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Women in the Obama Administration Came Up With a Clever Strategy to Make Themselves Heard

They used “amplification” to combat a subtle, common form of sexism.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE


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Photo of the Week: A Burkini in Marseille

French descendants of those who once displayed the words “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” in the streets are driving modestly garbed Muslim women from their innocent leisure.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Chelsea Manning: ‘Miscast in the Play of Life,’ I Spent a Day in Public as a Woman

“I’d long known I was a woman, but I’d been afraid, and a bit embarrassed, to appear publicly as myself before this,” wrote the incarcerated whistleblower.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 READ MORE


Behind the Scenes at ‘Rising Up With Sonali’

Get a glimpse of the two-woman operation behind “Rising Up With Sonali,” the daily radio and television show hosted by Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar and broadcast online and on KPFK.

Posted on May 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 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.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: New Canadian Prime Minister Appoints Diverse Cabinet With Equal Numbers of Women and Men

Asked why gender equality is so important to him, the newly elected Justin Trudeau simply explained, “Because it’s 2015.”

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Gender Pay Gap Widens: Men’s Earnings Growing Twice as Fast as Women’s

The glass ceiling is still very much intact, as new Labor Department data reveals.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Could Using Solar Energy Save Companies Billions of Dollars?

Going solar could represent a no-brainer for some companies looking to cut costs; activists are using dildos to protest a new Texas law that would allow guns on college campuses; meanwhile, a writer explores what our ideas about gender have to do with mass shootings. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE



Michael Moore Calls Lack of Female Directors in Hollywood ‘a Form of Apartheid’

The documentary filmmaker pointed to one of Hollywood’s persistent gender issues in a panel discussion at the New York Film Festival on Sunday, once again drawing attention to the vast gap between the number of female and male directors in the industry and dropping the word “apartheid” while he was at it.

Posted on Oct 4, 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.

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE


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VIDEO: How Rape Survivors Are Fighting Sexual Violence in India

Harrowing personal accounts of rape victims in this video highlight the work of an advocacy group demanding better policing and public awareness of sexual violence in India.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Malala Opens a School for Syrian Refugee Girls on Her 18th Birthday

Activist and youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has opened a school for Syrian girls in an informal refugee settlement in Lebanon’s Beka’a Valley.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Jessica Williams Tells Jon Stewart Why a Woman on a Bill Is No Big Deal

In a new segment for “The Daily Show,” the ever-charming Jessica Williams argues that not only is the effort to put a woman on the $10 bill half-assed and way too late, the real issue we should be preoccupied with is the gender pay gap.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Inside Out’ Turns Pixar’s Usual Formula on Its Head

A female protagonist? And a focus on emotion? What’s going on here? Maybe the animation company has learned some life lessons.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



While Celebrating Caitlyn, Let’s Not Overlook the Wider Realities of Trans People’s Lives

To tell Caitlyn’s story with care is to demand justice for trans people.

Posted on Jun 2, 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



The Making of a Man

A Dutch journalist, revealing his own body’s transition from female to male under the influence of testosterone, allows us to see gender as simply one component of the complicated human experience.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



Hey, Let’s Have Equal Pay for Women Instead of ‘Equal Pay Day’

Here’s an idea, people at the White House: Instead of tweeting righteous messages about the need to close the income gap between men and women, why don’t you press for laws to do away with that margin of baked-in gender bias in America’s workplaces?

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Romanticization of Elizabeth Warren

The fervor for an Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy stems from a dearth of women politicians and shows how much American politics is about ticking off boxes.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Solves the American Gender Pay Gap. Not.

How idealistic can one man making a heartfelt call for pay equality be? Jon Stewart finds out in a recent “Daily Show” segment.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Can Uber’s U.N. Partnership Fix Its Gender Problem?

