Why Did Hulu Reject This Rape Survivor’s Political Ad?

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Amanda was enjoying her daily run when she was attacked and raped. Afterwards, she went to the hospital where she was immediately offered emergency contraception. In the video below, she shares her story in an ad paid for by the No On 67 campaign, and explains that she opposes Colorado’s personhood ballot measure—Amendment 67—because it would ban the […]

Virgin = Good Girl — Even When Pregnant

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Growing up in a Mexican household, sex was never talked about. It was considered common knowledge that good daughters don’t do “it.” So while watching the premiere of Jane the Virgin last night, it reminded me of my family and childhood. The new comedy series stars a young Latina, Jane Villanueva, who is saving herself for marriage. […]

The Mindy Project “Slips” Up on Consent

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In last night’s episode of The Mindy Project, the title, “I Slipped,” was an unfortunate harbinger of what was to come. The writers aimed high, covered the ambitious topic of consent, but ultimately fell down a slippery slope. After reading that Mindy and Danny were set to face a major relationship hurdle, I expected in-law meet-and-greets, […]

Movers, Shakers and “Makers”

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Beginning tonight, six new documentaries in the Makers series (a project of AOL) will be broadcast weekly on PBS. Each one focuses on “women who are trailblazers and have served as groundbreakers in their fields.” The new docs are follow-ups to last year’s three-part documentary on the women’s movement, Makers: Women Who Make America. The […]

How to Get Away with Dynamic Black Women Leads

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After the weeks of hype and speculation leading up to the premiere, How to Get Away with Murder was the show to watch Thursday night. Viola Davis stars as Annalise Keating, a law school professor and criminal defense attorney, whom you can tell from the get-go is not a person to be crossed. She expects 100 […]

8 Ways Digital Media Has Changed Women’s Lives

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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 […]

Angry or Complicated?: Misrecognizing Black Women

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Anyone who may have seen interviews with Shonda Rhimes, read her forthright speech on diversity on television, or watched her hit TV show Scandal, would not recognize her in Alessandra Stanley’s description of an “angry black woman.” It would be easy, actually, to become an “angry black woman” after reading Stanley’s New York Times review, but what such descriptors […]

Women on TV Making Headway? Not So Much

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If you think that there’s a gender disparity between women and men characters on TV, you’re right—and Martha Lauzen, Ph.D., can prove it. In her 17th annual Boxed In report, Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, shows that on broadcast networks, cable […]

5 Steps to Social Change Through Digital Engagement

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In the past decade, I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing women’s organizations, such as BlogHer, on digital media strategy—helping women candidates, leaders, organizers and activists to do their jobs in making positive changes globally, nationally and locally. Here are five key steps I’ve learned are essential for attaining meaningful digital engagement for […]

Dorothea Lange’s Unforgettable Social Truths

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You don’t want to miss Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, which premieres this Friday, August 29, on PBS’s American Masters series. You probably know Lange’s work from her photograph “Migrant Mother,” taken in 1936 at a pea picker’s camp in Nipomo, CA. The photo of a migrant working mother, stranded with children in […]