8 Ways Digital Media Has Changed Women’s Lives


A nationally recognized expert and innovator in the world of digital media, Sarah Granger is also an entrepreneur, public speaker and author of the new book, The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life—Online and Off. Having been online herself since age 9, she knows a thing or two about how digital […]

5 Ways to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day!

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In 1971, at the behest of then-Congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.), Congress declared Aug. 26 the first ever Women’s Equality Day. The particular date was chosen to commemorate the final ratification of the 19th amendment—which, in 1920, recognized women’s right to vote—and has been celebrated every year since. The President gives a proclamation on Aug. 26 each year […]

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 […]

Columbia Students Take Campus Rape Into Their Own Hands


Last week, a list of names entitled “Sexual Assault Violators on Campus” appeared on the wall of a women’s restroom at Columbia University. The list was subsequently removed by school officials, however, it quickly reappeared several times in the bathroom of a different building, this time more glaringly titled “Rapists on Campus“. The Columbia “Rapist […]

NEWSFLASH: Pentagon Lifts Ban on Women in Combat


At long last, American military women may now officially serve in direct combat. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is lifting a ban which previously barred women from serving in armed combat jobs, opening up hundreds of thousands of front-line jobs to women. This decision overrides a 1994 Pentagon ruling that prohibited women from filling positions in […]

Pauline Philips, Beloved Columnist and Feminist, Dies at Age 94


Pauline Friedman Phillips, author of the beloved “Dear Abby” advice column, passed away on Wednesday. She was 94 years old. Pauline began dispensing what would become her classic no-nonsense-yet-caring advice under her pen name Abigail Van Buren in 1956, the year she got a job as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Before long […]

Oscar and the Film Industry: Still a Men’s Club


Thursday’s announcement of the Academy Award nominees included nods to the usual suspects (Django Unchained, Argo, Lincoln and Silver Lining Playbook are among the nominees for best picture) and some surprises (such as Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow being snubbed for best director). However, the most noteworthy theme of this year’s list of nominations is, […]

NEWSFLASH: Bill Put Forth to Clarify Antiquated California Rape Law


In response to this disturbing case that resulted in a dropped rape conviction because the victim was unmarried, California State Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), chair of the California Women’s Caucus, decided it’s time to expand an 1870s rape law that currently applies only to married victims. The new legislation, SB 59, would replace “spouse” […]

What’s Next for VAWA?


For the first time since its inception in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act no longer exists. House Republicans of the 112th Congress failed to renew the legislation, which is credited with saving hundreds of thousands of lives by providing important protections for victims of abuse and designating millions of dollars for battered women’s shelters, […]

Court Throws Out Rape Case Because Victim Is Unmarried


A Los Angeles-based state appeals court just overturned a rape conviction because a woman who was raped in her sleep by a man impersonating her boyfriend is unmarried. The victim, who at first thought the man was her boyfriend, tried to stop him once she regained consciousness enough to realize he was an imposter. However, […]