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Elderly Women Hit by Poverty More Often Than Men

An analysis of recently released census data finds a disconcerting difference in poverty levels between men and women—particularly those over age 65—and unconscionably high levels for women of color. More than one in three Native American women live below the federal poverty line.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE


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Afghan Women Risk Lives to Write Poems

Although some female poets in Afghanistan have been killed by their male family members for penning poetry, many see it as an outlet to express their inner and outer worlds during a time of great national turmoil.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia’s First Female Director Wants ‘Wadjda’ to Speak for Itself

It’s the first movie filmed entirely inside the kingdom, the first directed by a woman, and the first submitted by Saudi Arabia for an Academy Award, but Haifaa al-Mansour wants her film to do its own talking.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE

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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Why Women Should Be Allowed to Go Topless in Public

Why can men walk around shirtless in many communal spaces while women can’t? The truth is, female upper bodies shouldn’t be treated any differently from male ones.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Top Afghan Policewoman Killed

In the latest in a series of attacks against women in power, Sub-Inspector Negara was shot dead Sunday by a couple of unknown gunmen. The two shot at the admired official’s neck while she was purchasing grass for her lamb.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE

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Latin America’s Behind on Women’s Reproductive Rights

While other parts of the world were witnessing the growth of feminist movements, many South American countries were fighting dictatorships. For this reason, and thanks to the governments’ strong ties with the Catholic Church, many women are still denied the right to an abortion in Latin America.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE

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Fast Food Workers Continue Fight Against Poverty Wages

Adults working full time at McDonald’s are “paid less per hour in real terms than the lowest paid US workers were half a century ago” when hundreds of thousands of people flooded into Washington, D.C., for the historic march for freedom and jobs for black Americans, The Guardian reports Thursday.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Physical and Sexual Abuse Finally Illegal in Saudi Arabia

A law passed by the Saudi Arabian cabinet this week bans violence against women and children in the home as well as in the workplace. Such behavior, which up until now had been considered a “private matter” in the country, will be punishable with penalties of $1,300 to $13,000 and as much as a year in prison.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Rue the Day: Fox News Celebrates Dogs Rather Than Women’s Equality

Although the rest of the media chose to honor women Monday, the conservative TV network decided canines were more deserving of the spotlight. The animal holiday is meant to raise awareness about mistreatment, but Fox spent most of its time blathering about the adorability of man’s best friend.

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Abortion Clinics Shutting Down Thanks to Pointless Politics

The procedure, already rife with stigma because of government restrictions and the anti-choice movement, is becoming increasingly inaccessible to women who choose to exercise their reproductive rights.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE

The Equal Rites Awards

And so once more we gather on the 93rd anniversary of that historic day when women finally won the right to vote to give out the Equal Rites Awards to those folks who are still doing their best to take us backward.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Calling All Feminists: It’s Time to Edit Wikipedia

It’s no secret the online encyclopedia has a shortage of female editors; founder Jimmy Wales said 87 percent are men, and the staff acknowledged that this fact has slanted the content.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE


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Note to All Men: Feminism Is About Choices

In the modern-day discussion about misogyny, women are often accused of “reverse sexism.” This is usually because they apply their arguments about gender bias to “all men” and it hurts some people’s feelings. What if that’s the point?

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Pink Sari Revolution

This is the story of India’s Pink Gang, a grass-roots movement that confronts Indian officialdom over the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE

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Anti-Abortion Activists Try to Shut Kansas Clinic on Grounds It Draws Protests

In an absurd twist, Wichita anti-abortion activists’ petition to close down South Wind Women’s Center argues that their own protest tactics against the reproductive health facility would be too disruptive to the community.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Fetuses Cannot Feel Pain

There’s been a recent uptick in the use of phrases such as “fetal pain” or “pain-capable unborn child” in anti-abortion rhetoric. Such discomfort, make no mistake, is scientifically impossible.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE

Ellen DeGeneres on the Crazy Sexist Pen ‘For Her’

“The worst part is they don’t come with any instructions,” the talk show host said. “So like how do they expect us to learn how to write with them?”

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Posted on Aug 3, 2013 ENLARGE

The Pro-Life State

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 ENLARGE

Sexual Assault Reform

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 ENLARGE

The Alamo

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Fish Eat Fish World

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Planned Perryhood

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Back Alley

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 ENLARGE

Rick in the Box

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 ENLARGE

‘I Think I’m an Interesting Woman’

An older Dustin Hoffman interview making the rounds online shows the actor tearing up over his regret at not having known more “interesting women” because they did not “fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think [they] have to have in order for us to ask them out.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Texas’ Regulations

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 ENLARGE

Military Harassment

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 ENLARGE

Sheryl Sandberg Leans In

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 ENLARGE

Big Government

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 ENLARGE

Statue of Liberty

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 ENLARGE

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Rx Painkiller Deaths Rising Faster in Women Than Men

The rate of women dying from overdoses on prescription painkillers has increased one and a half times the rise for men—a 415 percent change among females between 1999 and 2010, compared with 265 percent among males—U.S. government researchers say.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE


Republicans Search High and Low for Women to Run as Republicans

The party that tends to favor in-utero legislation is now looking to bolster its appeal to women by tricking some of them to run as Republicans.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE

Girl Problems

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 ENLARGE

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The Joy of Singing Out of the Spotlight

“20 Feet From Stardom” is a joyous documentary about the lives and careers of backup singers. It has been a long time since I’ve had so much fun at a movie.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE

Rick Perry Vetoes Women

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 ENLARGE

Father’s Day Bread

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Pay Equity

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 ENLARGE

Military Sexual Harassment

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 ENLARGE

Sexual Assault

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 ENLARGE

Sexual Assault in the Military

Posted on May 15, 2013 ENLARGE

Military Sexual Assaults

Posted on May 15, 2013 ENLARGE

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Actress Angelina Jolie on Her ‘Empowering’ Decision to Have Her Breasts Removed

Angelina Jolie made her fortune as one of the most beautiful women in the world, and after having a double mastectomy to prevent against breast cancer, she writes, “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Japanese Mayor Defends Sex Slavery

It turns out America hasn’t cornered the market on reprehensible politicians. The mayor of Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, just said the 200,000 female slaves who were forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II were part of a “necessary” system.

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE

Missing Women

Posted on May 8, 2013 ENLARGE

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