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Viola Davis and the 'white feminist' backlash

By most accounts, Viola Davis’ speech at the Emmys was an instant classic. She directly addressed the lack of diversity on television, saying, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”<p>But Davis’ words about race made one actress feel uncomfortable.<p>Sunday night, …

Feminism

People Angry That Late-Night TV Features Mainly White Dudes

Late-night television is dominated by men, and mostly white ones at that. This is not news. But a <i>Vanity Fair</i> article that gathered all the hosts …

Comedy

The Secret World of Women Surgeons You Had No Idea Existed

Somewhere near the end of my eight years of surgical training, I was operating with an older female attending surgeon. We were exchanging stories about the traumatic yet awesome experiences of residency.<p>"Surgery made a man out of me," she chuckled.<p>We finished the operation and I headed home later …

Women can be CEOs and mothers. But Marissa Mayer's maternity leave is a bum deal

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously took two weeks maternity leave in 2012. Now, she's having twins and again plans to take 'limited time off'. Claire Cohen examines what that could mean for her - and all working women<p>So congratulations to Marissa Mayer, the Yahoo CEO who this week announced that she …

Girl Meets Misogynoir: Read Rowan Blanchard's Essay on Intersectional Feminism - PAPER

Feminism

It didn’t start with Limbaugh and Trump: The deep roots of the GOP’s war on women

<b>(AP/Reuters/J. Scott Applewhite/Brendan McDermid)</b><p>Though Rush & The Donald draw attention for their vulgar misogyny, conservative assault on equality dates to Nixon<p>Heather Cox Richardson<p>August 22, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Donald Trump reduces the dog whistles of Movement Conservatism into cartoons that …

Feminism

Bangladeshi child brides - in pictures

Recently, Human Rights Watch released a damning report about child marriage in Bangladesh. The country has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 29% of girls marrying before the age of 15, and 65% before they turn 18. Pregnant girls from 15-20 are twice as likely to die in …

childbrides

Why Girls and Women?

There are two reasons Melinda and I are getting behind a big push to empower girls and women in poor countries: a moral reason, and an economic …

A Backyard Wedding in Haddonfield, NJ

"Believe it or not, Dan and I met on spring break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!" Elise Silvestri says of her first encounter with Dan Hendrickson in March 2010. "I was a senior in college at Saint Josephs University and I had yet to go on a real spring break trip." When Dan, who was on vacation with …

Weddings

How football moved the goalposts for girls in rural India

Kusum Kumari had no great agenda in mind when she started playing football aged nine near her home in rural Jharkhand in India. She just wanted to have fun. Now 15, she is pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved by girls in a state notorious for human trafficking and child marriage.<p>“People …

Human Rights

5 Top Blogging Tools You Cannot Live Without

(Photo Source: Pic Jumbo)When I started blogging a little over two and a half years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I went in blindly without …

Start Making Money From Your Blog Today

Are you making money from your blog? It seems like everybody has something to add to the conversation about doing just that. There is one tip that …

Money

Why This Women's Soccer Player Got Naked for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue

"I'm proud of my body, I'm proud of my sport."<p>U.S. women’s national soccer team defender Ali Krieger is fit, strong, and one heck of an athlete:<p>But while her tenacity on the field is undeniable, she showed an entirely different type of courage when she decided to pose nude for the forthcoming <i>ESPN</i> …

Artificial turf controversy a constant in backdrop of Women's World Cup

Why is the Women’s World Cup being played on artificial turf?<p>The question has come up constantly during the tournament so far, nourished by …

This Woman Started a Fitness Sorority to Empower College Women Who Gym Hard

"You can be the girl who lifts weights, trains for a race, does Pure Barre, and takes yoga, but still takes the time to let her hair down."<p>When Elisabeth Tavierne, a 24-year-old from Chicago, was a sophomore at Ohio State University, she decided to quit swimming competitively. Still looking for a …

I Ordered My Wedding Dress From My iPhone (The Day I Got Engaged)

Jo Piazza on why she eschewed the pomp and circumstance of wedding dress shopping and just went for it.<p>I never wanted to be a bride.<p>Nearly 17 years ago, my very Catholic high school had us create "dream wedding" binders in our senior year religion class. My classmates painstakingly cut out wedding …

This Sticker Is Shutting Down Body-Shaming Billboards in the Most Badass Way

Want.<p>Feminist groups National Women's Liberation and Redstockings have recreated a 1969 "This Oppresses Women" sticker to shut down sexist ads in New York City, The Huffington Post reports.<p>The stickers are going over obnoxious ads about getting the perfect beach body (tip: here's how to really get …