Robert Redford thinks women and young people might be the solution to ineffective and less-than-unified government (ahem, shutdown). The actor, now seventy-seven, tells CNN that we should “give [women] the reins [...] they can do better than we have.” I don't take his words as a reiteration of the controversial ideas of feminists who believe that women are inherently more nurturing and therefore can build a more cooperative government. Instead, ... Read More
BY Diana Denza
on Jun 19, 2012
The pint-sized Kameron Slade is probably one of the most adorable fifth-graders ever. And he’s also a frontrunner for most outspoken. A native of Queens, New York, the 10-year-old penned a powerful speech about the importance of marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Not surprisingly, things got a little sticky for the opinionated elementary school student. Principal Beryl Bailey of P.S. 195 initially banned Slade from reading the speech at a schoolwide ... Read More
BY Diana Denza
on Jun 01, 2012
It started with a comment commending President Obama on decreased national gas prices and ended with yet another vicious assault on women. And as a native New Yorker, I’m ashamed to say that all the hoopla is happening right here in my home state.
Jay Townsend, the official spokesman for Republican Representative Nan Hayworth and moderator of the page titled "How to Run for Public Office", responded to a comment on NY19 U.S. House of Representatives Civil ... Read More
BY Intern Ginny
on May 16, 2012
Yesterday evening, the White House released a statement saying that the President will likely veto HR 4970, the House Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill. The Senate recently passed its version of the VAWA, updating it to include protection for Native American women, LGBT victims, immigrants, and college students. The Senate’s bill was passed 68-31, with 15 Republicans voting for it. The House bill will not only retract these ... Read More
President Obama called Sandra Fluke, the woman who testified about contraception in front of Congress and was called a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh, to make sure she's okay.
“He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,” Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student said. “And what was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud. And that meant a ... 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". Women in 40 cities put on ... Read More