Once Upon a Time in the West


This fall, women are ruling political discussion in the United States. For one, Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina are dominating presidential primary headlines. And in late October, Suffragette, a star-studded film about the long and ultimately violent political struggle for British women’s right to vote, makes its U.S. premiere. While we’re pondering this relatively unknown […]

After the Oregon Shootings: A Campaign to Raise Healthy Sons


Again. This time, the scene was a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, 175 miles south of Portland. This time, nine people were murdered and the shooter committed suicide. This time, President Obama spoke out more forcefully than he did after Sandy Hook. This time, stronger alliances are forming to lobby Congress to pass stringent new […]

It’s Time to Axe the Tampon Tax


Each month for a good chunk of her life, a woman will pay out wads and wads of cash to deal with her period. Buying pads, tampons, menstrual cups—whatever products you choose—is pretty much a nonnegotiable for menstruating women. On top of the baseline fees, however, most countries around the world, including the U.S., charge what’s […]

In Honor of Women’s Equality Day: 9 Badass Suffragists


August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the date in 1920 that American women officially secured the right to vote. While Elizabeth Cady Stanton first rallied women to the cause of suffrage during the Seneca Falls convention, eventually inspiring her good friend and fellow activist Susan B. Anthony to take up the fight as well, […]

#NotOurStonewall Calls Out the White-Washing of LGBT History


Since the trailer for the film Stonewall was released earlier this month, it has faced mounting criticism from LGBT advocates. Many have accused filmmakers of erasing key roles played by trans people of color in the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. The film centers on the experiences of a fictional white, cisgender gay male named Danny […]

10 Title IX Activists We Love


Title IX, a federal law that prevents discrimination in educational institutions on the basis of sex, has helped thousands of students around the country file complaints against their universities when reports of campus sexual assault have been mishandled. In recent years, the federal government has increased its support for sexual assault survivors and taken steps to […]

The Juvenile Justice System is Failing Girls


More than 30 percent of girls in the juvenile justice system have been sexually abused, according to a new study issued by the Human Rights Project for Girls, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Ms. Foundation for Women. The study also found that LGBTQ girls and girls of color are disproportionately, and increasingly, represented in […]

The Charleston Imperative: Why Feminism and Antiracism Must Be Linked


This petition letter was reprinted with permission from the African American Policy Forum. Read the original here.  As we grieve for the nine African Americans who were murdered in their house of worship on June 17, those of us who answer the call of feminism and antiracism must confront anew how the evils of racism […]

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 […]

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 […]