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Truthdigger of the Week: Angela Davis, an Activist for the Ages

Davis’ inspiring talk at the recent Women of the World festival shows that this civil rights icon is as relevant in today’s fraught world as in the turbulent era from which she sprang decades ago.

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Becoming a Feminist: Comparing Angela Davis’ and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Takes on Trans Women

The activist (at right) and the novelist weren’t onstage at the same time, but their separate talks at London’s Women of the World festival were a kind of debate.

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‘A Day Without a Woman’: The Global Strike and Growing Movement Against Donald Trump

International Women’s Day has been celebrated for more than a century, but this year’s worldwide day of action had an added sense of urgency.

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Women Worldwide Will Strike Against Trump on March 8

The goal is to mobilize populations against the president, his antisocial policies and the “ongoing neoliberal attack on social provision and labor rights.”

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All the Harmful Things Donald Trump Can Do to Women

Women should be worried about how the new administration may curtail their rights.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE



What Happens After the Women’s March?

March on Trump—then organize to win elections, says Occupy Wall Street co-creator Micah White.

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Afghan Girl Dressed as a Boy for Six Years so She Could Go to School

At 5 years old, I knew I couldn’t end up like my mother and grandmother. So I attended school as “Mohammed” to escape the cycle of illiteracy in our village.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE



The ‘Hidden Figures’ Jeff Sessions Wants to Keep in the Shadows

A new movie reminds us of past racial injustice as a new administration tries to turn back the clock.

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Feminism Is Still Desperately Needed, With Many in the Future White House Repudiating It

Odds are that most people have no idea just how bad things once were for women.

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Meet the Inspiring Activists at the Head of the Women’s March on Washington

“Three of the four co-chairs represent the most targeted groups by the [coming] administration,” Linda Sarsour told The Huffington Post. Carmen Perez is Mexican-American, Sansour is Muslim American and Tamika Mallory is African-American.

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Insensitivity to Inequality Among Women Played a Crucial Role in Clinton’s Defeat

“[P]rofessional-class women, who have reaped a disproportionate share of feminism’s gains, have dominated the feminist movement, and the social distance between them and their less privileged sisters is wide and growing wider,” writes Kathleen Geier at The Nation.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Wonder Woman. (Yes, Really.)

The 75-year-old comic book superhero is adding a special honor to her famous belt: ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. More power to her—and all other females.

Posted on Oct 15, 2016 READ MORE



Politics at Emmys: Jeb Bush Joins Uber, ‘Transparent’s’ Jill Soloway Calls TV Show a ‘Revolution’

Here’s one surprising, trending catchphrase from Sunday night’s event at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles: “Topple the patriarchy!”

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE



How Prostitution Became the World’s Most Modern Profession

There is considerable difference between the reality for those caught up in the sex trade and the rhetoric promoted by sex-workers unions and pro-prostitution advocates—including feminists.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Women at Khabar Lahariya, a Feminist Newspaper in Rural India

Now in its 14th year, the publication just expanded into digital platforms in the hope of increasing readership and inspiring other young women.

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Comments of the Week: Monsters, Inc.

From the costly—in many senses of that word—spectacle that is the Rio Olympics to the chaos unleashed by the notorious Powell memo, the Truthdig comment boards were host to a virtual phantasmagoria this week.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE


Live at Truthdig: What Does It Mean to Be a Powerful Woman in 2016?

Truthdig sat down with special guest Sonali Kolhatkar to discuss women, politics and social activism in the 2016 election season.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Homa Hoodfar, Expert on the World’s Muslim Women, Imprisoned in Iran

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard detained the dual Canadian-Iranian citizen for allegedly fostering a “soft feminist revolution” and are denying her her rights and even medical treatment.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE



Future British Prime Minister Theresa May Is Not More Feminist Than Jeremy Corbyn by a Long Shot

The country that lived through Margaret Thatcher’s premiership should know better than to believe a female leader will protect women’s rights purely on the basis of her gender.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’ With Chris Hedges: The Exploitation of Women Is Rampant Worldwide

In his new show on RT, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges speaks with activists against human trafficking Suzanne Jay and Taina Bien-Aime about the effort to end the sexual exploitation of women and girls.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Jo Cox, British Parliament Member Who Was Slain

Cox, a progressive, fought hard for any cause that inspired her, such as the plight of Syrian refugees and keeping Britain in the European Union—two that may have inflamed her killer.

Posted on Jun 19, 2016 READ MORE



Shrill

With a kind of cultural jujitsu, feminist Lindy West has memorably taken on fat-shaming, rape jokes and men who harass women online under the guise of free speech. The lovely thing is that she’s funny about it.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: History Professor Catherine Hall, Who Rejected Prize From Israel

The renowned British historian and activist in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the occupation of Palestine has made headlines recently for her refusal to accept a prestigious Israeli academic prize.

