Stop the Meddling: Incorporate Your Uterus Today!

Isn’t it interesting how Republican politicians are so eager to get regulators out of corporate boardrooms and into women’s bedrooms? Florida Democratic State Rep. Scott Randolph made that connection on the floor of the Florida House recently: We constantly talk about not putting more regulations out there. Yet, when it comes to my wife’s uterus, […]

Click! Feminist Chutzpah on the Job

I really didn’t care if I got the job or not. This was my third interview with the same gentlemanly white man with a soft Southern drawl. He seemed no closer to offering me the position than he’d been in the first interview. The questions were essentially the same: “Why do you think you’re qualified […]

Women’s History Month: One Woman’s Story

During Women’s History Month, we are reminded of the accomplishments, disappointments, struggles and hardships endured by women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Margaret Sanger, Victoria Woodhull, Lucy Stone, Harriet Tubman–all well-known pioneers in the fight for women’s rights. We also read about the leaders of the Second Wave of the women’s […]

Social Media Powers L.A.’s Walk for Choice

As we’ve seen the impact that social media has on democracy movements across the Middle East, we’ve wondered whether it can happen here. It has. Hundreds of women and men from all over metropolitan Los Angeles showed up downtown in Pershing Square on Saturday Feb. 26, to Walk for Choice. They were brought together by […]

Victim of Terrorism Fights Back With Oscar-Nominated Documentary

The Oscars–the red carpet, the stars, the gowns, the hair, the speeches, the tears … and the women who have made amazing films that are up for honors. The Best Documentary Short category was particularly fertile ground for women this year, with four of the five nominees directed by women. The fifth, Killing in the […]

Walk for Choice This Saturday

Had enough of the Republican Party’s unnatural interest in women’s wombs? Tired of their high-handed attempts to shove their beliefs down our throats? Fed up with their desire to elevate fetal rights over women’s rights? Don your hat, gloves, scarves and warm coat–it’s time to Walk for Choice, this Saturday, February 26, from 12-3 p.m. […]

MoveOn Moves Into the Abortion Battle

In 1998, as the Republican Congress was salivating over President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal, software entrepreneurs Joan Blades and Wes Boyd started a petition drive to “Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation.” That online petition drive attracted hundreds of thousands of people who wanted their national leaders to express […]

Unlicensed Abortion Doctor Brings Back Specter of Pre-Roe

Just days before the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Pennsylvania offered us a grim reminder of what happened before abortions were legal. A doctor and his unlicensed staff performing abortions and preying on ill-informed women caused severe injuries and even death to women who sought abortions at his clinic. One woman–Karnamaya Mongar–is dead, numerous […]

Women’s Health Care Ignored From the Waist Down

When it comes to health care, who would deny that prevention is preferable to treatment? I’m right there when public health recommendations include tobacco-free living, a reduction in alcohol and drug abuse and healthy eating. So I’m behind the president’s National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council, which he established in June. The council […]

A Look Back at “The Feminine Mystique”

If you were to pick up The Feminine Mystique today, I suspect you’d wonder what all the fuss was about. Written in 1963, it was directed at college-educated, married white women who felt strangely unsatisfied with their lives for no good reason. They had achieved the American Dream–a husband, children, a comfortable home, enough money. […]

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