10 Title IX Activists We Love


Title IX, a federal law that prevents discrimination in educational institutions on the basis of sex, has helped thousands of students around the country file complaints against their universities when reports of campus sexual assault have been mishandled. In recent years, the federal government has increased its support for sexual assault survivors and taken steps to […]

Family-Planning Funding Is at Risk: Here’s What You Need to Know


Reprinted with permission from Health Affairs Blog The Title X national family planning program was created 45 years ago with broad bipartisan support. Today, Congress has Title X—still the only federal grant program dedicated entirely to family planning and related preventive health care—in its sights for severe funding cuts or even elimination. The U.S. House […]

The Biggest Problem with the GOP Debate


Reprinted with permission from American Association of University Women It’s official: Election season has begun. With an estimated 10 million viewers representing 16 percent of U.S. TV-owning households, the first primetime presidential debate of the 2016 election season was the most-watched primary debate in history. But there was one huge omission: women. The absence of women […]

Blazing a Trail Toward Girls’ Empowerment


This summer, four Stanford students are packing their custom-kitted RV, hitting the road and plugging a new kind of destination into their GPS: girl power. Equipped with a blazing passion for learning and an unstoppable drive to help cultivate the women leaders of tomorrow, Girls Driving For A Difference (GDD) co-founders Katie Kirsch and Jenna Leonardo, with friends […]

Obamacare Is Saving Women Big Bucks on Contraception


A new study published in the July issue of Health Affairs has found that the Affordable Care Act provision requiring insurance coverage of contraceptives is saving women a significant amount of money. For the oral contraceptive pill, average out-of-pocket costs fell from $33.58 from June 2012 to $19.84 in June 2013, according to the report. For an intrauterine device […]

Meet Caroline VanSickle: Feminist Biologist

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Last year, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison extended an unusual job offer to scientist Caroline VanSickle: to join the country’s—and likely the world’s—first-ever endowed fellowship for feminist biology. If you’ve never heard of feminist science or feminist biology, you’re not alone. While the field of feminist science is far […]

The Juvenile Justice System is Failing Girls


More than 30 percent of girls in the juvenile justice system have been sexually abused, according to a new study issued by the Human Rights Project for Girls, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Ms. Foundation for Women. The study also found that LGBTQ girls and girls of color are disproportionately, and increasingly, represented in […]

The Charleston Imperative: Why Feminism and Antiracism Must Be Linked


This petition letter was reprinted with permission from the African American Policy Forum. Read the original here.  As we grieve for the nine African Americans who were murdered in their house of worship on June 17, those of us who answer the call of feminism and antiracism must confront anew how the evils of racism […]

Is Serena Williams’ Body More Important than her Record?


Serena Williams just won her sixth Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam title. The world number-one singles player has won almost as many Grand Slams as the rest of the Women’s Tennis Association combined. She is literally and figuratively on top of the world. But it seems like the media would rather talk about her body than […]

Why the NBA’s #LeanInTogether Campaign Is Off-Balance

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You’ve probably seen it: a commercial featuring NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Stephen Curry alongside WNBA players Skylar Diggins, Swin Cash, Sue Bird and Elena Della Donne. There are prideful smiles as most of the male players hold up placards featuring the hashtag #LeanInTogether and a list of the women in […]