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Quote of the Day: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her SCOTUS colleagues’ blind spot

In an interview with Katie Couric, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses her amazing dissent in the Hobby Lobby case and the blind spot of the boys’ club of the Supreme Court.

Affirming that contraception is something women must have “to control her own destiny,” she said she didn’t think the five male judges who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby really understood the ramifications of their decision. They seem to have the same kind of (suspiciously woman-shaped) “blind spot” the court had when it ruled against Lilly Ledbetter in 2007. 

In an interview with Katie Couric, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses her amazing dissent in the Hobby Lobby case and the blind spot of the boys’ club of the Supreme Court.

Affirming ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: The first female firefighter featured in FDNY calendar

The annual FDNY Calendar of Heroes, featuring 13 of New York’s firefighters, includes a woman for the first time.

Danae Mines, who is one of 41 female firefighters in the New York department, graces the month of March–fittingly, Women’s History Month. She wanted to be in the calendar for awhile but “was told that it was all guys. They said if I made it in the calendar, I would look like a pinup girl.” 

The annual FDNY Calendar of Heroes, featuring 13 of New York’s firefighters, includes a woman for the first time.

Danae Mines, who is one of 41 female firefighters in the New York department, graces the month of March–fittingly, ...

“Tomorrow’s world is yours to build.”

Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama died yesterday at age 93.

Kochiyama’s long life of intersectional social justice activism began when her family was interned during World War II. After the war, she and husband became involved in the civil rights movement while living among Black and Puerto Rican neighbors in New York City. She befriended Malcolm X and was famously by his side when he was killed. FBI files described Kochiyama as a “ring leader” of Black nationalists and a “Red Chinese agent,” so she was clearly doing something right. In the ’80s, she helped win reparations and an official apology for Japanese-American internees. 

Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama died yesterday at age 93.

Kochiyama’s long life of intersectional social justice activism began when her family was interned during World War II. After the war, she and husband became involved ...

Janet Mock flips the script and interrogates a cis journalist on her womanhood

As you know, trans women have been enjoying some pretty exciting mainstream media attention lately. The flipside of this attention is that they’re often forced to educate not only a public that’s still catching up but also the journalists that are giving them a platform. Just recently, we’ve seen Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera school Katie Couric on how the preoccupation with transition objectifies trans people. And we’ve seen Janet Mock call out Piers Morgan for sensationalizing her story and mis-gendering her on his show.

Now Mock continues her heroic work on this front with this instructive segment with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez. In order to show just how dehumanizing many of the questions journalists regularly ask trans women ...

As you know, trans women have been enjoying some pretty exciting mainstream media attention lately. The flipside of this attention is that they’re often forced to educate not only a public that’s still catching up but ...

Happy Birthday Maya!

Today is Maya’s birthday!

Maya Dusenbery is Feministing’s Executive Director of Editorial, which means she has the big responsibility of overseeing the content that goes up on this site every day. If you’ve noticed a major uptick in brilliant, well-edited thought pieces recently, and that shorter posts are extra snappy and powerful, that’s down to Maya’s leadership. Maya keeps the site compelling, relevant, and strong. She’s a wonderful editor to work with — the crew consistently comments that she gives feedback that makes our writing better while preserving the integrity of our voices. Maya, Lori Adelman, and myself stepped into leadership here at Feministing last August, and getting to work so closely with these two ladies is one of ...

Today is Maya’s birthday!

Maya Dusenbery is Feministing’s Executive Director of Editorial, which means she has the big responsibility of overseeing the content that goes up on this site every day. If you’ve noticed a major uptick in ...

Photos of the Day: Cute little kids posed as important women from history

This is just what I needed to get going this Monday morning.

In her “Because of Them, We Can” project, photographer Eunique Jones features little kids posed as groundbreaking women throughout history. The project started last year in honor of Black History Month (check out that series too for the cutest little Rosa Parks you ever saw) as Jones was reflecting on being a mother raising Black boys our current culture. She hopes it will “encourage and empower people of all ages and hues to dream out loud and reimagine themselves as greater than they are, simply by connecting the dots between the past, the present and the future.” You can follow the project 

This is just what I needed to get going this Monday morning.

In her “Because of Them, We Can” project, photographer Eunique Jones features little kids posed as groundbreaking women throughout history. The ...

Girls soccer team in Colorado wears hijabs in solidarity with Muslim teammate

How great is this? At a recent match, referees told Samah Aida, a high school soccer player in Colorado, that she wasn’t allowed to wear her hijab on the field. The refs claimed that it posed a safety risk — not actually true according to soccer’s governing body FIFA, which recently lifted their ban on religious head coverings. 

How great is this? At a recent match, referees told Samah Aida, a high school soccer player in Colorado, that she wasn’t allowed to wear her hijab on the field. The refs claimed that it ...

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