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28 Pieces From 2015 That Should Be Required Reading For Women

Add these to your list, stat.<p>If eyes are a window into the soul, writing is a window into an author's mind. And very often, that mind is dizzyingly interesting and contains insights about our world that we didn't quite know how to articulate on our own.<p>In a media landscape filled with tweets and …

27 Incredible Things Gloria Steinem Said in Just 1 Hour

The prominent feminist activist, organizer, and writer sat down for a one-on-one interview with Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.<p>Only Gloria Steinem, arguably the most influential women's rights activist in the world today, can pack in a semester's worth of gender studies and history …

Feminism

The 20th Anniversary of My Off the Sidelines Moment

Think back to when you were a child and remember the sincere, optimistic answer you gave when asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"<p>Many of us had big ideas for the road ahead.<p>I was blessed to have been surrounded by strong, independent women. As an organizer in our state capital, my …

Commencement Address by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addressed the class of 2015 at Wellesley’s 137th Commencement Exercises<p>Hello class of 2015.<p>Congratulations! And thank you …

This 13-Year-Old Proves That Intersectional Feminism Just Isn’t That Hard

Teen actress Rowan Blanchard, best known for starring in the Disney channel reboot <i>Girl Meets World,</i> just proved once and for all that intersectional …

Meet the Women of Election 2016

Sure, there are two female presidential candidates—but women are everywhere behind the scenes too. Watch these key players; they're running the show.<p>When people describe the 2016 election as a biggie for women, they're usually referring to one woman: Hillary Clinton. But there are women all over …

Government

Hillary Rodham Clinton -- United Nations 4th World Conference Speech ("Women's Rights are Human Rights")

<b>Hillary Rodham Clinton</b><p><b>Remarks to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women Plenary Session</b><p>delivered 5 September 1995, Beijing, China<p>Plug-in required for …

Rights & Freedoms

Student Speech

Hillary D. Rodham's 1969 Student Commencement Speech<p>Ruth M. Adams, ninth president of Wellesley College, introduced Hillary D. Rodham '69, at the …

Stop the bed-wetting: Hillary Clinton's doing fine

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's officially bed-wetting season in the political world when it comes to Hillary Clinton's campaign. With stories this week in Politico and The New York Times about the newly competitive Democratic primary, the whispers have begun about whether this is 2008 all over again. Back then, …

Driving

The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On

In a recent interview with the Argentine publication <i>Viva</i>, Pope Francis issued a list of 10 tips to be a happier person, based on his own life …

I Can Practice Law, but It’s Not Like I’m Getting Married, Right?

<i>But if you are getting married, whose last name is being taken?</i><p>On April 27, 2015, at 4:57 PM, I, along with 3,996 others, received an email from the …

Downplay

Most Powerful Women 2015

Education for girls all over the world is the civil rights struggle of our time

Like Malala before them, brave young women are fighting for themselves and others to go to school, escape child labour and child marriage<p>They are all Malala. Four defiant, courageous girls who stand toe-to-toe with the education campaigner Malala Yousafzai. Four ordinary girls who have done …

Malala Yousafzai

Clinton seizes the center on race and guns in wake of GOP's silence

Hillary Clinton is not seen as honest and trustworthy by most voters. But on Saturday the Democratic presidential frontrunner spoke truths about race and gun violence in America that her Republican rivals have refused to utter after a shooter killed nine worshipers at the historic Emanuel AME …

Chris Christie

Inside Hillary Clinton's Grassroots Campaign

At first, there was nothing on the screen, just the hum of a distant, crowded room. Then Hillary Clinton appeared, peering out of a television into …

What makes field organizers effective? Being like the people they want to persuade.

Perhaps the most extraordinary feature of the now-retracted LaCour and Green study about persuasion was not that the supposed effects were large or that they were long-lasting. Rather, it was the substantive finding that gay canvassers convinced gay-marriage opponents to change their minds.<p>This was …

Barack Obama

The New Organizers, What's really behind Obama's ground game

Inside the Obama campaign, almost without anyone noticing, an insurgent generation of organizers has built the Progressive movement a brand new and potentially durable people's organization, in a dozen states, rooted at the neighborhood level.<p>The "New Organizers" have succeeded in building what …

Immigration

Raimondo talks up idea of woman in White House

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo argued Friday that electing a female president wouldn’t just be a symbolic milestone — it would also yield practical benefits for the entire country.<p>Raimondo, who said she will support Hillary Clinton’s likely presidential campaign in 2016, also discussed the …

Rhode Island

David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

David Axelrod recalls the first time he met Barack Obama in 1992 when they had lunch: "I was really impressed by him," he says.<p>The veteran political consultant was struck that Obama, who had been the first black editor of the <i>Harvard Law Review</i> and was highly sought after by big law firms, instead …

Government Is “More Data-Driven Than Most Companies,” Says America’s First Chief Data Scientist

LinkedIn’s former chief data scientist DJ Patil aims to wrangle the government’s data in the service of “precision medicine.”<p>Python and R wonks take note: The United States now has a chief data scientist. DJ Patil was recruited by President Obama personally and just appointed to the newly created …

De Blasio’s National “Contract With America” Strategy Leaks

Everyone from Susan Sarandon to Van Jones is helping draft and push de Blasio’s new “Contract with America,” which will push for paid sick leave and …

Stumbling through history

How did U.S. foreign policy end up in such disarray?<p>Yemen is in flames, ISIL is on the march, Syria is apocalyptic, Iran is racing through Iraq, anarchy reigns in Libya, Jordan is on the brink, Turkey is slipping away, and America’s relationship with the Middle East’s only democracy has hit an …

Barack Obama

How Do You Know You’re a Woman?

A few years ago, a colleague of mine asked me, “How do you know you’re a woman?” I had no idea how to answer her. I was enough of a feminist to know …

Feminism