Feminism

Today, April 20th, marks the time it would take the average woman to earn the same as her male counterpart did in the 2009 calendar year. Almost four months to get the same paycheck! Well personally, I find that ridiculous, and so do the ladies of Claim Change. Earlier today, Claim Change and the Women and Girls Foundation gathered to rally in Mellon Square, jingling the spare change in their purses as a symbol of the money women are still missing out on. Whether in...

PSST! The mommy 'n me paradigm is under attack. Finally. Maybe the most interesting thing about Elizabeth Badinter's new book Le Conflit, La Femme et La Mère (The Conflict, The Woman and The Mother) is the ruckus it's causing. In stating the obvious—that women have imposed a new  tyranny on themselves through perfectionist childraising—she's drawn wide-ranging contempt. Everyone from conservative Christians to ecologists and pediatricians have found something to hate. Naturally, I'm a little bit in love. According...

How do you teach kids to eat healthy without giving them a weight complex?  Especially when we live in a society in which one-third of kids are overweight but nearly 50 per cent of girls report engaging in some form of disordered eating.  Michelle Obama, warrior princess against childhood obesity, got some heat for disclosing that her daughters' doctor mentioned that their weight was off-balance and for telling the public that she decided to cut down on her children's portion sizes, encourage fruit for snacks...

  If you've never seen this clip before, you need to watch it now. This Fergie Oliver guy makes any Bob Packwood or Bob Barker look like a kitten. Crack all the Catholic priest jokes you want (except that they tend toward little boys), but I'm rooting for the little girls. Check these chicks OUT. They aren't having any of it. Especially (and by this time I hope you've clicked on the clip and disinfected yourself) the one who isn't willing to kiss him even if...
Nebraska has passed two pieces of ludicrous anti-choice legislation this week. The first bill, which Republican Governor Dave Heineman signed into law on Tuesday, requires doctors to screen women before they have abortions, to make sure they’re not being “pressured” into doing so, as well as to make sure they will not have any physical or mental problems after the abortion. Oh, and it gets worse. The second bill, also signed into law on Tuesday, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (no, I didn’t make that...

Every minute one woman dies as a consequence of complications during birth or pregnancy. That's more than 500,000 women a year, 1 woman every minute of every day. These women do not die of diseases that can't be treated or complications that can't be prevented. They die because societies have yet to determine that their lives are worth saving. 1 out of 8 women in Sierra Leone die as a result of this! The United States is also facing this maternal health...
Some good news today: the US Department of Justice has increased funding for several offices and programs dedicated to ending violence against women. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered the news in a press conference this morning as part of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month program. Holder said: “The President’s most recent budget is a testament to your efforts -- and to his focus on reversing current trends. For Fiscal Year 2011, an increase of nearly $30 million was requested for our Office on Violence Against Women....

Have you seen Bristol Palin's new pro-abstinence-only commercial? Now, there's nothing wrong with encouraging kids to hold off on sex until they're ready to take all necessary precautions against pregnancy and disease, but there's something a little off about this ad. She could be making a valid point (that the resources she has available to her make her life as a teen mom easier than it is for most other teen moms), but something about it just smacks of elitism. Maybe it's the jump from the...
by Erin DeJesus In our Apr/May "Men We Love" issue, we saluted five men who have joined the front lines in the fight for women's rights. Nicholas D. Kristof, a New York Times Op-ed columnist and author — along with his wife Sheryl WuDunn — of the fantastic book Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide —  made our list for his efforts to make empowering women front-page news. We have the rest of our interview with him here: You mentioned in the Times...

This past Saturday, a group of women and men protested double-standards—by going topless. Maine is one of only a handful of states that allows women to go topless in public. The group marched down the streets of Portland without incident, though there were many onlookers—some with cameras—who merely gawked. According to an article in the Portland Press Herald: "[Ty] MacDowell [the organizer of the march] said she was surprised by the turnout of those interested less in challenging societal convention than in seeing partially undressed women. 'I'm...
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