He Named Me Malala Shows the Making of an Activist Icon


Due to the actions of a young girl from the Swat Valley of Pakistan, the name Malala has become synonymous with bravery and strength. What most people may not know is that Malala Yousafzai’s namesake already had that meaning. Malalai of Maiwand was another teenage warrior who rose to prominence in the late 19th century. Her self-sacrifice on […]

The Feminist Coloring Book You’ve Always Dreamt of Is Finally Here

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Plenty of brands, parents and even schools are embracing a more gender-neutral approach to childhood, but the options for creative kids who want to color remain limited. Princesses and gardens for girls, cars and trucks for boys—yawn! That’s why we were excited to discover Dream Big! More than a Princess. Each page of the coloring book features […]

Twitter Reacts to Matt Damon ‘Splaining Diversity to Black Filmmaker

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Some of you may be familiar with the term mansplaining and its equally exasperating cousin, whitesplaining. But actor Matt Damon inadvertently created a whole new word last week on his HBO show, Project Greenlight, that the creative minds of Twitter have coined “Damonsplaining.” What’s Damonsplaining, one might ask? It’s when a black woman filmmaker is talking about how we need a more diverse […]

These Works of Art Will Make You Feel Feminist as F*ck


Women artists have long been kept out of art history textbooks and classrooms. Though the first-ever artist is said to be a woman who traced her lover’s silhouette on a wall, women have been underrepresented, if not outright maligned, by historians. But women have made remarkable contributions, and continue—despite resistance—to create work that reflects their realities. […]

These Portraits of Ethiopian Women Showcase Strength and Bravery


Temsalet: Phenomenal Ethiopian Women, a new book from Tsehai Publishers—is a collection of inspiring stories and beautiful photographic portraits of 64 phenomenal contemporary Ethiopian women who have broken through age-old barriers to advance in their fields. Each woman tells her own story—where she came from, what challenges she faced, what helped her succeed, what inspires her, […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: September

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Ms. September September’s kohl-rimmed eyes at cabaret, her turtleneck in black, the color wrong. But will she listen? No, this is her song, the little room now falling, flows away. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or scantily […]

Girl Waits With Gun Is a Period Thriller for Any Era


When Constance Kopp’s family buggy gets run off the road by a silk mogul’s automobile, Constance isn’t out for revenge. As an unmarried woman living with her two sisters in 1914, she’s only interested in getting her buggy’s damages paid for. Too bad the silk mogul turns out to be a drunken louse, who definitely does not care […]

Straight Outta Compton and the Power of Black Women’s “Side Stories”


When director F. Gary Gray chose to cut the scene depicting rap producer Dr. Dre’s infamous assault on journalist Dee Barnes, then-TV host of Fox’s hip-hop show Pump it Up! back in January 1991, he dismissed the incident as one of many “side stories” that distracted from the main one concerning rap group N.W.A.’s rise to fame […]

Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You


The following is excerpted from Donna Decker’s new novel, Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You, available now from Inanna Publications. The book is based on the mass shooting that took place in Montreal, Canada on December 6, 1989 at L’Ecole Polytechnique, also known as the Montreal Massacre. Jenean had been at home on Rue Verde when […]

The Evolution of Female Masturbation in Pop Music


If you still remember Hailee Steinfeld as a 14-year-old girl who rocked twinned braids and got an Oscar nomination for True Grit, prepare yourself for her transformation. The now-legal adult recently released a music video for her first single, “Love Myself,” and it’s packed with some serious sass. While the song ostensibly centers around building self-esteem and […]