Women Claiming the Streets, Women Claiming Community

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The streets have always been a site of political struggle, but this year, how women have been positioned on the streets is a lesson in community building and feminist solidarity. While the Ferguson, Missouri, protesters became a huge story in 2014—even coming close to being named Time‘s Person of the Year—few may remember just how […]

6 Applause-Worthy Pro-Choice Victories of 2014

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The war on abortion and reproductive rights has grown alarmingly in the past several years and there are anti-choice politicians and organizations who are obsessed with turning back the clock to a pre-Roe v. Wade era. But there are those on the frontlines who are fighting to maintain and advance reproductive rights. Despite the damage […]

Reasonable Doubt? Rolling Stone’s Missteps Fuel Disbelief of Rape Victims

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Not long ago, I overheard a snippet of conversation among my college students. Another professor had talked about rape in class that morning. The professor didn’t talk about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses or the egregious way that universities were addressing (or, rather, not addressing) reports of rape. Instead, a student said, […]

Military Rape Report Card: Still Failing

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The latest annual study on military sexual assault from the Department of Defense (DOD) shows that reports of such assault rose 8 percent since 2013. Perhaps even more striking, however, is that the incidence of retribution against those who report sex crimes is a stunning 62 percent. That means service members who came forward with […]

5 Reasons to Delete Your Uber App

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Uber, the ride-sharing app, has shown questionable respect for women and their safety, and it looks like public ire against the company is finally reaching critical mass. A story is quickly unspooling of a company that, despite a $18 billion valuation, manages to show a bankrupt sense of regard for women passengers, employees and journalists. […]

Why the Gun Industry Will Never Win Over American Women

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Gun manufacturers are waging a full-on marketing assault in a desperate attempt to pump new life into an industry in a four decades-long decline—and the target in their crosshairs is women. With the growth of women-driven consumer power and influence in social media circles, trigger-happy industrialists are eager to secure the demographic by re-branding firearms in […]

Dear Colleges: Keeping Rapists on Campus is Bad for Your Bottom Line

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A few years ago my husband and I welcomed a close family member onto the small liberal arts college campus where we both work—he as an administrator and me as a part-time professor. We are both alumni, raising our children steps from the campus. We were thrilled to have her and thankful for another set […]

What Wendy Davis’ Gubernatorial Bid Meant to Texas Women

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As a born-and-raised Texan, I’ve followed Wendy Davis from the night of her epic filibuster to her decision to run for governor up to Election Day. While live-streaming her be-sneakered filibuster from my Los Angeles apartment on the balmy night of June 25, 2013, I wished I could have been in the state Capitol for […]

Election 2014: Live-Blogging the Results

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Election day has finally arrived and we’ll be watching the polls closely to see which ballot measures pass and how women’s votes make an impact. Check back regularly for updates on wins, losses and runoffs! 12:26 am EST: That’s it for us tonight, more feminist news and analysis tomorrow! Thanks for all the love. 12:20 am EST: Oakland voters […]

The Private Life and Natural Feminism of Sally Ride

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  When astronaut/physicist Sally Ride passed away in 2012, her obituary revealed for the first time publicly that she was a lesbian. In the recently published biography, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, Lynn Sherr fills out the story of this American hero, who worked tirelessly during her lifetime to encourage girls and boys […]