In a bold move to reform its image, ride-share giant Uber has announced it will create 1 million jobs for women in the next five years.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



Gender Pay Gap Is on Pace to Last 70 More Years

Wages paid to female workers across the globe will lag behind males’ for seven more decades if the gender pay gap continues to shrink at the current rate, the U.N. warns in a report on inequality in workplaces worldwide.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



What Are Wal-Mart and eBay Trying to Hide by Opposing Gender Pay Gap Disclosure? (Video)

Shareholders at both eBay and Wal-Mart want the companies to reveal any disparities in pay between the women and men who work for them.

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE



On Nerd Pain

In response to a vulnerable personal comment on “nerd trauma and male privilege” published by MIT professor Scott Aaronson, New Statesman editor and columnist Laurie Penny wrote a compassionate and highly desirable essay on the experiences of pain, frustration and loneliness common to both nerdy males and females in general.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE



The Banality of Evil: Barbie Edition

Right, so it’s not like anyone would actually turn to the Barbie product line for an accurate depiction of ... well, anything, but this infernal little whittle-waisted doll still finds a way to stick to many girls’ formative years like a bad gel manicure.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE


Princess Leia Endures 10 Hours of Harassment on NYC’s Mean Streets

Sadly, we are sorry to report that, given the opportunity, even Yoda himself isn’t above wolf-whistling.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



There May Be a Quick Fix to the Gender Pay Gap, but Some of You Won’t Want to Hear It

As we learned last week, it’s projected that we still have the better part of a century to go before women earn the same as their male counterparts. So what can we do today to address this imbalance?

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



Wearable Technology or Identity Reassignment?: Renee Zellweger’s and Tameka Harris’ Transformations

Zellweger and Harris are teaching us a couple of lessons about how identity looks and feels in our techno-driven world.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



The Gender Gap’s Been Shrinking All Over the Place, Even in the U.S.

Scandinavian countries still have the smallest gender gaps, according to the World Economic Forum’s annual gender survey, but this year they’re joined at the top of the list by a few nations you may not expect.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Dollars for Dudes: Almost No Women Among Medical Industry’s Top-Paid Speakers

The causes are not clear, but men account for more than 90 percent of the 300 doctors who received the most money from drug and medical device companies, according to new federal data.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE



The U.S. Military’s Denying Chelsea Manning Treatment for Gender Dysphoria, So She’s Suing

The valiant WikiLeaks whistle-blower is serving a 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and though Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel “greenlit ‘rudimentary’ treatment” for the private’s gender identity disorder, the military has continually denied Manning hormone therapy and surgery, according to her legal complaint.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Hang a ‘Men Wanted’ Sign on This ‘Women’s Issue’

The Hobby Lobby case is an urgent reminder for American males that they, too, benefit from access to contraception.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



A Third Lens: Why Awareness of Class Cultures Can Strengthen Movements for Social Change

Bringing a class analysis to our understanding of privilege can help make sense of a broad range of experiences.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



Who Knew Herpes Could Be Good for Something?

Scientists have discovered a way to kill brain tumors in mice using the herpes virus; Israel’s future, as John Kerry predicted, may not be far from apartheid; meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health is mandating gender balance in animal studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 20, 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.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



Why Girls Mature Faster Than Boys

Researchers have found brain connectivity occurs earlier in females, which may account for a difference in maturity between the genders; Frank Capra’s classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” was considered communist propaganda; meanwhile, it’s time to heed President Truman’s warning and limit the CIA. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 READ MORE



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And Now for Your Gender-Biased Brain Science Update

This just in: Men’s and women’s brains are different. Like, structurally different.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Sweden’s New Film Rating System Zeroes In on Gender Bias

Some of you may have heard of the Bechdel test—a simple method used to identify whether a film is gender biased based on a question posed by comic strip artist Allison Bechdel. Cinemas in the ever-progressive Scandinavian country are now incorporating this gauge into their film ratings. And the results are embarrassing for Hollywood.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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The Quiet Gender Revolution

American politics has gone through a gender revolution that has barely been noticed. Take the discussions of the 2016 presidential election which, as a matter of habit, we have begun even before the end of the first year of the current president’s second term.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 READ MORE


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