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE


From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Thomas Frank on the Financial Feminism of Clinton Democrats

The historian and arch journalist spent 2015 studying the modern Democratic Party, and his new book, “Listen, Liberal,” is the result. An excerpt published exclusively at Harper’s Magazine finds in the career of Hillary Clinton “a performance of liberalism ... so realistic one could almost believe it lived.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



Does Hillary Clinton Care About the Gender Pay Gap? She Didn’t When She Was a Senator

Despite the belief that Hillary Clinton is a feminist candidate, she doesn’t always practice what she preaches. As a U.S. senator, Clinton paid female staff members 72 cents for every dollar that she paid males, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

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Playing the Victim Card, Hillary Clinton Betrays Women

Clinton—who at one time had a big lead in opinion polls but now cultivates an underdog persona—is sending a harmful message about female voters and women in politics. Her defensive, faux-feminist comments imply that women are too weak to participate in meaningful debate, and she has been invoking sexism to avoid talking about the real issues.

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Top 10 ‘Luxury Items’ to Tax in Addition to Tampons

Across the United States, tampons and other feminine hygiene products are being taxed as luxury items, an entirely appropriate idea when you consider what a luxury having your period is.

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 READ MORE



Liveblog: The Sixth Democratic Debate:  ‘Let Us Level With the American People’

Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off Thursday’s Democratic debate in Milwaukee with a few familiar lines from his campaign-trail greatest hits before getting down to business with a series of fiery salvos targeting his rival, Hillary Clinton. She was ready for him.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE


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No, I Won’t Vote for Hillary Clinton. And Yes, I Am a Feminist Millennial

Equating women’s support for Bernie Sanders with their not being true feminists is simply bunk. And many progressive millennials aren’t buying it.

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Jane Fonda Shines a Spotlight on the Equal Rights Amendment

“How can one be an embodied feminist if, behind closed doors, you’re leaving the authentic part of yourself behind in order to please, in order to be a good girl?”

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Hillary, Madeleine and Gloria: Feminism Demands We Say No to America’s Deadly Imperial Wars

Hillary Clinton does not have a monopoly on feminism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



Madeleine Albright Declares a ‘Special Place in Hell’ for Women Who Don’t Vote for Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (pictured) and feminist icon Gloria Steinem scold female supporters of Bernie Sanders, while Clinton touts approval from war criminal Henry Kissinger.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE



Why Are Most Articles Written About Reproductive Rights Assigned to Male Journalists?

“The fact that men cover reproductive issues more than women isn’t just a matter of injustice in the newsroom; it’s a matter of injustice for their readers, and for the women whose voices won’t be heard,” Katherine Marrone of Bitch Media wrote.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Clinton vs. Sanders: Whom Do Socialist Feminists Choose?

Nation magazine contributors Liza Featherstone and Suzanna Walters—socialist feminists both—debate the question many progressives are asking themselves: Which candidate would do more to improve the lives of women in the United States?

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Fatema Mernissi, a Founder of Islamic Feminism

The original research of the erudite sociologist, who died Nov. 30, showed that the subjugation of women in Muslim societies has no basis in the Quran and other Islamic scriptures. “Islam was not sent from heaven to foster egotism and mediocrity,” she wrote.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Charlie Brooker Despairs at 2015, a Year of ‘Fascistic Demagogues’ Capitalizing on Tragedies

With dry wit, the British comedian looks back at the most notable events of 2015, including mass shootings in the United States and beyond, media reactions toward Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s election, and the ominous rise of Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



At 70, Baby Boomers Face a New Acid Test

Can a generation that turned the world on its ear in so many ways conquer the cancer of corporate domination?

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Make America Great, as It Was ... When?

Donald Trump and his followers clearly don’t see the ugly parts of our nation’s past as problematic.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



‘We Should All Be Feminists’ Manifesto to Be Distributed to Every 16-Year-Old in Sweden

The book is being distributed as part of a campaign to “open up conversation about gender” through Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminist call to arms.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Nepal’s First Female President

Bhandari’s pro-democracy campaigning is helping to end the oppressive legacies of a monarchy that lasted 240 years in the country she now heads.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 READ MORE



Meryl Streep Decries Income Inequality in Hollywood, Obliquely Identifies as a Feminist

C’mon, Meryl—even Beyoncé doesn’t shy away from calling herself a feminist. Or maybe therein lies part of the intergenerational quandary.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



Rad American Women A-Z

Attention, parents and teachers: This is an alphabet book with a difference. A is for Angela Davis, Z is for Zora Neale Hurston. In between are scientists, poets, pilots and others, half of whom are women of color, who have long been left out of children’s history books.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE


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 WATCH & LISTEN



Dalai Lama’s ‘Sexist’ Remarks Anger Equality Activists

The spiritual leader said in a BBC interview that a female dalai lama would have to be “very, very attractive” or be “not much use.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE


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