Anything but “Secure”

Immigration

Last week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a small policy change in its Secure Communities Program (discussed below, in a news story from the current issue of Ms. magazine). The new policy would ensure that immigrants charged with minor traffic violations would not be flagged for deportation–unless they’re convicted. Immigration rights activists called […]

“The Lady” Takes Office in Burma

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Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in as a member of Burma’s Parliament today, along with other elected members of her party, the National League for Democracy. The current issue of Ms. has a cover story on the global feminist and human rights icon, from which this is an excerpt: For two decades, […]

Singled Out

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By Tamara Winfrey Harris Steve Harvey is convinced you could use a few lessons in being “a lady.” So he says in his relationship advice tome, Act Like a Lady; Think Like a Man, in a chapter titled “Strong, Independent–And Lonely–Women.” Ladies are those who let men take the lead in picking a dinner spot. […]

Locker-Room Secret

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Locker Room Secret A review of Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond By Liza Featherstone “I was like a wife nursing a nagging suspicion that her husband’s having an affair, with no hard evidence. But now there it was in plain black ink,” writes Lilly Ledbetter, a […]

Blocking the Vote

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The vast array of new voting restrictions may affect your right to vote this November–and could change election outcomes By Ashley Lopez Ruthelle Frank, an 84-year-old resident of a small town in Wisconsin, is suing her home state because, for the first time in her adult life, she might not be able to vote. In […]

If the Clothes Fit: A Feminist Takes on Fashion

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“My passion for fashion can sometimes seem a shameful secret life,” wrote Princeton University English professor Elaine Showalter in 1997. And indeed, after these words appeared in Vogue, more shame was heaped on her. Surely she must have “better things to do,” said one colleague. Fashion, like so many other things associated primarily with women, […]

Birth Control For Men? For Real This Time?

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When the birth control pill hit the U.S. market 51 years ago, the hope had been for a male method to follow close at its heels. Yet, despite decades of research and periodic hopeful headlines, progress has been largely indiscernible. Now, researchers are touting new developments: a reversible vasectomy, a “dry orgasm” pill and a […]

Senegal’s Feminist Hip-Hop Star

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Sarabah, the stirring documentary directed by Maria Luisa Gambale and Gloria Bremer, will premier this Sunday, Jan. 15, on Link TV. Click here for showtimes and channel information. Sarabah is available for purchase at Women Make Movies.  Senegalese rapper Fatou Mandiang Diatta defied her country’s traditional expectations for women in order to succeed in Senegal’s male-dominated hip-hop scene. Now, using her music as a medium, […]

In 2012, Go Forth and Mentor!

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By Donna Brazile My mom, Jean, was the strongest and the most amazing woman I’ve ever known. And I’ve known a lot of strong and amazing women: Bella Abzug, Coretta Scott King, Shirley Chisholm, Geraldine Ferraro, Barbara Jordan, Eleanor Holmes Norton. Each in her way has been a mentor of mine. My life has been […]

Ha Jin Revisits Nanjing’s Rape

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“Doing what can’t be done is the glory of living.” When American missionary Minnie Vautrin cites this old Quaker saying to an admirer in Ha Jin’s Nanjing Requiem, she means to be humble, explaining her work helping Chinese refugees in wartime as merely her Christian duty. But the quote underscores that what Vautrin accomplished was heroic to […]