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If there is one thing of which Hillary Clinton has convinced me, it’s that she seriously gives a shit about making women’s voices heard. She is constantly making strides towards equality, but tomorrow she will specifically zero in on the voices of young women around the globe. Thanks to the Clinton Foundation, a new lecture series has been born to give Clinton and young women the opportunity to connect and discuss. Girls: A No Ceiling Conversation ... Read More
Remember Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative activist who worked tirelessly to defeat (and succeeded in defeating) the Equal Rights Amendment back in the 1970s? Well, she’s baaaaack!  And her sentiments, recently published in an op-ed for the Christian Post, are as troubling as ever. We “feminist friends [of President Barack Obama]” have really pissed her off this time.    In Schlafly’s view, the gender-based pay gap ... Read More
As women and especially as teenagers, we’re continuously told to hide our bodies; our clothes are deemed too low cut and too tight, and we are asked to present ourselves in ways that satisfy and placate others.    Allison Roth is a 17-year-old who wore a tank top to the gym and got scolded. As a member of Planet Fitness in Waterford Township, the young woman assumed that the facility and franchise would hold true to its mission to foster a ... Read More
If you have not already seen the World Toughest Job vid floating around your news feed, take a look before you read on. It's pretty damn sweet. This video is not only a clear reminder of the undeniable love and dedication required to be a parent and mother, but it is also a lesson about women's work. Labor has historically been divided along gender lines in families; women are in charge of the the home, and men handle outside work. Of course, ... Read More
My day was just ruined by a little viral video about men learning the science of seducing women. This video isn’t about how to get to know women, or listen to what they want or need, it's about straight up TRICKING THEM INTO BEING SEXUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY DEPENDENT ON YOU. Gosh, I know that sounds like the perfect relationship for every woman everywhere! I especially love that the video credits women’s super basic DNA and uncontrollable primal ... Read More
Want to know how hard it is just to make it through a month on nine dollars an hour as a single mom? Now you can with the game Spent. The object of this computer game, designed by the Urban Ministries of Durham and an advertising firm called McKinney, is to basically keep yourself and your kids alive. You do this by juggling your job, keeping up with house related errands, and making sure your child is getting everything he/she needs. All the while, you must pay ... Read More
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the mysterious and curious nature of feminist dating. No matter what gender you identify with, dating is complicated enough. Either in a long-term relationship or casually using Tinder, it can be hard to remain true to who you are. If we add the complicated issue of “How do I date when I’m a feminist and I’m trying to save the world?”, it can prove to be quite a challenge! Let’s break it ... Read More
Julia Louis-Dreyfus appears on the most recent cover of Rolling Stone Magazine wearing nothing but the preamble of the U.S Constitution - and perhaps a little more. Despite the misprinted John Hancock signature sitting right above Louis-Dreyfus's luminescent derriere, the image itself is rather shocking. At first I was a bit skeptical about the productiveness of Louis-Dreyfus's unexpected nudity, especially the photograph of a white-wigged fellow tattooing her ... Read More
Everyday, countless women are catcalled, harassed, and berated based solely on our gender. In a world where people shrug off sexism and claim that the feminist movement is no longer relevant, it helps to have a reminder like Everyday Sexism, a website devoted to chronicling submitted real-life experiences of girls and women.    The Guardian producer Leah Green set out to showcase the prevalence of sexual harassment in her new video, in which she ... Read More
  When we think of beauty pageants, we think of doe eyes, blond ringlets, and tiny waists; the bizarre ritual of choosing the most beautiful woman in the room seems antiquated and oppressive. But it turns out that prior to Women’s Liberation, pageantry was an even more surreal and shocking part of the American experience, and the queens provide insight into their contemporary social and political climate, cataloging the strange ways in which women were ... Read More
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