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Where Do Feminists Fall in the Charlie Hebdo Debate?

Last night, the PEN American Center, a literary and human rights organization, conferred a Freedom of Expression Courage award to Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine that was brutally attacked by Islamic extremists in January after it published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. In the weeks leading up to the PEN event, heated controversy erupted when six writers pulled out of the ceremony due to … [Read More...]

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Marriage Equality Forecast: Victory Is Near!

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the broad question of whether marriage is a constitutionally protected right for same-sex couples, a nationwide victory may be less than two months away. There were no surprises in last week's hearings. Opponents of marriage equality had nothing new to say. They made the same unconvincing claims that failed to win a majority vote two years ago in Windsor, the case that … [Read More...]

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The Fearless Fight for $15

On Wednesday, dozens of social justice advocates, fast-food workers, clergy members, labor leaders and members of the local community descended upon Los Angeles City Hall to stage a rally in support of the 15 women who have been fasting for more than two weeks for "Fight for 15," a nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Thursday marked the 15th and final day of their public fasting. The issue … [Read More...]

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Dolores Huerta: Still Fighting for Farmworkers’ Rights

Legendary feminist and workers’ rights activist Dolores Huerta, who cofounded the United Farm Workers union with Cesar Chavez in the 1960s, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to sound the alarm on a common herbicide used on millions of acres of cropland in the U.S. that could be endangering the health and lives of the very people who produce our food—farmworkers and their families. Glyphosate, also known as … [Read More...]

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25 Years Ago: When Mills College Students Rallied to Keep It a Woman’s Institution

Twenty-five years ago, on May 3, 1990, I stood with my classmates on the grassy meadow we walked through every day to get to class, waiting to hear the fate of our college. I was a freshman. Many of us were weary from the late-night meetings, phone calls and final attempts to persuade board members to vote to keep Mills College in Oakland, California, an all-women school. We were now face to face with those … [Read More...]

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The Feminist Children’s Book You’ve Been Searching For

Your child's library—and, if we're being honest, your own library—has been lacking until now. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History...and Our Future, a new feminist alphabet book written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, introduces young readers to a group of remarkable women who have left an indelible mark on society. With vibrant illustrations, … [Read More...]

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First Ms.—Now Mx.!

In what could be an exciting linguistic turn for trans and gender-nonconforming folks, the Oxford English Dictionary is considering adding the gender-neutral honorific Mx. to future editions. Pronounced “mix” or “mux,” the term has been gaining mainstream traction in the U.K. in the last several years. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, government departments, the postal service, […]

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We Heart: Google’s Celebration of Feminist Badass Nellie Bly

Oh Nellie, take us all around the world and break those rules cos you’re our girl! May 5 marks pioneering journalist and world traveler Nellie Bly’s 151st birthday and as a tribute to the remarkable life of this extraordinary woman, Google designed a delightful Doodle featuring a cartoon Bly and the sweet vocal stylings of […]

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NEWSFLASH: Activists Stage #BlackWomenMatter Marches

Baltimore Chief Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby charged six officers today in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who died last month from a spinal cord injury while in police custody. But while justice may be served in Gray’s case, activists are raising awareness about another group who experience police brutality but rarely […]

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In Some States, Access to Abortion Care Is Expanding

Last week, Girls actor Jemima Kirke shared her story of getting an … ...

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Dove’s Real Beauty Isn’t

Dove released its latest video last Thursday in their now-decade-old … ...

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TSA Ends Practice of Racially Profiling Black Women

Under pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Transportation … ...

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The Feminist Children’s Book You’ve Been Searching For

Your child's library—and, if we're being honest, your own library—has … ...

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Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: May

Ms. May   The life they tell of May is a mistake. They simply … ...

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How Ex Machina Fails to be Radical

Reprinted with permission from Skirt Collective I am going to admit: Ex … ...

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Sen. Patty Murray: A Champion for Paid Sick Days

The Healthy Families Act has a new sponsor, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), … ...

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The Great Last-Name Debate

Here is a fun experiment for you to try on your husband-to-be. Ask him if … ...

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My Hair, My Self

A few weeks ago, I went with my friend Stacey to pick up her daughter from … ...

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Dolores Huerta: Still Fighting for Farmworkers’ Rights

Legendary feminist and workers’ rights activist Dolores Huerta, who … ...

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25 Years Ago: When Mills College Students Rallied to Keep It a Woman’s Institution

Twenty-five years ago, on May 3, 1990, I stood with my classmates on the … ...

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A Black Mother’s Love (or What Love Looks Like in Public)

Reprinted with permission from Crunk Feminist Collective I planned to … ...

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