President Obama was caught smiling at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Apparently, this is cause for outrage. Impeach him! But wait, there’s more. First Lady Michelle Obama was *so* mad at him for… smiling. I think. I’m not entirely sure what the fuss is about. I guess people really don’t like the idea of taking selfies at a funeral, and projected their dismay onto the face of the First Lady. Otherwise, there really wasn’t much to see here. Read More
Welcome back, Academic Feminists! This month I’m taking a break from interviewing to provide you with a glimpse inside my pilgrimage to the academic feminist mecca: the annual NWSA conference!
Whether you came to feminism through a gender studies class or not, many of you will appreciate the “special relationship” between feminist activist/online work and WGSS (women’s, gender, and sexuality studies) programs. In this age of digital organizing and social networking, these connections are even stronger, and the NWSA conference is an excellent chance to get to hear – and meet – some of the feminists you admire online/in books IRL. Some of my personal IRL highlights at this year’s conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, included: meeting my UVenus colleague Liana Silva-Ford, recent Academic Feminist interviewee Koritha Mitchell, and writers Heather Hewett and Julia Serano (who signed my copy of her new book, Excluded – swoon!). Read More »
By Maya and Katie
An ode to women who are difficult to love.
Hey ladies, you may need a PhD to earn as much as a dude with a BA, but being in a union could be worth a year of college in terms of a wage boost. According to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, unionization has a big impact on women’s economic well-being. Read More »
Photo: Dennis Lee Royle, Wire
Nelson Mandela and his incredible legacy were lauded today during his memorial service. But the great leader’s record on women’s rights, and specifically abortion rights, is not getting the recognition it deserves. Read More »