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Video: Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights

Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals’ status from “things” to “persons.”

May 29, 2021 · 2 Comments

Bhikshuni Soma: Neither Male Nor Female

He said: How could a woman who knows no more than how to cook, clean, and make babies, possibly reach the further shore, on the way to which so many … Continue reading

May 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Meeting the Enemy | Cassie Jaye

A feminist comes to terms with the Men’s Rights movement.

May 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Christine Fair: The Revenge of Farkhunda

The mullah falsely accused Farkhunda of burning a Quran. Those who overheard the allegation immediately decided that she must be killed. She was beaten with bats, stomped upon, and driven over by a car after which her body was dragged by a car and then immolated. Her real crime? She had the temerity as a woman to challenge superstitious practices propounded by ignorant male clerics.

December 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Emily Dickinson: They shut me up in Prose

They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason — in the Pound —

November 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Freed by Fire

“Freed by Fire” follows Molina, a 12-year old Malawian girl who becomes another child in a forced marriage. One female chief is tirelessly working to stop it.

November 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sharon Austin: A record number of women will serve in the 117th Congress, including at least 51 women of color

Women will be at least 27% of the House and 24% of the Senate. Women make up 50.52% of the U.S. population.

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jonathan Entin: Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped shape the modern era of women’s rights – even before she went on the Supreme Court

When Ginsburg started her work in the 1960s, the Supreme Court had never invalidated any type of sex-based rule. Worse, it had rejected every challenge to laws that treated women worse than men.

September 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michelle Theriault Boots: Assault Was Only the Beginning of Her Trauma

Everything Mary Savage did in the hours after the attack was dissected on the witness stand, an experience so upsetting she vomited. But years later, she finds comfort knowing her testimony led to his conviction.

June 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Sandra McPherson: Numbers 31

(in which Moses orders the rape
of 32,000 Midianite virgins)

February 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Love

When I was a child, my mother told me
God has many faces
And She reveals Herself
In many ways.

October 13, 2019 · 20 Comments

Ramsha Ashraf: For the One Who Died in the Hands of Wrong Men

Friends were those
Who made her dance naked
with flower-bands around her wrists

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

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