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What Women-Led Movies Can Do for Hollywood

In 2012, women made up a larger share of moviegoers than men, and yet there's a general consensus in Hollywood that women-focused films—which attract women to movie theaters—are bad for business. In fact, the myth is so pervasive that former Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov once declared that his company would stop making films with women leads altogether. But there's proof that films featuring strong women … [Read More...]

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Five Feminist Poems for National Poetry Month: 2. “Rose and Snow Tell the Field Their Troubles”

In our second poem for this year's National Poetry Month, poet Jenny Factor voices two familiar female protagonists, Rose-Red and Snow White. “Rose and Snow Tell the Field their Troubles” is a persona poem: The poet uses the voice of another character—here, the mythical characters from the Grimm fairy tales—to narrate a story. Giving new voices to female characters from mythology, fairy tales and the Bible is a … [Read More...]

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Pigs and Prudes: Skirting the Lawyers’ Dress Code

As if passing the bar wasn't hard enough, women lawyers and law students are faced with contradictory and often unwritten dress-code rules. First of all, every court has its own set of dress expectations. For example, the Tennessee Supreme Court has rules for how long the sleeves on a woman's jacket should be. And at a 2010 Chicago Bar Association "fashion show," the Association told women never to wear pink, show … [Read More...]

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Women Journalists Shot in Afghanistan as Elections Get Underway

Two women journalists were shot in Afghanistan Friday—one fatally—while reporting on preparations for the country's upcoming election. Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer, and Kathy Gannon, an AP reporter who covered the Taliban's treatment of women and girls doggedly, were observing election workers in the eastern city of Khost when an Afghan policeman approached, yelling "Allahu … [Read More...]

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“Are My Pants Lowering Your Test Scores?”

When I was a junior in high school, I received my first detention. My offense? Wearing jeans with holes in the knees. I had to, embarrassingly, walk around the rest of the day with duct tape covering them. Seems like a pretty ridiculous reason to be pulled out of school, right? Well, there's a similar dress-code war being waged at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Ill.: Administrators want to ban leggings—worn … [Read More...]

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Probation for Raping a 3-Year-Old?

A mind-boggling report in a Delaware newspaper recently revealed that Robert H. Richards IV, heir to the DuPont chemical fortune, pleaded guilty in 2009 to raping his then-3-year-old daughter, but got off without a lick of jail time. Instead, Judge Jan Jurden sentenced him to eight years probation. Richards' crime—fourth-degree rape—is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years behind bars; he was … [Read More...]

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President Obama Takes a Stand for Women on Equal Pay Day

Women in the U.S. make roughly one-third less than men doing the same jobs, which means it would take a woman from January 1 to April 8 the following year (or more than 15 months) to earn what a man does in 12 months. That’s why workers across the country recognize today as Equal Pay Day—a reminder […]

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NEWSFLASH: Fast-Food Workers Protest Wage Theft

Fast-food workers nationwide have come together this week to protest wage theft at chains including McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s. Protesters report having been pressured to work while off the clock, purchase restaurant-related items, such as dish-washing liquid, out of their own pockets and work overtime without proper compensation. The rallies took place across the […]

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Probation for Raping a 3-Year-Old?

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“Dear Student, There’s Been A Sex Assault on Campus … “

Every couple of weeks I open my college email and the first message I see … ...

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When Cops Rape Crime Victims

Just this month, three police officers in different cities have been … ...

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“Are My Pants Lowering Your Test Scores?”

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Make Room On the Runway For These Transgender Models

When you look at the photos from Barneys New York's recent ad campaign, … ...

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Dear Men, Here is a New Kind of Fantasy

Dear Men: Here is a new kind of fantasy. It is about a new kind of … ...

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What Women-Led Movies Can Do for Hollywood

In 2012, women made up a larger share of moviegoers than men, and yet … ...

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Five Feminist Poems for National Poetry Month: 2. “Rose and Snow Tell the Field Their Troubles”

In our second poem for this year's National Poetry Month, poet Jenny Factor … ...

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Venus in Fur: Is It Good for the Feminists?

Before I met 36-year old Chicago-based director Joanie Schultz, I never … ...

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U.S. Army Releases “Racially Biased” Hairstyle Regulations

Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the National Guard in Georgia has always plaited her … ...

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Celebrate International Anti-Street Harassment Week!

Amy-Louise had her first experience with street harassment at the age of 13 … ...

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Where is the Next Generation of the Little Rock Nine?

September 25, 1957. The Little Rock Nine—nine black high school … ...

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