Weaving Women In

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The interview was supposed to be about my writing practice. But it quickly took a turn to be about social justice. Because most of my writing is about social justice in one way or another. Not necessarily intentionally; it just ends up that way because I write true stories about real people, often self-confessional. The […]

The Biggest Problem with the GOP Debate

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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 […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Moves One Step Closer to Reality

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Over outcry from women’s groups, environmentalists, health advocates, workers and LGBT organizations, the U.S Senate passed so-called “Fast Track” trade authority today, which will speed the way to corporate giveaways like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—hurting jobs, the environment and human rights. Fast Track will exclude Congress from a meaningful role in crafting trade agreements like the TPP. Agreements similar to the massive […]

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 […]

Women’s Suffrage: 95 Years Later and Still Much to be Done

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Following the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, women spent over seven decades tirelessly campaigning and organizing in efforts to secure the right to vote. Success came when Congress passed, and President Woodrow Wilson signed, the 19th Amendment in 1920. But women’s work did not stop there. Today, women continue to empower our electorate and democracy. In every presidential […]

Carrie Chapman Catt: Suffrage Pioneer

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Pioneering suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt was instrumental in the fight to ensure women’s suffrage and empower new […]

Lucretia Mott: “The Lioness of the Convention”

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. “It’s the will of God,” the men argued, waving Bibles in her face. But she knew better; […]

Trade Must Not Trump Women’s Human Rights

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Any deal that forces women and human rights to take a backseat to profit and trade should be a non-starter. But right now, the United States is negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement with 11 nations including Brunei, a country that recently adopted a vicious new penal code threatening the rights and […]

What Wendy Davis’ Gubernatorial Bid Meant to Texas Women

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As a born-and-raised Texan, I’ve followed Wendy Davis from the night of her epic filibuster to her decision to run for governor up to Election Day. While live-streaming her be-sneakered filibuster from my Los Angeles apartment on the balmy night of June 25, 2013, I wished I could have been in the state Capitol for […]

Election 2014: Live-Blogging the Results

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Election day has finally arrived and we’ll be watching the polls closely to see which ballot measures pass and how women’s votes make an impact. Check back regularly for updates on wins, losses and runoffs! 12:26 am EST: That’s it for us tonight, more feminist news and analysis tomorrow! Thanks for all the love. 12:20 am EST: Oakland voters […]