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Michael Simms: Re-reading Christina Rossetti's 'In an Artist's Studio'

The value of Rossetti’s poem lies in both the expert use of the Petrarchan sonnet, a particularly challenging form to master in English, and in the poet’s complex stance on the role of art in creating and re-enforcing images of women.

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Vanessa K. Bohns: Weinstein jurors must differentiate between consent and compliance – which research shows isn't easy

Did the women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault consent to his sexual advances of their own free will, or were they coerced?

January 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kristin Henderson: A Feminist Alternative to Trump's Chest Beating on Iran

If there’s ever to be genuine and just peace between the two nations, diplomacy must be the priority, and Iranian civil society must be acknowledged and respected.

December 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Diane K. Martin: Love Before Breakfast

He would give her something to cry about.
If she knew what was good for her,
she would do something with her hair.

November 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Nellie Bly Makes The News

An animated documentary about the legendary journalist who changed the game for women in reporting before women even had the right to vote.

October 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Roberta Hatcher: The Knitting Activist

Over under the country unraveling,
the old anxiety returning,
she sits and knits pink hats
for a new generation of women marching.

October 2, 2019 · 2 Comments

Molly Fisk: That Kind of Woman

We try them on as subjects, our mythical forebears,
wondering who we are: Penelope. Persephone. Eve.
Eurydice. Sleeping Beauty, Cassandra, Ophelia, Cinderella.
Barbie.

August 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Abort. Now.

Sharia law: when laws are created or interpreted based on religion.

June 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

Ramsha Ashraf: We were the daughters

we were the daughters
of the witches
who could set fire to skeletons

June 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Lola Ridge: The Dream

But the day is an up-turned cup
and its sun a junk of red iron
guttering in sluggish-green water

May 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Who Needs the Library?

I’ve been looking forward to our book reading in the community associated with “three days of peace and music” in 1968. Woodstock, New York has long been considered a sanctuary … Continue reading

April 25, 2019 · 2 Comments

Ruthellen Josselson: Michelle Obama is an example of how women thrive and grow through adulthood

Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” can be read in many ways: as a political memoir, as a story of being black and aspiring in America or as a Cinderella story that transports … Continue reading

April 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh

If we were sometimes silly, we were also wise enough to know that understanding and taking control of our bodies was a first step to taking control of our lives.

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Robertson: The Utopian Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman addressing members of the Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1916 (Photo by Getty)  . Charlotte Perkins Gilman is best known today for ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ (1892), a … Continue reading

January 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

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