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Is Consumer-Friendly Activism a Sign of Feminist Progress—Or Just a Sellout?

On fall 2017 runways from New York to Paris, fashion displayed its "woke-ness" from head to toe. Is this consumer-friendly activism a sign of feminist progress—or just a sellout? Two writers join the debate.<p>Sady Doyle: Buy It, Wear it, Spread It<p>To hear some tell it, there are two ways to be a …

How society fails to educate young women about sexual health

April signals the start of spring, but it also happens to be sexually transmitted disease (STD) Awareness Month, which makes it the opportune time to …

New British law could be major boost in womens' fight to close gender pay gap

A new British law is coming into force that could provide a significant boost for those campaigning for more gender pay equality.<p>Thousands of UK employers are now obliged to record the figures for their workforce’s pay, showing the different pay rates for men and women. The government says the law …

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Relax, Millennial Men Don't Actually Want to Keep Women in the Kitchen

On Friday, the <i>New York Times</i> published a op-ed titled “Do Millennial Men Want Stay-at-Home Wives?” the alarming answer, the story seemed to find, was …

First Woman To Officially Complete Boston Marathon Runs Again 50 Years Later

An official told Kathrine Switzer to "get the hell out" of the race in 1967. Nevertheless, she persisted.<p>Kathrine Switzer smashed gender barriers 50 years ago when she became the first woman to officially complete the Boston Marathon. But the most iconic part of this record-breaking endeavor didn’t …

Jessica Chastain Sends a Powerful Message to Women in the Wake of Bill O’Reilly’s Sexual Harassment Scandal

"Talk could be powerful, but actions more so," the actress said at Variety's Power of Women event in New York City.<p>From supporting Planned Parenthood …

A Perfect Takedown Of 'She Was Asking For It'

"Stop asking people's clothing to have sex with you, and start asking people."<p>That's the message behind Anna Binkovitz's slam poem, "Asking For It." Binkovitz, then a senior at Macalester College, performed the piece at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) in March 2014.<p>The …

28 Pieces From 2014 That Should Be Required Reading For Women

In the social media age, sometimes it feels like the relevance of a single story lasts about as long as it takes to tweet about it. It can feel like a sensory overload, a near-constant "on to the next!" But once in a while you read a piece that seeps into your core, and sticks with you even months …

Art Book Chronicles The Badass Women Who Changed The World In 'A History Of Sluts'

Frida Kahlo. Nan Goldin. Hatshepsut. Lena Dunham. Hannah Hoch. Wallis Simpson. Emilie Du Chatelet. Stevie Nicks. These are just some of the women who, through their various life's work, changed the course of history forever. They also, at some point in their lives, were called sluts.<p>Nan Goldin<p>A …

Feminism

'Redefining Girly': Reconstructing the gender norms of society

<i>In "Redefining Girly," Melissa Atkins Wardy delves into the highly talked about debate of gender norms in</i> <i>America and the importance of letting children have a choice in what types of toys they desire to play with. Here's an excerpt.</i><p>Media greatly influences children, taking a role in shaping their …

Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead?

The dead-mother plot is a classic of children’s fiction, but animated movies have supplied a new twist: the fun father has taken her place.<p>Bambi’s mother, shot. Nemo’s mother, eaten by a barracuda. Lilo’s mother, killed in a car crash. Koda’s mother in <i>Brother Bear</i>, speared. Po’s mother in <i>Kung Fu</i> …

The New Subtle Sexism Toward Women in the Workplace

Take it from years of behavioral research: implicit biases have an overwhelmingly negative effect on women in traditionally male professions.<p>The firing of Jill Abramson from the <i>New York Times</i> brought renewed attention to the topic of gender workplace bias, at least for a fleeting cultural</i> …

What 100 Years Of Magazine Covers Reveal About How We See Women

Magazines have gotten a major makeover over the years.<p>As a century of fighting for equality has seen women smashing gender roles and embracing their sexuality, many magazines featuring them learned to adapt.<p>Karen X. Cheng, a creative director and viral video consultant in San Francisco, looked at …

Fox News alum Gretchen Carlson penning book on sexual harassment and women's empowerment

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson is putting pen to paper for a book on sexual harassment and women’s empowerment.<p><i>Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and</i> …