Women on the Right Unite to Elect More Women

Today the Republican National Committee, alongside the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Republican Governors Association, the Republican State Leadership Committee, the College Republican National Committee, and female leaders from the state and national levels, will announce an initiative to get more Republican women into office.We’re calling it, “Women on the Right UNITE.” This is absolutely critical work. America needs more women in public office, and Republicans are making a commitment to do our part....more
@Kathy K , I hear you!  There is absolutely nothing wrong with voting your conscience, but ...more

Targets and Perpetrators: Hate-Reading Women on the Internet

My life is good.* *good but I acknowledge it's because of my privilege. *good but let me tell you some bad things because I don't want to be accused of bragging. *good but not that good. My life isn't perfect.  When I saw A Practical Wedding's theme for April, The Good, my first reaction was to shudder. Not because I don't know what's good about my life, but because... well... you want me to talk about that? On the internet? Are you nuts? ...more

What Texas Sen. Wendy Davis' Filibuster Really Meant

If you get your news from, well, major news outlets, you may have no idea who Wendy Davis is. She is a state senator from Texas who, on Tuesday, spent thirteen hours filibustering a piece of anti-choice legislation. SB5 aims to not only ban abortion after twenty weeks of gestation, but to raise the requirements for clinics where abortions can be performed to such a level that the law would effectively shut down all but a handful of the state's clinics....more
@spitandsparkles  It has nothing to do with being ok with having an abortion after 20 weeks, ...more

Former Miss America Erika Harold: Black GOP Candidate or "Streetwalker"?

Miss America 2003, Erika Harold, stands to make political history. She recently announced her intention to run for the House of Representatives, representing Illinois' 13th Congressional District in next year's primary against incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill). If she wins, she will be the first ever African American female Republican elected to Congress....more
GO ERIKA HAROLD! For the past year, when speaking with groups of women, large and small, I've ...more

Netroots Nation: When all the Progressive Bloggers Came to My Hometown

Thousands of the most well-known liberal bloggers are gathered in my hometown of San Jose, California this week for Netroots Nation, and I’m floating around the McEnery Convention Center to find out what’s going on. It’s not just the Silicon Valley venue that feels familiar to me, but all the faces in the crowd that I’ve seen before at BlogHer conferences or at the 2012 Democratic National Convention....more

Why Mocking Miss Utah Distracts Us From the Real Issues

This year’s Miss USA pageant brought the world another opportunity to rip a woman to shreds when Miss Utah, 21-year-old Marissa Powell, failed to coherently answer a current events question. Yes, the question was on a topic that directly impacts women. Yes, she could have done better. But, damn, can we just give her a break?...more
I used to watch the pageants when I was a kid too. It was an event. I couldn't wait. It was like ...more

5 Things I Want to Tell Nigella Lawson

On Sunday, photos were published showing celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being grabbed on the throat by her husband. The photos splashed over the internet showed him holding her by the throat and her leaving the restaurant in tears. It should come as no surprise that this story caught my attention. Ten years working with women escaping domestic violence leaves its mark on a person. I will always be a victim advocate even if I am no longer in the field....more
To all of the women out there that are suffering abuse, either physical or mental take it from ...more

(Interview) Present and Unaccounted For: Black Women in Medicine

When you think of a doctor, what image comes to mind? Is it a black woman? That's the question filmmaker Crystal Emery poses to viewers through her upcoming documentary Present and Unaccounted For: Black Women in Medicine. The film profiles many groundbreaking women, including the first black woman to serve as Surgeon General, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, along with current Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. I recently caught up with Emery to find out more about this unique project....more
There was only one person in our graduating class(all girls high school) who went on to become a ...more

Swept Under the Rug: Sexism in Computer Science

I think I lulled myself into a sense of security about being a woman in computer science –- I can handle the awkward guys, and the ones who think they know more than I do, simply because they’re guys, and I honestly thought that that was all there was to it. You get used to the comments and brush them off and prove them wrong and call it a day. I’ve even been trying to propagate that attitude in the women in my local WICS chapter, convinced that half of the problem is that women make too big of a deal about being a minority....more
Hey, Hang in there. I am a women in a physics department at a university. I completely ...more

Working Moms Didn't Ruin Education

[Editor's Note: On Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant commented that America's schools became mediocre when mothers started entering the workforce. As you can imagine, a lot of women don't agree. Michelle at Balancing Jane is one of those women who disagrees with Bryant -- and she's also a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric. Here's a little of what Michelle says. --Grace]...more
AMEN! Thank you for a well researched and thought out look at the subject. We should be ...more