Feminism

Take a second to google “social distancing coronavirus.” Seriously, do it and then pop back over. Did you see that top result? The one that wasn’t the usual blue Google link, but the World Health Organization announcement, with the hand in the stop sign over the words that says “STAY HOME. SAVE LIVES.” It’s in all caps, you can’t miss it, but apparently, Wisconsin Republicans did, because they fought and won to proceed with in-person voting in today’s primary.  In an effort to keep people indoors,...
  As the world takes on an unprecedented global pandemic, one thing has become abundantly clear: the lives and well-being of the greater population rely heavily on how the people in charge are handling the situation. Remember that one time Donald Trump, and many of his supporters, thought Hillary Clinton would be “too emotional” if she were to become president and “lacked the equilibrium” required to be an effective leader because she was a woman? And then, when Trump became President, we all laughed a nervous...
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh just became the first Muslim woman to run for Congress in New Jersey state history. The 27-year-old founder of MuslimGirl.com announced Saturday that she is running a progressive primary campaign up against the 16-year incumbent Rep. Frank Pallone to represent New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District. Over the weekend, Al-Khatahtbeh officially announced her campaign via a press release. “This moment is a stark reminder that we can no longer wait for incremental change,” she said. “Our leadership can and must put the health and well-being...
One silver lining about the current state of the world is that we've all been given a healthy dose of perspective. While the priorities on top of most people’s lists include things like health and safety, the Malaysian government advised the women in the nation to add another to their list: sit quietly and look hot. Yes, you read that right. The Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development in the country with the largest number of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia decided to issue a...
On Monday, March 30, trans activist Lorena Borjas passed away due to complications related to coronavirus. Her passing has left her community shaken but the legacy she has left behind is one that will resonate for all those that looked upon her for guidance and strength. Borjas was viewed as a pillar in the trans community in Queens. Her particular emphasis on immigration and aiding sex workers came from a deeply personal place. Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Borjas fled home at 17 and lived on the...
With countries around the world enforcing nationwide lockdowns in an attempt to flatten the curve and limit the spread of this rampant virus, a very dark reality is taking place for millions of families around the world who don't see home as a place of solace, but a personal hell. Cases of domestic violence during this pandemic have risen as are partners stuck inside through this stressful time, living each day in an unsafe environment. Without previous alternatives readily available, given the shutdown of numerous establishments...
As if we needed another stroke in the tally mark of which country you’d rather live in, America vs. Canada, the Canadian government has declared that abortion access will still be available, deeming it an essential service. In contrast, here in the U.S., Texas and Ohio lawmakers wasted no time in blocking access to abortion services during this pandemic. Last Monday Texas’ Governor Greg Abbott issued the mandate to all health care providers, stating that they should suspend all nonessential surgeries in order to free...
Ken Paxton really tried it. By it, I mean that the Texas attorney general interpreted a state-wide ban on non-essential procedures to include abortion in an effort to combat coronavirus. A federal judge ruled Monday that Texas officials actually couldn’t use a health crisis and this ban to push their anti-abortion politics, overruling the attorney general’s interpretation.  Planned Parenthood, along with other women’s health groups in Texas, filed suit against the Texas governor and Paxton and other state officials right after the ban was announced a...

As the month of March comes to a close, we celebrate a day that symbolizes a new beginning for thousands around the world. International Trans Visibility Day honors the lives of transgender and nonbinary people for their remarkable bravery in living in their truth. It also raises awareness on the societal issues and discrimination they endure. Trans and gender nonconforming individuals are at the heart of the LGBTQ+ movement. After all, where would the community be, had it not been for Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia...
Trump feels threatened by women journalists—this we knew. But the latest instance of Trump attacking a woman reporter and her subsequently standing her ground is one for the books. At yesterday’s Sunday Briefing, Yamiche Alcindor, who reports for PBS NewHour, asked President Trump a simple question in which she quoted his own language from an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. In the interview, Trump claimed that state authorities were requesting more medical equipment than he thought they needed. This was a hot topic...