Obama Appoints First Woman Director of the Secret Service


The cinematic image of a Secret Service agent is a cheerless man of stocky build with thick sunglasses, whispering brusquely into his sleeve. He’s part of a traditionally imagined boy’s club, a masculine space where women are invisible. But in a historic move that may help disrupt the macho image and ethos that surrounds the […]

Happy Birthday, Gloria Steinem!!


At 79, Gloria Marie Steinem–one of the founding editors of Ms. magazine–still carries the torch for the feminist movement with the same grace, fervor and boundless energy that she has for 40-plus years. As a journalist, theorist, speaker and activist, she challenges and inspires us to keep our own energy fresh for fighting the good feminist […]

100 Years Later: The Harriet Tubman Symposium


We don’t know the exact date when the great and powerful Harriet Tubman (ca. 1820-1913) came into this temporal world, but we do know when she left it. One hundred years ago on this day, Harriet Tubman exhaled her final breath and spoke her last words to those at her side: “I go away to […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Revolutionary Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

It’s a story we’ve all been told: Small, quiet Rosa Parks refused to follow an Alabama bus driver’s order to give up her seat to a white passenger. Her subsequent arrest sparked the 1955-56 Montgomery Bus Boycott and cemented her position in American history textbooks as “the first lady of civil rights.” But the act of nonviolent […]

Pauline Philips, Beloved Columnist and Feminist, Dies at Age 94


Pauline Friedman Phillips, author of the beloved “Dear Abby” advice column, passed away on Wednesday. She was 94 years old. Pauline began dispensing what would become her classic no-nonsense-yet-caring advice under her pen name Abigail Van Buren in 1956, the year she got a job as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Before long […]

From Ms. Magazine to Top of the Media: We Heart Martha Nelson


Martha Nelson, who worked as an editor for Ms. magazine in the 1980s, has been named editor-in-chief of Time Inc. The company publishes 21 U.S. magazines, including TIME, PEOPLE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, FORTUNE and InStyle. She’s worked for the company for 20 years, most recently as editorial director. Most significantly, Nelson will be the first woman […]

Ride, Sally Ride: A Pioneer Dies, But Her Inspiration Lives On


In the late 1970s, Sally Ride spotted a newspaper ad from NASA calling for applicants to its space program. She immediately knew that, as a young, intelligent woman about to receive her Ph.D in physics at Stanford University, this ad was for her. “I’m one of those people,” she thought. People. Not men, which all […]

A Poem for Adrienne


Another obituary   We were filled with the strong wine of mutual struggle, one joined loud and sonorous voice.  We carried each other along revolting, chanting, cursing, crafting, making all new.   First Muriel, then Audre and Flo, now Adrienne.  I feel like a lone pine remnant of virgin forest when my peers have met […]

100 Years After Marie Curie Set Nobel Record, Why So Few Women in Science?


Marie Skłodowska-Curie, two-time Nobel Laureate, challenged scientific theories and generally accepted beliefs about women’s abilities, blazing a trail for generations of women scientists and professionals to come. But for women in science today, there is still much more trail that needs blazing. One hundred years ago, on December 10, 1911, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences […]

10 Reasons for Feminists To Be Grateful This Thanksgiving


I spend a lot of time on this blog pointing out the totally outrageous attempts of the anti-choice movement to take away women’s constitutionally guaranteed right to make their own medical decisions in private. As part of that, I admit that I often deliberately try to rile y’all up, because sometimes you’ve gotta get mad […]