Feminism

On May 25, George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer named Derek Chauvin. Chauvin, who had 18 previous police brutality complaints against him, wasn't arrested until several days after Floyd's murder. In an effort to seek justice for Floyd, people began to gather in protest in Minneapolis. The protestors were met with rubber bullets, tear gas, water bombs, and excessive force at the hands of the police leaving many injured and many more taken into police custody. As protests...
The FX on Hulu mini-series, Mrs. America, shows an intimate portrayal both of anti-choice activist, Phyllis Schlafly, and leading feminists of the 1970s—Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Brenda Feigen, Betty Freidan, Bella Abzug, and more. The premise of the show is to tell the story of how progress on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) stalls, but the mini-series does far more than that. Simply put, the show places a spotlight on why this happens and how misinformation—in an era before “fake news” was widely discussed—played a critical role. The fight for the...
Most viral videos are harmless, usually a new dance craze by yet another Gen Zer on TikTok. But sometimes, videos can be detrimental. This was the case for a video taken almost a year ago in Pakistan. Fast forward to last Thursday, two girls' lives were forever changed. According to CBS News, about a thousand Pakistani women each year are murdered in honor killings. In this particular case, three girls were captured in a video with a man alone outdoors. He then proceeds to kiss two of...
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Friday signed into law a ban on child marriage, making it the third state to fully outlaw marriage for children under the age of 18. The ban was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania legislature, and was signed into law by Governor Wolf. The bill set the minimum age to obtain a marriage license at 18. Before, an applicant younger than 16 could obtain a marriage license with court approval. Those between the ages of 16 and 18 could get a marriage license...
Like much of the world, France has declared that wearing a face mask in public is now mandatory due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the new mandate, however, France still has a ban on burqas, niqabs and other Islamic face coverings. A controversial ban now implemented in a number of other countries in Europe as well as in Quebec, France outlawed women from wearing full face veils, niqabs and other kinds of head and face coverings in 2011. The French government claimed that the ban...
In 2018, a record 476 women ran for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. This year, with a record number of 490 women filed to run for U.S. House seats in 2020 so far, women are exceeding the previous milestone and setting a new precedent in American politics, according to a recent summary released by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University. "In 2018, amidst the excitement of a record-breaking year for women candidates, we often asked whether we were in...
Everyone knows Hollywood has a diversity problem. Which is to say, everyone knows Hollywood has white dudes who have been the only ones calling the shots for way, way too long. Before the coronavirus, this was an issue Anita Hill and the Hollywood Commission she chairs were ready to tackle head-on. But in a recent op-ed for Variety, Hill said that while her goals to combat discrimination and harassment are unwavering, the coronavirus — and the restructuring it has caused Hollywood to undergo — presents...
Representative of New York's 14th District and member of “The Squad,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was just appointed the Co-Chair of the Biden-Sanders Climate Change Task Force. Announced last month, the task force was created by Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and his former fellow candidate, Bernie Sanders, in an effort to unify the Democratic Party. Meant to advise the Biden Campaign, the task-force will focus on six key issues including criminal justice reform, economy, education, healthcare, immigration and of course, climate change. Ocasio-Cortez will be leading the Climate...
Even when we are not in the midst of a pandemic, it is easy to acknowledge nurses are heroes. But the profession didn’t always inspire respect from the masses. So yesterday, on International Nurse’s Day, we’re taking a look at the woman who changed that, Florence Nightingale, on the 200th anniversary of her birth. From a young age, Nightingale knew she wanted to be a nurse, but her parents hated the idea. They were a wealthy Victorian family, so Florence was to marry well. Thankfully, her...

Why are girls so freaked out by math? The reasons are complex and rooted in the patriarchy, and education activist Vanessa Vakharia is fighting back MAYBE YOU REMEMBER the moment you started hating math: the smell of stale gum and musty old textbooks, the monotone drone of the instructor, the knot in the pit of your stomach as you stared at the board and tried to make sense of all the numbers and formulas and rules—so many rules. Toronto-based math teacher and education activist Vanessa Vakharia definitely...