Category » Feminism
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