Click! Everything I Needed To Know I Learned in Kindergarten


I was 5 years old when I first had that sensation that comes from your gut when you know something isn’t right. Not a feeling of danger, but of righteous anger at injustice. It comes from deep inside, where instinct resides. There I was, in my mud-stained jeans and forever-disheveled hair, playing in the kindergarten […]

PBS Draws Attention to Human Rights Crisis in Guatemala


PBS’s new two-part report on women in Guatemala, which aired this week, shines a much-needed light on a mounting crisis of women’s health, rights and safety while offering a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel. As I reported in the Winter 2011 issue of Ms. Magazine in my article “Fighting Femicide”, the […]

Use Your Power: Get Guatemala on the I-VAWA Watchlist


This fall, the International Violence Against Women Act of 2010 (I-VAWA) is before Congress. This legislation is groundbreaking and needs our efforts to pass. I-VAWA presents a critical opportunity for the United States government to aid other nations in protecting, defending and empowering the world’s women. As we feminist-minded social justice activists know, it is […]

Selling Feminism Door-to-Door


“Come closer to feminism,” bell hooks beckons us in her Introduction to Feminism is for Everybody. In other words, let go any presumptions who feminists are or what feminism is. Just sit for a minute and contemplate this: Feminism is anti-sexism in all of its forms. This is what we feminists ask of our students, […]