AshleyGate: How Mitch McConnell Planned to Smear Ashley Judd

If you think politics is dirty, you’re probably going to think it’s even more dirty after reading this story. It’s so outrageous that you might feel compelled to throw up, or take a shower, or, at the very least, call your senator. Yes, I'm talking about the Mother Jones story with tapes of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and his staff discussing how to attack Ashley Judd as "unbalanced." ...more
@Mona Gable Oh no...didn't mean to imply she was "unfit" for office, at all.  However, she put ...more

It's Take Back the Streets Week!

A few weeks ago, I spoke about street harassment with a group of 16-year-old feminist bloggers in a seminar class taught by high school teacher and feminist activist Ileana Jiménez. Each student had a recent story to share. ...more

Sexual Attack: Not Just Pretty Girls

There has been much talk about rape, and with good reason: It happens, sadly, with dizzying frequency, in all kinds of circumstances and to all kinds of people. It's difficult to talk about, and it's certainly difficult to live through, but there's more to the conversation of rape than simply the four-letter word itself. I'm not sure whether I'm one of the lucky ones (i.e....more
Your post really moved me. I absolutely agree that your sexual assault was trauma. You went ...more

New Middle East Needs Fusion of Islam and Feminism

The changing face of the Middle East involves politics, feminism and religion. And the role of women who continue to push for their rights is an interesting balance of political activism and religious expression. Author Isobel Coleman shares an excerpt from her new book Paradise Beneath Her Feet at Women's e-News:...more

Must Read Blogs: Grandma Got STEM

I'm smitten with a blog. There, I said it. The blog is Grandma Got STEM and it's a new effort to document stories about the many women who have been working in STEM fields for decades. ...more
I think that is a great story. It is truly inspirational to see Women of mature ages show that ...more

How to End Female Genital Mutilation--In the U.S. and Around the World

I was born in Guinea, a beautiful, small country on the West Coast of Africa. Green mountains line the landscape, amid waterfalls and forests full of trees that sway with the Atlantic Ocean breeze. But this beauty belies a horrifying statistic: According to the World Health Organization, more than 96 percent of women in Guinea have been subject to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). And a new report from Sanctuary for Families finds that thousands of girls living in the United States have been subject to FGM, brought by their families to countries like Guinea for "vacation cutting." ...more
Than you for writing about this. I learned about female genital mutilation when I watched the ...more

Sexual Assault: Years Later, It Still Hurts

As a child, whenever you were outside playing and fell off your bike, or fell down as you were running down the block…chances are you ran inside crying, where your mom or dad would say: "What happened? Where does it hurt?" Chances are, a little antiseptic a Band-Aid and a hug (and a little nudge) to get back out there and play is enough to dry your tears and get back in the game. ...more
O very well said. All of it. Right on. And I am sorry you suffered this kind of abuse as a ...more

After a Rocket Scientist's 'Stroganoff' Obit, How Can We Check Ourselves for Bias?

Folk wisdom says that everything comes in threes. That's not true in the old, old story of human bias, stereotyping, and being unaware of your internal blinders. ...more
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Did Feminism Say Women Could Have It All? Not Really

Can women – or men, for that matter – have it all? As a hope-to-one-day-be-a-working-mom, I’m wading into this Internet debate. I just can’t help myself. Aside from my firm conviction that “having it all” is an objectionable phrase that should have been retired almost as soon as it came into fashion, I also find this ongoing conversation to be, well, how can I put this? Silly. Not because there’s not a problem here – there is – but because the “solutions” proposed by the parade of working-mothers in glossy magazines are inadequate and incomplete. ...more
We need to teach our girls AND boys about feminism, the Equal Rights Amendment, etc. It is ...more

Women of Color Speak Out About "Leaning In"

If there's one thing that bothers me about the brouhaha surrounding Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In movement, it's that the discussion about work-family balance once again focuses overwhelmingly on white, upper-middle class women. Again, there is no mention of women who must deal with racism, chronic poverty or cultural expectations in the careers. Well, the Latoya Peterson at Racialicious has read my mind, because she's unrolling a new series featuring the voices of women of color sharing their stories....more
Again, here is something else I was not aware of. So I am always learning something new when I ...more