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 […]

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 […]

Texas Tech’s Run-In with Rape Culture

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Located in northwest Texas, the city of Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University and its 33,000 students—plus an all-too-familiar campus rape problem. Over the weekend of September 20, images from a party hosted by the Texas Epsilon Chapter of Phi Delta Theta were leaked to the website Total Frat Move. The first image showed […]

Why Colleges Won’t (Really) Address Rape Culture

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One in five women and 6 percent of men will face sexual assault/rape during their time in college. But no college in the U.S. has come up with a plan to effectively shift rape culture on their campus. It’s not an impossible task, but it is fraught with competing political and economic pressures. Below, we […]

California Steps Up for Sexual Assault Survivors

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Reports have consistently shown that 1 in 5 college women will experience sexual violence at some point during their university careers, and more attention has been paid to the crisis in recent months. The Obama administration has taken action to combat campus rape, and California is doing its part to move the needle as well. […]

Affirmative Action Survives Texas Court Challenge

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Affirmative action survived a federal appellate court challenge in Texas on Tuesday. In a 2-1 split, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the University of Texas at Austin can consider race in its admissions process. Writing for the three-judge panel, Judge Patrick Higginbotham wrote, “We find force in the argument that race here […]

“It’s Everyone’s Job to Prevent Sexual Violence”

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There was no one scandal that prompted Nowmee Shehab, 22, to become heavily engaged in efforts at Emory University to create a supportive environment for survivors of sexual assault. She readily acknowledges that she doesn’t have a single, all-encompassing answer to the question of why she first got involved. Elizabeth Neyman, 21, will be a […]

Can California Lead Charge Against Campus Rape?

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The University of California prides itself on being one of the best public university systems in the country. It boasts that its 10 schools attract the “best and brightest,” and that its students consistently expand the horizons of research. Two of its undergraduate campuses are ranked among the top 25, six among the top 50 and […]

Columbia Students Take Campus Rape Into Their Own Hands

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Last week, a list of names entitled “Sexual Assault Violators on Campus” appeared on the wall of a women’s restroom at Columbia University. The list was subsequently removed by school officials, however, it quickly reappeared several times in the bathroom of a different building, this time more glaringly titled “Rapists on Campus“. The Columbia “Rapist […]

Why Feminists Need to Take Over School Boards

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Actress Shailene Woodley is this week’s “She’s not a feminist!” It Girl.  When asked her opinion about feminism, Woodley expressed her belief that it’s a bad thing and requires hating men. There are no sparkly Feminist Fairies running around sprinkling Feminist Fairy Dust on girls and boys. No Feminist Mindmelders transferring feminist history by osmosis. Feminists don’t […]