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  It always blows my mind to hear the close-minded reasons that the best books are banned.  Whenever I hear about a book being banned, I’m also instantly curious about it and think it must be worth reading.  It’s funny how book banning can have that effect.  However I also like to think that this isn’t happening in US high schools anymore, and that they’re working to incorporate more diversity into their English curriculums. Read More
Today marks the 91st anniversary of the signing of the 19th amendment - the right for U.S. citizens to vote regardless of sex - into U.S. law. Women were officially given the right to vote on August 26, 1920 though the amendment was drafted and introduced 42 years earlier by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. On the same day half a century later, the National Organization for Women organized a nationwide "strike for equality". Read More
A young American woman strolls down a side street of Florence, Italy.  Along the way men jeer at her, shouting crude complements in the hopes of catching her eye for just a moment.  She is unfazed outwardly, her scarf a protective shield from their world as she continues on her way.  Although this image is from 1951, it could easily have happened today.  When I first saw this picture I empathized completely with the woman, and not only because I’ve experienced being catcalled. Read More
  A superhero has been unmasked!  Namely, the patriarchy-smashing Twitter superhero of feminism, the Feminist Hulk (@feministhulk)!  In an interview with Ms. Magazine, the Feminist Hulk came out as 28-year-old Jessica Lawson.  Lawson is a new mother as well as a Ph.D English Lit candidate at the University of Iowa.  Lawson describes herself as a “white, vegan, queer, woman-identified female.”  She released the Feminist Hulk into the Twitterverse over a year ago, and since then he (the Feminist Hulk) has gained more than 45,000 followers. Read More
Ladies, meet Peg Aloi. If you've been reading the internets in the past week, you may recognize her as the writer  who got the knitting, gardening, cupcake-baking, and feminist-thinking blogosphere in an uproar over an article she published at Huffington Post in which she asked, “Tough Gals: Do they still exist?” There, she basically called everything that is considered girly “weak,” and really pissed off a universe of cupcake baking, knitting, gardening tough gals. Well, surprise, surprise. Turns out not only does Ms. Read More
New York City Council Member Letitia James, NOW, Permanent Wave, and other women's advocacy groups have banded together to organize tonight's rally and press conference to request continuation of Nafissatou Diallo's case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.  Three months after the indictment and arrest of Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has decided to ask a judge to dismiss the case. Read More
More than 75% of American women who are employed work full-time jobs. In the Netherlands, nearly 60% of working women are employed part-time. While it may not be possible to pinpoint all of the reasons for this discrepancy, these are two different statistics, denoting clearly different job cultures. In the United States, most young women are raised to be career-oriented and taught to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks in the workforce. Read More
  A southwestern Missouri school district is feeling the heat as comments of denial circulate regarding the federal lawsuit that seeks punitive damages from school officials who allegedly failed to protect a 7th grade student from sexual assault. The lawsuit was filed on July 5, 2011, against the Republic School District in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.The student, identified as a 7th grade special education student, claims that she told the Republic Middle School officials of a rape that had occurred in the spring of 2009. Read More
  I just love Gloria Steinem!  I was given more reasons to love her last night, after watching the new HBO documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words.  Gloria is the prime example of “the personal is political.”  Throughout the film she offers very personal anecdotes from her life.  Through her intimate accounts with the viewer, it’s almost like having a conversation, as well as a history lesson, with her in your living room. At one point she describes realizing that personal struggles should not have to be a secret. Read More
Clear all of your plans - you and I have a very special date with the TV tonight. At 9pm, HBO will be airing its highly-anticipated documentary on one of the most recognized crusaders of the women's liberation movement, Gloria Steinem. Produced and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Kunhardt and co-produced by HBO's Sheila Nevins, 'Gloria: In Her Own Words' will feature rare photos and press clips from over the decades, as well as in-depth interviews with Gloria, conducted by Barbara Walters and Larry King. Read More
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