What Wendy Davis’ Gubernatorial Bid Meant to Texas Women

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 […]

The Dangers of Mansplaining Abortion

Even mansplaining is bigger in Texas. “Mansplaining” was a New York Times Word of the Year after the publication of Rebecca Solnit’s classic essay “Men Explain Things to Me” back in 2008. Before long, the word had morphed to explain the experience of other groups who are often dismissed: whitesplaining, straightsplaining and, for those who […]

Grace Garcia, Texas Political Leader, Dies at 59

Grace Garcia, a powerful supporter of women political candidates, died Monday in a car crash outside Dallas at age 59. Garcia was instrumental in founding the National Latina Political Action Committee (PODER PAC) and advocated for abortion rights as executive director of Annie’s List, an organization that supports pro-choice, Democratic women candidates for state office in Texas. […]

10 Ways to Keep Up the Feminist Fight in 2014

The progress the feminist movement made in 2013 illuminates the progress we still need to make. In the following list, we celebrate the good of this year, and suggest where the road to equality should take us next: Women were allowed into combat this January, but the prevalence of sexual assault on the job—nearly one […]

Feminist Heroes of 2013

It’s hard to not get discouraged at a time when women are still fighting for the right to control their bodies, same-sex relations are criminalized in 76 countries, rape culture and victim-blaming run rampant and women are still trafficked for sex and slave labor around the globe. However, it’s important to take a moment to […]

13 Favorite Feminist Quotes of 2013

Here are quotes from celebrated women in 2013 that made us glow with feminist pride! It’s been a year of both triumphs and defeats for women worldwide, but one thing for certain is that there are lots of inspiring women who will never give up the fight. I have a daughter and I have granddaughters […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas Abortion Restrictions Ruled Unconstitutional

At the eleventh hour–a day before dozens of abortion clinics were going to be forced to close in Texas–a federal judge ruled that some of the state’s harsh new abortion restrictions were unconstitutional. While Gov. Rick Perry undercut Wendy Davis’ nearly 13-hour filibuster against a draconian anti-abortion bill in June by passing it in a […]

Clinic Doors Shutting on Texas Women

When Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed anti-abortion legislation into law in July—after stirring protests and state Sen. Wendy Davis‘s now-famed filibuster—women’s rights advocates warned that it would lead to the closure of numerous Texas clinics that provide abortions. The reason: They wouldn’t be able to meet the harsh, unnecessary regulations that require clinic doctors to […]

Wendy Davis Stands Out on The Latest Issue of Ms.

“I’m rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans who have been ignored.” This was how Sen. Wendy Davis opened her epic 13-hour filibuster before the Texas state Senate, taking a heroic stand (literally!) for reproductive justice. Ms. magazine is proud to salute Sen. Davis on the cover of our […]