Feminism

In greater Women’s History Month news, the National Women’s Hall of Fame has recently named former First Lady Michelle Obama as a 2021 inductee. “Advocate, author, lawyer, and 44th First Lady of the United States—the first Black person to serve in the role—Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century,” the organization remarked of Obama on its website. As First Lady, Obama implemented several social programs aimed at educating children and supporting military veterans. And when her...
On Monday, March 8, thousands of women took to the streets of Mexico City, fueled by fresh fury at President Andrés Manual López Obrador and gubernatorial candidate Félix Salgado Macedonio. President López Obrador expressed support for Macedonio, who is currently running for governor of Guerrero despite being accused of rape by several women. Macedonio’s case is one among many in the ongoing storm of sexual violence against women in Mexico. An investigation by Animal Politico found that between 2014 and 2018, only five percent of the country’s...
In a since-deleted tweet posted on International Women’s Day, Burger King UK wrote, “Women belong in the kitchen.” A second tweet added, “if they want to, of course.” This shock comedy was meant to shine a spotlight on the inequality of women in the culinary field and announce the brand’s new scholarship program. The problem is, it wasn't funny. The brand took out a full-page ad in The New York Times echoing the same joke. This remnant of their PR stunt is less easily erasable. A...
On February 13, 2021, 22-year-old environmental activist Disha Ravi was arrested by Delhi police for her alleged involvement in the creation and circulation of a digital “toolkit” promoting support for Indian farmers. Farmers, who make up over half of the country’s workforce, have been protesting in Delhi for months in response to controversial agricultural laws that affect the sale of crops, as reported by The Guardian. In solidarity with Indian farmers, leading environmental activist Greta Thunberg shared her toolkit on Twitter that listed resources including suggested hashtags...
At this point in our nation’s history, it’s not hyperbole to say that America is in crisis. Between COVID, mass unemployment, environmental destruction, foreign and domestic assaults on our democracy, the erosion of women’s rights, and nationwide civil unrest sparked by deep systemic racism, this country is crying out for help. But there is hope. The following young citizens—all under 35—are making big strides in their chosen areas of activism. And no matter what happens during this new administration, their inspiring work will carry on.  Photo:...
Poland has outlawed nearly all abortions in spite of the massive pro-choice protests that have been raging since the decision was made last October. This has been the largest demonstration in Poland since the fall of communism in the late 80s. The announcement was made suddenly on Wednesday. A person may only get an abortion if their life and health is threatened or if a person becomes pregnant following rape or incest. In instances where the fetus has severe medical abnormalities — basically, the only kind...
A Black woman received an outpouring of support from her Harlem community after being violently attacked by a group of men outside a liquor store when she declined their demand to buy her a bottle of wine. Hundreds gathered at the liquor store over the weekend to show their solidarity and demand justice for the victim whose attackers still haven’t been found.         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Rachel Noerdlinger (@rachelnoerd) ABC7 spoke with the victim, who...

Only the second woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka The Notorious R.B.G., was a judiciary giant who dedicated her life to the fight for gender equality. Think you know the truth about Ruth? Then take the quiz! Ruth is actually RBG’s middle name. When she was born on March 15, 1933, her given first name was __. a. Myra b. Johanna c. Esther d. Joan In 1956, Ruth enrolled at Harvard Law School as one of only __ women in a class of about 500...
Today marked the end of former President Donald Trump’s reign as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Kamala Harris made history as the first woman of Black and South Asian descent to take the Vice Presidential oath. Vice President Harris was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court.  A small audience witnessed this monumental event due to COVID restrictions; hundreds of American flags stood in place of spectators. The...
When Nikole Hannah-Jones first sat down to begin work on The 1619 Project, she probably didn’t anticipate the immense impact it would have. She likely didn’t expect that it would become the basis of a new educational curriculum. And she most certainly didn’t foresee that her work would elicit the seismic wrath of Trump and his right-wing cronies. In fact, the Pulitzer Prize winner and self-proclaimed “Beyoncé of Journalism” had a single, simple goal in mind when creating her historical collection of essays, poetry, and multimedia...