“Yes Means Yes” Could Expand to California’s High Schools

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Recent years have seen a lot of national attention paid to the campus rape epidemic—something young women have had to contend with for decades. Activists like Emma Sulkowicz, Andrea Pino and Wagatwe Wanjuki have effectively mobilized at their universities to raise awareness of the administrative shortcomings that allow rape culture on campuses to flourish. Even […]

UNC Misses Opportunity to Honor Zora Neale Hurston

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As a feminist and student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am writing with a bitter taste in my mouth. I’ve spent months watching many friends, community members and inspirational student activists organize a movement to surmount institutionalized racism at our university by renaming a historical building—currently named after a chief Ku Klux […]

Mike Huckabee Gets Gender and Sexuality SO Wrong

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Leave it to Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) to remind us how little our society still understands and respects the transgender community. Despite America’s overwhelmingly positive reaction to Caitlyn Jenner, there are still many transgender people who, because they don’t conform to cisgender presentation norms, are seen as freaks, threats and sexual predators for simply […]

Transgender Activists React to Caitlyn Jenner’s Debut

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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 […]

Deflategate v. Domestic Violence: The NFL Fumbles (Again!)

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On Tuesday, in the wake of National Football League mega scandal Deflategate, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey mused, “I sure wish that the NFL would spend about a tenth of the time that it’s spending on this on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.” She has a point. On the one hand, deflating a […]

The Subversive Potential of Harriet Tubman on the $20

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The $20 bill is ubiquitous in U.S. currency. It’s what ATMs usually spit out at you, the cash you often have on hand when paying for groceries or movie tickets. Of course, when I’m tending to finances I can conveniently overlook the face that is currently stamped on it—seventh president Andrew Jackson, who was responsible […]

Warrior Women: Breaking New Ground on the Battlefield

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This Memorial Day, as we honor the United States servicemen and servicewomen killed in our country’s history, the debate surrounding women’s role in combat rages on. From World War I and II to Vietnam to the Persian Gulf War, women have demonstrated time and again their ability to hold their own on the battlefield. And […]

In Wake of Friend’s Death, Feminist Students File Title IX Complaint

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On Thursday morning, members of the University of Mary Washington campus group Feminists United—along with the Feminist Majority Foundation—filed a Title IX complaint charging university administrators with failing to protect students from a “sexually hostile school environment.” The students had endured months of sexual harassment in person and online through an anonymous social app called […]

Dolores Huerta: Still Fighting for Farmworkers’ Rights

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Legendary feminist and workers’ rights activist Dolores Huerta, who cofounded the United Farm Workers union with Cesar Chavez in the 1960s, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to sound the alarm on a common herbicide used on millions of acres of cropland in the U.S. that could be endangering the health and lives of the very […]

25 Years Ago: When Mills College Students Rallied to Keep It a Woman’s Institution

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Twenty-five years ago, on May 3, 1990, I stood with my classmates on the grassy meadow we walked through every day to get to class, waiting to hear the fate of our college. I was a freshman. Many of us were weary from the late-night meetings, phone calls and final attempts to persuade board members to vote […]