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Marta Daniels: Justice is a Black Woman — The Amazing Constance Baker Motley

You may not know her name, but you have been affected by the legal battles she won and the precedents she set that helped shape civil rights, women’s rights and … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bernie Sanders: Fight for our Progressive Vision

As I look ahead to this coming year, a number of thoughts come to mind. First and foremost, against an enormous amount of corporate media noise and distraction, it is … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

The World Economic Forum: 2014 Report on The Global Gender Gap

Since 2006, The World Economic Forum has released an annual index on the gap between men and women using economic, political, education and health criteria, and provided country rankings that allow … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Losing My Religion (or Why Single-Issue Voting is a Sin)

After reading my recent post on Vox Populi (The End Times? October 5, 2014), an activist-friend asked me to write an essay about single-issue voting. Although I laughingly responded, “I … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

‘After 3,000 Years of Pain’: Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College

Women work on electronic units for solar arrays at the Barefoot College in India. (Photo: Afghan Peace Volunteers)TILONIA, India —   A few months ago, the Afghan Peace Volunteers began … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

France passes sweeping gender-equality law

Measure eases abortion restrictions, promotes workplace equality, supports abused and impoverished women France passed a sweeping gender-equality law this week that eases current restrictions on abortion, encourages paternity leave and promotes … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: Is It Time To Be Outlaws Again?

Only large-scale civil disobedience will make our leaders address economic injustice. In 1989, Bob Dylan recorded a song titled “Everything Is Broken”. That song seemed to go largely ignored, perhaps … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Video: Street Harassment of Women

  “Street harassment is almost never about sex. It’s about power. Which is the same way we view rape. So saying street harassment is not a big deal is opening … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Michelle Obama calls on men to promote women’s rights

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to a group of young Africans in the Mandela Washington Fellows on Wednesday, telling the men in the audience that they are vitally important to … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue: Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Looking Back At The Trial That Made Rape A War Crime

After the Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered over a hundred days in 1994, the U.N. created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda with the goal … Continue reading

August 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Judiciary Committee Examines the Effect of Gun Violence on Women in America

Washington, DC – Today the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled “VAWA Next Steps: Protecting Women from Gun Violence.”  With American women more than ten times more likely to … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The GOP’s Long-term Problem: Millennials Hate Conservatives

Republicans were already destined for piecemeal decimation due to the declining numbers of their core constituency. But they don’t just have a demographic problem anymore; they have a stylistic one. … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Good Golly, Miss Molly

I’m a fifth generation Texan, and I’d like to offer an apology to the people of the United States for all the crooks and nitwits we’ve sent to Washington. On … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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