When It Comes to Body Hair, the Personal is (Still) Political

Failing to wear a bra is widely considered a stunt “designed” to attract men’s sexual attentions—while failing to shave may be considered purposefully off-putting and rebelliously, aggressively feminist. But unless one considers rebellious feminism a hallmark of the effort to attract male attention (hint: it’s not), these juxtaposed interpretations don’t make any sense at all.

It Could Have Been Me: Korryn Gaines and the Criminalization of Black Women

Every bone in my body tells me that I could have been Korryn Gaines.

Young People Are Setting the Stage for a More Equitable Pakistan

Engaging youth in the participatory process is key to sustainable, progressive development—and often leads to empowerment and shifting norms for women and girls. The work of two young activists in Pakistan is proof.

It’s Politics. What Does Motherhood Have To Do With It?

For women in politics, motherhood is too often used as an indicator of compassion and concern for the future. These are laudable qualities, but motherhood is not a necessary condition for inhabiting them—and when we assume that it is, everybody loses.

A (Queer) Midsummer Night’s Dream

Just why does A Midsummer Night’s Dream lend itself so well to queer reinterpretations?

Vision Not Victim: Changing Possibilities for Refugee Girls

“This is not about playing pretend. This is about letting them step into a moment in their future and giving them the tools to get there.”

Can More Gender-Neutral Toys & Apps Lead to More Diversity in STEM?

Let’s start now to provide for really inclusive technological engagement. If that’s one of the key desired features, then the future of STEM would be so much more interesting.

LISTEN: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Gender and Police Violence

This is a deeply moving, informative work that deserves a listen from anyone who finds themselves confused, disturbed, or saddened by the prevalence of racial violence in our nation.

We’re No Angels

Becoming a more visible advocate for girls and young women has taught me a great deal. As it turns out, I’m still no angel. But I have come to realize that that might just be a good thing.

NO COMMENT: How “Central Intelligence” Plays Into Our Toxic Masculinity Problem

I, for one, won’t be seeing Central Intelligence—because I don’t believe that you need a “big Johnson” to save the world. (Or a Johnson at all, for that matter.)