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 […]

Once Upon a Mattress

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When thinking of the most intimate spaces in life, one’s bed certainly makes the list. It’s a comforting place, symbolically representing privacy and self. But what happens when that space is interrupted, desecrated? Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz comes right to the point in an interview with the Columbia Daily Spectator: I was raped in […]

It’s Time to #FlushRushNow — Once and For All!

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh reached new levels of woman-hating on Monday when he declared that “‘No’ means ‘yes’ if you know how to spot it.” Yes, you read that right. Limbaugh, in mocking Ohio State University’s proposed new definition of sexual consent (which requires both parties to consent every step of the way and discuss […]

Shout It From a Billboard: Street Harassment NOT Cool

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When was the last time you saw a billboard flashing messages about consent, respecting women or street harassment? I’d guess never. I had never seen one either, until a few days ago when I drove to Lancaster, Penn., and stood in front of a digital billboard along Dillerville Rd. displaying these three messages. As an […]

On Women’s Equality Day, ALL Lives Matter

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Today, we join thousands of women across the country to commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Ending those restrictions created pathways for women to have a say in the decisions that shape our futures. A robust women’s movement moved Congress in 1971 […]

5 Ways to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day!

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In 1971, at the behest of then-Congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.), Congress declared Aug. 26 the first ever Women’s Equality Day. The particular date was chosen to commemorate the final ratification of the 19th amendment—which, in 1920, recognized women’s right to vote—and has been celebrated every year since. The President gives a proclamation on Aug. 26 each year […]

The Second Wave of Backlash Against Anti-Rape Activism

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In the past two years, anti-rape activists have put campus sexual assault on the national policy agenda—but in recent months, the backlash against these efforts has intensified. A band of political conservatives are now openly challenging the existence of the campus rape epidemic and denigrating survivors, including talk show hosts Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham, columnists George […]

A Brief History of Sexual Violence Activism in the U.S.

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In the past year, survivor-activists and allies have effectively put sexual violence on the national agenda, spurring White House, congressional, and state-level policy action. Movement leaders have worked tirelessly to make this happen, namely, Wendy Murphy, Alexandra Brodsky, Wagatwe Wanjuki, Annie E. Clark, Laura Dunn, Andrea Pino, S. Daniel Carter, and Dana Bolger. These leaders have created awareness and momentum through hands-on survivor assistance, lobbying, petitions and the creation of new […]

Pro-Choice Battleground Shifts from New Orleans to Jackson

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Activists who spent the last week defending abortion clinics, doctors and patients against anti-choice extremists in New Orleans have moved onto the next reproductive rights battleground: Jackson, Miss. There are currently defending the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in the state, and were a presence at the courthouse Monday where the trials of  several […]

Pro-Choice Activists Hold Their Ground in New Orleans

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The battle between pro-choice activists and abortion opponents rages on in the Big Easy. Anti-choice extremists have descended on the city this week, protesting at women’s health clinics and outside of abortion doctors’ homes. On Thursday, in a peaceful response to the harassment and intimidation they’ve faced from extremist group Operation Save America, about 100 activists […]