Why We Can’t Support Hotels Owned by the Sultan of Brunei

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Much of Hollywood’s money goes to the Beverly Hills Hotel as it’s a popular spot for conferences, galas, award ceremonies and fundraisers. However, the tony hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection, a hotel group owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, dictator of the Southeast Asian nation, Brunei. It has recently come to light that the […]

10 Years Ago Today, We Marched in Numbers Too Big to Ignore!

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Ten years ago today, I marched through Washington, D.C., past the White House, with my sister (and Ms. Blogger) Melissa and my 8-year-old nephew Isaac. OK, young Isaac didn’t make it the whole way, but my sister was determined that her son’s first experience supporting women’s rights and social justice be a big one. And […]

Celebrate International Anti-Street Harassment Week!

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Amy-Louise had her first experience with street harassment at the age of 13 when a boy groped her while she was walking home from school. She, like many women, has been so traumatized by a lifetime of sexual harassment that she struggles with severe anxiety and only feels safe in public when accompanied by her […]

25 Reasons We Love Gloria Steinem on Her 80th Birthday

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1. She co-founded Ms. magazine 2. She said, “A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.” 3. She used her skill has a journalist to explain and fight for women’s rights. 4. She went undercover as a Playboy Bunny not to write a sexy story but to expose harsh, […]

Forgotten Heroes and Incomplete Victories

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Nancy Pelosi isn’t the only one who’s been visited by the suffragists. In fact, they came to see me first. While I was writing a paper late one night, they appeared in my dining room. Tell our story. Don’t just do an academic exercise, they insisted. “That’s not what the professor assigned,” I argued, rubbing […]

Gloria Steinem: Why Our Revolution Has Just Begun

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If I had to pick a couple of myths about the women’s movement that are most wrong, I think two might be tied for worst place. One is that this movement—also known as women’s liberation, feminism, womanism, mujerista!, grrrls and more—is only for white middle-class women. The second myth is that women of the ’70s […]

How Many of These Early Black Feminists Do You Know?

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Though black feminists have wielded social media to make willful strides into public consciousness, black feminism is nothing new. The challenge of being doubly oppressed as a black woman has always colored feminist conversations, and minority women rarely have the luxury of fighting solely on behalf of their gender. The question of intersectionality predates hashtags […]

10 Ways to Keep Up the Feminist Fight in 2014

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The progress the feminist movement made in 2013 illuminates the progress we still need to make. In the following list, we celebrate the good of this year, and suggest where the road to equality should take us next: Women were allowed into combat this January, but the prevalence of sexual assault on the job—nearly one […]

#FastFoodStrikes: A Report From 5 Cities

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Yesterday fast-food workers in more than 100 cities across the U.S. made good on their promise to strike against the corporations that rake in billions on the backs of their low-wage labor. Starting at 6 a.m., before the sun had even risen in some cities, protesters began organizing and rallies began. Carrying signs that read […]

Black Women, White Women and the Solidarity Question

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If [Lily Allen] cannot employ women of color in her obvious attempt to call attention to the system by amplifying its absurdity, and she can’t ever critique women of color in any way via satire with legitimacy or without horizontal hostility presented as feminist criticism, we as feminists have a problem. So wrote a former […]