From the Salem Witch Trials to Desiree Fairooz: On the Criminalization of Female Laughter

In January, Desiree Fairooz was arrested for laughing during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing. It seems ridiculous—but her indictment is not without precedent.

100 Years Ago, The South Elected Its First Woman Mayor

In 1916, 33-year-old widow Marian Newhall Horwitz made the difficult decision to leave her affluent Philadelphia life behind and move to frontier Florida.

Remembering Sheila Michaels, Champion of “Ms.” and Equality

Michaels, who passed away on June 22, was a champion for women’s equality—and an insistent advocate for the adoption of “Ms.” not just in the feminist movement, but the mainstream.

Ladies in Space: Women Make Up Nearly Half of NASA’s 2017 Astronaut Class

The women chosen for this year’s astronaut class—Zena Cardman, Jasmin Moghbeli, Jessica Watkins, Loral O’Hara and Kayla Barron—are the new idols of this generation.

Never the Ingénue: A Tribute to Carrie Fisher

I wanted to be Marie, not Sally. Who wants to be the ingénue when you can live an interesting life, battle your demons and, at the end of the day, be remembered for always being different?

Remembering Sandra Lee Bartky as We Fight On

Among those lost in 2016 is one of the leading feminist intellectual minds of women’s interior lives—but her work can and should inspire the next generation.

Nasty Women, Meet Gobby Women

Trump’s “nasty woman” remark at the last debate was rooted in a long tradition of misogyny, and you need look no further than the Glasgow Women’s Library to prove it.

Remembering Mary Eastwood

Reprinted with permission from Veteran Feminists of America Veteran Feminists of America mourns the passing of Mary Eastwood, a founder of NOW and a member of VFA’s board since day one. Mary died at her home in Madison, Wisconsin October 11, 2015 of congestive heart failure. Mary was a cohort of the late, great Catherine East, VFA’s first honoree, who had […]

Remembering Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs, accomplished author, feminist, tireless community organizer and champion of civil rights, died “peacefully in her sleep” yesterday at her home in Detroit. She was 100 years old. Born June 27, 1915 in Providence, Rhode Island to Chinese immigrants, Boggs grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. At 16, she enrolled in Barnard College, graduating in 1935 […]

Women Win Record Number of National Medals

President Obama will award the 2014 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to a record number of women this year. For the first time since both medals began to be awarded—in 1997—more than 50 percent of recipients are women. Out of a total of 18 individuals receiving arts and humanities medals this year (not […]

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