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A young American woman strolls down a side street of Florence, Italy.  Along the way men jeer at her, shouting crude complements in the hopes of catching her eye for just a moment.  She is unfazed outwardly, her scarf a protective shield from their world as she continues on her way.  Although this image is from 1951, it could easily have happened today.  When I first saw this picture I empathized completely with the woman, and not only because ... Read More
  A superhero has been unmasked!  Namely, the patriarchy-smashing Twitter superhero of feminism, the Feminist Hulk (@feministhulk)!  In an interview with Ms. Magazine, the Feminist Hulk came out as 28-year-old Jessica Lawson.  Lawson is a new mother as well as a Ph.D English Lit candidate at the University of Iowa.  Lawson describes herself as a “white, vegan, queer, woman-identified female.”  She released the Feminist ... Read More
Ladies, meet Peg Aloi. If you've been reading the internets in the past week, you may recognize her as the writer  who got the knitting, gardening, cupcake-baking, and feminist-thinking blogosphere in an uproar over an article she published at Huffington Post in which she asked, “Tough Gals: Do they still exist?” There, she basically called everything that is considered girly “weak,” and really pissed off a universe of cupcake baking, ... Read More
New York City Council Member Letitia James, NOW, Permanent Wave, and other women's advocacy groups have banded together to organize tonight's rally and press conference to request continuation of Nafissatou Diallo's case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.  Three months after the indictment and arrest of Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has decided to ask a judge to dismiss the case. Nafissatou Diallo ... Read More
More than 75% of American women who are employed work full-time jobs. In the Netherlands, nearly 60% of working women are employed part-time. While it may not be possible to pinpoint all of the reasons for this discrepancy, these are two different statistics, denoting clearly different job cultures. In the United States, most young women are raised to be career-oriented and taught to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks in the workforce. Part-time Dutch ... Read More
 A southwestern Missouri school district is feeling the heat as comments of denial circulate regarding the federal lawsuit that seeks punitive damages from school officials who allegedly failed to protect a 7th grade student from sexual assault. The lawsuit was filed on July 5, 2011, against the Republic School District in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.The student, identified as a 7th grade special education student, claims that ... Read More
 I just love Gloria Steinem!  I was given more reasons to love her last night, after watching the new HBO documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words.  Gloria is the prime example of “the personal is political.”  Throughout the film she offers very personal anecdotes from her life.  Through her intimate accounts with the viewer, it’s almost like having a conversation, as well as a history lesson, with her in your living room. At one point she describes ... Read More
Clear all of your plans - you and I have a very special date with the TV tonight. At 9pm, HBO will be airing its highly-anticipated documentary on one of the most recognized crusaders of the women's liberation movement, Gloria Steinem. Produced and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Kunhardt and co-produced by HBO's Sheila Nevins, 'Gloria: In Her Own Words' will feature rare photos and press clips from over the decades, as well as in-depth interviews with ... Read More
Oh for F's sake! Yet another post comes out of the woodwork with the same-old same-old, tired-old tired-old idiotic hypothesis. Peg Aloi's HuffPo post, published yesterday, titled "Tough Gals: Do They Still Exist?" basically boils down to the same thing old Henry Higgins asks in My Fair Lady:" Why can't a woman be more like a man?" Aloi is unhappy that women are "girly" again. Her evidence of contemporary women's girliness is that some of us like cupcakes, ... Read More
She was possibly the most badass woman in the history of World War II. One of the most decorated WWII servicewomen, Nancy Wake led 7,000 maquisards - armed resistance fighters -  in battles against the Nazis. She rode a bicycle for more than 500 miles through several German checkpoints to replace codes her wireless operator had been forced to destroy in a raid. She even killed an SS sentry with her bare hands - a fatal karate chop - to prevent him from ... Read More