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The Many Ways Women Are Beaten Down in America

Despite all the successes of women, and despite their having earned the right to economic equality, the white male establishment has prevailed, like a schoolyard bully muscling lunch money from the smarter but weaker kids.

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VIDEO: Why Idealism Isn’t Just for Dreamers

In today’s political world, idealism is seen as the enemy of realism and getting things done. But, British journalist Gary Younge argues, idealism is absolutely necessary for society to continue progressing into the world we want to see. It’s what makes things that seem impossible today the reality of the future.

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 READ MORE

Gender Equality Would Add 26%, or $28 Trillion, to Global GDP, Report Says

A new report reveals that even though they make up half the population, women generate just 37 percent of world GDP. The potential gain from economic gender equality would roughly equal the U.S. and Chinese economies combined.

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Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women’s Issues

Sanders understands that women’s struggles can’t be compartmentalized into issue silos. That’s why he has long eschewed counterfeit gestures of “gender diversity” in favor of genuine social equality.

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The Case for Universal Basic Income

Support for a universal basic income is growing. In Europe, for example, the Dutch city of Utrecht is about to introduce an experiment that aims “to challenge the notion that people who receive public money need to be patrolled and punished.” Here, the political, philosophical and economic arguments are made clear.

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VIDEO: Women’s Equality Day: Whatever Happened to the Equal Rights Amendment?

Wednesday marks the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S. But let’s not forget that the U.S. Constitution still does not guarantee equal rights for women. This video examines why the ERA, despite having been written in 1923, still hasn’t passed.

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Black Lives Matter Movement Offers Badly Needed Lessons on Electoral Politics

We need to stop putting our favorite candidates on a pedestal. Instead, as Black Lives Matter has shown recently, progressives need to set the agenda and force candidates to follow.

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Women Are Judged Much More Harshly Than Men for Similar Assertiveness at Work

A new study rates women who come across as angry or critical as 35 percent less competent and worth $15,000 less in pay than those who are less aggressive. Comparable behavior by men costs them only about half as much in perceived fair compensation.

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Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

Despite his efforts to champion his constituency — the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women — the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Early Marriage Rights Champion Gavin Newsom

When the then-mayor of San Francisco ordered his city to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, he helped put the United States on the course that culminated in this week’s historic Supreme Court decision to recognize the marriage rights of gay couples nationwide.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE

Actor Mark Ruffalo’s Sharp, Smart Response to ‘Ignorant’ Non-Feminists

The “Avengers” actor hits back at what he calls the “‘I am not a feminist’ Internet phenomenon.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE

Why Ireland’s ‘Yes’ Vote Matters So Much

There is much more to be done before Ireland can make wider claims to equality, but the long-time-coming sexual rights revolution is finally changing the nation’s landscape of Catholic morality.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Vote

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Arkansas Defies Widespread Outrage by Passing Its Own ‘Religious Freedom’ Act

Arkansas, following Indiana’s lead, has adopted a hugely controversial, “anti-gay” Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Uber’s Plan to Win Over Women Backfires

The United Nations has withdrawn from a partnership with controversial ridesharing app Uber over fears for women’s safety.

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

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Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

What was lost during the endless battles over abortion, Katha Pollitt writes in her new book, was not only the right to abortion, but a larger feminist claim for sexual freedom, economic equality and social independence.

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‘Our Egalitarian Eden’

“Hunter-gatherers—and presumably all our ancestors—lived as equals,” explains a brief Science magazine survey of the accumulated research into the socioeconomic conditions that prevailed across the vast majority of human existence.

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The Practical Choice: Not American Capitalism or ‘Welfare State Socialism’

For years Americans have assumed that our hard-charging capitalism is better than the soft-hearted version found in Canada and Europe.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE

Open Systems and Glass Ceilings

Take a look at gender and the Web comes quickly into focus, leaving you with a vivid sense of which direction the Internet is heading in and—small hint—it’s not toward equality or democracy.

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Equal Pay

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Equal Pay Day

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England, Wales OK Gay Marriage

Parliament has cleared the way for same-sex unions to begin in half of the United Kingdom.

