike some of its harsher sisters, “lady” is still used freely in both the antiquated and ironic sense. Read More
No means no. Really? Okay, so what about when she doesn't say no? What about when she doesn't say anything? That's a loophole, right? It's a get out of jail free card, isn't it?  Sadly, it frequently is. Blaming the victim of a crime is ridiculous, but when the victim is unconscious? Yet we see cases where rape of an unconcious girl is downgraded to aggravated assault, and with the Big Red Steubenville rape, in the eyes of the community the boys did no wrong. It was all that drunk girl.  It was her own fault. Read More