The Charleston Nine


Reprinted with permission from Insight News Even as the flowers fade, the hurt and pain of the atrocities that occurred here in Charleston, South Carolina on that bloody June Wednesday are very much alive. It is joined with the mixed emotions of those visiting the Mother Emanuel AME Church, which has now become a living […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Moves One Step Closer to Reality


Over outcry from women’s groups, environmentalists, health advocates, workers and LGBT organizations, the U.S Senate passed so-called “Fast Track” trade authority today, which will speed the way to corporate giveaways like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—hurting jobs, the environment and human rights. Fast Track will exclude Congress from a meaningful role in crafting trade agreements like the TPP. Agreements similar to the massive […]

UCLA Failed to Protect Students from Sexual Harassment, Lawsuit Says


Already one of 106 colleges and universities under investigation by the federal Department of Education for possible violations of Title IX, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) now faces a Title IX lawsuit by two graduate students. On June 11, Nefertiti Takla and Kristen Hillaire Glasgow filed the suit and demand for jury trial […]

“Yes Means Yes” Could Expand to California’s High Schools

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Recent years have seen a lot of national attention paid to the campus rape epidemic—something young women have had to contend with for decades. Activists like Emma Sulkowicz, Andrea Pino and Wagatwe Wanjuki have effectively mobilized at their universities to raise awareness of the administrative shortcomings that allow rape culture on campuses to flourish. Even […]

UNC Misses Opportunity to Honor Zora Neale Hurston

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As a feminist and student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am writing with a bitter taste in my mouth. I’ve spent months watching many friends, community members and inspirational student activists organize a movement to surmount institutionalized racism at our university by renaming a historical building—currently named after a chief Ku Klux […]

Mike Huckabee Gets Gender and Sexuality SO Wrong


Leave it to Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) to remind us how little our society still understands and respects the transgender community. Despite America’s overwhelmingly positive reaction to Caitlyn Jenner, there are still many transgender people who, because they don’t conform to cisgender presentation norms, are seen as freaks, threats and sexual predators for simply […]

Transgender Activists React to Caitlyn Jenner’s Debut


Caitlyn Jenner’s very public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair yesterday made #CallMeCaitlyn a trending hashtag on social media and skyrocketed the Olympic athlete, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, to a new record: fastest Twitter account to reach 1 million followers. Did Jenner make herself vulnerable with her magazine cover and earlier interview with […]

Deflategate v. Domestic Violence: The NFL Fumbles (Again!)


On Tuesday, in the wake of National Football League mega scandal Deflategate, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey mused, “I sure wish that the NFL would spend about a tenth of the time that it’s spending on this on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.” She has a point. On the one hand, deflating a […]

The Subversive Potential of Harriet Tubman on the $20


The $20 bill is ubiquitous in U.S. currency. It’s what ATMs usually spit out at you, the cash you often have on hand when paying for groceries or movie tickets. Of course, when I’m tending to finances I can conveniently overlook the face that is currently stamped on it—seventh president Andrew Jackson, who was responsible […]

Warrior Women: Breaking New Ground on the Battlefield


This Memorial Day, as we honor the United States servicemen and servicewomen killed in our country’s history, the debate surrounding women’s role in combat rages on. From World War I and II to Vietnam to the Persian Gulf War, women have demonstrated time and again their ability to hold their own on the battlefield. And […]