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Wedding Bells

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Equal Justice

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A New American Rebellion

As the Supreme Court debated this week over the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Antonin Scalia noted the number of states that are permitting gays and lesbians to marry. "There has been a sea change," he said, "between now and 1996." He was right about that, but it’s not just gay marriage.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Augusta Golf Club Admits First 2 Female Members

By inviting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to join, the Augusta National Golf Club has finally entered the 21st century.

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AP / Pat Wellenbach

Is It Lady Who’s Gaga or the Senate?

We live in two simultaneous but radically incongruous realities, where undemocratic arrangements negotiated in the 18th century contend with commercial media industries that covet the enlightened youth.

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Fashion Police: France Votes to Ban the Burqa

The French Senate voted 246-1 Tuesday to make it illegal for women to wear garments that cover their entire faces. The measure, if greenlighted by a constitutional body, will affect only a few thousand people, but its implications for religious freedom and women’s rights have attracted international interest.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE

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Whites Are 5 Times Richer Than Blacks, Study Finds

A study out of Brandeis University has determined that white Americans have roughly five times the wealth of black Americans of similar class, owing largely to greater economic opportunity. The results are worse than expected and suggest that America is backsliding in an important indicator of racial equality.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE

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How Rude: France Condemns the Veil

It isn’t an outright ban—yet—but the French parliament agreed unanimously (except for 30 protesters who walked out) to condemn the face veil worn by some Muslim women as “an affront to the nation’s values of dignity and equality.”

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE

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Cristina Nehring on the New Erotic Fundamentalism

Are Americans sacrificing the possibility of a more tolerant humanity for a suffocating guarantee of fidelity, a frigid prospect that seemingly unites the commissars of the politically correct left as much as it does the thought police of the puritanical right?

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE


Racial Row in Freemasonry

Not only are the Freemasons a bit weird, some are also a bit racist. The admittance of Victor Marshall, a 26-year-old African American, to a chapter in Atlanta last year caused many Georgian Freemasons to seek to revoke the charter of Marshall’s chapter, sparking a legal battle over equality in this new “post-racial” world.

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE

A Dubious Equality for Women

What wasn’t predicted was that women might finally reach the goal of equality less because they scaled the heights than because men slipped downward. But here we are.

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 READ MORE

Gays and Friends Take Over America on Saturday

If you’re looking for an opportunity to support the well-dressed and maritally oppressed, you’re about to get your chance. On Saturday, protesters will take to the streets all across this great, if slightly homophobic, nation to take a stand for equality. Find out where to go here. And for inspiration, we turn to Andrew Sullivan.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE

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The New York Times / Shana Sureck

Connecticut Same-Sex Couples Begin to Wed

In the face of California’s unsettling passage of Proposition 8 barring gay marriage, gay couples in Connecticut are beginning to exercise their equal rights after a final court hearing cleared the way for same-sex unions, ending a long legal battle in the Constitution State.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE

Equality for All

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Equality, by the Numbers

Let me begin by raising a glass of champagne to the official closing of the math gap. It turns out that girls do not lack the math gene. Nor are they math-phobic. Nor is there any “intrinsic” difference—thank you, Larry Summers—between the abilities of girls and boys to succeed in the numbers business.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE

Give Moms Their Due—They’ve Earned It

The “mommy wars” are a sad distraction from the rampant unabashed discrimination against working mothers. A recent study showed that just dropping the PTA bomb was enough to send employers into a paranoid mom-bashing tizzy.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE

In Their Place

After 400 years of abuse, African-Americans continue to struggle with an inequitable America. If we’re serious about leaving no child behind, we should start by offering black families a fair shot in life.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE

When They Came for the Homosexuals…

Gays are the first target of the Christian right’s campaign against human rights, but they won’t be the last.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE

Male-Female Equality Boosts Sex Life

University of Chicago researchers discover that in countries where men have a dominant status over women, people report lower satisfaction with their sex lives.

Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE

Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden’s New Port Huron Statement

The veteran social activist writes a new preface to the manifesto that helped shape a generation’s views on racial equality, participatory democracy and the military industrial complex.

Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE

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