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Where Women Fill More Than 50 Percent of Government Seats

We always talk about the fact that in order to really change attitudes and behavior towards women and to correct gender inequity in Congo, there need to be women leaders. It seems like a pretty obvious statement, but as we know, this is far from an obvious truth in many countries around the world (including ours). Today, I learned that for all of the challenges facing democracy and governance in Rwanda, it is at the … [Read More...]

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Bodies on the Line: The Streets vs. Pop Culture

Like so many others, I have been distressed by news coverage about Ferguson, Missouri, where protests broke out following the murder on August 9 of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot six times by a police officer. Whether following it on TV or Twitter, there was no escaping the chilling fact that black bodies are constantly under surveillance, policing, and (lethal) punishment, even as protestors … [Read More...]

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Virginia Woolf in Sangrur: A Stitching Center of One’s Own for Impoverished Farm Women

Expounding on “women and fiction” (and indeed the several fictions about women), Virginia Woolf’s brilliant long essay, A Room of One's Own, was first published in 1929. Woolf underscored the dependence of literary genius on freedom of thought; of freedom of thought on the free availability of space; and of space on financial freedom that buys time and space—for the body, heart and head. Said Woolf, while noting … [Read More...]

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Mo’Ne Mo’Ne!!! Don’t Miss Her Pitching Today!

UPDATE: Mo'Ne Davis pitched the first three innings in a losing effort by her team yesterday, but the Taney Dragons have a second chance today against a Chicago team. If they win, they'll play Las Vegas again, for the U.S. championship, on Saturday--and Davis would probably be the pitcher. You can tune in for today's game at 4:30 p.m. PST on ESPN. As we told you last week, there's a great young 13-year-old baseball … [Read More...]

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The New (Feminist) Pornographers

Pornography is one of the more controversial issues in feminism, and the Ms. Blog has published many posts on the topic. Here, a writer goes directly to a feminist pornographer to get her take on how the industry intersects with women's issues. In her keynote address at the 2014 Feminist Porn Awards, pornographer Courtney Trouble opened by saying, “I am a white North American descendent of European settlers. ... I … [Read More...]

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The Second Wave of Backlash Against Anti-Rape Activism

In the past two years, anti-rape activists have put campus sexual assault on the national policy agenda—but in recent months, the backlash against these efforts has intensified. A band of political conservatives are now openly challenging the existence of the campus rape epidemic and denigrating survivors, including talk show hosts Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham, columnists George Will, Jay Ambrose, Cathy Young and … [Read More...]

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We Heart: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Self-Proclaimed Feminist

As if his impressive acting chops and creative side projects weren’t enough, Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave us another reason to love him on Thursday when he proclaimed that he “absolutely” identifies as a feminist. In between chatting about his favorite directors and affinity for musicals, Gordon-Levitt told a Daily Beast reporter: I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. […]

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We Heart: Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman to Win Prestigious Math Prize

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian professor of mathematics at Stanford University, just became the first woman to win the Fields Medal. Referred to as the “Nobel Prize of math,” the Fields Medal is the highest honor one can receive in mathematics. Since it was first awarded in 1936, the prize has been given out every four years to […]

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Honoring History’s Forgotten Women, One-Too-Many Chardonnays At A Time

There's something strangely empowering about hearing that Mary Dyer, the … ...

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The American R/Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Activist Grace Lee Boggs is finally getting the national attention she has … ...

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Rush Limbaugh Thinks Workplace Sexism is a Myth

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The New (Feminist) Pornographers

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“The Giver” Delivers Powerful Pro-Choice Message in Slick, IKEA Package

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Nicki Minaj: A Brown Sugar Sphinx Riddle

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Steubenville and Girls’ Futures

Remember when the mainstream media wrung their hands over Steubenville, … ...

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Feminism Is Not Just About Women’s Oppression

A community in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, continues to … ...

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Justice for Renisha McBride

Justice was carried out for the late Renisha McBride Thursday when a jury … ...

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Bodies on the Line: The Streets vs. Pop Culture

Like so many others, I have been distressed by news coverage about … ...

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The Second Wave of Backlash Against Anti-Rape Activism

In the past two years, anti-rape activists have put campus sexual assault … ...

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Black Youth in the Crosshairs

After he was gunned down, left to bake on the hot cement for hours and then … ...

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