The Feministing Five: Andrea Cristina Mercado

Credit to Andrea Cristina Mercado

Credit to Andrea Cristina Mercado

Last week, domestic workers in the state of Massachusetts celebrated a huge win when Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on July 2nd. The Bill of Rights strengthens the state’s protections for workers by providing, among other things, clarification on what is working time, freedom from sexual harassment, and, for the first time in the US, maternity leave.

To learn more about this win, we spoke with the National Domestic Work Alliance Campaign Director Andrea Cristina Mercado. Andrea originally started organizing in the Bay Area with Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a grassroots Latina immigration women’s organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a leader of the national coalition, “We Belong Together,” we also spoke to Andrea about how the lack of immigration reform continues to impact children, women, and families.

And now, without further ado, the Feministing Five with Andrea Cristina Mercado!

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Cecile Richards explains the global gag rule.

The stoop isn’t the jungle.

A helpful explainer of Title VII protections for trans people.

“We think it is rape culture or gun violence that will define us as a fallen civilization. But it’s the indifference that will do us in.”

Boy Meets World‘s lost episodes.

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The Academic Feminist: Student Series, Part II with Peter Rydzewski

Peter RydzewskiWelcome back, Academic Feminists, to the second in our series of interviews with students about their college theses or final projects. Today’s column features the work of Peter Rydzewski. A recent graduate of The College at Brockport, SUNY, Peter will be attending a PhD Program in Sociology at the University of Maryland beginning in the fall. He is broadly interested in studying patterns of inequality that are negotiated between the workplace and home, primarily those rooted in discussions of gender and sexuality. Read More »

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Feminist Ryan Gosling’s Baby

Gosling, Mendes, and baby

Breaking News: Eva Mendes is Pregnant with Ryan Gosling’s Baby!                                                                                       – OK! Magazine, July 9, 2014

Hey girl.                                                                                                                                                                                                                – Feminist Ryan Gosling

Hey girl, Judith Butler encourages us to use camp to expose gender so I am wearing a pink ducky onesie today.

Hey girl, I won’t tone police your incessant wailing.

Hey girl, I wish we lived in a country where we could go to free state-sponsored child care together.

Hey girl, the yarn in these teeny tiny socks my grandma knit me is 100% Hobby Lobby-free.

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox became the first out transgender woman to be nominated for an acting Emmy.

Badass Detroit activist takes reporter to task for misinforming about the city’s water shut-offs.

“Asian-American men, are you going to be the new face of sexy?”

Google is offering free coding lessons to women and minorities.

In his new book, Todd Akin says he regrets apologizing for his “legitimate rape” comment.

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