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The Feministing Five: Justice for Jane

As Feministing has covered and continues to cover, the State of Connecticut is currently holding a 16-year-old trans Latina girl in prison under the ridiculous claim that there is no better place for her. She has been in prison for nearly 100 days, yet she has not been convicted of any crime. 16 year old “Jane” has been writing letters to the governor on her behalf, lawyers have mobilized a massive effort to get her adequate care that she needs, and supporters have been launching actions across the country, onlien an off. 

Last week, as Katherine wrote for Feministing, Justice for Jane faced yet another major set back when it was ...

As Feministing has covered and continues to cover, the State of Connecticut is currently holding a 16-year-old trans Latina girl in prison under the ridiculous claim that there is no better place for ...

Why feminists need to demand a more diverse Twitter

Yet another day, yet another reveal that the demographics of a large tech company are, well, pretty much what we thought they were — heavily male, mostly white. Yesterday, Twitter announced that its workforce is 70 percent men to 30 percent women, as well as 59 percent white, 29 percent Asian, 2 percent Black, and 3 percent Latin@. 

Like its peers Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook, Twitter has publicly declared its commitment to improving these numbers: “By becoming more transparent with our employee data, open in dialogue throughout the company and rigorous in our recruiting, hiring and promotion practices, we are making diversity an important business issue for ourselves.” In other words, Twitter is about to start Leaning ...

Yet another day, yet another reveal that the demographics of a large tech company are, well, pretty much what we thought they were — heavily male, mostly white. Yesterday, Twitter announced that its workforce is 

The Feministing Five: 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, ...

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 ...

The Feministing Five: Louise Melling

I don’t know about you, but I can easily say that I have had better Mondays than I did last week. After the  Supreme Court struck down buffer zones around abortion clinics,the Hobby Lobby decision only further disappointed and frightened us about the future of reproductive access in this country.

So for this week, the Feministing Five will be provide expert answers from a leading authority on reproductive rights and freedom, Louise Melling, a Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and the Director of its Center for Liberty — which houses the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project. The RFP provides critical resources for folks across the country to help realize what their rights are and how to advocate ...

I don’t know about you, but I can easily say that I have had better Mondays than I did last week. After the  Supreme Court struck down buffer zones around abortion clinics,the Hobby Lobby decision ...

The Feministing Five: Julie Burton

Even for non-cinemaphiles like myself, it’s hard not to tune into the Oscars. In our house, my momma and I would celebrate with warm socks, comfy sweatpants, and eyerolls for the inevitable sexist mishegas. Despite our hopes as we welcomed the Oscars into our lives, it seems that Hollywood still clings to its ye-ole-white-boy-narratives. Shiny dresses and big hair can’t cover up how the US media industry has stagnated its progress in inclusivity.

As we covered earlier last week, the Women’s Media Center released its third annual report on the status of gender and racial diversity in the media. If you haven’t looked it over, you’re missing out because it’s full ...

Even for non-cinemaphiles like myself, it’s hard not to tune into the Oscars. In our house, my momma and I would celebrate with warm socks, comfy sweatpants, and eyerolls for the inevitable ...

Chart of the Day: White men are 31% of the population but 58% of evening cable news guests

Media Matters has a series of depressing charts showing the (lack of) gender and racial diversity on cable news shows. They analyzed 13 evening cable news shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC during April, though I’d imagine this sad game could be played every month of the year.

The charts that show the combined effects of the gender and racial gap are particularly revealing. White men make up only 31 percent of the population, but they represented 62 percent of guests on CNN, 60 percent on Fox, and 54 percent on MSNBC. Consequently, as the chart below shows, white women and non-white men are underrepresented, and non-white women are super underrepresented.

It is possible to buck this trend. On Chris Hayes’ ...

Media Matters has a series of depressing charts showing the (lack of) gender and racial diversity on cable news shows. They analyzed 13 evening cable news shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC during April, ...

Senate proposes bipartisan plan for immigration

Launching a ramped up effort to prioritize immigration reform under the Obama administration–8 Senators (4 Republican and 4 Democrat) have proposed bipartisan plan to reform immigration law in this country. After four years of disastrous immigration law enforcement and border patrolling splitting up thousands of families, leaving children orphaned and subjecting undocumented immigrants to a slue of human rights violations–is there hope in sight?

Yes and no. The proposed law does propose pathways to citizenship, but only after there has been an increase patrolling on the border and in places of work.

Seth Freed Wessler writes at Colorlines: 

The plan is a mix of legal immigration programs for undocumented immigrants and additional immigration enforcement measures. The path to citizenship will kick in only ...

Launching a ramped up effort to prioritize immigration reform under the Obama administration–8 Senators (4 Republican and 4 Democrat) have proposed bipartisan plan to reform immigration law in this country. After four years of disastrous immigration law enforcement ...

Quick hit: Nathaniel Frank on the AP’s misguided ‘homophobia’ ban

Yesterday the Associated Press announced that it will drop the term “homophobia” along with “Islamophobia” and “ethnic cleansing” from its Style Book.  Politico reports that the reasoning behind dropping the term is largely semantic, citing AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn’s rationale that a phobia, or “an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness” should not be used “in political or social contexts,” including “homophobia” and “Islamophobia.” It also calls “ethnic cleansing” a “euphemism,” and says the AP “does not use ‘ethnic cleansing’ on its own. It must be enclosed in quotes, attributed and explained.”

This is a big deal because the AP Style Book is very influential and could impact journalistic standards across the field.

While I ...

Yesterday the Associated Press announced that it will drop the term “homophobia” along with “Islamophobia” and “ethnic cleansing” from its Style Book.  Politico reports that the reasoning behind dropping the term is largely semantic, ...

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