Was 2013 a good year for female writers? Well, it depends. If you're looking at the big literary magazines -- The Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic -- it was terrible. So says VIDA, a group that painstakingly tallies the gender disparity in major literary publications and book reviews.
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We’re poised at a sweet spot between the release of The Shriver Report in January, and the arrival of March as Women’s History Month. Momentum is growing for paid leave and paid sick days, candidates for the 2014 mid-term elections are shaping their campaigns, and think tanks in DC are churning out data on women at a furious pace.
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It’s hard to imagine a comic book could provoke a firestorm of controversy and world-wide media attention, but in November 2013 when Marvel announced the new Ms. Marvel would be Kamala Khan, a sixteen-year-old Pakistani American teenager from Jersey, this is exactly what happened. As a Pakistani American myself, I was both intrigued and concerned by the news. It’s not every day people that look like me are featured in the media in a positive light....more
Less than a year ago, it looked like 2013 might have been the year for a broad overhaul of U.S. immigration law. After a bipartisan bill easily passed the Senate last June, the end of the year came and went before a bill could be introduced in the Republican dominated House.
tippity tap tap tap *pause* tippity tap tap tapSo went the sounds of me Facebooking, hunched over the laptop while awkwardly standing up, one foot through the doorway and in to the kitchen so that I felt that I was successfully multi-tasking. And then came these words:"Mom? What's raping?"...more
Unbelievable as it sounds, five years have passed since I started the series of BlogHer.com posts I wrote about running for City Council in a small Northeast Ohio suburb. I ran, I won, I got more votes than two of three incumbents and I survived a six-month home renovation during the campaign, including three weeks of not living at home and five months of living with four other people (three kids and a husband) based out of one room....more
[Editor's Note: On February 15, the trial for the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis ended in the conviction of 47-year-old Michael Dunn on lesser charges, including second degree attempted murder, evoking memories the trial of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin killing. --Grace]...more
Your body. Your definition. Now on Facebook.
Facebook added the ability to set your gender outside the binary male/female choices just in time for Valentine's Day. Now you can define yourself with a choice more reflective of who you really are if the binary choices don't cover it.
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It's Valentine's Day, but it's also One Billion Rising-- an international event to call attention to violence against women. Started by Eve Ensler, the event aims to get one billion people out into public spaces in over 200 countries to dance and gather safely to demand justice for women and girls who have been victims of gender violence.