Soraya Chemaly

Soraya Chemaly writes about women's rights, feminism, gender, politics and culture. She regularly contributes to the The Feminist Wire, BitchFlicks and Fem2.0 among others and has a regular column at The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter at @schemaly.

No Mothers Day: Skip the Presents This Year to Raise Awareness for Maternal Health

Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn't just a "third world" problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California. But what we do here ultimately affects women everywhere....more
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Join the March! "Equal Enough" Isn't Equal at All

In the U.S., many people think women are "equal enough." I'm told we should "consider ourselves lucky." But I am not going to compare oppression. Nor am I in any way dismissing the dehumanizing and life-crushing hatred that women face in too many places on the planet. But that others are violently deprived of rights and life does not mean that we should be content with circumscribed rights and lives. Equal enough isn't equal at all. Join this march. ...more
To all the women marching to protect my and my daughters rights, THANK YOU!! You give me hope ...more

Sexual Violence Prevention -- There's An App for That

Given the high incidence of sexual assault, it's likely you have found yourself in a threatening situation from which you wished to extricate yourself -- or know someone who has. Maybe you've been involved in a relationship that was unhealthy and already abusive but difficult for you to leave. Or, maybe, you have a child in college and you worry about his or her ability to avoid becoming part of this staggering statistic. What can you do? ...more
I sobering and hopeful post. I am so glad these things are being done. Thank you for spreading ...more

Do Women Pay More For Health Insurance Than Men?

A 30-year-old woman pays 31 percent more for health insurance than a man of the same age -- for identical coverage. For 25-year-old women, the gap is even more shocking: for individual healthcare plans (not including maternity coverage) women are charged up to 84 percent more than men. The Affordable Care Act is trying to rectify this example of discrimination, so why are so many women fighting it? ...more
If women use more insurance then they should pay more. My friend girls seem like they ...more

Being a Woman is not a “Pre-Existing Condition”

Why Women 18-35 Pay the Highest Price for Health CareDid you know that women, especially 18-35 year old women, pay up to 31% more than men for insurance? And, not because they have more “complicated” health care needs. I’m talking about apples-to- apples coverage unrelated to, say, pregnancy. ...more