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Oklahoma Reminds Us that Women’s Rights Are Alienable — Especially Women of Color

Recent events in Oklahoma serve as a harsh reminder that women’s rights continue to be disposable. From allowing Daniel Holtzclaw to terrorize the community for so long, to passing SB 1552, state officials in Oklahoma seem determined to send the message that women’s lives — particularly those of Black women — don’t matter.

Recent events in Oklahoma serve as a harsh reminder that women’s rights continue to be disposable. From allowing Daniel Holtzclaw to terrorize the community for so long, to passing SB 1552, state officials in Oklahoma seem ...

Whose Democracy, Whose Revolution?

Crossposted on Medium

The history of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors. ~Meridel LeSueur*

I recently provoked the ire of a (white, male) Bernie supporter and self-identified progressive when I stated my observation that Sanders’ supporters represented a privileged population. “Privileged”? He was clearly offended–and I was genuinely surprised by his defensive response. I had assumed that the privilege represented in Sanders’s predominantly white, male, and college educated following was self-evident, obvious to someone who walks the world in progressive shoes–which I take to mean someone who has done the work of understanding how privilege functions and actively works to redress the inequalities produced by systemic oppressions.

Crossposted on Medium

The history of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors. ~Meridel LeSueur*

I recently provoked the ire of a (white, male) Bernie supporter and self-identified progressive when I ...

A Muslim Female Super-Hero; Searching within

As a prominent cleric termed a recent piece of pro-women legislation passed in the province of Punjab in Pakistan, a “tragedy”, conversations began to simmer in urban centers, criticizing him severely. Keyboard warriors, young and middle aged, went on a rampage typing lines such as

“These mullahs need to be thrown out of the country…”

“They know nothing about Islam…”

As a prominent cleric termed a recent piece of pro-women legislation passed in the province of Punjab in Pakistan, a “tragedy”, conversations began to simmer in urban centers, criticizing him severely. Keyboard warriors, young and middle aged, ...

Who’s Failing Feminism? Media Narratives, Young Women and Hillary

Stop asking me why young women aren’t voting for Hillary. I don’t like the premise of the question. I don’t like how it constructs a narrative in which lack of support for Hillary among young women is indicative of something off. Something is wrong with Hillary, or something is wrong with young women. Either way, in this dilemmatic construction, one of these groups of women (we can enlarge “Hillary” to be representative of her supporters, in this instance) is acting badly – as women and feminists.

Stop asking me why young women aren’t voting for Hillary. I don’t like the premise of the question. I don’t like how it constructs a narrative in which lack of support for Hillary among young women is ...

The State of Women in Leadership Positions, According to an AAUW Study

A recent study by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, tackles the gender leadership gap: why it’s important, why the gap exists, what strategies have successfully narrowed it, and what can be done moving forward.

A recent study by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, tackles the gender leadership gap: why it’s important, why the gap exists, what strategies have successfully ...

Why the Status Quo at Work Just Isn’t Good Enough

March was Women’s History Month and while we never need a reason at Fairygodboss to celebrate women, we do walk among a generation of older women who have benefitted from the great advances women have made. To some of these women, it may even seem that we’ve generally achieved gender equality. For example, my own mother, Pamela Newman, asked me in the early days of our company “Why is Fairygodboss necessary?” Or to paraphrase: “Hasn’t most of the inequity in the workplace been tackled? Aren’t we in a place where women and men work successfully side-by-side in most places?”

March was Women’s History Month and while we never need a reason at Fairygodboss to celebrate women, we do walk among a generation of older women who have benefitted from the ...

LGBTQQI Health Disparities

As a queer woman, I feel like it is quite obvious that us LGBTQ folks have had it pretty tough. Although the world is changing, ever so slightly (same-sex marriage being legalized in America, same sex-adoption legal in every state, etc), we are still up against more than just hatred and naivety. The actual depth of  what we are fighting, and the product of this fight, is unthought-of by many. Equality in healthcare is a big one.

As a queer woman, I feel like it is quite obvious that us LGBTQ folks have had it pretty tough. Although the world is changing, ever so slightly (same-sex marriage being legalized in America, same sex-adoption legal ...

The Process of Unlearning

One of the hardest things to grasp growing up as woman is unlearning ideals and concepts we have been subconsciously taught. This was even more prominent for me growing up in an immigrant family. Sure, my parents are very Americanized compared to some of my other relatives. Yet there were always harsh gender roles that lingered in how they raised me. This first started to become apparent to me after I got my first boyfriend in high school. I had gotten my license first since my parents bought me a car which allowed me to get a job first out of the two of us. I would get so angry that I had to pick him up for dates ...

One of the hardest things to grasp growing up as woman is unlearning ideals and concepts we have been subconsciously taught. This was even more prominent for me growing up in an immigrant family. Sure, my ...

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