BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 01, 2013
Today, as the state of Texas wakes up, its citizens may find more than 1/3 of its abortion clinics suddenly shut down.
The worst part is, this ridiculous new measure wasn't even supposed to happen in the first place. Earlier this week, the Texas law that would potentially close many of the state's aforementioned abortion clinics was nixed by a federal judge. Now, just four days later, the decision has been reversed.
According to the New York Times' report, ... Read More
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Luckily, that’s just what a few brave women in Saudi Arabia are doing in the hopes of finally lifting the ban against female drivers. According to NPR, Saudi women are continuously posting videos of themselves driving on YouTube, and have chosen Saturday, October 26th as a day for women in the country to rally together and drive.
Although women say that officials have lightened up on their ... Read More
Despite the last decades’ progress, we have a ways to go before we live in an equal world: “we [women] make less money, have more difficulty accessing education and affordable healthcare and face much more violence,” writes TIME’s Jessica Roy. UN Women, a sector of the UN that spotlights women’s issues, recently released a new ad campaign that expresses just how unequally the global community treats women.
The ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 21, 2013
Disenfranchise: verb. to deprive of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity; especially : to deprive of the right to vote.
The Texas GOP is putting that word to use in the sneakiest way possible: starting November 5th, a voter must show identification with his or her most current, legally recognized name. I say his or her...but when was the last time a "he" you know had a name different from as it reads on his birth certificate? Rather, this new law ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 30, 2013
In Saudi Arabia, it is forbidden for a woman to get behind the wheel of a car. It seems silly, but sheikh Salah al-Luhaydan justifies this ban with irrevocable science: “[Driving] could have a reverse physiological impact. Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis.”
The law forbidding women from driving has been in effect since 1932, A.K.A. the ... Read More
In college courses, I studied Asian American women and their vast contributions to feminism. Oppressed both as women and as Asian-Americans, amazing ladies have fought for their civil rights since the days of the Transcontinental Railroad (and before). But we have a long way to go before we truly embrace what Asian-American women have to contribute to feminist discourse, and we can start by hearing what racial justice advocate Lindsey Yoo has to ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors.
A British man named Richard Thomas was just sentenced to five years and four months in prison for raping a woman while she slept. But that wasn’t the only consequence of his actions. A BBC news article reports that Thomas reportedly collapsed when the police informed him that he might have contracted HIV from his victim.
Test results will ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jul 17, 2013
We've been closely following the work and status of admirable teenager Malala Yousafzai ever since we first heard reports of her attack back in October. The 15-year-old advocate for women's education rights was gunned down by the Taliban, shooting her in the neck and head. She amazingly survived this awful crime and has been continuing to speak her mind and raise awareness for these pressing issues ever since.
Now Davis Guggenheim, of Waiting for ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jul 16, 2013
In this video, UNICEF asked several women from many different backgrounds the same question: What's it like to be a girl or a woman today? From different countries all over the world, the interviewees are both young and old, but all bring a profound perspective to the burning issue. Some are more optimistic than others, but mostly arrived at a similar conclusion. (While a USA resident happily declares, "I have the same opportunities as a man," a middle-aged woman ... Read More
Apparently mannequins are the reason men rape women.
I’m sorry...WHAT?! I wish this was a joke, but no - popular opinion in Mumbai is pushing the government to ban lingerie-clad mannequins from storefronts. Yes, those plastic people. They say the mannequins get men too excited and cause them to go out into the street with a need to rape and abuse women and girls.
Many people in Mumbai are absolutely furious with these accusations. Being highly ... Read More