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Me Too Movement: A History of Women Taking Charge

November 15, 2019

In 2006, long before hashtags, Tarana Burke began a grassroots “me too” movement to try and reach women and girl survivors of sexual assault, particularly women of color in low wealth communities. In 2017, actor Alyssa Milano used “me too” as a hashtag, and it went viral. While much has...

Romance Novels Are a Weapon Against Misogyny

July 26, 2019

Contemporary romance novels are big business, and they empower women in a number of ways. In the United States alone, romance novels account for about one third of the fiction market, about the same as mystery and fantasies combined. The vast majority of romance writers are women, and so are their...

The World-Changing Idea of Girl Power

May 27, 2019

The Spice Girls and the Women’s World Cup are parallel realities, and some will point out that women are still underpaid, undervalued and stuck in much the same position they were in during the early 1990s. “Girl power” was never anything more than a heaven-sent answer to the question,...

Surrogacy: Erasing the Mother

January 09, 2019

The main conceptual problem in surrogacy — the production and sale of a child — reduces both women and children to commodities in commerce: things. Many articles and books can be found describing the horrors of surrogacy. Exploitation is common, with abuse and slave-like conditions for...

#MeToo: Breaking the Silence

December 15, 2017

Society must listen to women. The fight for their rights and equality must be all of ours. “I believe you. What you have to say is important. We’ll find justice.” For too long, American women have failed to hear these three simple phrases. Our democracy has been proud to tout ideals...

Honor is the New Black

October 31, 2017

In Jordan, the state puts women who are at risk of honor crimes into “protective custody,” which often means prison without charge. As per the BBC, an honor killing is “the murder of a person accused of bringing shame upon his or her family.” The act occurs worldwide but is particularly...

Why the Panama Papers Are a Feminist Issue

April 25, 2016

Those most impacted by the consequences of tax dodging are the world’s poorest, who are disproportionately women and girls. Asana Abugre has a small shop in Accra, Ghana, where she makes and sells batiks and tie-dyed textiles. Asana pays her taxes regularly. Women  like her, working in markets...

As a Nigerian, This is What Feminism Means to Me

March 25, 2015

Why is the term “feminist” understood as a role for the angry woman who can’t find a man? *[Note: The author identifies herself as “womxn,” which is a means of linguistic dissociation from the word “man” and also a way to recognize the multiple intersections that construct gender...

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