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 […]

Carolyn Maloney Leads Charge for National Women’s History Museum

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The nation’s capital includes museums for the postal service, textiles and spies, but lacks a museum to recognize the rich history and accomplishments of women in the U.S. That could soon change with an upcoming vote on New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s bill, HR 863,  that would establish a Congressional commission to plan for […]

Where is the Next Generation of the Little Rock Nine?

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September 25, 1957. The Little Rock Nine—nine black high school students—were escorted by federal troops into Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., thus taking the first steps toward desegregating public schools in America. March 21, 2014: Fifty-seven years later, the Department of Education’s civil rights office released a report showing the staggering percentages of […]

Why Aren’t Stories Like “12 Years a Slave” Told at Plantation Museums?

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Watching 12 Years a Slave, winner of the best picture Oscar Sunday night, it was almost as if I were there at Edwin Epps’ cotton plantation in the 1840s, walking past the gorgeous white mansion in the lush, green Louisiana landscape. Surrounded by cypress trees, I could hear the cicadas, and very nearly feel the […]

Wisconsin, Don’t Fail Our Kids!

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“Girls and guys notice different things (boys: motion; girls: bright colors and people).” No, this isn’t a line found in a science textbook from the ’60s; this is what Somerset Middle School in Somerset, Wisc., used as evidence to support its sex-segregated classrooms. The ACLU has now filed a complaint with the federal Office for […]

A Pioneer in Women’s Studies: Lois Banner

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The young college students who have sat in Professor Lois Banner‘s women’s studies classes are lucky to be living at a time when the field isn’t as stifled and doubted as it was when she began teaching women’s studies in the late 1960s. The Women’s Movement was still in its nascent stages then, having freshly […]

Want Your Daughter to Succeed in Science? Have Her Swim With the Sharks!

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In 2012, for the fourth year in a row, women earned the majority of doctoral degrees awarded by U.S. universities—52.2 percent of the 67,220 doctorates, according to the Council of Graduate Schools. Broken down by field of study, women surpassed men in arts and humanities (53.6 percent of doctorates earned), education (67.6 percent), health sciences […]

Sex-Segregated K-12 Education? Again?

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Rarely a week goes by without a news story or blog post related to single-sex public K-12 education. Coverage often focuses on the ways in which girls and/or boys benefit from these settings and the research that allegedly supports these claims. All this numbs the mind of someone who remembers the passage of Title IX […]

Professor Arrested for Complaint Against Campus Display Comparing Abortion to Genocide

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Last Monday, State University of New York at Buffalo adjunct professor Laura Curry was arrested for what the Huffington Post has flippantly called a “profanity-laced tirade over a pro-life display on campus.” The display, installed by the so-called Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) in front of the highly trafficked Student Union, assaults unwitting students and faculty […]

Occidental College Takes on Rape Culture

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A group of Occidental College students and sexual assault survivors announced yesterday they will be represented by attorney Gloria Allred in a case against the college (an alma mater of President Barack Obama). This development comes at the same time that the Occidental Sexual Assault Coalition–having spent years documenting an unjust and illegal process–has submitted […]