Can a “Feminist Anthem” Ever Truly Be Feminist?

What makes a song feminist? And what’s the best way to acknowledge the movement’s complex and storied history without erasing anyone’s contributions or appearing ill-informed? Those were the tough questions tackled by the women of Saturday Night Live this weekend in a catchy tune called “This Is Not a Feminist Song.” The cast members—along with singer Ariana Grande—explain in […]

What Melissa Harris-Perry Has Taught Us About Black Women and Silence

Anyone who knows anything about the politics of black womanhood is familiar with how silence operates in relation to black women. And the past few weeks have provided us with an opportunity to consider black women and silence, or the lack thereof, thanks to TV show host Melissa Harris-Perry and her explosive fallout with MSNBC. Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou Presidential […]

6 Great Feminist Moments from the 2016 Oscars

Well, the Oscars happened. And while a lot of white people won awards, there was also plenty of commentary on racism and exclusion in Hollywood. Some of the night’s jokes were executed perfectly, others were downright offensive. Luckily, there were a few very powerful, stand-out feminist moments we’re proud to salute. Take a look at […]

7 Great Feminist Moments from Past Oscars Speeches

Awards season is in full swing and next on the agenda is the glamorous, controversial and #SoWhite Academy Awards. In honor of the Oscars’ more inclusive moments, we’ve rounded up a few of the most memorable feminist acceptance speeches of our time. “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this […]

Beyoncé as Conjure Woman: Reclaiming the Magic of Black Lives (That) Matter

The first image we see of Beyoncé, in her newly released video for her song “Formation,” is the pop star atop a New Orleans police car, partly submerged in flood water.  At once invoking the tragedy of post-Katrina devastation and police brutality—both extensions of state violence against black lives—Beyoncé strategically positions her body, clad in […]

How Samatha Bee’s New Late-Night Show is Tackling Gender Diversity Behind the Scenes

Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood Samantha Bee and her team for her new talk show, Full Frontal, are putting their money where their mouths are. “The talent is out there, so late-night shows need to stop saying, ‘Diversity is a priority’ and instead make it a reality,” Nell Scovell, a former writer for […]

7 British Feminist Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix in 2016

When we started to compile a list of binge-worthy feminist shows streaming on Netflix, we couldn’t help but notice that a huge number of them were produced in the U.K. So we’ve rounded up some of Britain’s best for your viewing pleasure—from murder mysteries to midwives. These seven programs explore the lives, loves, professions and aggravations of […]

5 Great Feminist Moments from the 2016 Golden Globes

We may have lost Amy and Tina as (the best-ever) hosts of the Golden Globes, but this year’s show included a number of great feminist moments. Take a look below for five of our faves! 1. Ricky Gervais called out Hollywood’s gender pay gap. Ricky Gervais kicked off the Globes with some highly offensive—and, thankfully, poorly received—transphobic jokes. But […]

“Transparent” Creator Jill Soloway: “Feminism Is Just About to Break Open”

If you’ve seen Jill Soloway’s Amazon show Transparent, you know why fans and critics alike are anxiously awaiting the Season Two premiere on Dec. 11. And if you’re still not on the Soloway bandwagon, you may decide to jump aboard after reading about the showrunner’s commitment to trans activism, and her take on modern feminism. Soloway appeared on […]

Marvel Steps Up Its Game With “Jessica Jones”

Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood I thought my superhero fatigue was incurable. Then I watched Marvel’s Jessica Jones. The Netflix show, which premiered Nov. 20 and stars Krysten Ritter, is an irresistible feminist noir. I didn’t actually plan to binge-watch all seven review episodes. But, like one of the victims of its mind-controlling […]